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The Tomb of Marie Laveau Saint Louis Cemetery Number 1. New Orleans

Among the sites associated with New Orleans voodoo is the tomb of its greatest figure, Marie Laveau. For several decades this "voodoo queen" held New Orleans spellbound-figuratively, of course, but some would say literally, as legends of her occult powers continue to captivate. She staged ceremonies in which participants became possessed by loas (voodoo spirits) and danced naked around bonfires; she dispensed charms and potions called gris-gris, even saving several condemned men from the gallows; and she told fortunes, healed the sick, and herself remained perpetually youthful while living for more than a century-or so it is said (Hauck 1996; Tallant 1946).

The Wishing Tomb
Controversy persists over where Marie Laveau and her namesake daughter are buried. Some say the latter reposes in the cemetery called St. Louis No. 2 (Hauck 1996) in a "Marie Laveau Tomb" there. However, that crypt most likely contains the remains of another voodoo queen named Marie, Marie Comtesse. Numerous sites in as many cemeteries are said to be the final resting place of one or the other Marie Laveau (Tallant 1946, 129), but the prima facie evidence favors the Laveau-Glapion tomb in St. Louis No. 1 (figure 1). It comprises three stacked crypts with a "receiving vault" below (that is, a repository of the remains of those displaced by a new burial).
A contemporary of Marie II told Tallant (1946, 126) that he had been present when she died of a heart attack at a ball in 1897, and insisted: "All them other stories ain't true. She was buried in the Basin Street graveyard they call St. Louis No. I, and she was put in the same tomb with her mother and the rest of her family."

That tomb's carved inscription records the name, date of death, and age (62) of Marie II: "Marie Philome Glapion, décédé le 11 Juin 1897, ágée de Soixante-deux ans." A bronze tablet affixed to the tomb announces, under the heading "Marie Laveau," that "This Greek Revival Tomb Is Reputed Burial Place of This Notorious 'Voodoo Queen' . . . ," presumably a reference to the original Marie (see figure 2). Corroborative evidence that she was interred here is found in her obituary ("Death" 1881) which notes that "Marie Laveau was buried in her family tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1." Guiley (2000) asserts that, while Marie Laveau I is reportedly buried here, "The vault does not bear her name." However, I was struck by the fact that the initial two lines of the inscription on the Laveau-Glapion tomb read, "Famille Vve. Paris / née Laveau." Obviously, "Vve." is an abbreviation for Veuve, "Widow"; therefore the phrase translates, "Family of the Widow Paris, born Laveau"-namely Marie Laveau I. I take this as evidence that here is indeed the "family tomb." Robert Tallant (1946, 127) suggests: "Probably there was once an inscription marking the vault in which the first Marie was buried, but it has been changed for one marking a later burial. The bones of the Widow Paris must lie in the receiving vault below."

The Laveau-Glapion tomb is a focal point for commercial voodoo tours. Some visitors leave small gifts at the site-coins, Mardi Gras beads, candles, etc.-in the tradition of voodoo offerings. Many follow a custom of making a wish at the tomb. The necessary ritual for this has been variously described. The earliest version I have found (Tallant 1946, 127) says that people would "knock three times on the slab and ask a favor," noting: "There are always penciled crosses on the slab. The sexton washes the crosses away, but they always reappear." A more recent source advises combining the ritual with an offering placed in the attached cup: "Draw the three X's, place your hand over it, rub your foot three times against the bottom, throw some silver coins into the cup, and make your wish" (Haskins 1990). Yet again we are told that petitioners are to "leave offerings of food, money and flowers, then ask for Marie's help after turning around three times and marking a cross with red brick on the stone" (Guiley 2000, 216).

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Haunted New Orleans has so many fun and exciting attractions to see. And when trying to do it all it is difficult to know where to actually begin. What follows is a listing and brief description of some of the most popular attractions in the Crescent City.

New Orleans Attractions

St. Louis Cathedral Jackson Square

Towering over Jackson Square is the Cathedral of Saint Louis, King of France.The prominent position of the cathedral is fitting as the people of New Orleans are predominantly Catholic. The cathedral is an active parish and is the place of worship for thousands of New Orleanians. The cathedral that stands in the square today is actually the third structure to occupy the site. The first church was destroyed by a hurricane in 1722. The second was destroyed by the fire of 1788 which consumed nearly every structure in the French Quarter.The construction of the church one sees today began soon after the devastating fire with funds donated by Don Almonaster. The church was designated a cathedral in 1793.

