When it comes to festivals, parades, and events, no city beats New Orleans. We want people to have a great time and enjoy our city, but every year, people continue to make rookie mistakes, some of which, end tragically. In order to get the maximum enjoyment from our festivals, we want to make sure that you stay safe and follow the rules, so that you can continue enjoying New Orleans for years to come! Here’s a list of some things to keep in mind when coming to celebrate Mardi Gras.
DO Arrive Early
Mardi Gras is a very popular celebration, and it's important to get there early. How early? At least four hours early. Sure, it looks deserted now, but within no time, you'll see crowds like you've never seen them, and you'll be glad you scoped out and claimed your place before anyone else showed up.
DON'T Have Chairs or Ladders within Six Feet of the Curb
Whatever you do, don't have personal property closer than six feet of the curb. In fact, you can't lawfully leave your personal property in a place to "rope off" your spot. The reason is simple: if the property is too close to the parade or your property cuts off right-of-way, it's hazardous.
DO Plan Your Transportation
Parking can be difficult, at best, and a headache, at worst. Park legally and you won't get a ticket, and your car won’t be towed. Parking fills up fast and it can be pretty expensive, which is why its better to use public transportation, walking, or carpooling to get there. What's more, many streets are blocked off, so be sure you know where the parade routes are.
DON'T Park on People's Lawns or Block Driveways
People live in New Orleans, too. Don't ruin their Mardi Gras by blocking them in or ruining their lawn.
DO Dress in Costume/Colors
Part of the fun of Mardi Gras is dressing in costume, or at least in an odd assortment of clothing. Who knows? You might win a prize for best costume.
Of course, you could always go dressed in our exclusive Perlis Mardi Gras attire! You’ll fit for wearing the classic purple, gold, and green, and you’ll stand out for having on one of most quality (in our humble opinion) Cajun brands around. We’ve got plenty of styles for women, men, and even the little ones, so be sure to get yours early.
DON'T Forget to Check the Weather
As fun as wearing costumes can be, be sure that you're dressed for the weather. The temperature during this time of year can fluctuate quite a bit. You might be cold; you might be hot. Pay attention and you won't have problems.
DO Bring a Bag for Your Mardi Gras Loot
If you're catching throws, you'll need a bag to put your wonderful Mardi Gras loot in. Trust us, it gets old wearing all those necklaces and hauling around armfuls of stuffed animals.
DON'T Bend Down to Pick Something Up
You can accidently get hurt in the crowds by bending over to pick up your goodies. Instead, step on it and wait for the float to pass before picking it up.
DO Obey the Police
The police are there to ensure your safety. Mardi Gras is very wild and unpredictable. Be polite and listen to the nice officers.
And of course…
DON'T Cause Trouble
That means don't urinate in the streets, don't get overly drunk, and don't cause problems. As much as this might be second-nature for some, there are always a few folks who insist on taking their celebrating way too far.
And there you have it, the do’s and don’t of Mardi Gras. If there are any other rules you’d like to share, we encourage you to comment – we want the celebration to be fun and enjoyable for all who visit!
Don’t forget, if you haven’t yet, get your Crawfish Mardi Gras gear in time for the festivities.