At Dillard University, the safety and security of our students are of utmost importance, especially during the festive Mardi Gras season. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, here are some important tips to help Dillard University students navigate the festivities safely:
Familiarize Yourself with Parade Routes
Before setting out to enjoy the festivities, take the time to familiarize yourself with the parade routes. Visit NOLA Ready Mardi Gras Info to plan your parade attendance and decide whether you’ll drive or utilize the city transit RTA bus line. Ensure compliance with parking regulations to avoid any inconvenience.
Avoid Walking Alone – Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Walk with confidence and preferably with a friend, especially during the bustling Mardi Gras season. If walking alone, remain vigilant of your surroundings and stick to well-lit routes. Save essential contact numbers such as Dillard Police (504) 816-5310 and 911 or (504) 821-2222 for NOPD in your phone for easy access.
Secure Your Property
Prioritize the security of your residence and vehicle by always locking doors and windows. Keep valuables out of sight in your vehicle, ideally in the trunk or under seats. When attending parades, opt for clothing with deep pockets to secure keys and valuables, and consider wearing long socks for added security.
Adhere to Mardi Gras Rules
Respect Mardi Gras regulations to ensure a smooth and enjoyable celebration for all. Avoid engaging in throwbacks, adhere to parking restrictions, and maintain a safe distance from parade routes. Obey laws regarding public intoxication and underage drinking, and refrain from carrying weapons or engaging in indecent exposure.
Stay Informed and Access Assistance
In case of emergencies, know how to reach out for assistance. Call Dillard University Police at 504-816-5310 for on-campus concerns, and dial 911 or 821-2222 for emergency or non-emergency calls to the New Orleans Police Department.
Embrace the Spirit of Mardi Gras Responsibly
As you immerse yourself in the festivities, remember that safety is our top priority. Enjoy the vibrant celebrations, celebrate the presence of one another, and make lasting memories while adhering to safety guidelines and respecting fellow revelers.
President Ford encourages students to seize the moment, stating, “Students, make a plan and have lots of fun. Be safe but take full advantage of this! No place in the world can you do this.”
Lena Uddyback ’24, SGA President and Urban Studies and Public Policy major, highlights the significance of prioritizing safety during Mardi Gras celebrations, saying, “Mardi Gras is a time for everyone to unite and truly revel in each other’s company. I always ensure I travel in groups, never venturing out alone. Additionally, I consistently carry essentials such as hand sanitizer, emergency cash, a power bank for my phone, and always have water and snacks on hand to stay hydrated and nourished throughout the festivities.”
Let’s embrace the spirit of Mardi Gras responsibly and ensure a safe and enjoyable celebration for all members of the Dillard University community.
You can see current parade schedules and routes online by visiting Mardi Gras Info from the City of New Orleans.