NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - With the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival set to open at the Fair Grounds Race Course on Friday, city officials say it's a good time to remind the public about parking restrictions.
They also want people to understand the proper procedures and requirements for selling goods in the festival's vicinity.
This year's festival dates are Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26 and Thursday, April 30 to Sunday, May 3.
In a news release Wednesday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu encouraged all residents and visitors to make a plan before heading out to the Fair Grounds. He also reminded the public that enforcement officials will be on site to ensure that local businesses are in compliance with ordinances.
City code requires that commercial businesses get the appropriate permits if they wish to operate on their commercially-zoned property during the festival.
In the event that a non-profit organization plans to manage a parking service on commercial property, they must also apply for a permit. Fees associated with permits for parking operations are $265.25 for a business and $30 for a non-profit organization.
In addition, existing businesses will be allowed to sell their products on their property, both inside and outside of their business contingent upon not blocking the public right-of-way.
However, the City will aggressively enforce the rules that prohibit transient vendors (carts, trucks, etc.) from improperly selling their products within the festival's "Clean Zone."
The Clean Zone is a temporary designation that seeks to protect the quality of life for residents and assists businesses in achieving financial success during the 2015 Jazz and Heritage Festival.
The Clean Zone is bounded by Florida Avenue on the north, North Broad Avenue on the east, Esplanade Avenue on the south, and Bayou St. John on the west (excluding the portion of that area contained within the exterior boundaries of the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack).
The Clean Zone is in effect beginning at 6:00 A.M. on Friday, April 24, 2015, and ending at 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
The Clean Zone will go into effect again at 6:00 A.M. on Thursday, April 30, 2015, and ending at 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
The City of New Orleans' One Stop Shop for permits and licenses is open during regular business hours, Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
City leaders also encourage festival-goers to bicycle, carpool whenever possible, park in downtown long-term lots and use the shuttle system festival organizers have arranged.
Festival attendees planning on riding bicycles to the Fair Grounds are encouraged to utilize the City's designated bikeways. .
Bicycle parking is available by the Gentilly Pedestrian Entrance at the corner of Gentilly Blvd. and Sauvage Street.