Lafayette Consolidated Shares Mardi Safety Tips and Rules

Mardi Gras 2023 is in full swing and there are many great parades and other celebrations throughout Acadiana this weekend.

The community of Lafayette will feature the Krewe de Canailles Walking Parade tonight, followed by the Carencro Parade on Saturday at 10:00 am, the Krewe des Chiens at 12:00 pm in downtown Lafayette and the Rio Parade at 6:30 pm Clock put into motion Lafayette.

Sunday is highlighted by the Scott Mardi Gras Parade at 1:00 p.m.


The bottom line is that when you travel, make sure you follow the rules and regulations of your local community.

Lafayette Consolidated Government, Facebook
Lafayette Consolidated Government, Facebook

The consolidated government of Lafayette has issued, if you will, a handy guide to Mardi Gras safety and some rules for watching the parades in the Hub City, and we’ve detailed it all for you below:


Location of the command post along the parade route:

• Fire Station #1 at Vermilion and Lee Streets
• No. 5 Fire Station at Johnston St. and St. Julien Street
• Lafayette Police Bus at Johnston Street and S. College

Lost for found children – can be taken to any officer along the parade route or to one of the command posts listed above.
Please note: Parents are asked to place a note in each child’s bag with the child’s name, address and phone number of a contact in case the parents and child become separated. (The number should be someone who will be at home, not with the parents or the child.)

medical assistance – The Acadian Ambulance Service will station ambulance units along the parade route. Citizens requiring medical assistance should notify one of the police officers along the parade route or report to the nearest police headquarters.

Park – No parking is allowed on the streets and sidewalks along the parade routes. The municipal parking garage on Vermilion Street will not be open to the public. Parking at Blackham Coliseum within the gated area is restricted to carts and people picking up band members and other parade participants.

disability consideration – The following areas are designated as handicapped accessible. An accessible Mardi Gras Parade Zone will be available for citizens with disabilities attending parades in Lafayette. The zone is located at the intersection of Johnston Street and St. Julien Street at Fire Station Number Five. The zone will be cordoned off and specially reserved for citizens with disabilities to enjoy the parades. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

prohibitions – The following are prohibited along the parade route:

– Any product designed to be thrown or stepped on a hard surface to make a popping sound: e.g. Stupid Thread; Animals; skateboards; whips; glass container.

– No blinking (exposing yourself) and no throwing objects back at float riders.

– Entering the cordoned off areas during the parades is not allowed and will be strictly enforced.

We hope this helps give you peace of mind as you visit Lafayette to enjoy Mardi Gras 2023.

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