Residential Life Announces 2018 Mardi Gras Procedures

Everyone knows that Mardi Gras is a big deal in New Orleans, but not everyone knows that the Mardi Gras season actually begins several weeks before Fat Tuesday.  Parades and balls typically begin about three weeks prior, and build up to the big celebration before Ash Wednesday. Loyola University takes the safety of its residents and the security of its residence halls very seriously. During the Mardi Gras weekend & holiday residential students will notice some changes to protocol concerning entrance to residence halls and guests/visitation.

Special Policies for Mardi Gras

  • Normal visitation is suspended for all residential students.  Everyone entering a residence hall must physically hand their identification to the person at the front desk.
  • All overnight guests must be registered with the Office of Residential Life.  Registration must accompany payment of $125 per guest (Late registration is $250).  This fee helps pay for the extra security and staff required during Mardi Gras.
  • Each registered overnight guest will receive a temporary building ID card to gain access to the residence hall.
  • No more than three people, including the residents of the space, may stay in any room overnight during Mardi Gras.
  • All guests, whether overnight or not, must check-in and check-out at the Front Desk each time they enter/leave the residence hall.
  • All unregistered, unpaid guests must check-out before Midnight.
  • University Police will typically work late night/early morning desk shifts in each residence hall to increase security at those hours.

Regular Visitation

"Regular" visitation is suspended for ALL residents in ALL residence halls. Visitation hours during Mardi Gras weekend for ALL guests of any gender are 10:00 AM to Midnight. Every guests must be individually checked in to the residence hall at the Front Desk. All guests who are not registered to stay overnight must check out of the residence hall by Midnight.

Overnight Guest Visitation

All overnight guests must be same-gender; no opposite-gender registrations will be accepted.  Overnight guests must be pre-registered to stay on campus during Mardi Gras weekend. Registration is open beginning the week before Mardi Gras. Host students must complete a Guest Registration Form via your Residence Account, which will also be made available in at Residential Life Office on the1st Floor of Biever Hall.

Early Guest Registration costs $125 and must be complete by 4:00 PM on the Thursday before Mardi Gras. The student must submit the completed Guest Registration Form (with all information) along with cash, personal check or on-line in the amount of $125 to the Residential Life Office on the 1st Floor of Biever Hall.

Late Guest Registration begins at 4:00 PM on the Thursday before Mardi Gras and continues until Noon on the Monday before Mardi Gras (also known as Shrove Monday or Lundi Gras). The fee for Late Guest Registration is $250. Payment must be submitted by credit card with approval from  the CD on Duty, as it is a holiday weekend and the Residential Life office will not be open.

Absolutely NO guests may be registered after Noon on Monday.

If a student wishes to submit a Late Guest Registration while the Residenital Life office is closed, they must contact the Front Desk. The Front Desk will contact the CD on Duty who will collect the registration form and fee, and will notify each desk to add the student to their Guest List.

When the Guest Registration Form is submitted, the staff person will review the form for completeness and will collect the fee from the student. The staff person will fill out the gray box at the top of the form at this time, noting the date, time, payment method, and amount received for record-keeping purposes.

Returned checks will be assessed a $50 fee and the total cost will be billed to the host student's University account.

Building Access

All guests will be issued a temporary ID card the first time they check into their building. This card will allow them permission to the residence hall in which they are staying. In order to enter any residence hall, a registered guest must produce that ID card along with a government-issued photo ID, such as a Driver's License.

All resident students must produce their Loyola ID with current Building Sticker in order to gain building access.

Registered guests may enter and exit the building without their host, but will not be keyed into any residence hall wing, room, lounge, or kitchen.

Personal Safety Tips

  • Carry your Loyola ID (Express Card) and Driver's License at all times.
  • Obey the commands and requests of all Police Officers. NOPD Officers are particularly demanding during the Mardi Gras season due to long work hours and heavy case loads.
  • Let your RA and friends know where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash. Use credit/debit cards as much as possible.
  • Leave your jewelry, purses, bulky wallets, and other valuables at home.
  • Stay in well-lit, populated areas.
  • Do not get too close to any parade float, and never cross any barricades.

Parade Schedule

You can see current Parade schedules and routes online at

Residential Life Policies

Make sure you and your guests are familiar with the policies outlined in Loyola's Student Handbook.