NEW ORLEANS--Today, the City of New Orleans issued parking instructions and reminders in advance of the 2018 Joan of Arc Parade and the 2018 Tricentennial Mardi Gras Fireworks scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. The public is encouraged to be patient and to prepare for heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the specified areas by making transportation arrangements accordingly.
At 6 p.m. the parade will depart from Toulouse and Decatur Streets, proceed down Decatur Street and turn right on Conti Street against traffic, turn right on Chartres Street to St. Peter Street and stop in front of St. Louis Cathedral (615 Pere Antoine Alley) for a blessing of the ceremonial St. Joan of Arc sword. Pedestrians will be allowed to enter St. Louis Cathedral for the sword blessing. The parade will continue on Chartres Street, turn right on Ursulines Avenue and turn right on Decatur Street to Washington Artillery Park where the event will disband.
At 9 p.m. the first day of the Tricentennial Carnival season will kick off with Mardi Gras themed fireworks on the river. NOPD will have officers working traffic control on Decatur Street, N. Peters Street and in Woldenberg Park. Decatur Street will be closed from Canal Street to Dumaine Street, before and after the firework show depending on the pedestrian traffic. A hard closure will be in place on Decateur Street between Dumaine Street and St. Louis Street; the time of this closure will depend on the pedestrian crowd.
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 sign. 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.
In addition, RTA services, including bus service may be interrupted during this event. Details on any route changes are available at www.norta.com.