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EXCURSIONS
FROM VOODOO TO BAYOU

JOIN US FOR AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY INTO THE MYSTERIOUS SWAMPS AND BAYOUS OF SOUTHERN LOUISIANA. EITHER ITS VODOO OR BAYOU We PLEDGE TO ENTERTAIN OUR GUESTS. A SPECIAL REFRESHMENT WILL BE SERVED DURING YOUR VISIT TO MARDI GRAS WORLD: JOIN AND ENJOY THE FUN.

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EXCURSIONS

ALL TOURS DEPART FROM THE CONTI STREET ENTRANCE

COMFORTABLE SHOES, SUNGLASSES, AND A HAT ARE RECOMMENDED

FORVER NEW ORLEANS

Approximately 3 hours

A New Orleans licensed tour escort starts the story in the area where the French founded New Orleans almost 300 years ago: the historic and charming French Quarter. Originally an Indian trading post located on the banks of the Mississippi, the French sought to establish a port on high grounds near this trading post. Thus, was the foundation of this quaint and lovely European city.

At Jackson Square in the heart of French Quarter, site of St. Louis Cathedral, you will see famous landmarks and learn the fascinating history behind our unique city. Next the tour will proceed to City Park and Bayou St. John; you will visit historic St. Louis No. 3 Cemetery, where your escort will explain our unique above-ground burial system.

As the tour continues through City Park toward Lake Pontchartrain, the guide will discuss remnants of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This powerful storm breached the protective levee system in New Orleans that caused much of the city to flood.

Heading Uptown, you will travel along picturesque St. Charles Avenue, lined with rows of magnificent mansions and historical oak trees. You will see the lavish Garden District homes built by wealthy Americans following the Louisiana Purchase. You will also pass the old Warehouse District, a revitalized area that is home to our Convention Center.

You will enjoy stopping by a café for coffee and beignet.

As the story ends, you will realize that this incredible city is one of spirit, hope, and rebirth!

Saturday, September 5, 2020
9am. – 12pm

$ 45 per person

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Forever New Orleans

RAINBOW WHIRL NOLA’s GAY HERITAGE

Approximately 2.5 hours

A  New Orleans licensed tour escort shares that  NOLA has long been a city that prides itself on its gay culture.  This tour is designed to explore New Orleans gay history along with information on the current LGBT culture of the city. Enjoy a cocktail from two of the city’s hottest gay bars and you have an eventful tour. (Drinks not included.) This is an intimate walking tour that explores the origins of Southern Decadence, the evolution of gay carnival, and the story of the tragic Upstairs Lounge Fire. You will have the chance to visit watering holes of Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
2pm –5pm

$ 35 per person

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Rainbow Whirl NOLA's Gay Heritage

MARDI GRAS BEHIND THE MASK

Approximately 3 hours

Mardi Gras has been called the “Greatest Free Show on Earth.” Private organizations employ multitudes of artists who work tirelessly to create the elaborate, themed floats that have become tantamount with the celebration. Remarkably, when Mardi Gras rolls in again the next year, spectators are more bedazzled than the last by the larger-than-life float creations they behold.

Your tour begins with a picturesque ride along historic St. Charles Avenue. Then at Blaine Kern’s famous Mardi Gras World, you will learn an insider’s story of the history and traditions behind our Mardi Gras celebration. You will also see firsthand a team of artists working on the construction of an actual float – one that won’t be made public until the next Mardi Gras parade rolls.

A special refreshment will be served during your visit to Mardi Gras World: a traditional New Orleans-styled king cake, an oval-shaped brioche sprinkled with sugar in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
12pm. – 3pm

$ 50 per person

Complimentary for Cajun and Voodoo registrants.

* A limited amount of tickets are available for sale.

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Mardi Gras Behind The Mask

VIP VOODOO TOUR WITH LUNCH

Approximately 3 hours

New Orleans is a city of dichotomies, perhaps best represented in its traditional Catholic heritage and a subculture of voodoo. Voodoo is a religion brought to New Orleans from West Africa and influenced by refugees from Saint Domingue, today known as Haiti. Our guide will explain the history behind the melding of African and Haitian Voodoo and how this came to gel with Roman Catholicism in New Orleans, along with touring past sites of Voodoo worship.

