It’s that time of year again. Lassiez les bons temps rouler!

Here are some helpful tips to help you and your family stay safe this Mardi Gras:

Mardi Gras DO’s

  • Keep beads, small trinkets, snapping pops, and plastic bags out of children’s reach.
  • Be careful walking and driving near parades and parade traffic.
  • Make sure costumes are safe and age appropriate.
  • Establish a meeting place should you become separated.
  • Place contact information on your child.
  • Respect the law. It’s there for your safety!
  • Keep paths clear for parades and marching groups.
  • Keep children close at all times.
  • Cross ONLY at crosswalks.
  • Make sure to bring snacks and plenty of water.
  • Remove all valuables from vehicles and keep your doors locked.
  • Always have a designated driver.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Practice common sense.

Mardi Gras DON’Ts

  • Do not leave children alone.
  • Do not climb on barricades.
  • Do not assume traffic will stop.
  • Do not fight over throws. They are just plastic.
  • Do not use silly string near open flames.
  • Do not approach horses unless the rider says it is ok.
  • Do not run between floats.
  • Do not place ladders near intersections.
  • Do not reach under a float, even if it is stopped.
  • Do not approach a float or vehicle until it is completely stopped.
  • Do not put beads or throws in your mouth, you might choke.
  • Do not consume alcohol in excess.
  • Do not travel alone. Use the buddy system.
  • Never drink and drive.