Keep safe as the year’s festivities are on the way

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, January 10, 2018

We are now two weeks into 2018, and here in the Gulf Coast region it’s time for another holiday season, Mardi Gras.

Parades will be a plenty from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to New Orleans. A parade is also set here in Picayune as part of the local recognition of Fat Tuesday.

As we get closer to parade season, keep in mind that Mardi Gras comes with its own perils.

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Parades in other parts of the country are mostly laid back affairs, which require little participation from the audience.

But Mardi Gras parades elicit audience involvement because there’s beads and other throws to be had for those with quick reflexes.

If this is your first year attending a parade, here are some tips that will come in handy.

No matter where you are planning to catch a parade, be sure to stay out of the path of the floats while securing throws. You don’t want to be the person the local media has to use as an example of what not to do while celebrating Carnival. Keep in mind, the beads being thrown are just bits of plastic, so don’t risk your wellbeing and more importantly your life over a trinket.

If you plan to see a parade in the Big Easy, otherwise known as NOLA, be prepared for large crowds and take the proper precautions. With larger crowds comes the prevalence of pickpockets. If you must carry a wallet with you at a parade, keep it in your front pocket. All other valuables should be left at home or at least in your vehicle out of sight.

Also, while attending any parade in any city, keep in mind that the police officers working the events are there to protect you. If they ask you to step back, or give any other command, respect their intent to keep you safe and comply.

Calling someone to bail you out of jail for not doing what you’re told will put a major damper on your festive weekend.