We’re two days away from the NFL’s “kickoff concert” and parade in New Orleans. (And I’m about 12 hours away from arriving in my old college town for the game.)
And while the excitement for the game is feverishly buidling in the city for the game, some New Orleans businesses and artists aren’t wild about the pregame festivities.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune passes along some businesses around Jackson Square that are unhappy that the Square will be closed all day Wednesday and Thursday. And that no one told them about it until recently.
“Nobody came to us with any information whatsoever,” one shop owner said. “We had to solicit it.
We weren’t consulted in any way. Basically the NFL was given free rein
and had no restrictions whatsoever. This is disconcerting for the
business owners and residents.”
Most of the complaints were less about the concert and work disruption itself, and more about the lack of communication.
“I’m all in favor of promoting the city,” gallery owner Louis Sahuc said. “But when you come
into our front yard, we want you to invite us to the party.”