As of today, visitors and residents who park on Artist Road, Bishop's Lodge Road and Old Taos Highway will see their vehicles ticketed and towed by the city.
It's part of the many changes coming to this year's Burning of Zozobra, which happens this Thursday evening. In previous years during the burning, people often parked on the streets outside of the festival and watched the event from their cars, Santa Fe city spokeswoman Jodi Porter says. Neighborhood associations have often voiced concerns about it.
"We have so many city resources involved for the actual event," Porter says. "We don't need another event."
She adds that tailgating and grilling on the streets during the event increases the risk of wildfires.
In return, the city will provide expanding bus services and shuttles from parking lots that night all free of charge. Parking in designated lots that night will cost $5.
The parking ban is part of the many changes to the festival this year after heavy criticism of the event from last year. Other changes included last week's Zozo Fest in the Railyard as well as a public display of Zozobra in El Museo Cultural.
Tickets for the event will be $10—half the price of last year's fiesta—with children under 10 allowed in for free. Strollers, which were banned last year, will be allowed in area designated for families.
"We're turning this celebration into a community event," Porter says.