2 people injured in Bourbon Street shooting; 2 suspects sought

(Photo: Two suspects, in the green and black clothes, are sought in a March 20 shooting. | NOPD)
Two suspects who remain unidentified are wanted by New Orleans Police in a shooting that injured two people following a verbal altercation on Bourbon Street last week.

The shooting occurred shortly after 11 p.m. on March 20 in the 300 block of Bourbon Street, according to New Orleans Police.

The incident began when one suspect, who was wearing a green shirt and blue hat, began arguing with a person on Bourbon Street.

At some point, the argument escalated and another suspect wearing a black jacket produced a gun and allegedly started firing, striking two bystanders, according to New Orleans Police.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers may contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Chris Owens on film!

Bourbon Street’s most beloved entertainer is still spreading her wings and taking on challenges. The famous live performer is turning her talents to film. Ms. Owens is eager to commence filming her movie debut. “When I saw the photos of that handsome all male chorus line, I couldn’t wait for them to pick me up and spin me!”

Asked about the production company, “I had never heard of the company before. I believe it’s a Chinese movie production. The producers are two brothers named Bang.” Her reason for starting a film career at this point her already noteworthy life, “I think the older you get, the more you need to stretch yourself as a performer. I’ve been bending over backward to be the best performer I can be my entire life.”

The Quarter Rat’s MAN OF THE YEAR 2020

Larry Flynt taught me everything I know about free speech.

His inspiration is the only reason that The Quarter Rat is still publishing. Mr. Flynt took a bullet for free speech, so have soldiers and protesters from around the world. A crack in the side of everything that are pillars of the establishment. Establishment corporate media, the courts, the church and social standards. He has done more to shake the system than any rock band or publication of the 1960’s and 70’s.

A brilliant capitalist, publisher and hustler. I’ve been binge watching old interviews of him from the 1970s. His words and arguments are as true, if not more so today. Same exact motivations, authoritarianism; same people, just forget about left / right, blue / red, liberal / conservative bullshit.

Instead of bible-thumping Baptists screaming obscenity, we have inter-sectional feminists screaming hate speech. Just replace Jerry Farwell with Jack Dorsey of twitter. Those who practice free speech have gone from being called demonic to racist. The irony is, we protect the speech of those who seek to silence us. It’s a tough battle.

If you’re not going to offend somebody you don’t need the First Amendment.
Larry Flynt

Both will use the same scare tactics. “It’s harmful to women.” We want free speech for women as well. “It’s harmful to the country.” No, it’s the foundation of the country. You, the authoritarian, are harmful. A Republican trying to ban adult material, or a Democrat trying to censor social media — same reasons: Control.

Smoke a bowl and consider this: They went from trying to ban Hustler magazine in the 1970’s to banning Dr fucking Seuss books today. I bet Larry Flynt and George Carlin are having some great discussions in the afterlife right now.

From the standpoint of a French Quarter resident, he was one hell of a neighbor. He always kept a nice place and employed a lot of my friends. The first time I got to layout an ad for one of his clubs, I really felt that I had made it as a graphic artist. Larry, as much of a presence on Bourbon Street that you had, we are proud to call you one of our own, a Quarter Rat.

In the up coming years, we at the Quarter Rat hope to continue your fight.

French Quarter parking restrictions; street, park closures announced ahead of Mardi Gras holiday

(Photo: Brendan Riley | CC Flickr)
New Orleans will experience a vastly different Mardi Gras in 2021, if at all, with Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Feb. 5 announcing additional restrictions ahead of the holiday, including no packaged liquor in the French Quarter, a ban on to-go drinks, and bar closures and no live music across the entire fucking city.

The restrictions go into effect 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 and will last until 2 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Louisiana State Police will assist New Orleans Police, who were instructed to break-up gatherings, and possibly ticket or arrest those who do not comply.

In addition to the restrictions, there will be closures of several public spaces and parking restrictions all over the French Quarter.

Street closures limited access include:

  • Decatur Street: closure from Dumaine and Toulouse streets
  • Bourbon Street: limited access from Canal to Dumaine streets
  • Frenchmen Street: limited access in the 500 to 600 blocks

Park closures include:

  • Jackson Square: closure from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16
  • Armstrong Park: closure from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, not including people driving into the Basin Street entrance to use the COVID-19 testing site or employees reporting to work
  • Washington Square: closure on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16

Washington Square will be monitored over the weekend and will be closed if “crowd activity” increases, according to officials.

