High-Impact Special Event

A one off special event that impacts and attracts a large number of international and domestic visitors, includes and participants with a high global media profile, and generates substantial economic benefit within the municipality or region.

Download the Special Events Permit Guide for more information about permitting requirements.


Characteristics may include but not be limited to:

  • Use of multiple local and regional venues or sites;
  • Event with a City-wide footprint (i.e. numerous street closures, extensive use of public right-of-way, traffic redirection/routing, clean zone development)
  • Utilization of 3 or more hotels;
  • Over 200,000 expected attendance;
  • Multiple levels of governmental agency interaction (i.e.  visit One Stop Shop, approval from City Council member, working with the Event Support Team, and coordination with Homeland Security);
  • Cost of over $200,000 in City services, staff time and equipment use; and
  • Provides the City of New Orleans with media/branding opportunities via television, radio, or print advertising.

Examples include Essence Festival, Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, and French Quarter Festival: events will be held across the city over a week period and involve major dignitaries and celebrities or a parade of thousands.

Additional Requirements & Considerations

Special Event Types

  • Wedding
  • Parade / Second-Line
  • Festival
  • Race / Marathon
  • Market
  • Trade Show
  • Outdoor Concert
  • Block Party
  • Professional Sporting Event