He brings 200 plus years of history alive to the tour, said Tamera Neals, co-owner of Witches Brew Tour.
Tour guide: N'Awlins Nate
History, not written in any history book, is shared through the tales of raging fires, serial killers, ghostly apparitions and tragic family secrets throughout the French Quarters.
As a gifted, master story teller, N'Awlins Nate paces his tour by sharing the darker secrets of the city, whether it comes from tragedies he personally witnessed from Katrina storm to the dos and don'ts of voodoo. Dressed in white, Nate uses a walking stick and describes the background of the headpiece, indicating his mysterious background of voodoo religion.
Aside from covering all the myths and fables of the French Quarters, Nate adds a little mystique, sharing what the locals and residents think about the stories swirling through gossip. His story telling and passion make all the difference, said Neal, adding that all her tour guides do not follow a script.
- With about 14 stops, the tour is about a mile in distance.
- The meeting place is situated in front of St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square.
- Nate shares information about the Voodoo religion, adding there are five chapels in the French Quarters, while there are only two Catholic churches in the same vicinity.
- HBO channel has drummed up interest about the Treme neighborhood, one of the oldest African American neighborhoods int he United States.
- The origins of Jazz and Blues are traced to an operating laundromat, showing walls adorned by records and famous recording artists. A plaque on this 1835 building marks it as the former site of the recording studio that launched the rock-and-roll careers of such greats as Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Ray Charles.
- The tour ends at St. Louis Cemetery, which showcases the tomb of famous Voodoo queen Marie Laveau. The cemetery, only open during the day, is packed with visitors and tourists, making it difficult to walk through the grounds.
The tour shares it will take two hours. If you are in a rush for an alcoholic spirit or libation, then this tour is not for your. Don't rush Nate through his storytelling prose. He is fascinating as a person and will definitely impress you about his knowledge of New Orleans.
Through the company's website, the cost is about $25 per person. However, the tour company has sold through Groupon. In addition, through social media, Witches Brew Tour has offered discounted tickets in Facebook and Twitter - so sign up to plan an upcoming trip.
819 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 413-3120; (504) 220-4291
Tip #1: Bring a camera. It's one of the best ways to relive the tour.
Tip #2: Bring water bottle with hat and/or parasol as shade from the blazing sun.
Tip #3: Don't worry about looking like a tourists - yes, locals and residents snicker as they pass the tour groups in the streets but, who cares about them, the tour guides give a treasure of wealth.
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