NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - It's a parent's worst nightmare during the carnival season. You're on the parade route watching floats go by and all of a sudden, you look down and your child is missing. Starting on Saturday and for the next 4 days, a volunteer group is taking to the streets to help reunite lost children with their parents.
It's called Operation Lost Kids. It's an all-volunteer group of reserve deputies from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. They will be set up on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Toledano Street. Specifically, the volunteers will be on the Toledano Street median, on the lakeside of St. Charles Avenue.
If you're along the parade route and you find a lost child, you're asked to bring that child to the Operation Lost Kids headquarters. The idea is that parents looking for lost kids will show up there as well, and the family can be easily reunited.
The operation will be activated from Saturday morning through the last parade on Fat Tuesday.
Operation Lost Kids volunteers will also be available to assist with information about the history of Mardi Gras and the location of the parades.