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Explanation on No Golf Rule at Mardi Gras

The state of Alabama does not permit golf carts not registered for street use on public roadways.

During Mobile’s Mardi Gras, no golf carts are permissible on the parade route while the parade is in progress.

However, golf carts that have been upgraded into low-speed vehicles (LSV) are permitted downtown during Mardi Gras under certain provisions.  

The LSV must meet the following requirements to be considered licensed for street use. It must have:

  • - A 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number;
  • - Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin certifying that the LSV complies with state safety regulations; and
  • - Department of Transportation-approved windshields, seat belts, mirrors, four-wheel brakes, headlights, taillights and directional signals.

Individuals on LSV must comply with the Rules of the Road.

  • - Must ride with the flow of traffic;
  • - Not allowed on sidewalks; and
  • - Cannot travel on blocked streets due to emergency vehicle access.

A waiver is granted to those associated with conducting an approved business activity related to Mardi Gras such as a vendor.

For inquiries contact MPD Public Affairs Office

Contact Phone #: 251-208-1918 Contact Email:

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