City issues street closure warnings for New Year's Eve, has no information on how to avoid Drunk Don Lemon


New Year's Eve in New Orleans. - CREATIVE COMMONS/BART EVERSON
  • New Year's Eve in New Orleans.

Ah, the weekend when we kiss 2017 goodbye — or tell it to kiss our ass. (Spoiler alert: it's going to be cold.) Bourbon Street is still a construction mess (though we have sweet new bollards in place) and, of course, there are going to be street closures. On the other hand, we have a new fleur-de-lis ready to drop at midnight — and CNN favorite Drunk Don Lemon will be back to provide some Auld Lang Messy.

Below the cut: the city's announced street closures, which include "soft closures," "hard closures," the Insurance Company Sugar Bowl parade and a New Year's Eve closure of Frenchmen Street.

Now bring on 2018.
NEW ORLEANS – The NOPD would like to remind the public of street closures ahead of the Allstate Sugar Bowl events and the New Year’s Eve celebration.

Starting tonight (Dec. 29), the NOPD will implement a hard closure starting at 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. from Iberville to Dumaine Streets. No traffic will be allowed to cross Bourbon Street during these hours.

Saturday, Dec. 30:
Starting Saturday, Dec. 30 through Monday, Jan. 1 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., NOPD will implement a soft closure of the French Quarter that will include streets leading into the French Quarter on Canal, Decatur, N. Rampart and Dumaine Streets.

Sunday, Dec. 31:
On Sunday, Dec. 31 at 2:30 p.m., the Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade will begin at Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street and proceed down Decatur Street, past Jackson Square and the Allstate Fan Fest, disbanding at Canal Street. Street closures will start at approximately 2 p.m. and will include N. Peters Street from Canal to Conti Streets and from Dumaine Street to Elysian Fields Avenue, and Decatur Street from Conti to Dumaine Streets.

NOPD officers will monitor the pedestrian crowd and will divert vehicular traffic from Decatur and S. Peters Street, between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue, as needed based on pedestrian traffic. On December 31 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., parking will not be permitted at a number of locations.

The 500 and 600 block of Frenchman Street will also be closed to traffic starting on New Year’s Eve night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. 

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