NEW ORLEANS—If you're heading out to Jazz Fest this weekend, there are some things you should know about parking.
The 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is underway; so too is the rush for parking near the fair grounds.
But parking in the festival's vicinity can be tricky.
Some people luck up and find legal on-street parking; others take risks -- parking illegally.
That's why workers with parking enforcement are out in force; looking for parking violations like blocking hydrants, drive-ways, and sidewalks.
"That makes sense because it's dangerous," on festival-goer said.
They'll also be checking to make sure businesses and homeowners offering parking for $20 or $30 dollars have permits.
"I think it's kind of a New Orleans tradition for people to park in people's yard and those people make a couple of dollars and everybody's happy," one man said.
But some people aren't happy about paying $265 for a permit. People like Valerie Lyons.
Lyons said, "When I heard, I was very sad. How am I going to do this and how I'm going to do that?"
She's on a fixed income and says she's charged people to park in her yard during jazz fest for years.
Now that the city is cracking down, she's only accepting donations to make ends meet.
"Once a year sometimes this is the only thing some people can have to help them pay like their flood insurance or other things they need that they are not able to get on their own," Lyons said.
The city is encouraging festival-goers to park downtown and shuttle to the fairgrounds; or take public transportation.
"Probably because the city wants to make more money," one festival-goer said.
The warning is, park legally. Don't be ticketed, or towed; and if you're working to make a little extra cash, have a permit or pay a hefty fine.
"They just said we need the permit, they didn't put on the paper how much it is for the fine, if you violate it," Lyons said.
The city is also cracking down on moving vendors, selling water and other goods without a permit.