Mardi Gras Sober Safe Spot 2023
Join the Avenues Recovery
#SoberSafeSpot at the parades.
Look for the white flag!
Celebrate the joy and culture of Mardi Gras while staying committed to sobriety! The brainchild of Avenues Recovery alumni, Sober Safe Spot is a place to fully join in the revelry of Mardi Gras in a warm and welcoming atmosphere with like- minded members of the recovery community, their families, and friends.
The sober safe spot is strategically placed along the parade route in New Orleans and in Metairie from Feb. 10 through Feb. 21. Everyone in or supporting recovery is welcome!
Participants must arrive sober and must have fun!
Uptown – New Orleans
Find us at the corner of Napolean & St. Charles
|Feb 10||6:00 p.m.||Krewe of Oshun|
|Feb 10||Follows||Krewe of Cleopatra|
|Feb 10||Follows||Krewe of Alla|
|Feb 11||11:30 a.m.||Legion of Mars|
|Feb 11||1:00 p.m.||Krewe of Ponchartrain|
|Feb 11||Follows||Krewe of Choctaw|
|Feb 11||Follows||Krewe of Freret|
|Feb 11||5:30 p.m.||Knights of Sparta|
|Feb 11||Follows||Krewe of Pygmalion|
|Feb 12||11:00 a.m.||The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale|
|Feb 12||Follows||Krewe of Carrollton|
|Feb 12||Follows||Krewe of King Arthur|
|Feb 15||6:15 p.m.||Krewe of Druids|
|Feb 15||6:45 p.m.||Krewe of Nyx|
|Feb 16||5:30 p.m.||Krewe of Babylon|
|Feb 16||Follows||Krewe of Chaos|
|Feb 16||Follows||Krewe of Muses|
|Feb 17||5:30 p.m.||Krewe of Hermes|
|Feb 17||6:30 p.m.||Krewe d’Etat|
|Feb 17||7:00 p.m.||Krewe of Morpheus|
|Feb 18||11:00 a.m.||Krewe of Iris|
|Feb 18||12:00 p.m.||Krewe of Tucks|
|Feb 19||11:00 a.m.||Krewe of Okeanos|
|Feb 19||Follows||Krewe of Mid-City|
|Feb 19||12:00 p.m.||Krewe of Thoth|
|Feb 19||5:15 p.m.||Krewe of Bacchus|
|Feb 20||5:15 p.m.||Krewe of Poteus|
|Feb 20||6:00 p.m.||Krewe of Orpheus|
|Feb 21||10:30 a.m.||Krewe of Elks Orleans|
|Feb 21||11:00 a.m.||Krewe of Rex|
|Feb 21||Follows||Krewe of Crescent City|
Jefferson Parish – Metairie
Find us at the corner of Causeway & Veterans
|Feb 10||6:30 p.m.||Krewe of Excalibur|
|Feb 10||Follows||Krewe of Symphony|
|Feb 11||5:00 p.m.||Magical Krewe of Mad Hatters|
|Feb 19||5:00 p.m.||Krewe of Athena|
|Feb 19||Follows||Krewe of Atlas|
|Feb 20||6:30 p.m.||Krewe of Centurions|
|Feb 21||10:00 a.m.||Krewe of Argus|
|Feb 21||Follows||Krewe of Elks Jefferson|
|Feb 21||Follows||Krewe of Jefferson|
Since 1699, when French explorers arrived in Louisiana, Mardi Gras has been celebrated in New Orleans and its environs. In the 1830’s the parades and carnival atmosphere began in earnest. During its long history, it has become synonymous with overindulgence in general, and of course, booze. It can get wild out there, and alcohol is everywhere.
So, do people in recovery have to avoid the festivities while everyone is out enjoying themselves? Should they lock themselves in their homes until the revelry passes?
Is there a way for people in recovery to partake in the awesome parts of this centuries old tradition? Can our community of heroes have fun too?
Reserve Your Spot
After an overwhelming positive response to last year’s event, Avenues Recovery Sober Safe Spot is back! Join the Avenues recovery family for their annual Sober Safe Spot celebrating an alcohol and drug free Mardi Gras. Our sober safe spot, stationed at a prime location along the parade route, will be hopping with joy. Look for the big white flag, surrender to a higher power, and have fun with people who know just how you are feeling.
The best part of this? This project is spearheaded by our very own alumni! They show the world every day, that recovery is possible, recovery is beautiful, and recovery is fun! And like last year, this Mardi Gras they want to show it to you in New Orleans . So, on parade day this year, look out for the people that make up the Avenues Family. They are changing the landscape, one heart at a time.
Our staff will handing out the swag you absolutely must have. Proudly declare your commitment to sobriety and your commitment to a grand old time without the need for a drink.
While you’re here, learn more about addiction and rehab:
Complete Guide to Understanding Addiction
Learn about Withdrawal
More information on Detox
Alcohol Addiction Information Center
Learn more about Fentanyl
Listen to the Rubber Bands Podcast