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Mardi Gras 2024 by The Numbers: New Orleans Delivers a Safe, Successful Celebration

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans today announced the success of Mardi Gras 2024, largely due to the work of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP), Louisiana State Police (LSP) and the entire unified command team of local, state and federal public safety partners.

NOHSEP worked closely with the City’s law enforcement partners to coordinate public safety support during the 2024 Carnival season. This year, Mardi Gras was designated as a Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR) 2 event, which determines the risk level for events that may be considered as potential threat targets and helps determine the security resources needed. The SEAR 2 rating allowed the City to receive additional federal support and public safety resources such as intelligence sharing, law enforcement assets, emergency medical assets and physical security equipment. This additional support led to enhanced patrols, information sharing and intelligence assets assisting NOHSEP in the Emergency Operations Center and the Real Time Crime Center, including members from:

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • United States Coast Guard
  • State Fusion Center
  • State Fire Marshall
  • Louisiana State Police

Mardi Gras by the numbers from Feb. 2 – Feb. 13  

Law Enforcement:

NOPD, LSP, the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) and law enforcement partners from around the state reported 383 arrests and the removal of 143 guns on or near parade routes, in the French Quarter and in the Downtown Development District during the two major weekends of the season.

Orleans Parish Communication District (OPCD):

OPCD, which is responsible for 9-1-1 and 3-1-1 services in Orleans Parish, reported receiving 24,449 calls, with 95.67 percent of emergency calls answered in 15 seconds or less, exceeding the national standard of 90 percent. OPCD also managed 19,116 public safety incidents during this period.

New Orleans Health Department (NOHD):

NOHD handled 1,729 patient assists at the first aid stations, including the distribution of band-aids, ice packs and free COVID-19 test kits. NOHD also activated first aid stations along the parade routes, staffed by 341 volunteers, who worked a combined 2,672 hours, had 156 patient care visits and transferred 30 to New Orleans EMS for care.

New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS):

NOEMS reported receiving 3,173 calls for service from Feb. 3 through Feb. 13; 567 were parade-related. On Feb. 13, EMS received 446 calls for service; 103 were parade related.

Recycle Dat!:

In the second year of the program, the City collected over 10 tons of material, including:

  • 4,288 pounds of glass
  • 4,564 pounds of aluminum cans (approximately 154,263 cans)
  • 12,729 pounds of beads and throws
    • Includes 5,100 pounds collected at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in partnership with Realcycle
    • Also includes 2,144 pounds collected through the Krewe of Reuse program by the Downtown Development District, French Quarter Management District, Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates and Glass Half Full

In addition, for the first time this year, the Recycling Hub, operated by the Osprey Initiative, collected 306 pounds of plastic bottles (approximately 8,300 bottles).

This initiative is spearheaded by a total of 25 participating organizations, including the Office of Resilience and Sustainability, NOLA Ready, New Orleans & Company, Grounds Krewe, Every Can Counts, Glass Half Full and other community partners. Fiscal sponsors include the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Entergy, EMR Metal Recycling and Louisiana Beverage Association.


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