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Police: Underage drinking a problem during Mardi Gras

Police push safety at Mardi Gras parades. (Photo source: WLOX News) Police push safety at Mardi Gras parades. (Photo source: WLOX News)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

There are several parades planned for revelers this weekend coast wide. But before you start catching those colorful beads, authorities said consider safety or you could be catching a ride in an ambulance or police car.

Floats, marching bands, and a wide assortment of parade loot, it's hard not to have a good time at any Mardi Gras parade. But that fun could be cut short if you're not careful. Each year, police deal with many problems at parades that start with alcohol.

"Allot of those issues stem from our adolescents, our teenagers. So were asking parents to keep an eye on those teenagers. Mainly drinking, if there is any underage drinking we have plain clothes officers, as well as uniformed officers that are trained to look for that and they are going to be arrested,” said Chief Deputy Clay Jones with the D'Iberville Police Department.

Jones said when it comes to your little revelers, make sure you keep them close.

"We ask the parents to keep those children behind barricades. Make sure that if there are throws on the ground. Those children don't run out in front of floats and grab throws. There will be plenty of time for that after the parade,” he added.

Getting to the parade early can ensure a good location for throws and save your vehicle from being towed.

"Parking can be an issue. We ask that all of our citizens don't block driveways. Don't park in handicap spots and don't park in fire zones,” he said.

Disorderly conduct such as cursing in public or fighting is also another common problem police see on the parade route.

"Just be patient with one another. It's a great time of year. Everybody's having a good time. Be patient,” Jones said.

Jones said many law enforcement agencies including D'Iberville police enforce DUIs heavily during the Mardi Gras season.

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