cityhall report

Mardi Gras Safety Tips

Before you leave for the parade:

1. Lock all doors and windows at your Residence.

2. Make sure your residence looks lived in, not empty.

3. Leave shades and blinds in a normal position.

4. Ask a neighbor to watch your residence while you are away. Leave your telephone number with a neighbor so you can be reached in case of an emergency.

Lost children:

1. Make sure children know their full name, address (city and state), and telephone number including area code. If your child is too young, place your contact information on a slip of paper and place on your child.

2. Be sure children know how to call 9-1-1 and how to use a pay telephone.

3. Teach children never to accept gifts or food from someone they don’t know.

4. Teach children to go to a store clerk, security guard or police officer for help if lost during a parade or on the street. 

Cash:

1. Do not carry large amounts of cash. If you must carry cash, never display large amounts.

2. When possible, carry cash substitutes. One (1) credit or debit card.  Keep a written record of your credit card numbers.

3. Keep them in a safe place like your front pants pocket with your cash.  

Vehicle security & parking lots: 

1. Park in well-lighted parking lots or common areas where there is pedestrian traffic.

2. Check the back seat before entering your car.

3. Always lock valuables out of sight, preferably in the trunk. Always carry wallet, checkbooks and purses with you.

4. Remove or secure cellular phone or GPS charging cords.  This is a tip to criminals that these items may be stored in the glove box or another part of the vehicle’s passenger compartment.

Jewelry: 

Never wear more jewelry than you think you’ll need to enjoy a parade. An inexpensive watch and a wedding ring will do.  Don’t make yourself a target for criminals.

Drinking:

1. If you bring food or refreshments to the parade, have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests and the designated driver.

2. Serve something to eat before serving alcoholic beverages.

3. Have alternative transportation for intoxicated persons.

4. Don’t let family members or guests drink and drive. 

If the Covington Police department can be of any help to you, please call us at (985) 892-8500.