Correction: An earlier version of this story contained the incorrect name of the Lafayette Police Department Public Information Officer, and incorrect information about the number of cars towed along the Mardi Gras parade route. The errors have been corrected.
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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — The Mardi Gras parade celebrations turned costly for hundreds of drivers who got their vehicles towed mostly for illegal parking in Lafayette.
According to police, 301 vehicles were towed over the Mardi Gras holiday that began Friday at 6 p.m. and ended Tuesday at midnight.
Police Spokesperson Sr. Cpl. Matt Benoit said 211 of those vehicles were parked in private lots without permission.
An additional 67 vehicles were involved in crashes in Lafayette.
11, he said, were impound tows and 12 were bank repossessions.
Benoit said it is unknown if parking signs were visible at all locations.
Drivers attempting to recover their vehicles can expect hefty fines.
Over the Mardi Gras holiday, the towing fee is $123.50.
Additional fees include a per calendar day storage fee of $27.50 and a motor vehicle report fee of $29.00.
Owners can pay with cash or with a debit or credit card that must be in owners name. Proof of insurance and a valid drivers license are also required.