The following traffic restrictions are associated with this year’s Essence Music Festival and Fourth of July celebration. The Essence Music Festival is scheduled for July 1, 2011 through July 3, 2011.
Beginning on July 1st, there will be an increased police presence in the Downtown area, French Quarter, Central Business District, and other areas where large crowds gather. Officers will be patrolling on foot, on scooters, on segways and the Mounted Unit will also patrol during this holiday weekend.
Beginning Friday, July 1, 2011 through Sunday, July 3, 2011, from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., vehicular traffic will be restricted in the following areas:
North Rampart Street
to Decatur/North Peters Street to Dumaine Street to Canal Street.
In the event of heavy pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic,
Canal Street may be partially restricted. Additionally, vehicular traffic will not be allowed to cross Bourbon Street from Canal Street to Dumaine Street.
Persons with specific destinations such as residents, hotel guests and employees will be afforded to opportunity to pass through the check points to their destinations, but there will be no traffic allowed to cross
Bourbon Street once it is closed.
On July 4th, a fireworks display is scheduled for 9:00 p.m., on the Mississippi River . There will be an increased police presence along
North Peters Street/Decatur Street from Canal Street to. Esplanade Avenue. Once the flow of pedestrian traffic becomes too heavy, vehicular traffic will be curtailed in that area.
It is strongly suggested that individuals planning on traveling to the Downtown and French Quarter area consider utilizing carpools, taxicabs or public transportation. Motorists should also pay very close attention to parking signage as illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and towed. As a reminder, it is illegal in New Orleans to ignite fireworks or discharge firearms. Violators will be subject to arrest. Citizens should also utilize a designated driver if consuming alcohol.