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Alcohol sold to minors nearly 50% of the time on parade route in some areas


BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Alcohol plays a big role in some adults Mardi Gras, but officials say that this year they caught plenty of retailers letting minors have a few drinks as well.

According to the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, alcoholic beverage retailers along parade routes across the state were caught selling alcohol to minors nearly half the times they were checked last week.

According to the ATC, agents visit businesses before carnival season starts to let them know what they can do to make sure they're serving alcohol responsibly.

The numbers below are the result of the ATC sending in underage individuals to try and purchase alcohol at businesses along the parade route. All operatives are 17-year-old or under and are not allowed to use fake IDs.

-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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