Mobile Fire-Rescue has put out a public advisory about safety issues you need to know about this Mardi Gras season.

Even if you've been to many Mardi Gras parades in Mobile, there may some rules you don't know about.

For instance, how far away should portable grills be from the parade route?

It won't be long before the beads and the moon pies start flying.

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When asked how many parades she'll try to go to this year, Maddie Franklin said, "I try to catch as many as I can."

Some of the safety issues Mobile Fire-Rescue officials warn about you probably practice all the time:  don't block fire hydrants, yield to emergency vehicles.

But many people bring portable grills to parades.

Mobile Fire-Rescue strongly discourages cooking with portable grills on parade routes.

But, if you do, there are rules to abide by.

Stephen Millhouse with Mobile Fire-Rescue said, "If you're going to have a grill, chairs, or coolers, don't have them anywhere within six to ten feet of the parade route. Don't have them anywhere near a fire hydrant or blocking an intersection."

Also, fire officials say open flames are prohibited anywhere along the parade route.

There are also rules for business owners, too.

Millhouse said, "Make sure you're aware of the occupancy load, the capacity on your restaurant, your business, your bars, and the capacity for your balconies along the parade route so that you're not over capacity or overfilling those areas."

People we talked to who love parades know how important safety rules are.

Mary Westbrook of Mobile said, "When I was a little girl, we came for Mardi Gras every year. My mom and dad would bring us, and, to me, its still Mardi Gras."

When asked if people are pretty good about staying behind the barricades and not bringing dogs, Franklin said, "To me, it's really family oriented. It's really fun."

The first parade in downtown Mobile is the Conde Cavaliers kicking off from alongside the Mobile Civic Center at 6:30 Friday.

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