Acadia Parish Sheriff K.P. Gibson says 24 people were arrested for underage drinking Sunday during the Church Point Courir de Mardi Gras celebration.
The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office were Church Point Police Department, Crowley Police Department, Mamou Police Department and Rayne Police Department, provided security for the annual event.
“This year being our second year involved in the Mardi Gras security, we focused on numerous areas where we had previous problems,” Gibson said. “This meant moving people from private property that they did not have permission to be on as well as taking a stance on underage drinking. We were able to see a reduction in report fights from 13 in 2017 to 2 in 2018. I believe this a result of a strong presence of law enforcement.”
Gibson said the size of the event has grown to the point that the local police can no longer handle the crowd along, requiring the joint effort to insure the safety of participants and onlookers.
“There is no way possible that eight to 10 Church Point police officers can handle a crowd as large as the town has on this particular Sunday,” Gibson said. “It is hard with 40 law enforcement officers.”