Oct 172017

Children line up to pet police patrol horses during a National Night Out Against Crime event in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The 34th Annual National Night Out Against Crime is tonight, Oct. 17, in neighborhoods across the city.

“The National Night Out Against Crime in New Orleans is a community-wide event to raise crime prevention awareness, reduce crime and increase the support of local, state and federal law enforcement,” according to the city’s website for the event. “It began over 30 years ago with NOPD officer Kelly Marrione.”

Among the largest events every year is the celebration hosted by the Bouligny Improvement Association at the corner of Magazine and Napoleon, near the NOPD Second District station. This year it will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the basketball court, and include food donated by local restaurants, music from the Delta Ramblers, and a raffle with a grand prize of a bicycle from Mike the Bike Guy.

Among other Uptown events:

  • The Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association will celebrate from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Alma Peters Play Spot at the corner of Annunciation and Eleonore streets. La Cocinita is donating one free entree prepared on site for every household that belongs to the association, and prizes will benefit Cops 2, the nonprofit that supports the Second District police.
  • The Coliseum Square Association will hold its event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Coliseum Square, featuring food and drinks.
  • The Milan Focus Group and Delachase Neighborhood Association will jointly celebrate at the Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center at 7 p.m.

The citywide kickoff party for the 2017 Night Out Against Crime be at 5 p.m. at Joe W. Brown Victory Field, 5601 Read Boulevard in New Orleans East.

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