If you’re planning to be out and about this Easter weekend in New Orleans, several events could hinder parking.
The New Orleans Police Department will be diverting traffic near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the Central Business District on Saturday in advance of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic, while Sunday’s round Easter parades will tie things up in the French Quarter.
At both events, parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including those who block hydrants, driveways and sidewalks or who park within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop sign. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets and with their right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.
New Orleans Regional Transit Authority services may also be interrupted during the events, officials said. Route changes are available at www.norta.com.
The Classic, which bills itself as New Orleans’ premier 10-kilometer race, begins Saturday at 8 a.m. It is expected to attract more than 20,000 participants, both trained athletes and amateurs, who are being asked to park in long-term parking lots downtown and use the shuttle system the race’s organizers have provided.
The course, a route which begins in the CBD and ends in City Park, will become a no parking zone starting at midnight on Saturday. At that time, towing will begin along the course to allow for race set-up, meters will be bagged and signs will be posted to warn residents of the parking restrictions.
Sunday’s parades will begin with the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade, which will start at Antoine’s Restaurant on St. Louis Street at 10 a.m., break at St. Louis Cathedral, where the riders will exit the procession and attend mass, and resume en route back to Antoine’s.
Following that parade is the Chris Owens Easter Parade at 1 p.m., which will begin at Iberville and Bourbon streets and end at the Astor Crowne Hotel on Canal Street. The day of parading will end with the Gay Easter Parade, which starts at 4:30 p.m. on North Rampart and St. Ann Street, and which will end on North Rampart Street and Dumaine Street.
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