Important Traffic, Street Closure and Parade Info for All-Star Weekend and Carnival

Important Traffic, Street Closure and Parade Info for All-Star Weekend and Carnival       

 
Below please find information on upcoming street closures, vehicle passes, and parade routes that will make getting in and around the French Quarter much easier and more fun over the next few weeks as we host the NBA All-Star Weekend and, of course, Carnival.             
 
Thanks to Brittany Mulla McGovern of the French Quarter Business Association who compiled this comprehensive summary and has graciously shared it with us!
 
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Mardi Gras French Quarter entry passes are now available at the Eighth District Police Station (334 Royal Street). For more information, call 504-658-6080.


Saturday, February 11th
Krewe du Vieux
will roll through the French Quarter at 6pm. Click here for the new route.
Krewe du Vieux will be followed by Krewe Delusion. Click here for the route (which differs from Krewe du Vieux’s).
         
 
Friday, February 17 – Sunday, February 19NBA All Star Weekend
· NOPD will do an exterior vehicle closure of the French Quarter from 5pm to 5am. Employees, hotel/dinning guests, and residents will be allowed in; no entry passes are required. (For example, an Uber/Lyft/taxi may enter the French Quarter simply by telling the officer they have dinner reservations.)
· Bourbon Street will become a pedestrian mall from 5pm to 5am on 2/17 – 2/19. Bourbon Street will be blocked off from Canal Street to Dumaine Street (100 to 800 blocks). Additionally all cross streets leading to Bourbon Street will be blocked (i.e. the Royal and Dauphine Street intersections from Canal to Dumaine Streets). NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO CROSS BOURBON.
· Expect heavy mixed force (NOPD, LSP, K9, mounted, special operations personnel, etc.) coverage throughout the French Quarter the entire weekend.
· Light towers, temporary security cameras, law enforcement sky towers, etc. will be placed along the streets of Canal, Decatur, Bourbon, and Poydras, as well as scattered throughout the French Quarter.
· Click here for a full schedule of events.
· The City will release a NBA Transportation Plan & map (bus loading zones, hotel pickups/drop-offs, etc.) which we will share with you as soon as possible.
` Expect this weekend to be busier than 2/24 – 2/28.

Friday, February 17

The Krewe of Cork walking krewe will parade through the French Quarter at 3pm. Click here for the route.
The Krewe of Oshun will roll at 6pm; Canal Street will be affected.
The Krewe of Cleopatra will roll at pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.

Saturday, February 18

The Krewe of Ponchatrain will roll at 1:10pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
The Krewe of Choctaw will roll at 2pm; Canal Street will be affected.
The Krewe of Freret will roll at 2:30pm; Canal Street will be affected.
The Knights of Sparta will roll at 6pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
The Krewe of Pygmalion will roll at 6:15pm; Canal Street will be affected.
Expect the biggest traffic interference and congestion this night.

Sunday, February 19

· The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale will roll at 11am; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Krewe of Carrollton will roll at noon; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Krewe of King Arthur will follow; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Mystic Krewe of Barkus will roll through the French Quarter at 2pm. Click here for the route.

Wednesday, February 22 – Tuesday, February 28
· NOPD will do an exterior vehicle closure of the French Quarter from 5pm to 5am. Employees, hotel/dinning guests, and residents will be allowed in. (For example, an Uber/Lyft/taxi may enter the French Quarter simply by telling the officer they have dinner reservations.)
· Depending on manpower, NOPD will possibly do a 24-hour exterior vehicle closure of the French Quarter from Friday (2/24) through Tuesday (2/28).
· Bourbon Street will become a pedestrian mall from 5pm-5am from 2/22 – 2/28. Bourbon Street will be blocked off from Canal Street to Dumaine Street (100 to 800 blocks). Additionally all cross streets leading to Bourbon Street will be blocked (i.e. the Royal and Dauphine Street intersections from Canal to Dumaine Streets). NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO CROSS BOURBON.
· Expect heavy mixed force (NOPD, LSP, K9, mounted, special operations personnel, etc.) coverage throughout the French Quarter.
· Light towers, temporary security cameras, law enforcement sky towers, etc. will be placed along the streets of Canal, Decatur, Bourbon, and Poydras, as well as scattered throughout the French Quarter.

Wednesday, February 22

· The Ancient Druids will roll at 6:15pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Mystic Krewe of Nyx will roll at 6:45pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.

Thursday, February 23

· The Knights of Babylon will roll at 5:40pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Knights of Chaos will roll at 6:15pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Krewe of Muses will roll at 6:30pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.

Friday, February 24

Royal Sonesta Hotel’s
47th Annual Greasing of the Poles will begin at 10am at the main entrance of the hotel (300 Bourbon Street).
· The Krewe of Bosom Buddies & Breast Friends walking krewe will parade through the French Quarter at 11:30am. The route is up Bourbon, right on St. Ann, right on Royal, right on Bienville, and right on Bourbon to disband at Conti and Bourbon.
· The Mystic Krewe of Hermes will roll at 6pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· Le Krewe D’Etat will roll at 6:30pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Krewe of Morpheus will roll at 7pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.

Saturday, February 25

· The Krewe of Iris will roll at 11am; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Krewe of Tucks will roll at noon; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
The Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures walking krewe will parade in the French Quarter at 1pm.
· The Krewe of Endymion will roll at 4:15pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
Sunday, Feb. 26
· The Krewe of Okeanos will roll at 11am; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Krewe of Mid-City will roll at 11:45am; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Krewe of Thoth will roll at 11:45am; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Krewe of Bacchus will roll at 11:45am; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.

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· The Krewe of Proteus will roll at 5:15pm; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
– The Krewe of Orpheus will roll at 6:00 pm; Canal Street will be affected.  Click here for the route.

Tuesday, February 28MARDI GRAS
· Pete Fountain’s Half-Fast Walking Club will parade through the French Quarter at 7:45am.
· The Mondo Kayo Social & Marching Club will parade through the French Quarter at 7:45am. The krewe will begin at Third Street and Magazine Street.
· Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club will roll at 8am; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Krewe of Rex will roll at 10am; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· Rex will be followed by the Krewe of Elks Orleans; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· Elks Orleans will be followed by the Truck Parade of Crescent City; Canal Street will be affected. Click here for the route.
· The Society of Saint Anne walking krewe will parade through the French Quarter at 10am. The parade starts at Bud Rip’s in the Bywater on Burgundy Street. The march continues through the French Quarter to Canal Street to watch the Rex Parade, and then returns into the French Quarter.
· The KOE walking krewe will meet in front of St. Louis Cathedral and parade through the French Quarter at 10:15am.

If you experience any issues entering into the French Quarter, please email Eighth District Commander Nicholas Gernon at nlgernon@nola.gov
You can stay current with real-time traffic updates at www.nola.gov/ready/, where you can also signup for text alerts.
 
Please note that the VCPORA office will be closed on Monday, February 27 – and Tuesday, February 28.

Have a happy and safe Carnival season!