NEW ORLEANS, La. (WFLA) — Louisiana authorities pulled several snaky suspects off the streets of New Orleans over the weekend as the city prepares for Mardi Gras.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, along with the Louisiana State Police, the New Orleans Police Department, the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, and biologists, removed three massive snakes from the French Quarter neighborhood over two days.
On Sunday, the wildlife department said officials removed a 14.5-foot-long Reticulated python, a 3-foot-long Ball python, and a 3-foot-long Burmese python, as well as an opossum.
In addition to removing these animals, which were illegally possessed, the department said authorities also removed dangerous weapons and drugs over the weekend as well.
“There is no Mardi Gras without law enforcement and we are proud to help keep the city safe,” the department said in a Facebook post.
Mardi Gras is the final day of Carnival before Ash Wednesday. French for “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras reflects the practice of the last night of consuming rich, fatty foods in preparation for the fasting season of Lent. This year, Fat Tuesday falls on Feb. 13, 2024.