Marathon to cause parking restrictions in various areas Sunday _lowres


More than 22,000 people from across the United States will participate in three foot races in New Orleans on Sunday, meaning that parking will be prohibited on various city streets, organizers and city officials said.

The Humana Rock ’n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & Half Marathon is the latest edition of an event held annually in different cities across the country.

Sunday’s 10-kilometer race will begin at 7 a.m. at St. Charles Avenue and Lafayette Street, near Lafayette Square. The half-marathon and marathon races will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Poydras and Camp streets.

All the races will finish in City Park at varying times, with most marathon runners expected to reach the finish line by 11:30 a.m.

City officials urged participants who are driving to the race to park their cars in Central Business District parking lots and carpool when possible, as the city will block off parking along the race route beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

Towing also will begin at the same time along Decatur Street near the French Market, along Lakeshore Drive, along both sides of Esplanade Avenue and on the Marconi Drive neutral ground adjacent to City Park.

Signs will be posted to warn residents of the parking restrictions.

Parking enforcement personnel will be on the lookout for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways or sidewalks and parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop sign.

Regional Transit Authority services, including both streetcar and bus lines, will be interrupted along the course. Details on route changes are available at

Visit for more details on the races.

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