Transportation to and from World Youth Day is the responsibility of the sponsoring parish or Catholic high school; archdiocesan guidelines regarding transportation should be followed. If your group is small and/or costs are an issue, don’t forget to consider joining with a neighboring parish to rent/use a school bus. If you are interested in combining with another parish for transportation, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will publicize to all parish youth ministers.

The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center is located at 900 Convention Center Blvd. in New Orleans. The halls/lobbies are lettered from A through J, going from Poydras Street towards uptown. From wherever you are coming, eventually you will need to get to the interstate heading toward downtown New Orleans. From either the eastbank just before the Crescent City Connection or from the westbank just after the bridge, exit at Tchoupitoulas Street, and go all the way to Convention Center Blvd.


Drop off and parking: Busses should unload at or near the Hall I lobby and may remain parked on Convention Center Blvd if space allows. Parking for passenger vehicles is available in various pay lots marked on the enclosed map. Passenger vehicles may not park in front of the convention center. Police and/or sheriff’s deputies will be on duty to manage traffic.


Registration check-in: An adult group leader should check-in at the registration tables in the Theater lobby of the convention center (2nd floor above Hall II ). Group leaders will receive conference wristbands, T-shirts, printed programs, and lunch tickets (if pre-ordered.) Wristband colors are pink-adults, orange-high school, and lime-junior high. If you are bringing your own lunches, you must leave these in your vehicle and retrieve them at lunch time. No outside food is allowed into the convention center; their staff will enforce this by checking bags at the doors. Junior high and high school delegates will eat lunch at the same time.

Separating junior high and high school delegates: Once you have distributed wristbands and printed programs, junior high delegates will be escorted by Teen CROSS members to their general session space, and all high school delegates should proceed to the Great Hall. The CYO Office asks you to split your adults so that some go to the junior high rally and some go to the high school conference. If you have only one adult attending with your group, that adult may choose which track to attend.

Check out: If anyone participant needs to leave before the end of the event at 5:00PM, he/she must be signed out at the registration table by one of the adult chaperones for his/her group. Please walk the participant to the registration table to sign him/her out and have the parents meet you at the registration table.