NYE Events, Road Closures & Security Measures

Please see the events, road closures and security measures planned for the French Quarter this weekend:

Friday, December 30th

  • Expect a larger police presence around the French Quarter as they test their NYE deployment.

Saturday, December 31st

  • The Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade is scheduled to roll at 2:30pm. It will start at Elysian Fields, roll down Decatur Street, and end at Canal Street. Expect Decatur Street to close at 1pm and reopen after the parade. Click here for the parade route map.
  • NOPD will do an exterior vehicle closure of the French Quarter from 4pm (12/31) to 4am (1/1). Employees, hotel guests, and residents will be allowed in; no entry passes are required.
  • Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest  will conduct its first-ever Central Time Zone countdown. It will  broadcast from a Washington Artillery Park (768 Decatur Street) stage; stage load up and breakdown will be down from a parking lot behind the park which should prevent Decatur Street congestion.
  • The Allstate Fan Fest stage will feature: David Garibaldi at 6pm, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 7:15pm, Panic! at the Disco at 9pm, and Jason Derulo at 10:45pm. Fan Fest is free to the public and located at Jackson Square in the Jax Brewery parking lot off Decatur Street.
  • Bourbon Street will become a pedestrian mall from 5pm-4pm from 12/31 – 1/3. Bourbon Street will be blocked off from Canal Street to Dumaine Street (100 to 800 blocks). Additionally all cross streets leading to Bourbon Street will be blocked (i.e. the Royal and Dauphine Street intersections from Canal to Dumaine Streets). Click here for the Mayor’s 1/27 press release.
  • The Crescent City Countdown Club fleur de lis drop above JAX and fireworks will happen at 12pm. (FQBA is a proud fireworks sponsor!)
  • Expect extra NOPD presence on the Moonwalk until midnight.
  • Expect heavy mixed force (NOPD, LSP, K9, mounted, special operations personnel, etc.) coverage throughout the French Quarter the entire evening.
  • Light towers, temporary security cameras, law enforcement sky towers, etc. will be placed along the streets of Canal, Decatur, Bourbon, and Poydras, as well as scattered throughout the French Quarter.

Sunday, January 1st

  • Fan Fest will host team pep rallies: Oklahoma at 12:30pm and Auburn at 4:3opm.