Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend was a huge success and he has thanked the local, state and federal public safety agencies, public employees, the host committee, and the people of New Orleans for helping make it all possible.
“It takes a great team of professionals in our public and private sectors to coordinate these types of major events," Landrieu said.
“I want to thank the people of this great city for your cooperation and enthusiasm throughout NBA All-Star Weekend. We expected this to be a heavy lift with All-Star Weekend overlapping with the first week of Mardi Gras parades, but we had good plans in place and the public was cooperative and patient. Thank you to the NBA, Pelicans, and local All-Star Game Host Committee for an unprecedented effort to pull off the NBA All-Star Game in just six months."
Police officers made a total of 100 arrests and seized 12 illegal weapons over the weekend. The NOPD will continue to enforce a zero tolerance of guns on parade routes throughout the rest of Carnival season and promises to offer a strong presence in every neighborhood.
Over the weekend, the city’s hotel occupancy was at 99 percent.
The City also issued over 182 vendor and special permits related to the Mardi Gras and NBA All-Star Weekend activities.