DO know the parade routes, and give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going
DON’T speed to make up for Mardi Gras Traffic.
The heart of Mardi Gras season is parades, but with parades come road closures and Mardi Gras traffic. Certain ways will be completely cut off, and you may need to take longer, alternate routes to get where you are going. Plan your schedule ahead, and know when and where parades will cut you off from other parts of the city.
If you are enjoying Mardi Gras from out of town, you are already in an unfamiliar city. No one is at their best when they are forced to drive in an unfamiliar area. Not all GPS maps will show you the all of the road closures that will affect you. For information on all the parade routes and times go toMardiGras.Com.
If you do get caught in traffic, remember, speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents. Speed is a factor in close to 30% of all traffic fatalities. Everyone is stuck in traffic, and anytime you make up by speeding will be lost if you get in an accident.
DO Enjoy Mardi Gras Responsibly
DON’T drink and drive.
Mardi Gras is known as a good time, but you don’t want your good time to end badly. If you do plan to enjoy a few adult beverages, make sure you designate a driver, call a cab or sign up for one of the ride-sharing apps that provide rides during the Mardi Gras season.
Drunk drivers make Mardi Gras the deadliest holiday in Louisiana according to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Louisiana law enforcement agencies increase DWI patrols during the holidays, so even if you avoid an accident, you may not avoid a costly DWI. Do your part and stay off the roads if you’ve had a bit too much fun on the parade route.
DO take plenty of pictures during Mardi Gras
DON’T try and post them online while driving.
If you didn’t post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram did it really happen? We here in New Orleans love sharing our city and culture with our out of town guest, and understand you probably want to share it too, but wait to you are back at the hotel to do it. Distracted driving leads to accidents and texting or using a cellphone while driving is not only dangerous, but it is also illegal.
DO ditch the car, and try walking
DON’T forget you don’t have to be in a car to be in a car accident.
After fighting traffic, and spending 40 minutes to find a parking spot within walking distance of the parade route, you may decide you want to just leave the car for the rest of the day and walk off some of that king cake you’ve been eating. If you do become a parade pedestrian, remember to walk safely.
Obey traffic laws, and watch for oncoming vehicles. Try to wear bright colors if you are walking at night. Bright colors not only make you stand out on the parade route but help drivers see you while you are walking to and from the parades. Purple Green and Gold are always in style during the Mardi Gras season.
DO follow all these Dos and Don’ts
DON’T forget others drivers won’t.
You can do everything right, and still be involved in an accident. Practicing defensive driving is important. Try and avoid driving right after parades are over. Not only will thousands be leaving the parade routes causing traffic congestion, but many will have had too much to drink and are a danger to other drivers.
And remember, if you do get in an accident