New rules to keep ‘Celebration in the Oaks’ a family event starting Friday.
City Park is now carding at the door to see Christmas lights.
Due to problems with unsupervised youth at Celebration in the Oaks, City Park CEO Bob Becker says those 17 and under must now be accompanied by an adult 21 or over, “We had a few minor fights break out. They would run in the amusement park and hang and block sidewalks. There were some incidences of obscene language.”
Those who appear to be under 21 will be asked to show a government issued identification before even purchasing a ticket.
Becker says The N.O.P.D., Orleans Parish and City Park Police patrol the grounds, “We beefed up security. We`ve added some more officers.”
City Park maintains these measures are in place to keep 25 years of holiday tradition a family event, “Screaming and yelling, it becomes a safety hazard,” says Becker.
Celebration in the Oaks draws more than 120,000 people a year.
They`re open every night thru New Year’s 6-10pm.
7 dollars at the door- but children under 3 are free.