Parades/Second Line/Race

A permit is required to stage a parade, motorcade, second-line or race in the City of New Orleans. Depending on the details, you may need other permits and/or licenses. In New Orleans a Parade Permit, Police escort and City Permitting tax/fee are required for any/all events parading in the streets according to City Ordinance Ordinance #17271 MCS SEC. 154-1651 through 1664.


Any cancellation must be done a minimum of two (2) hours prior to the event. Less than two (2) hour notification means that all police fees shall be forfeited for that date.


The parade route, along with the size of the parade, will determine the amount of police officers needed for the parade escort. You will consult with the Special Events Commander about the rest of the details and any additional documents needed.

Required Documents

Submit all to the Department of Safety & Permits, 1340 Poydras St, Suite 800, New Orleans, LA 70112.

You May Also Need

Depending on the details of your parade/race/second-line, you may need to fill out and submit additional supplements or documents. Please start by completing the Master Event Application and as indicated:

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