French Quarter History

Creole Queen photo by Brian Norwood on FlickrA 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 FlickrAt 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 CollectionMany 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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Must-See French Quarter Museums

Photo courtesy of New Orleans Pharmacy Museum on FacebookNew 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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For 37 years, even on the muggiest of Louisiana days, it has been Christmas inside Santa’s Quarters in the French Quarter.Those who have never ventured into the store can’t help but wonder, How do they stay in business year-round? What is it a front for?But Santa’s Quarters (1025...

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The True History and Faith Behind Voodoo

By: Katy Reckdahl Every year now, The Voodoo Experience, with its taglines “join the ritual,” and “worship the music,” pegs its calendar to Halloween. This has become a tradition in New Orleans, much like All Saints’ Day, when families head to the graveyards of the French Quarter and...

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Oldest Features of the French Quarter

By: Sally Reeves Secluded in the muddle of the French Quarter's raucous street life linger elements that still impart a kind of stately antiquity. They are Spanish and French-era pieces. Some are rightly celebrated for their survival of the epochs; others, dressed in garish costumes at the shop...

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By: Sally ReevesJackson Square, and the land around it, was always for the use of the public, or so it seemed. There was the church, and the priests' house, and the town hall with the prison. There was the square itself, with its parade ground, and the view of the river. The idea of flanking...

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By: Sally ReevesIf "the seed must die to generate new life," it was the post Civil War demise of the old Creole society in the New Orleans French Quarter that gave rise to a world of romantic reminiscences about it. Those enigmatic Creoles-- be they private, penurious, prideful in their...

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By: Sally ReevesBaroness Micaela Almonester Pontalba - Photo Courtesy of Louisiana State MuseumMicaela Almonester Pontalba was the wealthiest woman in New Orleans, but her biographer called her a frump for her lamentable everyday wardrobe. Like most Creoles, she married a cousin,...

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Plan your trip to New Orleans with the official French Quarter travel site. We give you the inside scoop on where to eat, stay, and play. Join us for a good time!
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