Baton Rouge – Vendors who wish to sell food along parade routes during the upcoming Mardi Gras season first must obtain a permit from the Department of Health - Office of Public Health.

In order to obtain a Mardi Gras Food Vendor Permit, vendors must pass a LDH sanitary inspection. Once a vendor has received a permit, he or she must display that permit prominently while selling food at Mardi Gras events.

Public health sanitarians will check the temperatures of potentially hazardous food, as well as the food handling and hygienic practices of the food service workers. Pushcart vendors or stands selling only packaged food products will be checked for properly labeled food products from approved manufacturers. Any food products found to be adulterated, misbranded or unlabeled will be seized, and regulatory enforcement action will be taken against the owner/operator.

Food vendors should contact their nearest parish health unit to obtain the LDH Mardi Gras Food Vendor Permit. There is a $10 per month of operation permit fee for retail food vendor pushcarts, stands and mobile units.

Wholesale food manufacturers and distributors should contact the State Food and Drug Control Unit for information concerning licensing, registration and label approval of food products and permit fees.

State Food and Drug Control Units

Baton  Rouge
OPH RegionII Office
1772 Wooddale Boulevard 
Baton Rouge, LA 70806 

OPH Region IV Office
Brandywine 3, Suite 100
825 Kaliste Saloom Road
Lafayette, LA 70508

New Orleans-Area Health Units

Orleans Parish Sanitarian Services
1010 Common, Suite 750
New Orleans, LA 70112
Jefferson Parish Environmental Health
111 North Causeway Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70001
Jefferson Parish Environmental Health
1855 Ames Blvd.
Marrero, LA 70072
504-349-8802, ext. 1
St. Bernard Parish Health Unit
2712 Palmisano Blvd., Building C
Chalmette, LA 70043
504-278-7410, ext. 211
St. Tammany Environmental Health
520 Old Spanish Trail
Slidell, LA 70459
Terrebonne Parish Health Unit
600 Polk Street
Houma, LA 70360
(985) 857-3770
Fax: (985) 857-3774
St. Tammany Environmental Health
21454 Koop Drive, Suite 2C
Mandeville, LA 70471

Regional Sanitarian Offices

New Orleans Metro Region I
Jo McLean
(Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard)
Alexandria Region VI
Randy Ducote
(Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon and Winn)
Baton Rouge Region II
Ron Nettles
(Ascension, E. Baton Rouge, E. Feliciana, Iberville, Pt. Coupee, W. Baton Rouge and W. Feliciana)
Shreveport/Bossier Region VII
Ron King
(Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitotches, Red River, Sabine and Webster)
Houma/Thibodaux Region III
Kathy LeBlanc
(Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Mary and Terrebonne)
Monroe Region VIII
Greg Hill
(Caldwell, E. Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union and W. Carroll)
Lafayette Region IV
Steve Tate
(Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion)
St. Tammany Region IX
Bill Hathaway
(Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington)
Lake Charles Region V
Rick Mahaffey
(Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis)