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How not to be a jerk

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How not to be a jerk

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is one big collective party, a time to celebrate all the city has to offer with friends and family. So, nobody wants to be that guy. You know the type: the one who wrecks the good time for everyone else.

Here are some guidelines to keep the good times rolling — for you and everyone else around you.

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Know the rules

New Orleans has a few rules in place specifically for Mardi Gras revelers. Among them:

  • Ladders, grills and tents must be at least 6 feet away from the curb on all parade routes, and they also can't block sidewalks or be set up in blocked intersections.

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Walk a mile in their shoes

The New Orleans Police Department is charged with keeping the peace, which can be a pretty big task during the largest party of the year. Remember to be respectful and follow any directions given to you by an officer.

Get an inside look at how the NOPD handles the chaos.

Chris Granger, | The Times-Picayune

Hosting or visiting? Stay classy

If you're hosting a party along the route, remember that there's one thing you can't have enough of: Toilet paper.

If you're a guest, remember to respect the rules of the house and get out of there once the parade starts so the host can enjoy it, too. Follow these rules to make sure you get invited again next year.

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Love your bartender

Look, we know it'll be busy at local bars, but that doesn't mean you can't show a little love to the folks pouring your drinks. Here are some tips from bartenders how on how to get a drink during Mardi Gras.

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Watch the glitter

If you're using a ride-hailing service like Uber, a regular taxicab or just jumping into a friends car, remember to watch the glitter or body paint you could leave behind. If necessary, bring something to sit on so you don't leave bits of your costume onto any car seats.

Get more tips on how to use Uber during the busiest time of the year.

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Don't get your car towed

Tow trucks and police enforce all parking regulations in neighborhoods near parade routes, and they especially keep an eye out for those who have parked within 20 feet of crosswalks, intersections and stop signs or blocked driveways. Also make sure to park with your passenger side toward the curb in the direction of travel. If you are parked in a driveway, don't block the sidewalk. Parking on the neutral ground is also forbidden. The city of New Orleans has a list of common parking ticket fees. They can also be paid online.

  • If your car gets booted, you'll have to pay your fine to get the boot removed. To make the payment, call 504.599.5652.

Ted Jackson, | The Times-Picayune

What now?

So you didn't pay attention to all those warnings and got your car towed. Next, you'll have to get down to the city's impound lot. It's at 400 N. Claiborne Ave., which is underneath Interstate 10. To get your car back, you'll be required to pay the parking violation fine, the cost of any outstanding tickets, a $161.25 towing fee and a $19 per day storage fee.

Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune

The buddy system: Not just for kids

 OK, we may not have all been there, but we know that things happen. If you think a friend got arrested, you can search for their names through the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office Inmate Master Search.

Michael DeMocker, and the Times-Picayune

Give us your gripes

Did you know that NOPD officers clear Bourbon Street at midnight after Mardi Gras Day? Watch this video to see it happen.

Then, give us your gripes. What did we miss? What do you wish everyone knew during parades, Mardi Gras and the celebration of all things Carnival? Leave a comment below.