NEW ORLEANS -- The city issued parking and traffic restrictions ahead of the 44th Bayou Classic.

Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.

In addition, RTA services, including streetcar and bus service may be interrupted during these events. Details on route changes are available at .

Greek Show and Battle of the Bands
On Friday, Nov. 24, starting at 5 p.m., the Greek Show and Battle of the Bands will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. There are no street closures for this event. Traffic will be regulated by detailed officers around the Superdome.

Bayou Classic Parade and Football Game
On Saturday, Nov. 25 at 9:30 a.m., the Bayou Classic Parade will depart from the Corner of N. Peters Street and Dumaine Street. The parade will travel down N. Peters Street and continue on to Decatur Street then veer left an continue on to N. Peters Street. The parade will then continue on to N. Peters Street, turn right on Canal, turn left on St. Charles, turn right on Poydras Street, turn right on Loyola Avenue and disband at Loyola Avenue and Perdido Street.

Starting at 4 p.m. on Nov. 25, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will host the 44th Annual Bayou Classic football game. There are no street closures for this event. Traffic will be regulated by detailed officers around the Superdome.

Enhanced French Quarter Street Closures

On Friday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 25 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., NOPD will implement an (exterior) soft closure in the French Quarter. The soft (exterior) closure is as follows:
Only taxis, TNCs, limos, hotel guests, and vehicles needing to access their businesses and residences will be allowed to enter the French Quarter from Canal Street, Decatur Street, Esplanade Avenue and Rampart Street.
Large trucks, buses and vans may be directed to detour out of the area and only access the French Quarter on exterior streets. Exterior streets are all streets leading into the French Quarter on Canal, Decatur, N. Rampart and Dumaine Streets.

During those same hours, NOPD will implement an interior (hard) closure in the French Quarter:
The 100-800 blocks of Bourbon Street will be pedestrian only. Vehicles will not be able to cross Bourbon St., and will be detoured at all points along Dauphine and Royal Streets. Bollards are positioned so that cars may enter to the last driveway or parking garage in the block before Bourbon Street.

Non-emergency vehicles trying to cross Bourbon Street should use Canal Street or the downtown side of St. Ann Street starting at Dumaine Street.

Additionally, on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25 from noon – 6 a.m., the Department of Public Works will implement a no parking zone on the 700 and 800 blocks of the following streets:
Canal Street from Convention Center Boulevard to S. Claiborne Avenue
Iberville Street
Bienville Street
Conti Street
St. Louis Street
Toulouse Street
St. Peter Street
Orleans Street
St. Ann Street

Bayou Classic Vending Enforcement

The City's Bureau of Revenue in conjunction with the New Orleans Police Department will strictly enforce City ordinances relative to illegal vending in the Central Business District, French Quarter, Warehouse District and around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during Bayou Classic Weekend. Vendors who have not obtained City permits to sell items such as clothing, bottled water, alcoholic beverages and other merchandise will be issued summonses, and will have to appear in Municipal Court.

This measure is taken to protect the interests of business owners who have taken necessary actions to acquire valid business permits and licenses, which may be obtained through the City’s One Stop Shop for Permits & Licenses.

Prohibited activities include:
Alcohol sales on City streets or public right-of-ways before, during and after Bayou Classic Weekend festivities and events;
Sales not made from a fixed place of business; and
Clothing and general merchandise sales on sidewalks or public right-of-ways.

For additional information on necessary permits and related information, contact the City’s Bureau of Revenue at (504) 658-1600.