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The 2013 French Quarter Festival00000176-e49b-dce8-adff-f6df16840000Thursday, April 11 — Sunday, April 14The French Quarter Festival returns to New Orleans this weekend! Featuring over 800 local musicians, more than 65 of New Orleans finest restaurants, free special events, family fun with two kids areas, and the return of fireworks on the Mississippi River (Saturday April 13 at 9 p.m.).ResourcesBefore you head out to the festival, make sure you're prepared. We've collected some handy resources for you to get the most out of your trip downtown this weekend.2013 Festival ScheduleKnow where you're going before you get there!FQF MapOnline and downloadable versions of the festival map, highlighting stages, restrooms, dining options, and a list of special events.French Quarter Festival AppTechnically-savvy? Take your schedule and map on the go with the 2012 French Quarter Festival app, available for Android and iPhone.Festival WebsiteCheck out the French Quarter Festival's website for an in-depth look at the fest, including volunteer and sponsor information, answers to frequently asked questions, and tips on parking, public transportation, and more.

2013 French Quarter Festival Traffic Advisory

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The New Orleans Police Department has released traffic restrictions for the 2013 French Quarter Festival. The Festival begins this Thursday, April 11, and lasts until Sunday, April 14.

Throughout the Festival, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., North Peters/Decatur Streets will be  restricted when pedestrian traffic between Iberville and Dumaine Streets necessitates the closure.

On Saturday and Sunday there will be a French Quarter closure from 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., encompassing the area between Canal to Dumaine Streets, and from Rampart Street to the river.

The NOPD says listed times for the traffic restrictions are only the earliest and latest they will take place. Vehicles will only be restricted when pedestrian traffic makes it a necessity.

For-hire vehicles, such as taxis, pedicabs and carriages, will be allowed into the restricted area as long as it is safe to do so, the police department said.

French Quarter residents, business employees, and hotel guests will also be allowed entry during the restricted times as long as it is safe. Access passes are available at the Eighth District Police Station, 334 Royal Street.

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