Don’t pee on the street: The Mardi Gras parade restroom guide

Ain't No Place To Pee On Mardi Gras Day - By Benny Grunch

It’s that time of the year again for parade goers and revelers. Finding a place to relieve nature’s call can be difficult amid the consumption of food and drinks at Carnival season parades. No worries, though, because this guide provides ways to relieve yourself without getting thrown in a jail cell.

Do not pee on the street

Finding a place to pee behind a dumpster or some other secluded place in public might seem like a good idea, but public urination can get you arrested on misdemeanor charges in New Orleans. Stick to other options for relief instead.

City portables

The city’s Department of Property Management has placed more than 650 portable toilets throughout New Orleans for public use. The map below displays where those toilets are located.

Find a friend with a portable toilet or private bathroom

It's not surprising to find residents with their own portable toilets placed near their homes or loaded onto their pickup trucks. New Orleans lets residents place portables on their private property, but they need permits if they plan to charge a usage fee for those toilets.

Setting up a portable on neutral grounds, public sidewalks or other public property is illegal without written consent from the appropriate government agency. Anyone who places a portable on public property without consent will get a fine of $250 per day. The easiest thing to do might be to use private bathrooms belonging to friends who live near parade routes, but remember to always be gracious and respectful to anyone who lets you use their own bathroom.

Visit places to eat with restroom access

Catching beads and other trinkets can work up an appetite, so kill two birds with one stone by eating and drinking at places with restroom access. | The Times-Picayune dining writer Todd Price has a list of options for restrooms in his 70-plus list of places to eat and drink along parade routes. Here are those restroom options from his list:

  • Del Fuego Taqueria: 4518 Magazine St.
  • St. Stephen Catholic School: 1025 Napoleon Ave.
  • Columns Hotel Bar: 3811 St. Charles Ave.
  • Superior Grill: 3636 St. Charles Ave
  • Lula: 1532 St. Charles Ave.
  • Avenue Pub: 1732 St. Charles Ave.

Hotel restrooms

Hotel restroom use is an option if you’re staying at the hotel in question.


Women can use a urination device called GoGirl to pee while standing up. The website for this device says GoGirl is a discreet and hygienic tool that can fit in one’s pocket or purse. It is disposable, but the website advises users to clean it for reuse.