All itinerant food vendors participating in Mardi Gras parades and activities must be permitted by the Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health. In advance of the parades, all vendors, including stands, pushcarts and mobile units, must pass a LDH sanitary inspection, and must prominently display their LDH Mardi Gras Food Vendor Permit.

Public health sanitarians will be checking the temperatures of potentially hazardous food, 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 the nearest parish health unit to obtain their 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 Region II Office
1772 Wooddale Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

OPH Region IV
Office Brandywine 3, Suite 100
825 Kaliste Saloom Road1
Lafayette, LA 70508

New Orleans-Area Health Units
Orleans Parish Sanitarian Services
Tidewater Place, Suite 1700
1010 Common, Suite 750
New Orleans, LA 70112

Jefferson Parish Environmental Health
111 North Causeway Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70001
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
21454 Koop Drive, Suite 2C
Mandeville, LA 70471

Regional Sanitarian Offices

New Orleans Metro Region I
(Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard)
Jo McLean

Baton Rouge Region II
(Ascension, E. Baton Rouge, E. Feliciana, Iberville,
Pt. Coupee, W. Baton Rouge, W. Feliciana)
Ron Nettles

Houma/Thibodaux Region III
(Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James,
St. John, St. Mary, Terrebonne)
Teda Boudreaux

Lafayette Region IV
(Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry,
St. Martin,Vermilion)
Steve Tate

Lake Charles Region V
(Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis)
Rick Mahaffey

Alexandria Region VI
(Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle,
Rapides, Vernon, Winn)
Randy Ducote

Sheveport/Bossier Region VII
(Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto,
Natchitotches, Red River,
Ron King

Monroe Region VIII
(Caldwell, E. Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison,
Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, W. Carroll)
Greg Hill

St. Tammany Region IX
(Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington)
Bill Hathaway