French Quarter History

Over-the-top Gravesites in New Orleans

Italian Benevolent Society Tomb, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA—photo by traveljunction on Flickr From Ernie K-Doe to the fictional Ignatius P. Reilly, many over-the-top personalities comprise the city of New Orleans. Not surprisingly, these larger-than-life characters often take their...

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Creole Queen photo by Brian Norwood on Flickr A city that will be celebrating its tricentennial in 2018 will always have much to offer, and, like any multicultural place steeped in history and tradition, the French Quarter in particular has a non-wild side worth exploring. It may be tempting...

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Streetcars on Canal Street— Photo by Tom Bastin on Flickr At a grand 171 feet wide, traversed by streetcars, taxis, automobiles, cyclists and pedestrians, Canal Street is more than just a major downtown thoroughfare. Throughout its 210-year history, it also has served as an entertainment...

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The Historic New Orleans Collection Presents Storyville: Madams and Music

Postcard showing view of Storyville courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection Many know Storyville as the red light district where prostitution and jazz music flourished in New Orleans from 1895 to 1917. A lineage of musical geniuses, including Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Bolden and Pops...

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By: Adam Karlin What to See During the holiday season in New Orleans, the city’s predilection for spectacle goes into overdrive. Here are some of the sights and shows that make for an unforgettable December visit. Running of the Santas - This annual event brings a pack of St Nicholi...

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Must-See French Quarter Museums

Photo courtesy of New Orleans Pharmacy Museum on Facebook New Orleans tends to be known more for her food, music and nightlife than her museums, but this city actually excels at visitor friendly educational institutions. Our museums tend to focus on local knowledge subjects that exist close to...

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Photo courtesy of Cemetery Tour New Orleans at Basin St. Station on Facebook Former New Orleanian William Faulker famously wrote, “The past isn’t dead and buried. It’s not even past.” Nowhere is this truth more evident than in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. In this storied “city of the...

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Photo courtesy of French QuarTour Kids on Facebook While "child-friendly" or "family-friendly" may not automatically come to mind when, say, Bourbon Street is mentioned, New Orleans is packed with things you can do as a family, for kids of all ages. Here are our favorite family-friendly...

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Things to Do in the French Quarter This March

Photo by aLive Coverage At midnight at the end of Mardi Gras day, the city of New Orleans cleaned the streets of beads, glitter, bunting and all traces of revelry. It was all done so quickly, and with such finality, as to make the casual observer think all celebration in the city was simply done...

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Things to Do in New Orleans This February

Photo by David Fary New Orleans gears up for Mardi Gras this February, and there is a steady stream of events and entertainment coming down the pipe. Some upcoming highlights. Alexandra's Lonely Hearts Club Band: Valentines Show Local chanteuse Alexandra Scott leads her band in a sing...

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