Gen­eral In­for­ma­tion

Where New Orleans - - THE GUIDE -

New Or­leans is fa­mous for its good-time party spirit, but some vis­i­tors have mis­con­cep­tions about lo­cal laws and cus­toms. A few things to keep in mind:

ORI­EN­TA­TION

Should you be­come con­fused while walk­ing in the French Quar­ter, find the sky­scrapers on the hori­zon. That will be Canal Street.

SAFETY

Use com­mon sense. Stick to well-trav­eled streets, par­tic­u­larly at night. If you’ve been drink­ing, have your bar­tender call a taxi for you.

DRINK­ING

It is in­deed le­gal to drink on the streets of New Or­leans, pro­vided your bev­er­age is in a plas- tic con­tainer (“go-cup”) rather than a bot­tle or can.

SMOK­ING

Smok­ing is banned in all pub­lic build­ings, in­clud­ing re­stat­u­ants and bars.

PUB­LIC NU­DITY

De­spite what you may have seen and heard, nu­dity is il­le­gal in Or­leans Parish at all times (in­clud­ing Mardi Gras). “Flash­ing” may earn women a ticket, but any­one drop­ping his or her pants will be ar­rested and booked for pub­lic in­de­cency.

CALL OF NA­TURE

Pub­lic un­ri­na­tion is a le­gal vi­o­la­tion that will earn you not just a ticket, but an ar­rest and a court date.

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