Jingle On the Boulevard Set for Dec. 14

In early November, City Councilmember Cyndi Nguyen was joined by representatives from the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), city and public safety officials, community partners and parade organizers to announce the second annual Jingle On The Boulevard Parade at a press conference held in along the 8000 Block of Read Boulevard. 

The Jingle On The Boulevard Parade was founded by Councilmember Nguyen to bring back family fun experiences to New Orleans East, while enhancing economic development and tourism activities to help promote local businesses. The second annual event will take place at noon on Saturday, Dec.14, in New Orleans East and will highlight retailers, restaurants and shops along the parade route from Crowder Boulevard to Haynes Boulevard, to Read Boulevard, and all the way to Lake Forest Plaza. 

Following its successful debut in 2018, the Jingle On The Boulevard Parade is now included as one of the many cultural events presented in the city throughout the year to improve the quality of life for residents and ensure a steady flow of tourism. 

For more information on the parade, visit jingleontheboulevard.com or contact the office of Versatile 

Second Phase of Bourbon Street Revitalization Complete

Mayor LaToya Cantrell recently joined other City officials and community partners for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the $9.5 million Bourbon Street Revitalization, Phase 2 project in the French Quarter. The project began in September 2018 and spans the 500-800 blocks of Bourbon Street (from St. Louis to Dumaine).

“This is a historic day for some historic infrastructure improvements along Bourbon Street. We were able to get work done faster and even better under our administration,” said Mayor Cantrell. “Bourbon Street is an iconic street, it’s a world-class street that everyone knows around the world. So we were intentional about ensuring that all of our businesses along Bourbon Street were not only listened to but they were taken into consideration, particularly during this second phase of Bourbon Street construction. Making sure they remain viable in this city is a top priority, and we just appreciate how they worked with us and through this construction.”

The cost-shared project was designed by Mott McDonald, LLC and was constructed by Hard Rock Construction, LLC. Project partners included Entergy Electric, Entergy Gas, Cox Communications and AT&T, in close coordination with tourism partners. The Department of Public Works also worked with the New Orleans Police Department on security improvements during the project. The contractor fully reconstructed the roadway between St. Louis and Dumaine streets (500-800 blocks) with upsized drainage, a better sewer system, new sidewalks and new, smoother pavement.

“It has been a monumental effort that truly is a model for our infrastructure work across the city,” said Ramsey Green, Deputy CAO for Infrastructure.

The project benefits include:

• Replacing/repairing of existing underground electrical duct banks (Entergy Electric)

• Removing and replacing the existing pavement

• Replacing and upsizing the existing drain lines and catch basins

• Replacing the existing water lines

• Repairing/replacing the existing sewer lines

• Installing a moveable bollard system.

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