Mardi Gras By The Numbers

NEW ORLEANS – Mardi Gras is in full swing and city employees are working hard to make sure it’s a safe season for everyone. 

In addition to the New Orleans police department at 100 percent capacity, the New Orleans Fire Department and New Orleans Emergency Medical Services will have “all hands on deck and be ready to respond in the event of an emergency,” according to a press release from the city.

Below are some behind-the-scenes figures from the city of New Orleans about what goes into throwing the biggest free party in the world.

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Number of  portable toilets for public use: 650  (See map of locations here.) 

Number of temporary “no parking” signs put up along parade routes: 3,000 

Number of city workers, temporary workers and contracted employees hired for post-parade cleanup: 600 

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Pieces of equipment used by the department of sanitation for post-parade clean-up: 87

Ticket cost for throwing objects at any participant in a carnival parade: $250 

 Ticket cost to any car parked illegally along the parade route: $75 (plus tow)

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The 3 prohibited items for sale along the parade route: silly string, snap pops and stink bombs

For a map of all the parades and routes, click here.

-By Jenny Peterson, Associate News Editor, Biz New Orleans

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