BATON ROUGE, LA – Mardi Gras can be an exciting experience not only for Louisiana families, but also for our many visitors from around the world. But before you laissez les bon temps rouler this Carnival Season, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry encourages you to note some important safety tips:
- Do not carry large sums of cash and be aware of possible pick-pocketers. Keep your wallets on your person at all times and only bring the essentials: your ID and a fully-charged cell phone.
- Attend parades in groups, with family or friends. Establish a designated, post-parade meeting place in case your group gets split up.
- Choose a well-lit area for night parade viewing.
- Lock vehicle and do not leave valuables in plain sight.
- Obey traffic laws and do not park in front of driveways or fire hydrants.
- Remind children of basic safety rules before the event. Be sure they know to check with guardians before going anywhere, take a friend everywhere, and yell “no” if a stranger tries to touch or harm. Teach children your cell phone number and how to find a law enforcement officer if they get lost or separated. Carry a current, good quality photo and descriptive information for each child.
- Do not set up your ladders too close to the curb, and never follow floats or enter restricted areas.
- Do not throw or allow children to throw any objects in the direction of floats, bands, or parade participants.
- Drink responsibly.
“As we pass a good time with the thousands of other revelers across Louisiana, I encourage everyone to keep these tips in mind and use good judgment,” said General Landry. “Together, we can make this year’s Mardi Gras a safe and fun time for all.”