Mardi Gras safety tips: before, during and after

The Second Liners and the Neptune Mardi Gras parades take place Saturday downtown and the City of Biloxi wants to encourage you to have a spirited-yet-safe time at these and all Mardi Gras parades. In order to make the occasions safe, the Biloxi Police Department asks that you follow these suggestions, which are more than suggestions in many cases:

Before the parade

— Carpool and anticipate traffic delays. Appoint a designated driver. Obey the commands of officers at intersections. Be aware that many streets will be closed and traffic will be re-routed in downtown Biloxi.

— Park only in legal parking spaces. Make sure that your parked vehicle provides ample room for passing vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Keep in mind that fire trucks and other emergency vehicles require wide berths for maneuvering streets in the older, downtown section of Biloxi.

— Do not park too close to the railroad tracks. In the past, trains have had to be halted and vehicles towed because motorists had parked too close to the train tracks.

— Do not park in the Biloxi City Cemetery north or south of the railroad tracks. No parking is allowed there.

During the parade

— Wear comfortable and layered clothing. Don’t wear loose-fitting or flashy jewelry.

— It is unlawful to cross police barricades, which line most areas of the parade route. Follow any instructions police give you. Officers from Biloxi as well as from neighboring cities and jurisdictions will be posted along the parade route.

— Remember, it is unlawful for minors — anyone under 21 years of age — to consume alcoholic beverages.

— Leave your animals at home, unless they are registered entrants in the parades. It is unlawful to bring reptiles or other animals to parades. Loud noises and crowded streets put undue stress on animals.

— Do not bring glass containers to the parade. Use plastic instead. — Place any refuse in trash cans along the parade route.

— Use portable restrooms along the parade route. A total of 60 portable restrooms have been positioned along the route. Also, you can find medical assistance at locations along the route. In the event of lost children, contact the nearest police officer. Remember what your child was wearing.

After the parade

— Do not attempt to operate a vehicle if you are under the influence of alcohol.

— Follow the directions of officers posted along the routes. Many streets will still be closed and traffic may still be re-routed immediately after the parade.

— Expect traffic delays and heavy traffic immediately after the parade.

— Drive defensively and courteously.
See the Second Liners parade route
See the Neptune parade route
See the Mardi Gras safety tips and traffic plan handout
See your guide to Mardi Gras events