New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour
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You'll be treated to legends of many ghosts that have helped weave the history of New Orleans and its incredible past. You'll wander through St Louis Cemetery No. 1 where you'll get to view the iconic tomb of Mraie Laveau, the hailed Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. You'll get the history of the above ground burial customs that are used in the area as well as an incredible history on voodoo and how it has evolved through the city. You'll also be treated to the location of the backdrop for the classic film "Easy Rider", an Italian Mutual Benevolent Society tomb. As you wander through, you'll find many grand mausoleums that serve as the markers of the final resting place for numerous benevolent, ethnic and professional members of New Orleans. Along the way you'll find small shops that sell many items used in voodoo practices including powders, herbs, candles and much more. By the end of the tour, you will have a full understanding of voodoo and how it fits in with the amazing culture of New Orleans, and an amazing appreciation of the wonder, beauty and mystery that is located in this old and historic cemetery.
Travel through the rich culture and history of New Orleans and its links to voodoo as you tour historic St Lousi Cemetery No. 1 with New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour.
Follow the ghosts of the numerous characters of New Orleans' mysterious past! Tour one of the city's most haunted cemeteries, St Louis Cemetery No. 1 and visit the tomb of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau. Your guide will explain the unique above-ground burial custom and will give you an in-depth overview of the fascinating evolution of voodoo.
Haunting adventures await you during this cemetery and voodoo walking tour through New Orleans. Follow your guide through St Louis Cemetery No. 1, the oldest and most famous of the three St Louis cemeteries. You may recall it as the site from the classic movie Easy Rider or perhaps by its most notorious 'resident' Marie Laveau, the late Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.
Your professional guide will recount the background of both the famous and infamous people who are buried there. You can make a wish or, if you dare, cast a spell at the tomb of Marie Laveau. Hear spooky stories of how this voodoo master was able to be in two places at once. You'll also learn about New Orleans' unique above-ground burial custom and hear various society tombs--grand mausoleums built to entomb and commemorate members of professional, benevolent, and ethnic organizations. These macabre monuments include the Italian Mutual Benevolent Society tomb which provided the eerie backdrop for Easy Rider.
Throughout your tour, you'll get an in-depth view at the evolution of voodoo -- the practice of witchcraft with an African religious heritage. Often dismissed as a cult or superstition, plenty of New Orleans residents believe in its powers. Voodoo rites and traditions are still observed. Small shops sell tools of the trade with herbs, oils, powders, candles and more recognizable items such as voodoo dolls and gris-gris--voodoo amulets.
By the end of your tour, you'll understand the meaning of the gris-gris as well as take home some voodoo charms of your own with the mysterious objects found in your souvenir bag!
|City Tour + Vue Orleans Add-On|
|Available Now until 7/31/2023 View Detailed Schedule|
|Vue Orleans Add-On: This option includes admission to Vue Orleans Observatory at the end of the tour. The bus will drop you off at Vue Orleans.|