POSTED Wed. Feb 19, 2014
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

The NOPD has released some Mardi Gras guidelines that are good rules for all of us to follow, even though we know plenty of you aren’t going to. I’m specifically referring to the rule banning public urination, which I feel like anyone with a Y chromosome has broken at some point on Fat Tuesday. On that note, enjoy the Benny Grunch, and tourists, seriously, keep your shirts on.

Before going to the parade

First secure your home by locking up and keeping a light on. Get a timer or two and connect it to a lamp, television set or radio to make it appear as if someone is moving around in the home turning lights and electronics on and off.

Notify a responsible neighbor to monitor your house while you are away.

Prepare children for the parade by making them use the restroom.

Put your name, address and phone number on a piece of paper and put it in your child’s sock.

Teach your child how to identify the police if lost.


Do not block a resident’s driveway.

Do not double park.

Do not park on the neutral ground.

Do not block an intersection.

Pay attention to signage on the parade route.

Attending the Parade

Do not jump over the police barricades. Ask an Officer for permission to cross from one side of the street to the other. The barricades are there for protection.

Do not bring a big purse to the parade. Put your personal items in your front pockets. Men should carry their wallets in their front pockets.

Stand a distance from the floats.

Do not run alongside of the floats.

Do not follow the bands.

Do not throw beads at the riders on the float.

Do not put someone on your shoulders if you or that person is intoxicated. Stay away from the street or curb.

Ladders should be as far back from the curb as they are tall. Secure the ladder to the ground. Do not place ladders in the intersection.

Lost children
If you get separated from your child, notify the police immediately. There will be several lost children sites on the parade route. Provide the Police Officer with the child’s name and a good physical description.

Medical Problems
You should carry with you any pertinent medical information regarding your health. This will help the paramedics tremendously in analyzing your medical condition should you get sick on the parade route.

French Quarter Rules
Do not urinate in public.

Do not flash your breast in public.

Do not drop your pants in public.

Do not drink from an open glass or metal container in public.

Important phone numbers
New Orleans Police Department Non-emergency number – (504) 821-222

New Orleans Police Department Emergency number – 911

Orleans Parish Sheriff Office Automated Interactive Voice Response Inquiry System – (504) 827-6777

Parking Division-Auto Pound Address: 400 N Claiborne Ave. Phone: (504) 565-7450


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