NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The city of New Orleans reminds the public to be patient and prepare for heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic ahead of the 44th Annual Bayou Classic weekend.
The event runs Friday, Nov. 24 through Saturday Nov. 25th, 2017.
Illegal parking will be heavily monitored, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks. Drivers also should not park within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop sign.
The Greek Show and Battle of the Bands is on Friday, Nov. 24 starting at 5 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. There are no street closures for this event. Traffic will be regulated by detailed officers around the dome.
On Saturday, Nov. 25th, the Bayou Classic Parade will depart from the corner of N. Peters Street and Dumaine at 9 a.m. The parade will travel down N. Peters Street and continue on to Decatur Street then veer left an continue on to N. Peters Street. The parade will then turn right on Canal, left on St. Charles and take a right on Poydras Street. From there, take a right on Loyola Avenue before ending at Perdido Street.
The 44th Annual Bayou Classic football game will kick off at 4 p.m. inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
During the weekend, there will be enhanced French Quarter Street Closures. On Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., the New Orleans Police Department will implement a soft exterior closure. Only taxis, TNCs, limos, hotel guests, and persons needing to access their businesses will be allowed to enter the French Quarter from Canal Street, Decatur, Esplanade and Rampart Street.
The 100 - 800 blocks of Bourbon Street will be pedestrian only.
Additionally, on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25 from noon to 6 a.m., there will be a no parking zone on the 700 and 800 blocks of the following streets:
- Canal Street from Convention Center Boulevard to S. Claiborne Avenue
- Iberville Street
- Bienville Street
- Conti Street
- St. Louis Street
- Toulouse Street
- St. Peter Street
- Orleans Street
- St. Ann Street
Drivers are urged to plan extra time to get in and around downtown this weekend.