11 Really Bizarre Louisiana Laws To Keep In Mind For Mardi Gras

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Laissez les bons temps rouler! It’s Mardi Gras! And maybe this is finally the year you head out to New Orleans to drink up, cut loose, and truly go wild.

While NOLA cops are amazingly cool during the “Farewell the Flesh” festival, there are some definitely some “zero tolerance” no-no’s such as public drug consumption or jumping up on a parade float that can and will get you tossed in lock-up. Those crimes are easy enough to avoid, though.

Related: The 5 Most Common Ways To Get Arrested At Mardi Gras: Drugs, Nudity, Pee, More

Where it all gets tricky is that Louisiana’s famously complicated, French-rooted legal system still has ordinances on the books that would make Napoleon himself flip his signature bicorne hat. So before you depart for the Big Easy, take along this handy guide to some of the Pelican State’s most loony laws.

1. It Is Illegal to Practice Voodoo Inside New Orleans City Limits
Only blow-up sex dolls are really welcome at the parade, then — you can’t stick pins in them.

Voodoo shop [Pixabay]

Voodoo shop, not in NOLA … legally. [Pixabay]

2. Mardi Gras Beads May Not Be Thrown From a Third-Story Window
Keep it close to the action, tossers.

Mardi Gras balcony [Pixabay]

Mardi Gras balcony, just the right height. [Pixabay]

3. Condoms May Not Be Thrown From Parade Floats
No, not even after they’ve been inflated and especially not after they’ve been — gross! — otherwise used.

Condom head. [Pixabay]

Condom head. [Pixabay]

4. Snakes Are Not Allowed Within 200 Feet of the Big Parade Route
Plan on utilizing non-hissing neckwear.

Snakes on parade. [Public Domain Pictures]

Snakes on parade. [Public Domain Pictures]

5. Taxi Drivers on Duty May Not Make Love in Their Cabs’ Front Seats
Obviously, then, the party’s in the back.

Taxi, from behind. [Public Domain Pictures]

Taxi, from behind. [Public Domain Pictures]

6. Fake Wrestling Matches Are Prohibited 
It’s real deal or no deal, Gras grapplers.

Fake wrestlers. [Pixabay]

Fake wrestlers. [Pixabay]

7. Alligators May Not Be Tied to Fire Hydrants
Please use the official alligator hitching posts — or just let them roam free.

Alligator, unhitched. [Pixabay]

Alligator, unhitched. [Pixabay]

8. Prank Ordering a Pizza Packs a $500 Fine
Even if you’re just sending a pie to a pal, you need their permission — or you’ll be forking over a lot of pepperoni.

Photo: Hungry Dudes via Wikimedia Commons

If you order this pizza, you’d better mean it! [Hungry Dudes via Wikimedia Commons]

9. Shooting Lasers at Police Officers Is a Serious Offense
So it’s back to the future for you, Interplanetary Federation of Drunkards.

Potential laser violence. [Pixabay]

Potential laser violence. [Pixabay]

10. Snoring Is Prohibited Unless All Bedroom Windows Are Securely Closed
Well, that’s just common courtesy.

Snores galore. [Flickr Commons]

Snores galore. [Flickr Commons]

11. Sex With a Cow Is Not To Be Even Considered
And if you’ve been to Mardi Gras, you know it has been….

How now, cow? [Pixabay]

How now, cow? [Pixabay]

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