Who was that masked man?
It is state law in Louisiana that adults are not permitted to wear masks or hoods, “or anything in the nature of either, or any facial disguise of any kind or description, calculated to conceal or hide the identity of the person or to prevent his being readily recognized” in public places. (La. R.S. 14:313(A).
The law has several exceptions including:
- Children on Halloween
- “Persons participating in any public parade or exhibition of an educational, religious, or historical character given by any school, church, or public governing authority”;
- “Persons in any private residence, club, or lodge room”;
- Persons participating in Mardig Gras festivities;
- Persons wearing head coverings or veils for religious beliefs or customs;
- Persons driving or riding motorcycles; and
- Persons wearing helmets or masks for medical purposes.
The law prohibits the wearing of hoods or masks by a person convicted of a sex offense for any holiday, including Halloween.
Be careful when choosing your Halloween costume this year and remember to comply with the law and stay safe.