Mardi Gras Safety
As Mardi Gras approaches, we would like to impress upon you the importance of being safe while enjoying one of the country's biggest festivities. Mardi Gras is a time when thousands of people descend upon New Orleans, and Mardi Gras also leads to an influx of students from colleges and universities around the country, many of whom will be staying with friends on campus.
Here are some helpful hints to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable Carnival season.
Safety On Campus:
With the large numbers of visitors to campus, people will be in and out of residence halls and other buildings on campus. To protect yourself and others from theft, remember:
Lock your residence hall room door at all times
Do NOT prop open doors to your residence halls
Do NOT let people into any building. If they are supposed to be there, they will have access
Do NOT leave valuables unattended in the library, dining facilities, lounges, etc.
For information about guest registration with on-campus residents, visit:
Safety Off Campus:
When attending parades, be sure to be mindful of your safety and the safety of those in your group.
- Travel Together: Always travel in groups, preferably with at least four or more people.
- Know Where You are Going: If you are walking through the city, stay on well-traveled and well-lit streets.
- Have a designated meeting spot: If you get lost or separated from your group, pick an easy to find location and a designated time so that you can find each other. Make sure the location has a specific landmark – because of the crowds, it can be difficult to spot others in your group even if they are only a few feet away.
- Don't carry a lot of money around: Pickpockets have a field day in large crowds. Try to limit what you carry to a small amount of cash, a credit card, health insurance info and some form of ID. Also, keep a list of all credit cards and their 1-800 customer service numbers at home in case you lose your wallet or purse.
- Don't get too close to the floats: Every year, someone is injured by a passing float when trying to grab something thrown from a float. Stay behind barricades or on the curb of the parade route.
Safe Consumption Tips
If you drink alcohol, please do so responsibly:
- Eat WHILE you drink
- Drink plenty of water
- If you are male - only consume 4-5 standard drinks per evening
- If you are female - only consume 3-4 standard drinks per evening
- Only consume one standard drink per hour
- Never leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
Many students don't realize when they or someone in their group experiences alcohol poisoning. Look for the following symptoms:
- Unconsciousness or "sleeping"
- Cold, clammy, pale blush skin or lips
- Slow breathing, less than 8 times per minute
- Vomiting while sleeping or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting
Be a friend--If you suspect that someone in your group is suffering from alcohol poisoning, seek help immediately.
Lookout for Others
If you go out with friends from out of town or other students, please lookout for their safety. Being a responsible friend means to help them get to where they are staying, not let them wander off by themselves, and should they be in need of medical attention, please stay with them until help arrives.
Dealing with New Orleans Police
With the increased number of people on the streets during Mardi Gras, police officers often have little patience when trying to control crowds. If they think you are being uncooperative or creating a danger to yourself or others, you may get arrested and end up in Central Lock-up.
Do not get into a fight: If the police see a fight break out, they will not hesitate to use force to subdue it and then arrest all participants. They don't care how or why the fight started nor do they care who was in the right or in the wrong. If you are arrested (for any reason), it is difficult to be bailed out. Thousands of people are arrested during Mardi Gras and the system gets backed up. Getting out costs $200.00, but the courts are closed and most people spend anywhere from two to five days in jail before they can be bailed out. If you do get arrested, call the Tulane University Police Department at (504) 865-5200.
Be sure you have a list of emergency numbers of people you can call in the event of trouble.
- Tulane University Police Department (TUPD): (504) 865-5200
- Tulane Emergency Medical Services (TEMS): (504) 865-5200
- Fred King - attorney: (504) 913-1666
Safe Rides Shuttle Extended Hours During Mardi Gras – Call (504) 314-7233
In addition to its normal route seven days a week, Safe Rides shuttles will run the following extended hours and dates for your convenience and safety. Pick up location from campus starts from Bruff Commons and will drop off as close as possible to the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon. Return rides to the campus are at the same locations. Be sure to call for your Safe Ride – (504) 314-7233:
Friday, February 28, 2014--8:00 pm to 6:00 am
Saturday, March 1, 2014--8:00 pm to 6:00 am
Sunday, March 2, 2014--8:00 pm to 6:00 am
Monday, March 3, 2014--8:00 pm to 6:00 am
Have a great time and we'll see you at the parades!
Housing and Residence Life, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 (504) 865-5724 firstname.lastname@example.org