Free tours available daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Entergy IMAX® Theatre The wonders of nature are magnified at Entergy IMAX® Theatre, where larger-than-life adventures explode with the help of the world’s most advanced motion picture technology. Entergy IMAX® Theatre is located next door to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and is one of only six in the world with its spectacular flat screen, single projection, IMAX® 3D and high-definition capabilities.

Opened to sell-out crowds in 1995, IMAX® is the finest motion picture system in the world. Visitors are immersed in images of unsurpassed size, clarity and impact. Sounds are enhanced by a specially designed six-channel, multi-speaker sound system. The silver screen in the Theatre is five-and-a-half stories tall. The film used in IMAX® is the largest in the world. It is ten times the size of standard 35-millimeter film. All of this makes for an in-your-face entertainment extravaganza at the IMAX® Theatre.www.auduboninstitute.org


New Orleans Botanical Garden

City Park - 504.483.9386

Located in City Park, the Botanical Gardens is ten acres of native & exotic flora, sculptures, ponds and fountains. This 30's era garden is the sight of on going educational and special events.

Open Daily - Admission is $3 - Children under 12 admitted free.

Oak Alley Plantation
Vacherie - 225.265.2151

Oak Alley Plantation is the most recognized plantation in Louisiana. The 28 enormous oak trees that line the main road have been featured in countless movies and films. You're certain to get a sense of Deja Vu when you visit Oak Alley. The plantation offers tours, a Bed & Breakfast and facilities for private parties.

Tours Daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Adults $10.00, Young People 13 - 18 $5.00, Children $3.00


Steamboat Natchez Riverboat Cruise

This is a great way to enjoy 3 attractions-in-one ... New Orleans food and music during a cruise down the Mississippi. Since this is a real steamboat, you'll hear the beautiful music of its calliope (a musical instrument powered by steam that is atop the steamboat) as you stroll through the French Quarter -- just follow the sounds to the river! Choose from a daytime cruise, or a dinner/jazz cruise featuring the Dukes of Dixieland.

Musée Conti Wax Museum

It's the best-kept secret in New Orleans. The Musée Conti Historical Wax Museum is Fun, Historical, Educational AND Entertaining... a must see in New Orleans! Founded in 1963, "The WAX" tells the fascinating story of New Orleans from her founding to the present day. Experience more than 300 years of History, Legend and Scandal with the 154 life-size figures displayed in historically accurate settings.


Pitot House

1440 Moss Street - City Park - 504.482.0312

This was once the home of Mayor James Pitot. This French Colonial plantation house was erected in 1799. The home has been beautifully restored and furnished with period pieces.

Pitot House Museum

Nestled along the banks of historic Bayou St. John is the Pitot House Museum, one of New Orleans’ most treasured landmarks.

This 18th-century Creole Colonial plantation is also the former residence of New Orleans’ first mayor, the Honorable James Pitot.

The Pitot House Museum is meticulously restored to showcase its stucco-covered, brick-between-post construction and double-pitched hipped roof. The home is carefully furnished with Louisiana and American antiques from the early 1800s.

Adjacent to the property is a 10,000-square-foot side yard, available for rental for elegant seated dinners, wedding receptions and corporate entertaining. Visitors also enjoy a guided tour of the home and “parlor garden”, filled with indigenous flowers, vegetables, herbs and cash crops such as sugarcane, cotton, tobacco and indigo.

The stately home, located at 1440 Moss Street, is now the property of the Louisiana Landmarks Society and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Open Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Adults $3, Seniors $2 -Children $1, more information, directions, and group/guided tour rates, contact the Pitot House Museum at (504) 482-0312, or visit www.pitothouse.org.


Open 7 Days- Adults $9.75, Seniors $7.50, Children $5.00



Louisiana State Museum

The Louisiana State Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history and heritage of Louisiana. The State Museum includes several historic buildings and museums all located in the French Quarter. The price of admission is $4 for Adults, $3 for Seniors and children under 12 are admitted free. Admission allows entry to the following museum buildings.



The Cabildo

701 Chartres Street - Jackson Square
In 1988, the Cabildo nearly burned to the ground. After an extensive, five year renovation, the Cabildo has been restored to its former glory.

The Spanish constructed the Cabildo in 1795 to house the spanish colonial city council. In 1803, the documents transferring the Lousiana Purchase Territories from France to the United States were signed in this very building. After the signing of the Lousiana Purchase, the Cabildo was transformed into the City Council of New Orleans.

In its long history, the Cabildo has served the city in many ways. From 1853 to 1910, the Cabildo housed the Supreme Court of Louisiana. Since 1911 theCabildo has operated as the Louisana State Museum.

