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Crescent City Classic takes to the streets on Saturday

Runners near the finish line in the 2015 Crescent City Classic. (via

The Crescent City Classic, an Easter weekend tradition, returns to the streets of New Orleans on Saturday (April 16).

For more than four decades, the Crescent City Classic has combined an elite international competition with a New Orleans style procession complete with cocktails and Easter-themed costumes. The CCC, which began in 1979, is one of the oldest 10K races in the nation and the first to be nationally televised.

The city has issued issued parking instructions and reminders in advance of the 10K road race that draws more than 20,000 runners and walkers.

The participants begin at 8 a.m. near the Caesars Superdome, traverse the French Quarter and travel up Esplanade Avenue to end with a post-race party in City Park.

Crescent City Classic Race Route

Start: Poydras St. and Loyola Ave. at 8 a.m.
Proceed river bound on Poydras St. to S. Peters St.
Turn left onto St. Peters St.
Cross Canal St. to N. Peters St. to Decatur St.  to N. Peters St. to Esplanade Ave.
Turn left onto Esplanade Ave.
Proceed lake bound on Esplanade Ave. to N. Carrollton Ave.
Veer left of the traffic circle to N. Carollton Ave. to City Park Ave.
Turn right onto City Park Ave.
Proceed down City Park Ave. to Marconi Dr.
Turn right onto Marconi Dr.
Turn right onto Victory Ave. to Stadium Dr. to Dreyfous Dr.
Continue on Dreyfous past the museum to Lelong.
Turn left with traffic onto Lelong
End: finish line is in front of the museum

The public is invited to cheer on the participants along the route. To track the race, go to

If you need to get somewhere during this event, check, be patient and prepare for delays.

Crescent City Classic route (via

Traffic impacts and no-parking zones

The entire race course will become a no-parking zone beginning at midnight Friday evening (April 15). At that time, towing will begin along the course to allow for Crescent City Classic organizers to begin set up for the race. Meters will be bagged and signs will be posted warning residents of the parking restrictions.

Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.

In advance of the race, at 5 a.m. on Saturday, NOPD officers will divert all traffic on Poydras Street from South Claiborne Avenue to Loyola Avenue, including the areas surrounding the Superdome on Sugar Bowl Drive, West Stadium Drive and Dave Dixon Drive.

In addition, RTA services, including bus service, may be interrupted during this event. Details on any route changes are available at

Special events information

Follow @NOLAReady on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook or visit for updates on special event impacts. To receive special events text alerts, text NOLAEVENTS to 77295.

The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will be activating an Event Command Post at the Real Time Crime Center in partnership with public safety partners to monitor the race and provide public safety support services.

The CCC includes a full weekend of events produced by the Crescent City Fitness Foundation, a not-for-profit entity that promotes health, fitness and a better lifestyle for the people of the New Orleans metropolitan area.

The Crescent City Fitness Foundation sponsors events year-round to expose youths and adults to the benefits of regular exercise, including running and walking.

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