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New Orleans street closures and traffic Labor Day weekend: Southern Decadence parade and football

The city will be jam-packed

This Labor Day weekend, New Orleans will host a series events across the city. For starters, the first weekend in September marks the 46th annual Southern Decadence celebration. On the other side of town, two college football games are expected to cause heavy vehicular traffic on Saturday.

French Quarter

Southern Decadence Parade

Starting Sunday at 2 p.m., the 42nd annual Southern Decadence parade will start near the intersection of Decatur and Barracks streets. The parade will not have any permanent street closures, but will obstruct streets as it rolls.

Souther Decadence parade route

After starting, the parade will turn left on Royal, turn right onto St. Louis Street, turn right onto North Rampart Street, turn right onto Toulouse Street, turn left onto Burgundy Street, turn left onto St. Peter Street, turn right onto North Rampart Street, turn right onto St. Ann Street, and turn left on Bourbon Street and disband near the intersection of Bourbon and Dumaine streets.

Bourbon Street

This street will remain closed to vehicular traffic from Friday, September 1, to Sunday, September 3. Blocked by movable bollards, motorist can cross Bourbon Street at St Philip and Toulouse streets.

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With many Southern Decadence events taking place primarily on Bourbon Street, organizers will host a free concert, Southern Decadence Bourbon Street Extravaganza, at Bourbon and St Anne streets intersection on Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m.


College Football

On Saturday, September 2, Tulane University will play Grambling State University football game at Yulman Stadium at 7 p.m.

The following streets will be closed for vehicular traffic:

  • Starting at 7 a.m.: Ben Weiner Drive between S. Claiborne Avenue and Willow Street, and Janet Yulman Way between Willow Street and Ben Weiner Drive
  • Starting at 1 p.m.: Audubon Boulevard in both directions from S. Claiborne Avenue and Willow Street
  • Starting at 4 p.m.: Willow Street in both directions from Calhoun Street to Audubon Street

Central Business District

College football

After Tropical Storm Harvey devastated Houston, organizers relocated the upcoming Louisiana State University vs. Brigham Young University Football Game to the Mercedes Benz-Superdome.

While there are no street closures, expect heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic is expected along Poydras Street between Loyola and South Claiborne avenues.