Officials ready for Mardi Gras 2019, want revelers ready too

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
February 12, 2019 - 1:05 pm

Local, state and federal leaders gathered today to make sure they are ready for Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  

Mayor LaToya Cantrell hosted police, fire, EMS and other agencies.  

"We have the worlds greatest experts right here as it relates to public safety... we are more than prepared for Mardi Gras 2019."

She also urged revelers to help.

"At the end of the day, use common sense.  We can not do it alone.  It takes all of us to do the right thing," Cantrell insisted. "And so as we are prepared, we need our residents and our visitors to be just as prepared as the city of New Orleans."

Officials reminded everyone not to pre-stage or leave ladders and furniture along a route, drink responsibly, not to drive drunk and leave their guns at home.

NOPD says it is prepared to work with all of the public safety partners to provide a safe celebration.

"We will be all hands on deck for this event.  Meaning; we will have a presence in the French Quarters as well as along the parade route and more importantly throughout our neighborhoods of New Orleans," Police Chief Shaun Ferguson said. "We will continue to provide the quality of public safety service."

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