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Loyola encourages students to have fun, but be safe during Mardi Gras celebrations

Loyola press release - February 20, 2009

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. There are no classes Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 23 and 24, in observance of the Mardi Gras holiday, but they will resume on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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

  • 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.
  • Parents or guardians are advised to place a paper 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.
  • 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.

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 2009 policies and newsletter

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