The Mobile Police Department closes streets in the downtown area one hour before each scheduled parade. Non-parking areas are designated by signage. Gold and Purple Mardi Gras "No Parking" signs are placed along the parade routes.
If your vehicle is towed for parking in a non-parking area, it will be taken to a temporary impound lot at Water and Monroe Streets. The temporary fenced lot is located between the former Roussos Restaurant and the Mobile Cruise Terminal under the I-10 roadway.
The lot closes at 11 p.m. each parade night. Vehicles not retrieved by that time will be moved to the permanent impound facility located behind the Mobile Police Training Academy at 1251 Virginia Street.
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, tag receipt, etc.), and proof of current insurance.
RV parking on the medians along Clairborne Street and Canal Street is prohibited. RV parking is available underneath I-10 at Canal and Water Streets for a fee.
Parents are encouraged 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.
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 and the children will be taken to the downtown mini precinct located at 320 Dauphin Street until they can be reunited.
Citizens should not call 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.