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Minors easily buy booze during Spanish Town Parade

2 years 9 months 5 days ago March 06, 2014 Mar 6, 2014 Thursday, March 06 2014 March 06, 2014 2:59 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

Almost half of the stores checked by the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control in Baton Rouge sold alcohol to a minor during the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade.

That's according to information released by the Louisiana ATC on Thursday.

Each year the ATC visits businesses before carnival season to discuss what they can do to help serve alcohol responsibly.  On the day of the parade, underage operatives, usually 17-year-olds or under, attempt to buy alcohol along the parade routes without using a fake ID.

Agents also look for minors in possession of alcohol before, during, and after parades.

The entire list for the state shows Baton Rouge had the highest number of incidents:

-Baton Rouge/Spanish Town Parade: 15 checks, 7 sales = 47% sold
-Shreveport: 13 checks, 6 sales = 46% sold
-New Orleans: 83 checks, 29 sales = 35% sold
-Lafayette: 13 checks, 4 sales = 31% sold
-Houma: 10 checks, 3 sales = 30% sold
-Metairie: 37 checks, 10 sales = 27% sold
-Avoyelles parish: 9 checks, 2 sales = 22% sold
-Slidell: 14 checks, 3 sales = 21% sold
-Pointe Coupee parish (New Roads/Livonia): 18 checks, 3 sales = 17% sold
-Crowley: 15 checks, 2 sales = 13% sold

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