NEW ORLEANS (BRPROUD)- With Mardi Gras activities returning for a few weeks of fun; the American Red Cross warns carnival goers to be cautious as recent COVID-19, and its variant Omicron continues to rise across the state.

This is the first time since start of the pandemic that the 2022 Mardi Gras parade activities are back in Louisiana after cancellation.

American Red Cross wants carnival goers to significantly keep these safety reminders in order if participating in the outings;

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS:

  • The safest way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated and boosted. 
  • Even if you are vaccinated, you should wear a mask when in public indoor settings or in large crowds.
  • Ensure your mask covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly to your face.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from people outside of your household when possible.

BEFORE THE PARADES:

  • Put your name, address and phone number on a piece of paper and place in your kid’s sock.
  • Ensure your children have used the bathroom before leaving.
  • Teach your children how to identify police if they are lost. 
  • Plan a safe meet-up spot with friends in family in case you lose connectivity.
  • Carry any pertinent medical information regarding your health that could help paramedics analyze the situation if you get sick.

DURING THE PARADES:

  • Travel in groups, and don’t wander down dark alleys or lightly trafficked streets.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • If in sunlight, apply sunscreen regularly.
  • Do not jump over police barricades. Ask permission to cross the street.
  • Do not bring a purse. Keep personal items in your front pockets.
  • Stand a safe distance away from floats. Do not chase floats or follow marching bands.
  • Do not throw beads at other people, including float riders.
  • Keep track of how many drinks you consume, and do not drive if you consume alcohol.
  • Do not accept drinks from strangers.
  • If you are separated from your child, notify police immediately. Several “lost children” sites should be on the parade route.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives. To learn more about the American Red Cross visit redcross.org