You will be escorted into one of New Orleans’ cemeteries, or “Cities of the Dead.” Because of the climate and soil conditions, New Orleanians have traditionally had to bury their dead above ground since the founding of the city in the 18th century. Marie Laveau, the voodoo priestess, is buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and her grave is still visited by many voodoo practitioners.

You will then visit The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum to explore the mysteries, legends, and traditions of voodoo, and to be educated on the influence voodoo has had throughout the city’s history. With one of the best collections of voodoo artifacts in the city of New Orleans, guests will be amazed by the beauty and influence of the voodoo religion.

This tour is led by a New Orleans licensed tour escort.

Friday, September 4, 2020
10:30am –2:30pm

Complimentary for the Voodoo Package registrants

HAUNTED HISTORY TOUR

Approximately 2 hours

A New Orleans licensed tour escort will start you off on this tour and talk about how New Orleans has an inordinately colorful history – ghosts, voodoo priestesses, and haunted mansions notwithstanding. Underneath the quaint streets and tidy shuttered cottages of the French Quarter lie secret and sinister legends of strange phenomena and paranatural residents who have dwelled in this 18th century historic neighborhood for hundreds of years.

Whether you are lured by tales of hauntings or intrigued with the historic nature of New Orleans legends, you are sure to enjoy this stroll within New Orleans’ mysterious landmarks.

You will first enjoy a brief introduction to the history of the French Quarter. Then, amidst the narrow streets of the Quarter, you will visit the many “ghost ridden” locations where unusual tales will unfold. You will see the home of famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau on Royal Street, the notorious Madame LaLaurie House where unthinkable atrocities were committed against slaves, the graceful Beauregard-Keys House where fighting sounds are still said to be heard, and, of course, Pirate’s Alley, where it is reputed that the ghost of Pirate Jean Lafitte resides.

The uneasy dead on the deserted cobblestone streets of the old Vieux Carré are sure to give you chills and thrills on this unique tour!

Thursday, September 3, 2020
1pm. – 4pm

$ 30 per person

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Haunted History Tour

MYSTERIES OF LOUISIANA SWAMPLANDS

Approximately 4 hours

A New Orleans licensed tour escort leads you on an incredible journey into the mysterious swamps and bayous of southern Louisiana. On today’s swamp boat tour, you will be introduced to the interesting history of our Louisiana wetlands and the rich Cajun heritage of the people who inhabit this region.

Today, as your swamp boat travels into the depths of Cajun country, you will hear the tales of the Cajun folks and how they reap the bounty of their surroundings: they trap nutria, mink, otter, and muskrat; they hunt frogs, and alligators; and they fish for catfish and crabs. You will also soon discover the respect and knowledge the Cajun people have for the wildlife and vegetation indigenous to the swamp.

As your swamp boat glides through the waters, gently breaking the tranquility of the ancient bayous, you will see exotic tropical plants and wildlife only found in the Louisiana wetlands. Majestic herons, nutria, and large turtles sunning themselves on tree stumps are abundant; and, the swamp’s favorite son, the alligator, will be witnessed in its glory, easing quietly through the murky, cypress-shrouded waters of Louisiana.

You will return with a true appreciation of the Acadian people and the unique region they call home!

Thursday, September 3, 2020
9am –1pm

$60 per person

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Mysteries Of Louisiana Swamplands

NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM VISIT

Approximately 4 hours

The National D-Day Museum, now known as The National WWII Museum, opened on June 6, 2000, and is the only museum of its kind in the country. The 70,500 square foot structure presents World War II in the form of personal stories and dramatic exhibits. You can wander the museum and take advantage of any of its offerings on your own.

The Museum houses two World War II planes, a German staff car, a concrete sentry box, weapons, uniforms, and a Sherman tank. You’ll have access to the US Freedom Pavilion, where exhibits and interactive experiences paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war — those who answered the call of service and those who supported our fighting forces by producing planes, ships, and tanks. Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience places visitors aboard the most successful submarine in World War II for its fifth and final war patrol.

You can also add to your expereince by seeing the Tom Hanks-produced Beyond All Boundaries, a unique and powerful 4-D cinematic experience. Created and crafted with 21st-century technology and utilizing a 120-feet wide immersive screen, the production tells the tale of the Greatest Generation’s journey from Pearl Harbor into the fire of epic battles to America’s final victory in the War That Changed the World in the words of the veterans themselves.

Please be sure to meet the bus for the return at the designated time and location.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
12pm. – 4pm

$ 85 per person

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National WWII Museum Vist
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