825 Alcohol Citations Issued Over Mardi Gras

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 in Local Issues, NOPD

The office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control was very busy over Mardi Gras cracking down on under age drinking and the sale of alcohol to minors. Throughout the entire state, officials gave over 825 citations, 666 of which were given in the New Orleans area. Luckily, the only arrests were of five people who attempted to flee.

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Of those citations, the majority of citations given locally were for underage drinking and selling too minors, the French Quarter saw 393. Citations along parade routes were fewer. The busiest day only saw 53 citations for parade goers, and only 30 were given on Mardi Gras day. Possibly the biggest bust of the season was of a keg party held by a fraternity in the back of a moving truck.

The fraternity had parked a moving van filled with kegs on the corner of Carondelet and St. Joseph and for $20 allowed people to drink all day. Officials charged them with selling alcohol without a license and selling alcohol to minors after they found the fraternities wristbands on minors. One of the three people that took responsibility for the event was only twenty years old. The agents seizes 97 kegs and shells with approximately 1,503 gallons of beer inside. This number does not include the 100 kegs that the group had bought earlier in the week.

If you or anyone you know received a citation over Mardi Gras, Bloom Legal will fight to clear your record. Contact us at 504-599-99

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