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. noolibs

    And this is news...

    January 8, 2012 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. AhhPures

    Is booze and adult entertainment somehow less destructive of children before 8 PM?

    January 8, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Wizhare

    Don't worry if they can't get booze and hit the clubs they'll be back to B&E, and shooting at each other like all teens do
    these days when someone says no.

    January 8, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. hamsta

    in my day kids only were allowed outside after 6pm during summer.

    January 8, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. snowdogg

    Wonder how strongly the "curfew" is enforced?

    January 8, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • DisgruntledGirl

      Comes down to the general corruption. While you can walk around with an alcoholic beverage in your hand outside a bar, a New Orleans cop can charge you with public intoxication if "you give him reason to".

      January 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Catherine

    I don't see the problem with this, I grew up in a town with a cerfew for folks under 18 with the same rules. I think it was 9 or 10 pm. Until you are 18 your parents have a right to know where you are.

    January 8, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Regular New Orleans Visitor

    Prior to Katrina, one would see moms strategically positioned across the street from very young children dancing to boom boxes well after midnight. The children would be just exhausted. I saw one little boy run across the street to his mom and tell her he had to pee. She turned him around, jerked down his little shorts, and made him pee against the wall. Then she shoved him back out in the street to return to his post. Immediately after Katrina, that largely went away because there was nowhere for families to live. But–last year I noticed the children were back. I also noticed where the exceptions to the curfew are where a child is accompanied by a parent. I wonder if that includes the parents who have their children perform on the streets. That practice is certainly exploitation and likely abuse–those little children so often looked miserable.

    January 8, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Larry Flint

    Thanks for the free plug for my club, "Barely Legal," CNN. Come by anytime for a freebe.

    January 8, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. it's about time

    Girls are like phones. They love to be held, talked too but if you press the wrong button you'll be disconnected!

    January 8, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nola J

    New Orlean's is as culturally diverse as any place in the world. There is a strict line drawn between the afluent and extremely poor as is anywhere, but it's not just an East/West divide. The way this city has developed can be seen driving down St. Charles Ave, which is full of million dollar, 18th and 19th century homes then making a right on Napoleon and three blocks later you wonder what the hell happened. Disproportional incarceration is boldly reflected in the number of blacks to whites in Orleans Parish Prison. So are the demographics. The numbers somewhat follow the population trends. Murders in this city go unsolved for fear of retalliation, while drug offense jail times in the black community are off the charts. While drugs and murders correlate, the culture of this roughly fatherless poor population is that of an honor society. Being forced to attend war-zone like schools, and fend for yourself while trying to eat just one meal during the day can lead to a persons respect being the most important thing to them. If that is all you ever had your whole life, while trying to survive in a failed system, you are willing to kill to protect your rep.

    January 8, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. GeeEmCee

    Horrific place that I would never care to visit.

    I don't think that parents should be permitted to raise children there at all.

    January 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ken

    There is only one reason a kid belongs in the French quarter after dark ... to commit a crime. No parent would let his kid wander their after dark.

    January 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JMRTS

    I agree with the curfew.....but why the exception to allow the child "performers" with parents. NOLA is my home town and I don't give to the child performers in a personal effort to stop this. You should see some of these kids suffer in the summer heat!

    January 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ally Buster

    There is very little underage drinking in the French Quarter, and what there is involves 20 year olds drinking beer a few months ahead of their birthday. Big deal! If you want to stop underage drinking, you do it in suburban households in Ohio or other places like that where the kids get home from school at 3 PM and the working parents don't arrive until 5 PM.

    January 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • quarter gal

      Duh! They aren't trying to stop underage drinking OR kids seeing nudity!!! They are trying to stop juvenile THUGS from roaming the streets of our city, robbing and shooting and killing people and innocent bystanders, because the 'parents' (and I use this term extremely loosely) don't give a rats A$$. Read the news, people. I live there and am totally frightened out of my wits to be on the streets anymore!!! WAKE UP!

      January 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      What are you talking about? It has nothing to do with drinking or nudity.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. APS

    You better care about all those white owned businesses. That's all you have.

    January 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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