Friday, February 18, 2011

Mardi Gras and the NOPD

In dealing with festivities of this magnitude, the NOPD solicits the cooperation of the public which is essential for a safe and orderly season. 


Personal property, including clothing, should not be left in unattended vehicles.  If no alternative depository is available, personal property should then be locked in the trunk of the vehicle prior to parking.


Police officers will be visible along parade routes before, during and after the parades. Uniformed officers will engage in crowd control and plainclothes officers will be among the spectators for detection of crimes such as pickpocketing, etc.  Parade spectators are cautioned against carrying large sums of money or jewelry with them as purse snatchers and persons, who are adept at pickpocketing, seize the opportunity in crowd situations.  Spectators are reminded also it is illegal to drink from an open metal or glass container on or near parade routes.

There will also be an increased police presence in the Downtown, French Quarter, CBD and DDD areas. Officers will be patrolling on foot, on scooters, on segways, on motorcycles and the Mounted Unit will also be on patrol. Parking will be limited, so it is strongly suggested citizens utilize carpools, taxicabs or other forms of public transportation.  Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and towed. 

Article IV of the Mardi Gras Ordinance, entitled, “Throws and Throwing,” prohibit riders and maskers from tossing throws or favors to the rear and/or front of their floats or trucks.  It also prohibits them from throwing in the parade formation and disbanding areas.  This will be ENFORCED to provide for the safety of our citizens, especially children.  It is quite hazardous for trinket seekers to be in either the front or rear of floats and trucks, as well as in the formation and disbanding areas, which are heavily congested. 


Owners of property along parade routes are reminded that this Mardi Gras ordinance also prohibits the erecting of stands or platforms on the sidewalk, street and/or medians. The CHAINING OF LADDERS to public property, light standards, utility poles, and/or to each other, IS PROHIBITEDALL LADDERS used by parade spectators should be structurally sound.  No ladders, chairs, ice chests, chaise lounges, etc. should be placed in intersections, on medians or between curbs of public streets. The rule governing ladders is: LADDERS SHOULD BE PLACED AS MANY FEET BACK FROM THE STREET CURB AS THE LADDER IS HIGH.


MARDI GRAS is a show enjoyed by millions, and the New Orleans Police Department will utilize all resources to assure that it is as safe as possible for all to enjoy.

French Quarter Trouble

On Friday, February 18, 2011, at 2:20am, the victim, 22y/o W/M, and a friend observed an unknown white male acting aggressively toward two unknown females. The victim tried to intercede in the argument, but the suspect picked up a piece of broken flower pot and struck the victim. Responding officers apprehended the suspect, Derrick Prejeant, W/M, 3-28-74. Additional information on this arrest and/or any subsequent prosecution can be obtained via the Docket Master at If you have any information on this incident, please contact Det. Nolan at 658-6080. You may also call Crimestoppers anonymously at 822-1111. Remember to report any suspicious persons or activities you see in your neighborhood by calling 821-2222. In an emergency, call 911 immediately. Captain Edwin Hosli Eighth District
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