Lo siento. According to Taco Bell's corporate office, the Doritos Locos taco release at midnight tonight does not necessarily include free tacos. Some Taco Bells are making a franchise decision to give tacos away, but none of them are in the New Orleans area. This is where the confusion came in. The employees that I spoke to earlier who confirmed the free tacos must've been—as we all were—blinded by the fluorescent orange glow of Doritos.
However, if you still crave Amerexican goodness, it's $1.29 for the traditional taco and $1.69 for the supreme, excluding tax.
Please accept my humble apology and know that I'm as disheartened as you are right now.