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. Jason

    A 16-year-old has no business out by himself anyway unless he has a job. Parents: Why don't you ACT like parents for once?! You'd rather lay on your back (or however you did it) and have a kid, then expect everyone else to tend to him. Get real. Any kid in high school or below should be at home studying and doing homework. There's no excuse to a kid to be out by himself without parent supervision.

    January 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • denim

      You're very strange.

      January 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      You are also very correct. Stick to your guns.

      January 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. R Burns

    Inappropriateness for underage kids depends on where you happen to visit within the French Quarter. If you're on Bourbon street, it's probably not a good place for children at any time of day or night. If you're over by Cafe du Monde and surrounding shops there is much less need for curfew. I'm glad there are exceptions! One of our favorite family stories is the weekend my brother visited us in Pensacola and we drove after dark for a midnight treat of beignets in the French Quarter. It happened to be Halloween weekend and the festivities were on a par with Mardi Gras, something the kids will never forget-but in that location it wasn't bawdy and we went home with beads and candy in addition to the things we bought. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

    January 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      I think your seeing-eye dog probably saw a lot more than you did.

      January 8, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      lol. I don't know how you miss the nudity during Halloween, but you have selective vision. I live here, and even I know it exists everywhere in the quarter. You generally don't see it off Bourbon unless its a special event like Halloween or Mardi Gras, but it IS there. Last Halloween, I saw no less than 4 people wearing little more than pasties and body paint with maybe a thong.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. SCDad

    Stupid. My kids vacation at nudist clubs and cruises around the world, and they are perfectly ordinary, fine, kids. If more people would teach their spawn that nudity is natural and normal maybe they wouldn't need un-American, fascist laws like these. Might even keep them from getting knocked up in their teens when curiosity gets the better of them. I am So tired of using my taxes to feed the spawn of conservative morons

    January 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • denim

      Would we need strip clubs at all? I don't think so...

      January 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • quarter gal

      And we are sick and tired of the great unwashed owning everything that WE pay for and when the don't have enough money, they rob and kill people and think nothing of it to get more! I'm so happy that your kids were exposed to nudity. That makes perfect sense to me after calling conservatives morons. Guess us conservatives don't have the right to our own opinion any longer. Odd, I think, coming from an obvious non-conservative. I thought ALL non-conservatives thought we should let everyone have their own opinion, or a I wrong???????????????

      January 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      Sorry, but you are nuts. And this has nothing to do with liberal/conservative.

      January 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • cyclobrown

      perv alert. daddy tells his kids its ok to get naked with strangers. ever work for Penn State?

      January 9, 2012 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      "Fascist" laws??? You are such a liberal, whiney sissy.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Janet

    Why would ANY parent want his or her kid(s) in this district at night? I think if a juvenile is caught violating the new ordinance, the parent(s) should be locked up overnight.

    January 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. larryb

    there are many neighborhoods across america that teenagers are only there to cause trouble or hustle their bodies...which one do you want to defend their right to do?

    January 9, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. lewtwo

    Actually the strip clubs are too boring to be worth the bother.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    That law is to keep worthless black teens from harrassing, mugging and raping innocent tourists. I lived there for a very short period (thank God), and I saw what went on there.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chistopher

    If you've ever spent any time at all in New Orleans, you'd know that the reason for this law is that so many of these so-called "children" are some of the most talented street criminals you've ever seen. We're not talking about little Johnny should be home studying his homework, we're talking about little Quantez not being in the Quarter pick-pocketing the drunk tourists.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. 1 who Cranberries since forever

    I need a ride, the dog wants me to go.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Patrick

    Church and School groups are going to the bars and strip clubs?

    January 9, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Melissa

    As a resident of NOLA, I'm fully in support of this curfew.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    the whole french quarter should burn down and that city repent for what they do in the eyes of god. God warned them 7 years ago and they have learned nothing.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Byron

      God warned them??? How funny and how dumb.... Katrina hit everything but the Quarter. It destroyed homes of innocent people and and the poor and left the Quarter intact. If god was trying to send a message, the Quarter would have been the first thing to go.... IDIOT...

      January 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chilly g

    first im a black american and this has nothing to do with race.16 years olds should not be in these area after a certian time.
    if you keep this age group off the street during these time period,it will be less crime and has nothing to do with race except
    to many of us black american want make our kid be responisable citizens.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. John Jacob Jingle Heimer Smith

    I took my 14 year old son down Bourbon one night and he said to me "Johnny, la gente esta muy loca...What the f@#k?"

    January 9, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ohowbold

    Murder Murder Murder, it won't stop SAVE OUR CHILDREN FROM BEING MURDERED

    January 13, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
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