Be Safe on Mardi Gras

Carnival season is here and what a great time to be in New Orleans! Beads, doubloons, throws, and king cake—all things that incite excitement and wonder to new comers and old faithfuls alike. Whether you choose to watch the parades on St. Charles Avenue or join the madness of the party on Bourbon Street, keep these safety tips in mind to have a fun and safe Mardi Gras:

  • Travel in groups to and from parking spots and be aware of your surroundings. Leave nothing of value in plain sight in your car.
  • Carry valuables (I.D, keys, cash) in your front pocket. This puts would be pickpockets at a disadvantage. Avoid carrying bulky purses and don’t wear expensive jewelry.
  • Store the phone number of a local cab company in your cell phone and carry enough cash to cover a cab ride.
  • The drinking age is 21 and please be safe if you choose to drink. Set a reasonable limit for yourself and alternate with water to stay hydrated.
  • Check the weather forecast. It can be very warm or it can be very cold. Whether or not you costume, it is a day outdoors, so plan accordingly: wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and layered clothing.
  • Bring a plastic or cloth bag with handles with you to hold all of the trinkets that you catch.
  • Respect the police. Our NOPD officers are working overtime and are deserving of your cooperation and compliance. It is very easy to get arrested for being overly drunk or obnoxious. Have fun but be smart.
  • Visit the Smardi Gras table on Thursday, March 3rd from 12:30-2pm to get a free t-shirt and other great giveaways such as a cloth bag, beads, a parade schedule and hand sanitizer. Sponsored by Loyola’s HEAL committee.