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. richard lemke

    I lived in southern Louisiana for 30+ years. This another one of their crazy laws that will not be enforced.

    January 7, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Toto

      Hello mother Deloris big ups to you in 2011 u will reach to the top keep on vtsiring and keep pushing.2011 will be your year and you will reach greater and greater keep up the good work love ya mommy ..

      April 22, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. TORI

    @jif vous avez été manquée

    January 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    creole gumbo dr ru...not cajun.

    January 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ TORI,
    Well here I am now, but not long. I'm so busy after taking off to be–sick, lazy?
    I keep up with your posts, please tell your father that I have had wondeeful times a Napoli and always went to a restaurant Zi' Teresa near the water.
    I almost went to Tulane. They recruited me a lot, and 3 doctors in my family had gone there. My father thought that if I went there for music I would see the light within 4 years and go into medicine.
    Are you in school there?

    January 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DR.RUFFNUTT

    @mmmmm creole? yep that was it... it was real good...
    .
    the sea food down there was real fresh..and tasty

    January 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TORI

    @jif, you lazy never. I will ask my dad about that restaurant in Naples. That was a lot of pressure on you to become a doctor. I'm glad you stayed with your passion! No way am I at Tulane. I go to school in the Grand Canyon State. Have a beautiful day!!

    January 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mmmmm

    seafood...doc!

    January 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hamsta

    i live in the 9nth ward just downtown from the quarter.theres a murder at least once a week in my neighborhood.its always the young boys killing each other over girls drugs or last weeks murder.maybe they need to start teaching kids gun safety in the schools again cuz in my day kids didnt shoot each other.we had fist fights instead.

    January 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tokyo joe

    oh the pedophiles will have to go someplace else then I guess!

    January 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. peleka

    I'm all for this new curfew. This shouldve been in place a long time ago. Parents should be more aware of where their kids are at all times.

    January 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hamsta

    @peleka first we need child protective services to step out of the way.their idea of discipline is telling ur child"dont do that johnny".anything further than that they consider child abuse.discipline is a foreign word to them.(discipline is a balanced hand,not to be confused with the word punishment.discipline involves rewarding good behavior and spending quality time with ur child doing constructive things.)

    January 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lizzy

    they shoul make it 18 and under

    January 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lizzy

    i mean should

    January 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mccgeno

    I don't think they should be let out at all.

    January 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Coigne

    New Orleans, Land of Dreams.

    January 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
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