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NOPD Releases Surveillance Footage of French Quarter Rape Suspect


The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Special Victims division released a surveillance video of an unknown male suspect in connection with a sexual assault in the French Quarter. As NoDef previously reported, the incident occurred during the early morning hours of April 16 on the 1400 block of Chartres Street. 


Parade Planner: Easter in the Quarter


Four parades are rolling through the Quarter on Easter Sunday. The National Weather Service (NWS) is prediting scattered thunderstorms all day, but as of press time, the processions are on rain or shine.
 
Details about the Ostara Parade, Historic French Quarter Easter Parade, Chris Owens Easter Parade, and the Gay Easter Parade follow below.


French Quarter Fest: How to Get Around the Vieux Carre


Ahead of tomorrow's kickoff of the 34th annual French Quarter Fest, the City of New Orleans released traffic instructions for locals and tourists alike to navigate the area. The four-day celebration of music, film, and food will overtake the Vieux Carre, offering 60+ local restaurants and the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world. 


Community Outcry Over Proposed Bourbon Street Plans


French Quarter residents voiced their concern Tuesday night (4.4) at a community meeting on proposed traffic changes to Bourbon Street. The meeting, which began as a way to address potential issues surrounding traffic flow and business viability in the city’s new security plan, morphed into a greater conversation about the disconnection between city planners and the city's residents. 


Ten Out of Ten-nessee

NoDef's Guide to The Tennessee Williams Festival



Playwright Tennessee Williams had a long love affair with New Orleans. So goes a bon mot Williams once said, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” No offense to the rest of the country, but New Orleanians take great pride in being revered as decidedly not-Cleveland by the late playwright. This week, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns for its 31st annual celebration. The five-day fest kicks off this Wednesday, all culminating on Williams’s 106th birthday on Sunday (3.26). 


French Quarter Community Will Meet About Security Concerns


Today (3.13), members of the French Quarter business and residential communities will meet to discuss New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s proposed $40 million security plan.


Wind in Their Sales

Pirate's Alley Battles to Stay Open



Another French Quarter institution is danger of disappearing amidst a zoning dispute. Locals are rallying to save Pirate’s Alley in advance of a June 11th meeting scheduled to determine the future of the small bar.


Overnight Crime Report: Three Armed Robberies


Three armed robberies were the only crime that the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) reported in the last 24 hours according to the Major Offense Log (MOL) for Tuesday (4.27).


Trump Tagger Hits Quarter


Political pundits have questioned whether G.O.P. frontrunner Donald Trump has an adequate ground game for the general election, but it looks like someone took a rebuttal too literally— and, too far. Residents of the Lower Quarter awoke on Thursday (3.31) to find graffiti using the candidate’s cause on cars and a home.


Decatur Kitchen Blaze


By Ashley Rouen

It’s not every day a French Quarter fire ignites. At 9:15a.m. Wednesday morning, sirens blared through the streets of the Quarter, while clouds of smoke billowed out of the Decatur St. restaurant, Fiorella’s and into the surrounding neighborhood. Wind coming off the river blew the singing haze across the Lower Quarter, stretching as far as Rampart St.


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