How to Play It Safe While Attending the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade

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The 84th annual Sugar Bowl semifinal matchup featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide versus the Clemson Tigers is officially sold out, but you can still come enjoy the pre-game parade on December 31. The Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade is a Mardi Gras-style parade, which New Orleans is famous for. There will be bands, floats and parade performers galore, but remember, parades also pose safety risks. Have fun, but play it safe with these tips from our personal injury lawyers in New Orleans.

Pick a Safe Spot to Watch

The Sugar Bowl parade begins about 2:30 p.m. at the Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street intersection and will run from 3 to 5 p.m. Parade participants will travel up Decatur along the Mississippi River and through the French Quarter. At approximately 3:30, it will pass the Allstate Fan Fest stage located in Jax Brewery’s parking lot. Parade performers will stop here to do a two-minute show before continuing along the parade route and finish up on Canal Street.

Know the parade route and arrive early so you can scout for good places to watch the event before it gets too crowded. Look for spots that allow an unobstructed view, but also provide a quick escape route should a dangerous situation arise. This could potentially include a vehicle plowing into the crowd as seen at the Endymion Mardi Gras parade earlier this year. Nearly 50 attendees were injured and four killed in a similar incident during the OSU Homecoming parade in May 2015.

Parade Safety Tips

There are many opportunities for injuries to occur anytime you attend a large event, but tips from our personal injury lawyers in New Orleans can help boost safety awareness. Since it’s an outdoor event, start by bringing necessary supplies like sunscreen and plenty of water. While the average temp is in the mid-60s this time of year, cloud cover can make it feel cooler.

Other parade safety tips include:

  • Stay behind the barriers, which are there for your protection.
  • Dress appropriately by wearing layers you can easily remove, if you become too warm.
  • Don’t allow children to run into the street to retrieve items.
  • Avoid the thickest part of a crowd to prevent crushing or trampling in an emergency.
  • Use the buddy system, especially single females.
  • Charge your phones, so you can stay in touch with each other or call emergency personnel.
  • Don’t walk near floats.
  • Select a meeting place in case of separation especially kids.
  • Tell children to only speak to police officers or security personnel and never go with a stranger.
  • Don’t allow children to eat candy thrown from floats/parade vehicles until you inspect it.
  • Don’t wear expensive items and keep wallets and purses close to your body.
  • Leave your pet(s) at home.
  • Pay attention and if you see something suspicious, report it.

New Year’s Eve celebrants use the parade as a kickoff to 2018, so prepare for drunk fellow attendees and persons in your group. Designate a driver, if your group will be imbibing to ensure someone stays sober enough to drive. Or, call for a ride. Ride sharing apps offer a safe alternate too.

Hire Top Personal Injury Lawyers in New Orleans

If you’re hurt during a parade or other large event due to someone else’s negligence, call the personal injury attorneys in New Orleans at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys. Our office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but we’ll take your call 24/7 at (504) 345-1111, or use our LiveChat online. We offer free consults and there’s never a fee, unless we win your case!