by Jeff Thomas

This Mardi Gras was marred by two shocking deaths.  Yet despite these tragedies, parade goers generally feel safe.  You ever wonder why Mardi Gras in New Orleans is so safe? 

Of course, you know the NOPD is still the best crowd control department in the country.  And the state police supplement the efforts of the NOPD in the French Quarter.  Hundreds of thousands of people in a small area and yet there are no large scale catastrophes.  But if something were to happen, you might be happy to know that there are people in place to help protect us all.

Did you know the US Department of Homeland Security has a huge presence at Mardi Gras?  You probably have noticed the helicopters cruising the sky up and down the parade routes.  Probably, you don’t know how they can actually help if they are needed. 

Director Francisco J. Rodriguez and Staff in Command Center

That’s because the command center is not on the parade route.  Like something out of a spy thriller, the most state-of-the-art big rig is parked at a remote location.  In this rig special agents monitor local cameras that can zoom in and give precise identities and track movements and send that info up to the helicopters who can shine lights and help local officers on the ground.  In fact, the command center can coordinate audio communication between the officers, helicopter pilots and command agents who can track suspects across a wide area.

James Bond and Jason Bourne would be proud.  And the citizens and visitors to New Orleans can rest assured that the best technology available is on the ground and in the air.  “We are just there in a support role,” said Francisco J. Rodriguez, who serves as the Director of the New Orleans Air and Marine Branch of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  He is the team leader of the pilots who provide air support along the parade routes.

So New Orleans is not a soft target during Mardi Gras.  Agents drive from as far away as Detroit and Buffalo to man the command center.  They work Superbowls, college football championships, natural disasters and can even support the President of the United States.  So, the big crowds of Mardi Gras are what the command center is designed to combat.  Multiple cameras, several police agencies, helicopters in the sky, cell phone calls and pressure are seamlessly integrated into the mobile command center, analyzed and a precise strategy is sent to the boots on the ground.

“We want to make sure all citizens are safe and can enjoy Carnival,” said Rhonda Lawson, Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Go catch your cups and beads and don’t worry.  Cause the eyes in the sky and the boots on the ground are coordinated and they are ready to catch anyone who gets out of line.

3 thoughts on “Were You Really Safe at Mardi Gras Parades?”
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  2. ‘Dats what it’s all about, right? Its all a Great Parade! But of what? Catch CoVid 19 while you’re at it!!!
    LBRC- What is about to be said will offend “Average”!!! Apologies in advance!!! Facts? Only a few more messages remain!!! 1st Truth, then…

    1. Some of us have access to so- called “Most Intelligent” Scientist in The World. Even after the so- called deaths of “Gifted”, their documented works have remained aka  Imhotep, Newton, Einstein, Mozart, Bach (The so- called Moor). In 2020, a Harvard Physicist, Lisa Randall (CERN Analyst), does surface occasionally and provides easy access of info for those capable of comprehending what less than .00001 of nearly 8 million can. For example-

    a. How do you explain counting like 0, 1, 10, 11, 100, 101…- Unless you comprehend Base 2? Base 3? 0, 1, 2, 10, 11, 12…? 

    b. What does average and those “Organically” impaired hardly ever will? Most know 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 aka Base 10? Average says, “I can count”! The question  always is, what? “Count The Cost” in Base 3! You’ll get ‘Dat next week on your way to…?

    c. Average uses a technology called “Computer”. Digits 0 and 1 represent “Off” and “On”, right? Therefore, those who claim technology proficiency know “Off and On”? ‘Stuntin intelligence? We just ‘askin…

    2. Government owns “The People” aka MK Ultra and yada…! Stanford University and elsewhere have actually “Recorded and Stored Human Thoughts”, ‘Guv funded! Planted…?  

    3. An employed government Scientist (Rewarded Exceptionally Monetarily with Amenities) explained so- called ESP/Extra Sensory Perception like this-

    a. ESP is like Hyper Statistical Computations of Probability nearing Certainties! China has a “Super Computer” which calculates “Quadrillions” of pieces of info “Per Sec.”! This Computer is a so- called “AI Psychic”! Average tags it “Supernatural”, Hmmm…! What is it? Ans. A very accurate Probability Computer! Duh…???

    b. Evil is a mimic, just like a liar mimics Truth! CERN has released the “Great Mimic”! #45 and MEGA in addition to your average Preacher Apostate, Deceiving Politico (Republican and Democrat) are more empowered in 2020 than ever before! In 2020 Males are Female Mimics and Vice Versa (we’re not passing judgment)- There are Males who say they are Females trapped in bodies of Male and versa for Females. In 2020 Filthy is hip and Clean is Jive, Vulgar is Status Quo aka “Common” and Polite is old fashioned and yada…! “Average has faith in “Upside Down”! “Man/Woman is smarter then they’ve ever been? Apostate Preachers, common liars, Gift of Gab Artist, Wordsmiths, TV/Brain Dead Tube enthusiast, Vulgar and common Radio plus yada…, rule! ‘Simps take in all and run! 

    4. “There is no “Genius” except “Truth”!!! Who knows? 

    5. The Most High High has just about exhausted His “Mercy”! Man says “Stupid ‘ain’t worth educating”! The Most High Never said ‘Dat! However and over- “Stupid will do as  Stupid does”! In 2020, ubiquitous and available facts remain unexplored and  “Average” has little interest! The Most High said? “Study”!!! There are lots, especially Common Negroes, who “Glory” in Ignorance aka “The ‘Gutto Fabulous” aka Ghetto/Gutto “Peacocks”! Grandma said- “They’re Crazy and think they’re happy”? 

    6. What did The Christ say? Forgive them, “They Know Not…”!!! Pollution is Ignorance? Greta the kid tried, right? 

    7. Finally, a Hand on the Wall says? “You have been weighted in the balance and…”!!! You pervert Truth daily! The Most High is “A” and “The Witness”!!! Uh oh…!!! Peace… 

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