Mardi Gras, outside of the French Quarter, is a great way to spend time with family and friends. The Famous French Quarter lends itself to debauchery for an adult crowd. Mardi Gras Safety is paramount in all situations.
Here’s 10 Mardi Gras safety tips to keep your “Krewe” safe:
- Coordinate with everyone to wear the same color or specific print that helps you identify and keep track of your group.
- Place ladders at a safe distance from the curb and do not leave kids unattended in those ladders. If you have a child on your shoulders, do not block others from enjoying the parade.
- Marching bands and dance teams need a great deal of room to perform, so give them clearance.
- Occupy children with games, food, or a bathroom break in between parades so they do not run off and get lost.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Crime happens when people have their guard down.
- When floats are passing, watch for flying beads. Riders throw with such gusto and it can be a painful experience.
- To avoid an explosive situation, remain calm if you find yourself in an altercation with another reveler.
- Stay behind barricades as it’s easy to sustain injury if you’re too close to the floats as they pass by.
- Maintain contact with others from your group because it’s difficult to find your group after the parade when there’s a mass exodus as revelers go home.
- Mardi Gras in New Orleans creates an opportune time for sex traffickers to find their prey. By all means, do not take a drink from someone you don’t know or leave your drink unattended. The consequences could be much more than you bargained for!
Have a Happy Mardi Gras from the Law Offices of Frank D’Amico, Jr.! Don’t forget that Your Mardi Gras Safety is important!