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. chrissy

    Children shouldnt be in bars with or without parents! And im all for curfews for kids everywhere, unfortunately they are rarely enforced!

    January 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Karen H.

    You are mean, Collin.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Mainstream news did not cover Hungary going bankrupt today. Neither your Fox or CNN covered the incident. Why is that?

      January 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Hungary's bankruptcy probably wasn't covered much for a very simple reason: it didn't happen.

      January 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pete/Ark

    The only real question I've got is WILL they enforce the curfew...if it's ironclad it will keep a lot of kids AND adults out of trouble. If it's only "window dressing" like so many other curfews elsewhere it will be a joke.

    January 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Justin

    I been to the french quarter many of times... Im from new orleans... They will not enforce that law.. Most of the people on bourbon street are young kids between the ages of 16 and 20.. New Orleans is known for underage drinking..

    January 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bayousara

    Those kids need to be home after dark! Glad to hear this! And yes, tourists should be considered. I am a New Orleans tourist and I don't want to be walking around the French Quarter and see underaged kids carousing or other trouble.

    January 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Gil

      So you calling all young kids hooligans? That's insulting. Not every kid misbehaves. And why is it good to have a curfew? The majority of kids that are out later sneak out of the home so I don't see how that would stop them. Maybe there should be a curfew for you and how late you can stay out. How about 6:00 PM?

      January 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. @Chris Gil

    What are you, 9?

    January 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lexi

    this seems absolutely logical to me. i don't think anybody under the age of 18 should be hanging out on bourbon street alone period. there are lots of drunk creepos roaming around ALL OF THE TIME. seriously, new orleans is HUGE and there are plenty of places that are suitable for children and teens, it may not be in downtown, but there are places. i don't see why anyone would be against this curfew.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ok

      Lexi honey, new Orleans is not huge. It's actually quite a small city.

      January 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ray

    Geaux Saints!!!!!

    January 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rod C. Venger

    Why did we spend Billion$ to save and rebuild NOLA again?

    January 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Well, the French Quarter was never really damaged, was it?

    January 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bubba

    Too bad they can't curfew the gays too.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daryl


      January 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • thinkergal

      Beyond moron.

      January 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gina

      Bubba is that because your a redneck idiot. The gays as you so put it are not underaged children that are causing problems in the city. It's idiots like you.

      January 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. thinkergal

    I will miss the kids who dance for money. I will not miss the obnoxious drunken college kids–'though I was one of them a long time ago.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TORI

    Go away Tori troll. Only post from me is the first one with my name in all caps.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ohowbold

    If only the curfew was the only issue in New Orleans how about the 200 murders that happen last year, and the 15 that's happen already this year. Not to mention the race relations, corrupt politics, and corrupt police officers. Curfew in THE FRENCH QUARTER=detouring crime to THE SURROUNDING areas in N.O. i.e. low poverty areas(predominantly occupied by Blacks)
    True Story- Two murders in Algiers(N.O. area) two days apart across the street from a children's nursery and seven school bus stops
    Forget implementing curfews for now, first *SAVE OUR CHILDREN FROM BEING MURDERED*

    January 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
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