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Loyola advises campus community to play it safe during Mardi Gras

February 10, 2012

Laissez les bons temps rouler, but be careful! Loyola University New Orleans encourages its students and employees to enjoy a safe and festive Mardi Gras celebration. Classes will be suspended Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of the Mardi Gras holiday, and will resume on Monday, Feb. 27. The university will resume normal business operations on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

M.L. Cissy Petty, Ph.D., vice president and associate provost of Student Affairs at Loyola, advises all students to be vigilant about their safety this carnival season and to use the buddy system during parades. “The spirit of Mardi Gras is about being a good neighbor, sharing catches of the day, food along the route and keeping an eye on one another,” Petty said.

The following are some helpful tips offered by the New Orleans Police Department:

  • Do not leave personal property in unattended vehicles. If no alternative is available, personal property should be locked in the trunk of the vehicle prior to parking.
  • Parents or guardians are advised to place a note in children’s pockets with their name, address and phone number in case of separation during the parades. That information will allow officers to reunite the parents or guardians and lost children.
  • Citizens should use public forms of transportation (taxis, buses, shuttles) or carpool to and from parades, as parking near parade routes will be extremely limited. Drivers are reminded that illegally parked vehicles are subject to being ticketed and towed. Drivers should also be mindful of the large amounts of pedestrian traffic near parade routes.

Here is a list of links to help the Loyola community better experience the Mardi Gras holiday and parades:

Safety tips from Loyola's Office of Student Affairs

nola.com parade schedule

Department of Residential Life Mardi Gras policies

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