New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival – Street Closures

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New Orleans, Louisiana hosts the French Quarter Festival this weekend, April 14-16. This is one of the best festivals of the year. Appealing to locals and tourists alike, it has grown exponentially since its founding nearly three decades ago. The festival now boasts close to thirty stages of free live music throughout the French Quarter, 800 local musical acts will perform, and many of New Orleans’ best restaurants will be selling food and alcohol throughout the Festival.

Please be mindful of the following street closures that have been announced by the New Orleans Police Department. The closures are in effect from Saturday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m:

Dauphine Street in an Uptown direction will remain open throughout the French Quarter Festival.

Riverbound traffic on Iberville, Conti, and Toulouse Streets will be diverted onto Dauphine Street in an Uptown direction when the closure is in effect.

Downtown bound traffic on Bourbon, Chartres, and North Peters Streets will not be allowed past Canal Street when the closure is in effect.

North Peters/Decatur Streets will be restricted when pedestrian traffic between Canal and Dumaine Streets dictate the closure.

While the streets are closed to vehicular traffic the New Orleans Police Department will allow for-hire vehicles (taxis, limos, shuttle busses, pedicabs, and carriages) into the closed area as long as it is safe to do so.

French Quarter residents, employees, and hotel guests will be allowed access as well.

As always, we recommend that you avoid driving if you have consumed any alcohol during the French Quarter Festival. Also, please be aware that it is highly likely that the New Orleans Police Department and/or the Louisiana State Police will set up sobriety checkpoints in close proximity to the Festival.

If you or anyone you know has been arrested for DWI, call Harmon Smith & Vourvoulias immediately at 504-717-2093 for a free consultation. Our experienced drunk driving lawyers are available to help you protect your rights.

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By George Vourvoulias

George is a founding member and managing member of Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias L.L.C., a New Orleans law firm. George concentrates his practice in maritime personal injury, construction litigation, personal injury, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and DUI defense. George Vourvoulias's Google+ Profile

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