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Parking and traffic reminders ahead of French Quarter Festival

French Quarter Fest issues parking and traffic advisory (Source: FOX 8 News) French Quarter Fest issues parking and traffic advisory (Source: FOX 8 News)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

People headed to next weekend's French Quarter Festival may want to consider not driving their cars into the Vieux Carre'. 

Festival organizers say attendees are encouraged to hop on the new free shuttle, the French Quarter Festival Easy Rider. It is an air-conditioned bus that will pick fans up from the Morial Convention Center and take them to the Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal Street. Parking in one of the Convention Center lots is $30/car, but the shuttle is free. The Easy Rider will operate Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. Shuttle hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on April 8-9 and from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on April 10.

Attendees can also park along O'Keefe in the CBD, use public transportation or ride a bicycle into the Quarter. 

Festival organizers say because the event's popularity, vehicular traffic will be restricted from Thursday, April 7 until Sunday, April 10, beginning at 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Other restrictions include, "no on-street parking or vehicular traffic into the French Quarter will be allowed between Iberville, North Rampart, Dumaine, and Decatur streets, except those vehicles issued permits. A full 'Mardi Gras' closure will be in effect Friday-Sunday. While the streets are closed to vehicular traffic, for-hire vehicles (taxis, limos, shuttle busses, pedicabs, and carriages) will be allowed access 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 long as it is safe to do so. Access passes to be allowed past the checkpoints will be available after April 1 at the Eighth District Station (334 Royal Street) for residents, business owners, employees and hotel guests."

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