Saturday, March 15, 2014

New Orleans Mardi Gras - Day Six

Grave of Marie Laveau
We have been back from New Orleans for a week now but I had several responsibilities that prevented me from posting our final day.  The weather was steadily improving and we enjoyed a lot of walking on our final day.  Our first stop was a t our of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.  Our guide was very informative and opinionated especially about the ways in which people vandalized the graves under the guise of superstition.  This was especially evident at the grave of Marie Laveau, the reputed voodoo queen of New Orleans.  Visitors would mark the grave with three X's in hopes that she would grant their wishes.  You can read all about her by clicking here.  We also learned that guides are licensed by the City of New Orleans and carry their licenses with them.  With all the tourists coming to New Orleans, the city wants to prevent ripoffs by nefarious operators.

After a morning among the dead, we drove our car out to the Garden District and did our own walking tour using the AAA tour book.  As the name suggests, this is an area of beautiful homes and gardens, an area untouched by the devastation of Katrina.  Generally it seems that the wealthy have their homes on the high (at least higher) ground.  The Live Oaks and the Resurrection Ferns gave a feeling of perpetual spring time even with the chilly than normal weather.

After we stopped for coffee in a local coffee shop, we searched out Mandina's where we had lunch of traditional New Orleans cooking.  We decided to spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the French Quarter.  Things were quieter, of course, than earlier in the week but there were plenty of people and activity as everyone was getting ready for the weekend.  Well, maybe it is like that on any day in the French Quarter.
A quiet day on Bourbon Sreet
We also enjoyed an impromptu parade down Bourbon Street which you can enjoy by playing the video below

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