January 6 is known as the Feast of the Epiphany, or alternatively, Three Kings’ Day, all over the world. It marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas. But down here in south Louisiana, January 6 is an important date for another reason.
It’s the kickoff for the annual Carnival season that culminates this year on March 1, Fat Tuesday. After last year’s mandate against parades and public gatherings, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has given the thumbs-up to Mardi Gras in the Crescent City.
Heavy drinking is a hallmark of many celebrations
While Mardi Gras winter tourism adds a much-needed financial shot in the arm to our perennially cash-strapped state, some of that revelry inevitably contributes to incidents of intoxicated driving. In the past few years, there have been incidents of drunken driving that resulted in horrific injuries and deaths to innocent victims.
Mardi Gras is a dangerous season
According to a past director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC), Mardi Gras has earned the negative designation as one of the state’s deadliest holiday periods. The attitude of “laissez les bon temps rouler” should not be applied as a license to kill when intoxicated Carnival guests and participants make the choice to drive after partying too hard.
Seek civil justice when injured by drunken revelers
If you have the misfortune of getting into an accident with a drunk driver this Carnival season, you have a path to civil justice. Filing a claim for damages is the first step to take when seeking reparations for the injuries, losses and other damages you suffered.