NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Mardi Gras season can be frustrated for some drivers, especially those who are not used to navigating the city during Carnival. Where can you park? Are you parked in the right direction? Which streets will be closed?
Here's information from the City of New Orleans that can help you avoid a parking ticket while enjoying the parades.
In addition to permanent "No Parking" signs posted along parade routes, the City will install approximately 3,000 temporary signs. Drivers are encouraged to pay close attention when parking to avoid being ticketed or towed.
Two hours prior to the scheduled start of each Mardi Gras parade, any unauthorized vehicle on any part of the published parade route will be ticketed and towed.
Parking is prohibited on either side of the following streets two hours before and after parades:
- Tchoupitoulas Street between Jackson and Nashville Avenues
- Napoleon Avenue between Tchoupitoulas Street and S. Claiborne Avenue
- St. Charles Avenue between Napoleon Avenue and Canal Street
On Saturday, Feb. 10 only, parking is prohibited on either side of the following streets from 6 a.m. until two hours after parades end:
- Canal Street from S. Carrollton to St. Charles Avenues
- N. Carrollton Avenue from Canal Street to Orleans Avenue
- Orleans Avenue from City Park to N. Carrollton Avenues
This will ensure public safety and facilitate the flow of the Carnival Krewes (violations result in a $75 fine and seizure).
Two hours after a Mardi Gras parade ends, any unauthorized vehicle on any part of the published parade route will be ticketed and towed. This is done to keep the route clear so that it can be cleaned by the City's Department of Sanitation (violations result in a $75 fine and seizure).
Beginning the Friday, Feb. 9, at 6 a.m. until the Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 6 a.m., no on-street parking is allowed and no vehicular traffic except those with issued permits are allowed into the French Quarter between Iberville , N. Rampart, Dumaine and Decatur Streets (violations result in a $75 fine and seizure).
Crews will be towing on all cross streets of Bourbon Street during the events, including the 700-800 blocks of Iberville Street, St. Ann Street, and the 700 block of Royal Street.
Parking of recreational vehicles, campers and oversized vehicles is prohibited in residential areas. It is strictly enforced during the Mardi Gras season particularly in the Uptown/University, Central Business District, Warehouse District and Garden District.
Before, during and after the parades, the City will extend enforcement efforts into the neighborhoods adjacent to the published parade routes. This will minimize non-residential intrusion. Parking officers will primarily enforce the following safety violations:
- Blocking a fire hydrant ($40 fine)
- Parking in a fire lane ($40 fine)
- Parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant on either side ($40 fine)
- Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection, or stop sign ($40 fine)
- Parking on a sidewalk ($40 fine)
- Parking on a traveled portion of the roadway ($40 fine)
- Parking within 3 feet of a driveway on either side ($40 fine)
- Parking on the neutral ground and subject to seizure ($75 fine)
- Parking adjacent to the neutral ground ($40 fine)
- Parking in freight/loading zone ($40 fine)
- Parking in a handicapped zone without proper permit displayed ($500 fine)
- Parking at an expired meter ($40 fine)
- Parking in a Residential Permit Parking zone without a permit displayed ($75 fine)
- Parking in the wrong direction (vehicles must park in the direction of travel on one way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two way streets) ($40 fine)
- Vehicles that have unpaid parking tickets will be booted and/or towed.
Additionally, parking enforcement, towing staff and auto impound offices will work the following extended hours during the 2018 Mardi Gras season:
- Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 11, 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
- Monday, Feb. 12, 7 a.m. – 1 a.m.
- Tuesday, Feb.13, 5 a.m. – 1 a.m.
For more information on parking enforcement, citizens may call:
- Department of Public Works parking enforcement and information, (504) 658-8100 (answered 24 hours)
- Residential Parking Permits information, (504) 658-8200
- Release of boot, (504) 599-5652
- Information on Ticket/Tow Appeals Hearings, (504) 658-8250
Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.