Your 2020 Guide to Spending New Year’s Eve in New Orleans

New Year's Eve in New Orleans

We’re all ready to put 2020 behind us and focus on 2021, which reaffirms that New Year’s Eve in New Orleans is one of the most exciting times of the year.  Whether you’re planning a family-friendly event at home or looking for a socially-distanced party, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in the Crescent City on December 31 with this handy guide.

Unfortunately, catching coronavirus is not the only concern for New Year’s Eve revelry—you also need to be alert and aware of potential causes for injuries. Common injuries on New Year’s Eve range from drunk driving accidents to firework mishaps. That’s why, in addition to some of the best ideas for NYE in NOLA, we’ve also included some helpful New Orleans safety tips to keep you and your loved ones protected.

If you do find yourself injured as a result of someone else’s negligence during your New Year’s Eve in New Orleans, seek prompt medical attention immediately and then call Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys for a free consultation

New Year’s Eve in New Orleans: Events

There’s something exciting to do in New Orleans every night of the year, but especially so on New Year’s Eve. Check out these events for kids, adults, and everyone in between.

New Year’s Eve at The Cannery 

The Cannery in Mid City is hosting a festive 21 years and older New Year’s Eve party with premium food, drinks, and fabulous entertainment. No standing will be allowed—guests must be seated at tables that will be socially distanced per safety guidelines. Masks will also be required for entry and moving throughout the venue. At midnight, a must see fireworks display will be launched from the roof. Tickets start at $135 per person. 

Kid’s Table Cooking Series

Kid’s Table Cooking Series—Pop in the New Year—is a pop tart baking class that will make for a special family-fun New Year’s celebration. During the class you will make your own pop tart and enjoy breakfast while it’s baking. Please note that a child must be accompanied by a caregiver at least 16 years old to attend. Food safety and CDC guidelines will also be followed. So, please wear a mask. Tickets start at $15 per child and include breakfast. Adults can attend for free or pay $8 to enjoy a light breakfast. Class length is approximately one hour.

Paddlewheeler Creole QueenNew Year’s Eve Cruise  

Celebrate New Year’s Eve cruising on the Mississippi River aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. Festivities for the evening include scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, a tasty buffet, and call-brand drinks at the open bar. Live bands will play an assortment of musical styles on each of our three levels so that you can toss your heels up to 2020 by dancing your way into 2021. Party favors and a midnight champagne toast will pop you into the New Year with fun and style. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Tickets start at $189 per person.   

New Year’s Eve in New Orleans: Safety Tips

With all the fun and festivities, it’s easy to forget about keeping yourself safe on New Year’s Eve. Prepare yourself for the unexpected this year by checking out these New Orleans safety tips from the legal minds at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys.

Don’t Drink & Drive 

Even people who don’t drink often can be tempted to overdo it amid the celebratory atmosphere of New Year’s Eve. If you’re planning to drink, don’t even give yourself the option to drive. Arrange for a designated driver or safe, alternative transportation in advance. 

Use a Ride-Share Service 

Prepare in advance by downloading ride-sharing apps such as Lyft and Uber to your phone before you head out on New Year’s Eve. The reason for this is two-fold. Most importantly, it will give you a safe way to get home after a night of drinking. 

Secondly, between road closures and reduced parking availability, taking your own vehicle to the celebration is likely to cause more trouble than it’s worth. Split a ride home with your friends to reduce your transportation costs and make sure everyone gets home safely. 

Read this COVID-19 rideshare safety guide for more helpful tips.  

Stay Away From Intoxicated Drivers

Look out for signs of intoxicated drivers and keep your distance. There will be an increased police presence downtown, but you should still be on the lookout for signs of drunk driving. Drunk drivers may tailgate, swerve, or drift in and out of traffic lanes. If you suspect a driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, call the police and keep your distance.

Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

As firework use is not allowed in every Louisiana Parish, it’s important to know your local laws to avoid dangerous fireworks or just leave fireworks to the professionals. Accidents, including burns, amputations and even fatal injuries, can and do occur from mishandling fireworks, especially those of the illegal variety.

If you decide to have your own fireworks show, remember to light fireworks from a safe distance. Never hold lit fireworks in your hands, light them indoors, or allow young children to handle fireworks. For more on fireworks safety, visit the National Safety Council website.

Watch Out for Pedestrian Hazards 

If you’re walking in the city, watch out for traffic, other pedestrians, and possible hazards along the way. Especially when it’s dark, it can be easy to slip, stumble or accidentally walk into the path of an oncoming car. 

Check out our blog for more New Orleans safety tips

Injured on New Year’s Eve in New Orleans?

If you’ve been injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys today. Our New Orleans personal injury lawyers offer free consultations, and you’ll pay no fee unless you win your case. We’re available in the office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. You can also reach us 24/7 via LiveChat or our convenient online case evaluation form.

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