Going to Family Gras or Jefferson Parish Mardi Gras parades? Sign up for alerts

Family Gras in Metairie
Record crowds attended Family Gras 2016. This is a picture of the audience during the January 30 performance by the Monkees. (The Times-Picayune file archive)

Jefferson Parish residents and parade goers alike can now get live updates during Family Gras 2017 and other Mardi Gras parades sent directly to their phone.

Parish officials Monday introduced a new system to alert people of happenings during Family Gras that include performances, gate openings, and other urgent information. Residents can register by texting FAMILYGRAS17 to 888777 from a mobile device. 

The notification system will also give updates on parades and interact with Jefferson's social media accounts.