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It's the Law: Odd Mardi Gras Laws

Posted: Updated: Feb 6, 2012 06:17 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Krewe of Janus Parade in the twin cities this Saturday means Mardi Gras season is moving into full swing.

There's fun for all - but if you're headed to New Orleans for carnival, there are some odd laws on the books that you should know about.

Parade goers love it when Mardi Gras float riders throw beads and candy at the crowd. Common sense might tell you not to toss anything back at the riders.

April Dovorany reports, "But what if you see someone on the float who looks thirsty and you think, 'I'm going to throw them a cold drink?' You better not do it, because it's the law. "

Carnival is a big deal in the Big Easy, and it's illegal for spectators to throw *any* object at a Mardi Gras parade.

"What if you got a new pet snake or other reptile and you're so attached that you want to bring it to the Mardi Gras parade? You better not, because it's the law", April reports.

Reptiles are forbidden within 200 yards of a Mardi Gras parade route two hours before the parade starts, and you'll have to keep it caged until an hour after the parade ends!

Joe Clawson, Director of the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, says, "Typically, a law like that was passed because people were wearing them as scarves, and others were complaining about being uncomfortable around the snake and when you put a snake in that position - a whole lot can go wrong"

Head to the French Quarter, and you'll probably see revelers toss beads from balconies. But, according to the law, throwing anything from more than 8 feet off the ground is illegal. Yes, this is truly a law.

New Orleans policeman Gary Flot confirms, "Yes, it is illegal to throw anything...", but Officer Flot says enforcing it is up to the discretion of the officer.

"we'll take the appropriate action. We don't always have to arrest someone for any violation. It's officer discretion", Officer Flot adds.

Both the New Orleans Police and District Attorney say these laws did not come out of nowhere. Odd laws happen when someone experiences an odd situation and has their elected leaders fight to make sure it doesn't happen again.

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