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. Collin

    Get a life you Troll

    January 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Starr

    I people can't afford babysitters, they can't afford Bourbon Street, either. Doesn't it say kids would be allowed after 8 with their parents? If they want to soak in the atmosphere, they don't need to go to the nudie clubs or bars to do that, do they?

    January 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Is there some other atmosphere to soak in on Bourbon Street besides bar and nudie clubs?

      January 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tori

      The curfew is for all of the French Quarter and the Marigny. There is more to that area than Bourbon Street.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ricky Bobby

    Until I can wrassle me an alligator there, I don't go to Bourbon St. Shake and bake!

    January 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. shaun

    N.o. Is nasty anyway, everybody pee's in the alleys then it runs 2 the street and mixes with trash and smells like crap! Why would you want your kids playing in the sewers?

    January 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • inga

      Sad, but the streets in the FQ do reek of urine by the time the sun comes up. I haven't been in years but I remember a lot of drunks staggering around after dark and a lot of little hustlers (children) in the daytime.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. shaun

    Crime went up? Wth? 10 yrs ago it was the murder capital. Crime is down since then lol thanks for cleanning it up katrina!

    January 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daryl

      many people lost their life during Katrina. Way many more lost everything they owned. Dont be such a jerk and make statements like that. hope that nothing like that happens to you or someone you love.

      January 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Al

    As a native New Orleanian....I totally agree with this stance; the only problem is that most of the kids who would be in the streets of the FQ dont really have parental supervision anyhow...so, regardless of the curfew, they wont be there, but trust me, they will be someplace else they shouldnt....great city to visit, but unless you are afluent; no place to live.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ohowbold

      @Tori New Orleans isn't a place for kids period, considering a two-year was recently murdered while playing outside. In new orleans kids could be murdered while waiting on the school bus, strolling the sidewalk, or playing in a park(which relatively don't exist in N.O.).

      January 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sunflower

    As crazy as it may sound, these areas mentioned also have some residences... People do in fact LIVE in the French quarter... so are the younger residents now hostages in their own homes, neighborhood and community? Not that I advocate children frequenting these party establishments.... adn I do question why a family would choose to live there.... but the fact remains that families DO INDEED live there.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Bichen

      The issue isn't really the F.Q.; its Bourbon Street itself. Off of the Big B things tone down substantially. I doubt the "held hostage" argument has much validity.

      January 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tori

      The majority of the people who can afford to live in the French Quarter (which is a lot more than just Bourbon Street), are wealthy enough to have purchased a home with a gated courtyard. The children who live there are not going to be locked up in their homes.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anthony

    It's about time! maybe crime will decrease without all of Oprah's children running rampant during Mardi Gras and other celebrations.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob Bichen

    I've been to Bourbon Street. Kids have absolutely no reason to be there during the day, much less at night. But at a minimum they don't need to be there once everyone starts getting liquored up. Nothing good can come from that.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      I've never noticed that there was any starting time to liquoring up. It seems to be pretty much a constant state in the district.

      January 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tori

      Bourbon Street is NOT the French Quarter... it's a street among many in the French Quarter. Get a clue.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peaches

    @Sunflower:

    "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."

    That explain it to you?

    January 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TORI

    My Dad took me to N0 over the holidays. He is a native and went to Tulane. He had a death grip on me as we explored Bourbon Street. I stepped in merde of the human type more than once and saw some kind of craziness in a strip club that had their doors wide open midday. The place is filthy and I hate going there. Bravo though to the city for tightening up on the curfew. It is Not a place for children!

    January 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peaches

    @TORI:
    Merde. Classic. And classy way of saying it!

    January 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lewtwo

    They are poor excuses for strip clubs.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Corntrader19

    Shaun: You hit the nail on the head! An in-law of mine had to go to New Orleans on business. He wrote me a letter describing what he saw on a walk from his hotel. New Orleans is a FILTHY, NASTY, X-RATED place. It is not suitable for decent adults, much less chiidren. On his walk, he described seeing groups of filthy people drunk and fighting over a bottle of booze. This was in the early '90's. I can't even imagine how bad it is now. I wouldn't step one foot in that filthy place!

    January 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tori

      If your family member only saw the filthy and nasty part of the city, then he didn't look very far. He didn't see the whole city, just the filthy, nasty part that mostly frequented by tourists. The only locals who go there do so because of their job. If that part of the city is filthy and nasty, it was made that way by people who don't live here.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Karen H.

    Never been there. After reading the comments, I never want to go!!

    January 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
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