The New Orleans Police Department would like to advise the public of some safety tips when attending this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. In dealing with festivities of this magnitude, the NOPD solicits the cooperation of the public, which is essential for a safe and orderly season.

  • Stay hydrated, as it is likely to be very hot. 
  • Personal property should not be left in unattended vehicles.  If no alternative depository is available, personal property should then be locked in the trunk of the vehicle prior to parking. 
  • Prior to parking your vehicle on the street, ensure you are not attempting to park in a residential or restricted area, or blocking a driveway, crosswalk, fire hydrant, etc. 
  • Be mindful of where you park your bicycle; utilize the Jazz Fest bicycle parking area, if possible. 
  • Make a note of where you parked, including street names and nearby landmarks. 
  • Parking during the Jazz Fest is usually extremely limited, so it is strongly suggested citizens utilize carpools, taxicabs or other forms of public transportation. 
  • Illegally parked vehicles are subject to be ticketed and towed.  
  • It is illegal to purchase or sell tickets in or around the Jazz Fest. 
  • Be mindful of the large amounts of pedestrian traffic in and around the Jazz Fest. 
  • Carry your wallet, money, credit cards, etc., in your front pockets. 
  • Purses should be carried across the torso or on the shoulder, clutched tightly next to the torso, whenever possible. 
  • If you will be consuming alcohol, utilize a designated driver. 
  • Never leave drinks, food or property unattended. 
  • Make sure your child knows his or her name and phone number. Write that information, along with the parent’s name on a piece of paper and place it in the child’s pocket, in case of separation. 
  • Introduce children to a nearby officer, so they know what uniform to look for and advise them to give the officer that information sheet, if they get lost. 
  • When exiting the Jazz Fest, stay alert and be mindful of your surroundings. 
  • Don’t become distracted by cellular devices, cameras, MP3 players, etc. 
  • If you observe anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, notify the police.

Police officers will be visible inside and outside of the festival grounds, before, during and after the event. Uniformed officers will engage in crowd control and plainclothes officers will be among the spectators for detection of crimes.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is an event enjoyed by thousands, and the NOPD will utilize all resources to assure that it is as safe as possible for all to enjoy.

Here are some bicycle safety tips we strongly encourage you to observe and practice.

  • Control Your Bicycle. Always ride with both hands on the handlebars. Carry Jazz Fest items in a bicycle carrier or backpack. 
  • Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. 
  • Lookout for NOPD Orange Traffic Cones Signaling Road Hazards.
  • Go With the Traffic Flow. Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles. Go with the flow of Jazz Fest traffic– not against it.
  • Obey All Traffic Laws. A bicycle is a vehicle and you’re a driver. Obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
  • Yield to Traffic When Appropriate. Slow down and look to see if the way is clear before proceeding. 
  • Yield to Pedestrians in the Crosswalk
  • Be Predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others. 
  • Stay Alert at All Times. Use your eyes AND ears. Watch out for potholes, road cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear a headset when you ride. 
  • Look Before Turning. When turning left or right, always look behind you for a break in traffic, then signal before making the turn. Watch for left- or right-turning traffic.
  • Watch for Parked Cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (like doors opening, or cars pulling out).
  • Listen to and Follow Directions of NOPD.

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