Carnival season is here and what a great time to be in New Orleans! Beads, doubloons, throws, and king cake—all things that incite excitement and wonder to new comers and old faithfuls alike. Whether you choose to watch the parades on St. Charles Avenue or join the madness of the party on Bourbon Street, keep these safety tips in mind to have a Smardi Gras:
- Travel in groups to and from parking spots and be aware of your surroundings. Leave nothing of value in plain sight in your car.
- Carry valuables (I.D, keys, cash) in your front pockets. This puts would be pickpockets at a disadvantage. Avoid carrying bulky purses and don’t wear expensive jewelry.
- Pre-program your cell phone with 2-3 local cab numbers and carry enough cash to cover a cab ride.
- The drinking age is 21 and please be safe if you choose to drink. Set a reasonable limit for yourself and stick to it.
- Look after your drink. If you leave your drink unattended, just get a new one.
- Pack snacks. Bring non-alcoholic drinks and food to stay hydrated and energized.
- Check the weather forecast. It can be very warm or very cold. Whether or not you wear a costume, it is a day outdoors, so plan accordingly: wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and layered clothing.
- Bring a plastic or cloth bag with handles with you to hold all of the trinkets that you catch.
- Be extra aware when using your cell phone in public.
- Respect the police. Our NOPD officers are working overtime and are deserving of your cooperation and compliance. It is very easy to get arrested for being overly intoxicated or obnoxious. Have fun but be smart.
- Visit the Smardi Gras table in the Danna Student Center on Thursday, February 7th from 12:30- 2pm to get great giveaways!
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