The Mobile Police Department has provided the following Mardi Gras safety tips and information on towed vehicles, lost children and parade inquiries.
Safety Tips & Things Prohibited
Towed vehicles will be taken to a Temporary Impound Lot at Royal Street and Madison Street. The temporary fenced lot is located beside the Mobile Cruise Terminal near the I-10 roadway.
The Temporary Impound Lot stays open 1 hour and 30 minutes after the end of each parade. Vehicles not retrieved by that time will be moved to the permanent impound facility located behind the Mobile Police Academy at 1251 Virginia Street. The phone number to call if your vehicle was towed during Mardi Gras is 251-690-7074 or 251-690-7077.
The cost to retrieve a vehicle from either of the impound lots is $125. Only cash, debit cards or Mastercard and Visa credit cards will be accepted. Motorists picking up their towed vehicles must present a valid driver’s license, proof of ownership (registration, a tag receipt, etc.) and proof of current insurance.
Most vehicles are towed because of parking violations. The Mobile Police Department will begin closing streets in the downtown area one hour before each scheduled parade. Non-parking areas will be designated by signage, including special gold Mardi Gras “No Parking” signs along the parade routes.
RV parking on the medians along Claiborne Street and Canal Street is prohibited. There will be RV parking underneath I-10 at Canal and Water Streets for a fee.
Police urge parents to make every effort to place an identity card in their child’s pocket in the event they become separated from each other. The card should provide the name of the child, address, telephone contact numbers and the name of a relative. Or parents can pick up a MyMPD Carnival Badge, which is free of charge, at police headquarters or any precinct.
In the event parents and children are separated, children should be instructed to go to the nearest police officer. Police will attempt to contact the parents. The children will be taken to the downtown precinct located at 320 Dauphin Street until they can be reunited with parents.
Citizens are asked to refrain from calling 911 or the Mobile Police Department’s non-emergency number for Mardi Gras information requests. Those requests can be addressed by dialing 311, the city’s information line, or go to www.311.cityofmobile.org.