MSIB Vol XXIV Issue 010 Waterways Status – MARDI GRAS Festivities – New Orleans, LA

Mardi Gras festivities will be held in New Orleans, LA beginning on February 10, 2024, and lasting through February 14, 2024. As part of the celebrations, multiple events will be taking place on or adjacent to the Lower Mississippi River (LMR). In anticipation of these events, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port New Orleans, under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, will be establishing the following security and safety zones:

• Temporary Security Zone - Mardi Gras Celebration
a. Date and time: from noon on February 10, 2024, through 11:59 p.m. on February 13, 2024.
b. Location: all navigable waters within 400 yards of the Left Descending Bank (LDB) between Mile Marker (MM) 94.4 & MM 95.1

 Temporary Safety Zone - Lundi Gras Fireworks Display
a. Date and time: February 12, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
b. Location: all navigable waters between MM 93 and MM 96, near Algiers Point in New Orleans, LA

All vessels are prohibited from entering the security and safety zones unless they have been granted permission by the Captain of the Port New Orleans or the designated representative. All vessels requesting permission to enter or transit through these zones must contact the designated representative on VHF-FM Channel 12, 16, or 67. Each designated representative will evaluate and allow vessels to transit through the safety zone on a case-by-case basis.

For additional information, contact the following:
Sector New Orleans Command Center (24 hours): (504) 365-2545
Vessel Traffic Service (24 hours): (504) 365-2514, VHF-FM Ch. 05A, 12 or 67
Sector New Orleans Waterways Management: (504) 365-2280 or


Captain of the Port New Orleans