- Associated Press - Sunday, February 23, 2014

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Mardi Gras brings out families to enjoy food, parades and colorful beads.

It’s also known for alcohol and loud music.

So in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, alcohol- and tobacco-free zones have been established along parade routes for people who want to enjoy the festivities and not drink, The Daily Comet reported (http://bit.ly/1ghfDt3).

In Houma, Main Street between Naquin and Barataria streets will be sectioned off as a no-smoking, no-alcohol area, Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis said.

In Thibodaux, people can watch the parades with no alcohol or smoking in designated Family Fun zones in front of Edwin H. Chiasson Sr. Memorial Park on Jackson Street and East Thibodaux Middle School on Seventh Street, police spokesman David Melancon said.

The parishes want to ensure Carnival is fun for everyone, including its youngest participants, Melancon said.

“Not everyone wants to take their children around a party atmosphere,” Melancon said.

Christin Constant, a former Krewe of Mardi Gras queen, said she’s glad as a parent to have to have the option of a more family-oriented Carnival.

“I like to drink and I like to have a good time. But when you’re dealing with little ones, it’s not what you want your children exposed to,” she said.

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Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com