People are everywhere at all times of day and there are also horses and bikes to contend with. Parking violations range from $20 at an expired meter to $40 for parking too close to a corner. Don’t park in the median (called “neutral ground” in New Orleans because that will cost you $75. As for parking meter rates, they differ depending on where you are in the city. Parking meter rates are $2.00 an hour everywhere else in the city of New Orleans.