Vehicular traffic restricted in the Vieux Carre due to French Quarter Fest

French Quarter Fest opening day parade 2022. | Cedric Ellsworth
New Orleans has restricted vehicular traffic in the French Quarter due to the four-day French Quarter Festival

that kicked off Thursday, although residents can acquire access passes at the police department.

City officials said that the New Orleans Police Department will restrict traffic to ensure pedestrian safety and that intermittent street closures might be required as crowds get larger.

Closures include Bourbon Street, from Iberville to St. Ann streets, which will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, the following streets and intersections will be closed to traffic from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

  • Canal Street from Chartres to Burgundy streets 
  • North Rampart Street from Iberville to St. Ann streets 
  • Decatur Street from Conti to Dumaine streets 
  • Intersection of North Peters Street and Canal Street 

All vehicular traffic will be blocked for on-street stages on Saturday and Sunday, located at 1000, 500 and 400 blocks of Royal Street, and the 600 and 700 blocks of Bourbon Street.

A full “Mardi Gras” closure will be in effect Friday to Sunday. Public safety officials will screen vehicles entering the French Quarter’s perimeter on Iberville, Decatur, Dumaine and North Rampart streets. Only residents, employees, hotel guests and taxis/ride hailing services will be allowed to drive vehicles into the French Quarter, according to New Orleans officials.

No on-street parking or vehicular traffic into the French Quarter will be allowed between Iberville, North Rampart, Dumaine and Decatur streets, except vehicles that have permits. Permits are available at the NOPD’s Eighth District Station at 300 Royal St.