Baton Rouge, LA—As thousands of
revelers converge across Louisiana to celebrate Carnival, Attorney General Jeff
Landry is urging citizens to be vigilant because large crowds can bring safety
“Mardi Gras parades, parties, and
balls are in full swing, but it is always important to remember to be safe and
use good judgment while passing a good time,” said General Landry.
Attorney General Jeff Landry
outlines the following tips to help keep people safe:
- Do not carry large sums of cash
and keep your purses and/or wallets on you at all times.
- Never attend parades alone,
always be with a group.
- Make sure the place you are
watching a parade is well-lit for night parades.
- Lock your vehicle and do not
leave valuables in plain sight.
- Remind children of basic safety
rules such as checking with guardians before going anywhere, traveling with
someone else, and yelling “no” if a stranger tries to touch or harm them.
- Encourage children to find a
police officer or security guard if they get lost or separated. Parents and
guardians should have a current, good quality photo and descriptive information
for each child on them in case of separation.
- Establish a designated,
post-parade meeting place for family and friends in the event of becoming
- Have children memorize guardian’s
cell phone number and be sure your phone is fully charged.
- Obey traffic laws and do not park
in front of driveways or fire hydrants.
- Do not follow floats or enter
- Do not throw or allow children to
throw any objects in the direction of floats, bands, or parade participants.
For more information on these or
other consumer-related tips, contact General Landry’s Consumer Protection
Hotline at 800-351-4889.