The second weekend of Mardi Gras is the big one. Enjoy it safely. Tens of thousands do — every year.

If you drink, have a designated driver. Encourage your guests to do the same.

During the first weekend, a young woman was charged with intoxication manslaughter. The wreck killed a retired Houston police officer and critically injured his wife.

This is a “no refusal” weekend. Those stopped on suspicion of drunken driving don’t really have the option about giving a blood sample.

The authorities are prepared to draw it as they collect evidence.

Don’t let it come to that. Designate a driver. Be reasonable. Obey instructions from police. Have fun. It really is a good party.

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