Thousands of people hit the streets on Saturday to partake in the first big Mardi Gras parade of the season, and next weekend will be more of the same. The Shreveport Police Department wants to remind parade-goers to celebrate safely.
Last Saturday, police made more than 120 arrests along the parade route, many for alcohol-related fights and public intoxication. Sgt. Bill Goodin of the Shreveport Police Department told us that more than half of those arrests were for minors in possession of alcohol.
Officers on foot, bicycles and even horseback heavily patrol the entire parade route, but especially focus on the section they call "Area 2," which is along Shreveport-Barksdale Highway stretching from Clyde Fant Parkway to E. King's Highway. This area is more commonly-known as a place to party and that's where officers see most alcohol-related offenses take place, said Sgt. Goodin. He said officers made about 105 of the 122 arrests during the Krewe of Centaur parade in that area.
The police remind parade-goers to remember three things that will help keep themselves and others safe while celebrating Mardi Gras next weekend: use discretion, use common sense and treat others as you would want to be treated.