If you're planning to spend part of the weekend in the French Quarter, be aware that traffic restrictions go into place beginning Fri., Sept. 4 at 5 pm and ending Mon., Sept. 7 at 5 am. The details, from Roger Jones Jr., the NOPD's 8th District Quality of Life officer:
This weekends 2009 Decadence Festival French Quarter street closure shall take effect Friday, September 4, 2009 thru Monday, September 7, 2009 from 5pm-5am. The closure itself will be from St. Louis to Dumaine, North Rampart to Royal St. Traffic will not be allowed to cross Bourbon St. from St. Louis to Dumaine. Dumaine may be closed depending upon the pedestrian traffic.
Please note that residents and employees working in the French Quarter will be allowed to enter with proof of residency and employment via name tag, uniform etc. Also, vehicles for hire will be allowed to enter to the French Quarter (Note Restrictions regarding Bourbon St. will still apply to these vehicles without exception. Therefore take into account your destination before entering). These closures are done to minimize vehicular traffic in the area during special events.
Have a swell Decadence,