Nearly 1700 arrests made during 2013 Carnival Season

New Orleans, La. - Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman released arrest numbers, which show there was 1,681 arrests during the 2013 Mardi Gras season.  This year's season is longer than usual because of Super Bowl weekend, which was wedged in between the first day of parades and Fat Tuesday.

Charges ranged from the more typical Mardi Gras violations, such as lewd conduct, public drunkenness and disturbing the peace to more serious violations, including drug arrests and violent crimes.

Included in the number of arrests made during the 2013 Mardi Gras season were 289 arrests made during the weekend of Super Bowl XLVII, between Feb. 1 and Feb. 4.

"The Sheriff's Office worked diligently and efficiently this year to assist in the massive public safety effort during the back-to-back celebrations of the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras," said Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman. "Deputies and other law enforcement officers were able to respond and process arrests quickly, which meant an enjoyable and safe celebration for locals and visitors alike."