New Orleans tightens kids' French Quarter curfew
Supporters of the change say the district's booze and adult entertainment make it no place for children after 8 p.m.
January 6th, 2012
12:50 PM ET

New Orleans tightens kids' French Quarter curfew

New Orleans' longstanding citywide curfew for unescorted juveniles is about to get tighter in the city's famed French Quarter.

The City Council on Thursday voted to bar people 16 and younger from the district, plus parts of the Faubourg Marigny area, after 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday - making the weekend curfew the same as the rest of the week.

Since 1994, juveniles citywide have had an 8 p.m. curfew Sunday through Thursday (9 p.m. in the summer). But they have been allowed to be out until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Supporters of the change say the district's booze and adult entertainment make it no place for children after 8 p.m. on any day, and they hope it helps cut down on crime and underage drinking, CNN affiliates WWL-TV and WDSU reported.

"They should not be in a place that has over 350 alcohol beverage outlets and has countless strip clubs," French Quarter Management District Chairwoman Kim Rosenberg said, according to WWL.

The proposal prompted some controversy, with some council meeting attendees saying that the move appeared to show members caring more about tourists and the district's white-owned businesses than the rest of the city, the Times-Picayune reported.

Council members have said they will soon consider tightening the curfew citywide.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office said he would sign the French Quarter/Faubourg Marigny measure Friday, WWL reported. The changes would technically go into effect Monday, but because the curfew already is 8 p.m. on weekdays, the first real change would happen January 13.

The curfew has many exceptions, including those for children who are accompanied by a parent or guardian, children who are on their home property or that of a neighbor, or children who are with a church or school group.

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  1. Portland tony

    So instead of keeping a semblance of order among the adult party goers, the Cops will be chasing 16 year olds all over the French Quarter. Now that makes sense? Huh!

    January 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • gager

      It's not either or bozo.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Nawlins after dark is definitely not the place for children. Being one that has sampled the debauchery of Bourbon street and beyond on many occasions, can attest to that. Hic

    January 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asashii

      i would say the Dungeon if its still open!!!!

      January 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Why, bobcat! You old tiger, you! Rawr!

    Seriously, it will force parents to actually be aware of where their kids are and what they're doing.
    What's wrong with that?
    NO isn't banning kids from the FQ; just those who would roam around unaccompanied by an adult.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Most visitors to the clubs and wild spots in NO certainly don't want their youngsters tagging along watching Mom or Dad reliving their wild days. Plus kids can't enter most of the clubs where it's happening. Locals who can afford it hire care takers. Visitors, who party, should leave their kids back home with relatives. The poorer locals....well, they have to make due

      January 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    New Orleans is really a fabulous place. All day and all night, something is going on. Young people can really enjoy the Jackson Square area of the French Quarter after dark. The street performers really come alive then. But parents, please be aware of your chidrens movements. This can still be a dangerous place.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ banasy

    "Laissez Les Bon Temp Roulez" used to be my mantra. Well it actually still is, but not as much. Rooowr

    January 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vietnam Vet

      It's more like "Laissez les bons temps de ralentir pour que je puisse garder le rythme."

      January 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©


    As long as it's not
    "Laisser le rouleau de papier toilette."

    January 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @Portland Tony:
    Sure, I can see that...but it doesn't take any money at all to watch your own children.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anonymous

    In some aspects, it's like Vegas. It always boggled my mind seeing parents trolling theirs babies into the smoke-filled casinos. Some places aren't meant for little babes.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. james

    The quarter is all about adult entertainment 24/7 shouldnt be there anytime.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tarbrush

      No, it is NOT just adult entertainment 24/7. The Quarter has an incredible history – there is wonderful architecture, the food is some of the best in the world, and many of the art and antique galleries are unparalleled. Would I have my kids there at 1 in the morning? Usually not, but I remember one night after a late dinner at Mr. B's Bistro walking down Royal St. with my wife, my kids (11, 5, and 3 at the time) and some out of town guests after midnight. No it's not a place for the Disney channel crowd, but Bourbon St is not the entire Quarter. BTW, kids can be with their parents ANY time in the French Quarter.

      January 7, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. fernace

    This is just a logical step! I can't imagine any parent would think this is detrimental to their kids freedom! The world is a dangerous place in any town, for kids roaming the streets! When I was in NOLA (yrs. ago), 1 of my buds was arrested in a "street sweep" & another threw up all over the van on the way home! Hmmm, maybe adults need a curfew, too?! Naw, we love to get crazy now & then, but it's no place for unaccompanied kids! Hey to banasy & bobcat(iah), happy new yr. to y'all!!

    January 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nik without a C

    I Agree that the little ones should be in bed ASAP. No one underage. Strip clubs are meant for Adults only. Drop the kids off at the babysitter's house. Pay them Extra. French Quarter in New Orleans during the day is good for Kids. At night put them to bed. I wanted to Go so Badly there, but i can't because of home issues. So I see everyone's point. No Kids allowed under the age of 16 is not right, it should be no one under the Age of 13. Dudes, Chill Out!

    January 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Collin

      Majority of people surrounding the New Orleans area cant afford babysitters. Crime rate has increased dramatically in the past 5 years... this would be a good program and help Burban Street get back to its roots.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Collin

    Glad; majority of the 16 years olds are the wannabe thugs that dont care about anyone and just wanna go out and do whatever.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gix

    I didn't know Larry Flint has a club in NO might have to check it out someday 😀

    January 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Starr

    Viet Nam Vet:

    Vrai, Monsieur! Comment bien vrai!‬

    January 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
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