2. Respect the children (Part 1).
Wait, there are children around during Mardi Gras!? Like... actual small humans? Believe it or not, Carnival is a family time, and parades are filled with families looking to share in the spirit of the season. A huge spectacle with elaborate floats, costumes, music, and free stuff literally flying through the air? Kids LOVE Mardi Gras. So, if you happen to catch a cool throw because you’re three feet taller than the kid behind you, be a gent and pass it his or her way. It’s just plastic bull crap anyway. Plus, you never know who might be watching and appreciate your generosity.
3. Respect the children (Part 2).
Many of these children arrive with their families and a Mardi Gras ladder, which is a contraption that is essentially a wooden seat nailed to a stepladder, so that the kiddies can see over parade-goers and hopefully catch some cool stuff. Try to stay out of their way and let them enjoy, and God forbid, don’t get hammered and decide you want to climb up there with them when their parents aren’t looking. Yes, this happens. Do not let it be you that does it.