The Cabildo

A National Historic Landmark

701 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116

For General Information and Admission.

or call (504) 568- 6968 | 1-800-568-6968 | Fax (504) 568-4995

The site of the Louisiana Purchase Transfer and the flagship building of the Louisiana State Museum historical museum complex, the Cabildo was constructed in 1795-99 as the seat of the Spanish municipal government in New Orleans. The name of the governing body who met there was the "Illustrious Cabildo" or city council. Over the years, the building also served as the home of the Louisiana Supreme Court; it was here that decisions in the nationally significant Slaughterhouse and Plessy vs. Ferguson cases were handed down. It was established as the home of the Louisiana State Museum in 1911. In 1988 the Cabildo was severely damaged by fire. Over the next five years, the landmark was authentically restored using 600-year-old French timber
framing technology. It reopened to the public in 1994 with a comprehensive exhibit focusing on Louisiana's early history.

The Presbytere

751 Chartres Street - Jackson Square

Originally the residence for the priests of the St. Louis Cathedral, this Spanish Colonial building now houses the State's collection of paintings, art, and historic photographs. http://www.neworleansmuseums.com/mardigrasmuseums/presbytere.html


D-Day Museum
The National World War II Museum is a national treasure

Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as the country’s official World War II Museum, this remarkable attraction illuminates the American experience during the WWII era with moving personal stories, historic artifacts and powerful interactive displays. From the Normandy invasion to the sands of Pacific Islands and the Home Front, the Museum brings to life the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who won the war and changed the world. http://www.ddaymuseum.org/

Mardi Gras World
Visit Mardi Gras World .. with thousands of sensational sculptured props and breath-taking giant figures -- it's the place where Mardi Gras is made. You'll see the artists as they build the floats for next year's Mardi Gras .. great place to get the Mardi Gras spirit year-round, and every tour includes free king cake -- don't forget your camera!

The Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Avenue

This building found at the corner of Decatur and Esplanade, near the French Market, was erected in 1835 as a branch of the United States Mint. The Mint once turned out coin at a rate of $5 million a month. The Mint operated from 1838 to 1862. During the Civil War, the Mint was captured and used to coin confederate currency. When federal forces captured New Orleans in 1862, William B. Mumford was hanged in front of the Mint for tearing down the United States flag. After the Civil War, the Mint was put back into operation from 1879 to 1910.

When the Mint ceased operating, it remained a vacant property until 1932 when the United States Coast Guard moved in and used the building as a federal prison.

Today the Mint houses a restored "Desire" street car and a New Orleans Mardi Gras & Jazz museum.

The only building in America to have served both as a U.S. and Confederate Mint was built in 1835 during the presidency of Andrew Jackson who had advocated for its establishment in order to help finance development of the nation's western frontier. Renowned architect William Strickland designed the building using the then-popular Greek Revival style. Minting commenced in 1838. In 1861, when Louisiana seceded from the union, state authorities seized the property and transferred it to the Confederate Army. For a short time it was used to mint Confederate currency and to house Confederate troops. This ended when New Orleans was occupied by federal forces. Following the Civil War, during the period of Reconstruction, minting of U.S. coins resumed. Minting operations ceased in 1909 and, for the next 57 years, the Mint served a variety of official purposes. In 1966 the landmark was transferred to the state and in 1981 opened to the public as a State Museum site. http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/mintex.htm

Harrah's Casino
Voted "Best Casino" by the readers of "Casino Player," Harrah's is located just steps away from the Quarter. Harrah's has thousands of the newest slots and hundreds of action-packed table games. Our brand new casino beautifully represents all parts of the city of New Orleans, features a mini Mardi Gras parade each day, and tons of entertainment year-round!


Royal Carriages

Take a carriage ride while you're in New Orleans ... and enjoy a tour of the French Quarter (garden district tours available, too!) Quaint mule-drawn carriages take you past many landmarks of New Orleans, including Bourbon Street, the mighty Mississippi, and Jackson Square.

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French Quarter Festival

April 11-13, 2008

First on the calendar is the French Quarter Festival, which started in 1984 as a small music festival attended primarily by locals. It still retains the down-home hospitality of its roots - admission is free, for instance, and most of the performers are locals - but the festival has grown tremendously through the years. In 2005, the French Quarter Festival beat even its own expectations for attendance with approximately half a million people turning out for the weekend outdoor party.

Once again this year, the festival will be a three-day music showcase, using the historic streets of the French Quarter and the scenic vistas of the linear park along the Mississippi River as its festival grounds. Dixieland bands play traditional numbers under lacy iron balconies at regular intervals along Bourbon and Royal streets, more contemporary bands ranging from rock and funk to reggae, zydeco and New Orleans brass hold court on the larger riverfront stages. Meanwhile, the heart of the French Quarter - Jackson Square - becomes the scene of what the festival calls "the world's largest jazz brunch." Performers sing and play at one end of the landscaped square, while festival goers take their pick of dozens of food options from booths ringing the square set up by local restaurants and bars - serving everything from beef brisket to crawfish crepes to po-boys and meat pies. All the while, the merchants of the French Quarter offer shady respite and a chance to shop for cool things you'd never see in a suburban mall.

