Parades begin in earnest this evening, meaning beads-related black eyes, scraped knees from the high seas of New Orleans sidewalks and other seasonal ailments may be in your immediate future. Here are five places (in order from Uptown to downtown) where New Orleans Health Department will staff first-aid stations along the Uptown parade route on Feb. 2-4 and Feb. 7-13:
- The corner of St. Charles and Napoleon avenues
- The corner of St. Charles and Washington avenues
- St. Charles Avenue and Felicity Street
- At soon-to-be-renamed Lee Circle
- St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street
There also will be a station at Orleans Avenue and N. Hennessey Street on Feb. 10, during the Endymion parade. Stations should be manned one hour before the first parade's float until crowds disperse.
God forbid you should need an emergency room at this time of year, but if it comes up, there are emergency departments at Touro Infirmary
(1401 Foucher St., about two blocks off the Uptown route) and at Ochsner Baptist
(2700 Napoleon Ave.). A little further away from the Uptown route — but close to the Endymion route — there is an emergency room at University Medical Center (2000 Canal St.).
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