According to a recent memo sent out by Carol Hunter, communications director with the Downtown Mobile Alliance, Mardi Gras festivities are now in full swing effective this week in the Azalea City.

Conga lines of colorful floats will be seen by a kinetic collage of spectators as they roll downtown along well-trodden parade paths almost every night from now until Fat Tuesday; often with multiple processions daily.

“With more than one million people expected to fill downtown over the next two weeks, parking can be a bit of a challenge. Many of you know exactly where to find the perfect spot, but for those who don’t, please be aware of the streets where parking is not allowed,” Hunter said.

As noted in the memorandum, parking two hours before the parade is not allowed on streets used for emergency vehicles and staging of equipment. These include, but may not be limited to: Conti from Royal to Broad; Lawrence between Church and Government; Jackson between Government and Conti; Claiborne between St. Louis and St. Anthony.

If one of these no-parking signs is seen, parking is prohibited for the entire block. Vehicles will typically be towed two hours prior to the scheduled start of the parade. Shop local and enjoy the sweet lunacy, but avoid the headache (and embarrassment) of visiting an impound yard by steering clear of these zones.

Travel options such as using smartphone request riding app Uber to get around downtown are available this year for those who have the ability to choose alternative methods outside of parking in LoDa so “laissez les bon temps rouler”.

Click here for a parade schedule of the entire 2016 carnival season courtesy of Mobile Mask.