NYE in Baton Rouge: Parking and Security

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge's first official New Year's Eve celebration is about 24 hours away and if you're heading to downtown Baton Rouge, you can expect a large law enforcement presence.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event in Town Square.

"We're going to have a great amount of officers out to insure that everyone is safe," said Don Coppola, BRPD.

The Baton Rouge Police Department wants everyone to have fun Tuesday night for New Year's Eve, but they're also stressing safety.

"We're trained for that. The guys working are trained for that so we're asking for everyone's cooperation and give yourself adequate time to get there. Don't rush; to insure everyone's safety," said Coppola.

Combining large crowds and alcohol can be tricky. The police see it often with so many outdoor events around the Capitol City.

"You will see a greater presence of officers and we want to let people know that it's a big holiday. If you do intend on drinking don't drink and drive. Have a designated driver, call someone to come get you," said Coppola.

He says they are prepared for the onslaught of crowds expected to come to Town Square and enjoy a free concert when they are counting down the end of 2013.

Parking could be an issue.

"Parking downtown....North Boulevard from River Road to Fifth will be shut down for the big event. You'll have garages open, the River Center garage, the Convention Street garage and you can also park at the meters, anywhere on the legal roadway you can park," said Coppola.

There is some good news; you don't have to put any change in the meters for the event.

If you're not able to make it to the event, you can watch the Red Stick Revelry LIVE Tuesday night starting at 11:35 p.m. on WAFB and on WAFB.com. Greg Meriwether and Steve Caparotta will be joined with guests as they countdown to the big drop.

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