New Orleans Cemetery & Voodoo Walking Tour
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
- St. Louis Cemetery Number 1: As you wander among the crypts in this 1789 burial ground, you'll learn the reasons for above-ground tombs and meet celebrated residents, current and future (really).
- Voodoo 101: This entertaining and historically accurate tour dispels the stigma and myths about one of the most misunderstood and feared religions in the world.
- Maria Laveau's tomb: Make your wish at the grave of the famous "witch queen of New Orleans," the most revered of the many spirits reportedly roaming the cemetery.
- Fright-seeing guide: Your engaging host is dying to tell you about wandering spirits and voodoo heritage, and gift you with a complimentary souvenir bag.
About This New Orleans Tour
Don't believe the dead can come to life? Then you haven't met your entertaining GoBe guide for a trip through New Orleans oldest and largest burial ground. You'll hear lively tales that seem to make the residents leap from their graves. Get ready to meet everyone from NOLA's wealthy pioneers to civil rights activists and the first African-American mayor and revel in stories that reveal the city's colorful history and customs.
One resident you'll never forget is Marie Laveau, the renowned Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Discover how this beautiful, freeborn Creole woman rose to become one of the most powerful women in 19th-century New Orleans, and why many believe she still bestows her supernatural blessings. Make a wish, cast a spell, and be sure to keep watch. Many claim to see Marie gliding among the crypts wearing her trademark turban.
Marie Laveau and her tomb are forever linked to the potent spiritual folkways known as voodoo. Mixing religion, magic, and mystery, voodoo has cast a spell over New Orleans since the late 1790s when Haitian slaves brought its power to the city. Find out how this practice, with its drums, dancing, snakes, spirits, and spells, both enthralled and frightened the city's residents, and how the practice continues to evolve today.
Yes, the voodoo spirit is still a living part of this city, with several shops selling ritual items to keep voodoo practitioners supplied. You'll learn about the misperceptions most people have and discover what voodoo is really all about. And you'll leave with your own gris-gris bag to take home. Your guide reveals the "ju-ju" of that mysterious gift too.
Easy riders in the Big Easy
Among St. Louis Cemetery Number 1's maze of mausoleums is the Mutual Benevolent Society tomb, seen in 1969's Easy Rider. Starring, directed, and co-written by the late Dennis Hopper, this counterculture classic featured an acid-trip scene shot in the cemetery and Peter Fonda famously conversing with the statue atop the tomb. After those bad boys packed up their cameras, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, who owns the cemetery, banned any further filming in its cemeteries.
Please make your way to the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, on Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River.
Daily at 10 AM & 1:15 PM. No Afternoon tour on Sundays. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time. Closed Mardi Gras Day.
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over paved and uneven paths, involving some steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
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 ages 5 years and younger not occupying a seat participate free of charge.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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