New Orleans Voodoo Tour
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
- Walking Tour of Voodoo Hotspots: Visit the alter of voodoo priests; learn about curses and hexes and how this belief is intertwined in New Orleans history.
- Stop by Voodoo Shops: Browse shops filled with voodoo must haves and learn what they are used for. Whether you believe in it or not you is up to you.
- Congo Square: See if the spirit of the slaves still linger in this historical hang out spot. A popular gathering spot for slaves on their day off, this square saw its share of voodoo rituals.
About this New Orleans, Louisiana tour
The spiritual path, often associated with casting spells and wishing harm on individuals, is far more complex than that, and is rather beautiful and mystical. Voodoo was originally brought to Louisiana by slaves from West Africa. Voodoo was further cemented into the New Orleans culture by refugees who flocked to the area during the Haitian Revolution. Because of the large population, and difference in the way the slave trade operated in Louisiana, as opposed to the upper south, much of the original West African traditions survived.
In Louisiana, slave families were not divided, which left the culture much more intact than in other regions of the south. Because families were not torn apart, those cultures survived, meshed with other cultures in the city, and helped New Orleans develop a unique culture all its own.
Today, voodoo is a common practice among fringe populations in New Orleans, and much fanfare is made of the mystical belief system by tourists and those new to the area. Voodoo shops, and practitioners are not uncommon within the city. This tour focuses on bringing voodoo and its practitioners to the forefront of the mind. You will visit important voodoo locations, including Congo Square, an open public space located in Louis Armstrong Park. It has long served as a meeting place for voodoo practitioners. Slaves used Congo Square as a meeting place to practice voodoo ceremonies during brief religious freedom hours every Sunday.
You will also visit a voodoo shop and altars, as your tour guide immerses you in the rich and deeply-rooted history of voodoo. Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself drawn to this mystical, and often misunderstood spirituality. It is an eye-opening and alluring experience.
Marie Catherine Laveau
Marie Laveau is one of the most famous voodoo priestess to ever reside in New Orleans. Laveau is often credited with creating a large, and eclectic following during her life, as was her daughter Marie Laveau II. According to legend, the high priestess is buried in Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1, allegedly in plot 347. The plot is a family crypt. According to folklore the voodoo queen granted wishes from beyond the grave, and travelers often flocked to the gravesite to carry out a ritual that would ensure a wish be granted by the queen. In 2013, the cemetery was officially closed to the public to protect the tombs of famous residents who were buried there including Barthelemy Lafon, a famed architect, Paul Morphy, a world chess champion, and Delphine LaLaurie, a notorious slave owner.
Rev. Zombie's Voodoo Shop, 723 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70125
This tour operates on a Saturday only.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. The tour involves a moderate amount of walking over uneven ground and some steps.
Cultural, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Children 5 years of age and under participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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