NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Thousands will crowd into the French Quarter to celebrate Mardi Gras season.
Among them will be hundreds of law enforcement officers from The New Orleans Police Department, FBI, and State Police.
State Police will focus on proactive patrolling, criminal investigation, crowd, and traffic control. They will work with officers from other agencies to keep the area safe.
On Bourbon Street large bollards can be seen preventing cars from driving down the Pedestrian Mall. Cameras will also be in place for NOPD to monitor the streets live, especially in problem spots.
Last year, State Police and NOPD pulled dozens of guns off the streets as part of their effort to cut down on crime during the Mardi Gras season.
The entire security package is something residents said last year made a real difference.
As of Thursday, Bourbon Street is shut down to vehicles outside of trash pickup. The bollards are going to slide into place to keep cars out so police can make sure the good times roll safely.