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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Getting to and from French Quarter Festival

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 3:46 PM

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With four days of live music on 23 stages, French Quarter Festival will draw crowds Downtown. French Quarter traffic will be restricted during the festival, so attendees should figure out a plan beforehand. Public transportation, bike valets, pedicabs and driving services such as Be My Designated Driver area alternatives to finding parking near the festival. Here are some of the restrictions and options during the festival.

From noon Thursday to 9 p.m. Sunday, vehicle entrance to the French Quarter will be restricted to residents, employees, hotel guests and for-hire vehicles with permits. Individuals can pick up appropriate permits at the NOPD Eighth District Station at 334 Royal St.

RTA will increase bus, streetcar and ferry services during the festival, festival organizers say, and there are a few modifications of regular service. French Quarter Festival organizers recommend parking in the Central Business District and taking public transportation to the French Quarter. RTA Jazzy Passes allow one day of unlimited rides for $3.

For those who prefer to maneuver through the city by bike, Bike Easy Valet Bike Parking will be available at the festival free of charge Friday through Sunday at the Canal Street entrance to Woldenberg Park. Additional bike parking is available at the Mississippi River floodwall at Conti Street and Bienville Street entrances and the Old U.S. Mint at 400 Esplanade Ave.

Festival sponsor Chevron is offering free pedicab rides. Participating cabs will circle the French Quarter throughout the weekend and will be marked with Chevron and festival identification.

In addition to regular cab service and Uber X, attendees can use services such as Be My Designated Driver. Riders can hire a personal driver for $14 to $19.50 an hour or arrange pickup service with their own car for $25 plus mileage. Festival attendees can receive $20 off with the keyword “NOLA.”

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