Mardi Gras Safety


By: Toby Talbot

Mardi Gras is one of the most exciting times in Louisiana, but it can also be a very dangerous time. During Louisiana’s five-day Mardi Gras holiday in 2017, there were 629 crashes that resulted in injury or fatality, more than any other holiday period, according to figures from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. The crashes caused 10 deaths and 1,117 injuries. In 84 of the crashes, three of the deaths and 158 of the injuries, alcohol was involved.

Another alarming risk during Mardi Gras is the possible danger of parade-goers being injured or killed by floats. In New Orleans in 2008, a rider was struck and killed by an Endymion float while disembarking near the end of its route. In Marksville in 2008, a driver didn’t realize his younger brother was standing between his pickup truck and the float it was towing; he drove forward, pinning his little brother under the float and killing him. In Carencro in 2009, a man fell off a Mardi Gras float which then rolled over him and killed him.

Safety tips

  • ALWAYS plan ahead and choose a designated driver

  • NEVER allow a friend to drive if they have been drinking alcohol

  • ALWAYS respect barricades

  • NEVER lean over the float railings or step too close to the float

  • ALWAYS wear your float harness

Toby Talbot

Toby joined Danos in 2014 as a safety technician supervisor for the hook up and commissioning of Chevron’s Jack St. Malo. As the project ended, he joined the safety staff as a production safety specialist. Prior to joining Danos, Toby worked as a production inspector for BSEE and served in the United States Navy.  


Gail Orgeron || 13-Feb-2018 10:28 AM
Thanks Danos for such great tips to keep everyone safe. During this fun exciting and scary time of the year. Happy Mardi Gras Danos!

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