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Attorney General Jeff Landry Offers Tips for Mardi Gras

      BATON ROUGE, LA – As Mardi Gras parades, parties, and balls are in full effect, Attorney General Jeff Landry is issuing safety tips for those who may be celebrating.

“The Carnival season is amongst us and people across Louisiana are ready to laissez les bon temps rouler,” said General Landry. “However, it is important to remember to be safe and use good judgment while catching beads, eating king cake, and spending time with friends.”

Attorney General Jeff Landry offers 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 separated.
• 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 restricted areas.
• 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 Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-351-4889.