No parking zones will be implemented on the following streets, between the intersections of Dauphine and Royal streets, from the hours of 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. between Feb. 12 and Feb. 17:

  • Iberville Street
  • Bienville Street
  • Conti Street
  • St. Louis Street
  • Toulouse Street
  • St. Peter Street
  • Orleans Street
  • St. Ann Street

Additionally, Canal Street will be closed from Convention Center Boulevard to Burgundy Street.

Bars closed; public access to Bourbon, Frenchmen streets limited with NOPD-manned barricades for Mardi Gras due to COVID-19

(Photo: Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras 2020. | Sergey Galyonkin | CC Flickr)
Bars were ordered closed and public access to several French Quarter streets, including Bourbon Street, will be limited with barricades manned by New Orleans Police officers over the Mardi Gras holiday as measures announced last week and are meant to limit spread of COVID-19.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the additional restrictions on Feb. 5, less than two weeks after she lowered business restrictions to “modified Phase Two,” which increased capacity for restaurants and other retail establishments, office buildings, among other locations, by 50%; and increased gathering sizes.

The restrictions will go into effect starting 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 and will last until 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Cantrell attributed her decision for extra measures to newly discovered variants of the coronavirus that could trigger a surge in cases and videos of Bourbon Street gatherings, which she blamed on college students.

“What we saw on Bourbon Street last weekeend, totally unacceptable,” Cantrell said at a Feb. 5 press conference. “Any mass gatherings have the potential of creating and being a superspreader in our community. This is dangerous.”

Positive coronavirus tests have trended downward in Orleans Parish, going from 265 new cases on Jan. 26 to 32 on Feb. 10, and 698 total deaths, according to data.

Dr. Jennifer Avegno, Department of Public Health director, gave an update last week: the city is averaging about two deaths each day, which she said was not unusual after a spike, but higher than the average for a “very, very long time.” But then, she also mentioned concern for the new coronavirus variants discovered in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brasil, which are thought to be more contagious.

A study released Feb. 8 and included researchers from Tulane and Louisiana State universities concluded that Mardi Gras 2020 likely contributed up to

“The highest risk activities are close gatherings where people let their guard down, take their masks off and are close to each other for periods of time,” Avegno said.

In case you fucking forgot, the additional restrictions include:

  • Bars, including conditional permits, closed indoors and outdoors citywide.
  • No packaged liquor in the French Quarter.
  • A ban on to-go drinks.
  • No large gatherings, including for vending and street performances.

Additionally, Bourbon, Frenchmen and Decatur streets will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., although restaurants and retail stores can remain open for visitors and residents.

New Orleans Police will limit vehicles entering the French Quarter to residents, employers, hotel guests, restaurant/retail patrons and taxis/ride-sharing companies between the boundaries of Canal, North Rampart, Dumaine and Decatur streets between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Street closures include:

  • Decatur Street: closure between Dumaine and Toulouse streets.
  • Bourbon Street: limited access between Canal and Dumaine.
  • Frenchmen Street: limited access to the 500 to 600 blocks.

Manned barricades will be placed on Royal and Dauphine streets between Canal and Dumaine streets, and along portions of Frenchmen street. Visitors, residents and shop employees will be allowed access. No loitering is allowed.

At her Feb. 5 press conference, Cantrell said she’s hopeful the city can strike a necessary balance between a safe and fun Mardi Gras, and believes the city will benefit from the increased business capacity, despite bar closures.

Many hospitality industry workers and businesses, particularly the ones that thrive on liquor sales, are pissed because people will be put out of work during what is normally the city’s busiest time of year. The Alibi, located at 811 Iberville St., let off a little steam on social media.

“Alibi will be closed for Mardi Gras. Thanks to Mayor LaToya. Bars with kitchens and restaurant permits are being grouped with to-go bars, clubs, places that are just bars. Thank you mayor for putting my staff and all lthe other service staff out of work for Mardi Gras. I’m sure all service industry not working appreciates your work.”