Nicholls issues 2012 carnival parking policies

THIBODAUX – Nicholls State University will continue to permit public parking in designated areas on the Thibodaux campus during the upcoming carnival season. Free parking and pay-to-park services are available.

2012 Thibodaux parade-goers will have three parking options on the Nicholls campus:

  • Free parking – Parade-goers can park their vehicles at no charge in one of the interior campus parking lots not directly along the parade route. There are no campers allowed in these lots.
  • Pre-paid seasonal reserved parking – Parade-goers can reserve premium parking spaces adjacent to the parade route for campers, cars or trucks for the entire 2012 Mardi Gras season. The costs are $50 per car/truck/van and $200 per camper (includes one vehicle per camper).
  • Parade-day paid parking – Parade-goers can park their car/truck/van in designated lots adjacent to the parade route. The cost is $10 per day per vehicle, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no campers allowed in these lots.

Lots designated for reserved paid parking include:

  • Lot 7, located across from Gouaux Hall on Madewood Drive (between Ellender and Ayo halls on Audubon Drive), is reserved for camper parking only;
  • Lot 20, located across from Babington Hall on Audubon Drive, and Lot 19, located between Audubon Drive and the Max Charter School, are reserved for cars, trucks and vans; and
  • Lot 6, located on Audubon Drive between the Alumni House and Scholars Hall, is reserved for overflow camper parking, cars, trucks and vans.

University Police ask that all campus visitors adhere to normal parking courtesies, such as observing handicapped zones, no parking zones and reserved parking spaces, as some Nicholls employees work after normal business hours.

Additional campus parking restrictions follow:

  • Vehicles are not permitted on grassy areas. Vehicles parked on grassy areas are subject to towing.
  • All university buildings will be closed to the public during parade times.
  • After campers are parked, the towing vehicles must be parked elsewhere.
  • Visitors may reside in campers overnight, but tailgate parties are prohibited after 9 p.m.
  • Visitors may not tie or connect equipment to university property, including signs, buildings and cables.
  • Fires are not allowed.
  • Glass containers are prohibited on university property.
  • No homemade port-o-lets are permitted, nor are visitors allowed to dump human waste on university property.
  • Campers are prohibited from using university water, gas and electrical sources.
  • Visitors in reserved spaces are responsible for their own garbage pickup. The university will charge clean-up fees to visitors who leave garbage behind.
  • Campers will be allowed to park between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and between 1 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.
  • All visitors with reserved spaces must vacate the premises immediately following the parade on Sunday, Feb. 12, and by noon on Monday, Feb. 20.

Nicholls is officially closed Monday, Feb. 20, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, but the above restrictions will be enforced by University Police throughout the 2012 carnival season.

Premium parking spaces can be reserved by submitting a Mardi Gras Season Parking Pass Application along with payment to Nicholls State University Police, P.O. Box 2784, Thibodaux, La., 70310.

For additional information, call 985-448-4942 or send an e-mail to

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