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Houma Fire Department Shares Mardi Gras Safety Tips

Monday February 18, 2019 08:16 am - 289 Views - Posted By Houma Fire Department
Houma Fire Department Shares Mardi Gras Safety Tips

With Mardi Gras season upon us, Houma Fire Department would like to remind its citizens of some safety tips to follow while partaking in the festivities. Parades can be fun, but there are also many hazards along the parade routes.

Watch out for traffic:

  • Be aware of your surroundings when driving or walking near parades and parade traffic.
  • Never run in between or chase floats for beads or throws.
  • Never reach under a float for a throw, even when the float is stopped. 
  • Clear the path for the band and other marching groups as they go by.
  • Do not approach horses in the parade unless the rider indicates that it is okay.
  • Do not approach a float or other vehicles in the parade until it comes to a stop. 
  • Make sure a child's vision is not obstructed by a mask. 
  • Report intoxicated drivers to the proper authorities.

Throw me something:

  • Be alert for beads and trinkets thrown during the parade.
  • Wear sunglasses during the day to protect your eyes from the sun and throws.
  • Keep all beads, small trinkets, snapping pops, and plastic bags out of the reach of small children.
  • Buy only appropriate toys from vendors. If a toy fits in the cardboard cylinder of a roll of tissue paper, it is a choking hazard for children. 

Getting the good stuff:

  • Do not park or block roadways, intersections, or bridges.
  • Report dangerous items being thrown from floats to the nearest Law Enforcement Officer.
  • Do not climb on or over barricades.
  • Do not carry anyone on your shoulders.
  • Do not hang from floats or other vehicles in the parade.

Don't get lost:

  • Never leave children unattended.
  • Always have a meeting place in case anyone gets lost from your group.
  • Police officers can direct parents to lost child stations.

Visit to keep up with all safety tips offered by the Houma Fire Department. 


Additional Information


Hours of Operation

  • Monday thru Friday
  • 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Physical Address

  • Government Tower
  • 8026 Main Street, Suite 700
  • Houma, LA 70360

Mailing Address

  • P. O. Box 2768
  • Houma, LA 70361
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