photos by Charlie London
When parking around the Fair Grounds during Jazz Fest, please note that the City of New Orleans has a fleet of tow trucks in various sizes for your inconvenience should you decide to ignore basic parking rules.
The city towing hotline is (504) 658-8002.
Information below is from the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS website: http://nola.gov/
PARKING ENFORCEMENT REMINDERS:
The Fair Grounds Race Course is located in a residential part of the city offering restricted parking in surrounding neighborhoods. Festival-goers that are driving to the Fairgrounds are encouraged to park in downtown long term lots and use the shuttle system festival organizers have arranged or to take public transportation. Gray Line Tours will operate continuous round-trip transportation – the Jazz Fest Express – from the Sheraton Hotel, the Gray Line Lighthouse at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (Toulouse St. at the River – next to Jax Brewery), and City Park (next to Marconi Meadows) daily from 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
A special entrance will be used only by Jazz Fest Express vehicles to avoid traffic and bring Festival-goers inside the gates of the Festival.
For more information, call 504-569-1401 or 1-800-535-7786.
Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs, in the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the Fairgrounds. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.
In addition, existing businesses will be allowed to sell their products on their property, both inside and outside of their business contingent upon not blocking public right of way. However, the City will aggressively enforce the rules against transient vendors (carts, trucks, etc.) from improperly selling their products within the festival’s “clean zone.”
The Department of Public Works is issuing citations for the following safety violations:
•Parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant: $20
•Parking in a fire lane: $20
•Parking on the median: $75
•Parking on the sidewalk: $20
•Parking in the travel portion of the roadway: $20
•Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk or intersection: $20
Vehicles may be towed for all of the above violations; the tow fee is $156.
Citations can be paid and vehicles retrieved at 400 N. Claiborne Ave. from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Payments can also be mailed to:
Violations Bureau | P.O. Box 52828 | New Orleans, LA | 70152
Citations can be contested by mail. Instructions are listed on the back of the ticket.
For more information, please call the Department of Public Works at (504) 658-8000. The city towing hotline is (504) 658-8002.