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. bubba

    @Gina...

    C'mon down to N'orlens have a red neck good ol time. Get wet down the q'wata. Get u some beads. If ya got somthin to show....git er done.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yourmom

    "children who are with a church or school group" Haha, what school or church group would be in the French Quarter after 8pm?!

    January 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      Plenty. You have the aquarium and theater near by & plus some of the tours don't take place till later in the day.

      January 7, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • ohtheirony

      probably any group involving a Catholic priest?

      January 7, 2012 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Lexie

      ohthestupidity

      January 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nuh

    @ bubba

    You are an ignorant fool.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bigoldummy

    Children under age 16 has no business being out and about unescorted at 8pm anyways. It's so sad that a law has to make parents do their jobs.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • gabe

      Your ridiculous, I feel sorry for your children if you have them. As a 15 year old, I would drink and smoke just to spite you if you were my father. Right now I can stay out untill 12ish, but I don't smoke and hardly ever drink. Not all teenagers make stupid decisions, and if they do then it is there own to make.

      January 7, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda

      To the both of you, how about using correct English????? Anyways is not a word, and your use of "your" instead of "you're", and "there" instead of "their", is horrible! And I didn't even mention the "has" that should have been "have" in the first sentence!

      January 7, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • 4moitopoopon

      @Gabe

      You spelt "you're" and "their" wrong. Stay in school and get to bed earlier. BTW in some cases when a person under 18 makes a mistake it is not only THEIRS, but also THEIR parents, legally speaking that is.

      January 7, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Sioux

      Rhonda, "the both" is incorrect, too: should be no "the" before both. Contributing to poor English, yourself, dear.

      January 7, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Micajah88

    This is also an effort to reduce crime from teenagers. The crime rate in New Orleans is astronomical.

    January 7, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda

      Love the name Micajah! Did you know that it is an old name that is found frequently in the 1800s?

      January 7, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. chadjason

    as somebody who has lived in nola, i kinda agree! i hate seeing kids doing taps who are 8 on bourbon!!! but i know how i was when i was 12-15-18, i broke all the rules and glad i had the chance to drink and go to bars...think this city is the best in the world!!!! , and wouldn't change notin from the way it is!!!

    January 7, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Larry

    NOLA is the greatest place in the US and is not Disney World and not designed for kids.

    January 7, 2012 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Tarbrush

      I disagree – NOLA is for any age. 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 – the law is just for unaccompanied minors.

      January 7, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Tarbrush

      Although I strongly agree with the first part of your comment – NOLA IS the greatest place in the US!

      January 7, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Anon

    And when you realize that crime hasn't disappeared, you'll chip off the curfew even more. Curfews don't work.

    January 7, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Judith

    Would it not be better to ban all adult men from these areas after 8pm?

    January 7, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ohowbold

    Five teens shot at a school basketball game in New Orleans on the historical Canal St., the school is a historical landmark. Still want to visit?
    *SAVE OUR CHILDREN FROM BEING MURDERED*

    January 7, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ DR.RUFFNUTT:
    Gumbo is my spécialité.
    @ TORI:
    Merci beaucoup pour la langue.

    January 7, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. jimbrewer

    8 p.m.! That's outrageous, even during the week. Why don't they just put them under Marshal law?

    January 7, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lucifer

    They shouldn't have a curfew, but book some field trips into the FQ. Explain to the children on the trip, that if you don't get a proper education, you can end up working in the FQ. LOL

    January 7, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. spinedork

    Shrimp gumbo
    shrimp stew
    shrimp sandwich
    fried shrimp
    shrimp salad
    shrimp etouffee

    Hey, Forest.......

    January 7, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. DR.RUFFNUTT

    curfew's jsut make it more exciting to sneek out.. i remeber when i used to sneak out... we would go upto the store and get some mountain dew and star crunchies...
    .
    some times we would pretend to be ninjas and hide in the shawdows..

    January 7, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
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