For updates on the performance schedule and food options, check the festival's official Web site at www.frenchquarterfestivals.com.


New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Mardi Gras Parade Calendar
Greater New Orleans Area

Preliminary Mardi Gras schedule for 2008, times and routes subject to change.



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• Phunny Phorty Phellows - New Orleans


• Claude - Slidell 1:00 p.m.


• Slidellians - Slidell 1:00 p.m.


• Krewe du Vieux - French Quarter 7:00 p.m.
• Metairie Cub Scouts Mardi Gras parade
• Bilge - Slidell 12:00 p.m.
• Driftwood - Kenner 1:00 p.m.


• Little Rascals - Metairie 12:00 p.m.
• Perseus - Slidell 1:00 p.m.
• Pearl River Lions Club - Pearl River 1:15 p.m.


• Oshun - Uptown 6:00 p.m.
• Pygmalion - Uptown 7:00 p.m.
• Atlas - Metairie 6:00 p.m. - CANCELLED
• Excalibur - Metairie 7:00 p.m.
• Cleopatra - Westbank 6:30 p.m.
• Eve - Mandeville 7:00 p.m.
• Hercules - Houma 6:00 p.m.


• Pontchartrain - Uptown 1:00 p.m.
• Shangri-La - Uptown 2:00 p.m.
• Sparta - Uptown 6:00 p.m.
• Pegasus - Uptown 6:45 p.m.
• Caesar - Metairie 6:00 p.m.
• Push Mow - Abita Springs 11:00 a.m.
• Olympia - Covington 6:00 p.m.
• Mona Lisa & Moon Pie - Slidell -
• Tee Caillou - Chauvin 12:00 p.m.
• Aquarius - Houma 6:30 p.m.


• Carrollton - Uptown 12:00 p.m.
• King Arthur - Uptown 1:15 p.m.
• Barkus - French Quarter 2:00 p.m.
• Rhea - Metairie 2:30 p.m.
• Centurions - Metairie 5:30 p.m.
• Alla - Westbank 12:00 p.m.
• Knights of Nemesis - St. Bernard 2:00 p.m.
• Dionysus - Slidell 1:30 p.m.
• Hyacinthians - Houma 12:30 p.m.


• Ancient Druids - Uptown 6:00 p.m.
• Thor - Metairie 7:00 p.m.


• Babylon - Uptown 5:45 p.m.
• Chaos - Uptown 6:30 p.m.
• Muses - Uptown 7:30 p.m.


• Hermes - Uptown 6:00 p.m.
• Krewe d'Etat - Uptown 6:30 p.m.
• Morpheus - Uptown 7:45 p.m.
• Aquila - Metairie 7:00 p.m.
• Knights of Jason - Metairie 7:30 p.m.
• Selene - Slidell 6:30 p.m.
• Orpheus - Mandeville 7:00 p.m.
• Aphrodite - Houma 6:30 p.


• Iris - Uptown 11:00 a.m.
• Tucks - Uptown 12:30 p.m.
• Endymion - Uptown 4:30 p.m.
• Isis - Metairie 6:00 p.m.
• Vulcan - River Ridge 6:00 p.m.
• NOMTOC - Westbank 10:45 a.m.
• Bush - Bush 9:00 a.m.
• Salt Bayou - Slidell 2:00 p.m.
• Mardi Gras - Houma 6:30 p.m.


• Okeanos - Uptown 11:00 a.m.
• Thoth - Uptown 11:30 a.m.
• Mid-City - Uptown 2:00 p.m.
• Bacchus - Uptown 5:15 p.m.
• Corps de Napoleon - Metairie 5:30 p.m.
• Adonis - Westbank 12:00 p.m.
• Grand Isle Independent- Grand Isle 5:30 p.m.
• Tchefuncte - Madisonville 2:00 p.m.
• Terreanians - Houma 1:00 p.m.
• Montegut - Houma 2:00 p.m.


• Proteus - Uptown 5:15 p.m.
• Orpheus - Uptown 5:45 p.m.
• Zeus - Metairie 6:30 p.m.
• Cleopatra - Houma 6:30 p.m.


• Zulu - Uptown 8:00 a.m.
• Rex - Uptown 10:00 a.m.
• Elks Orleans - Uptown11:30 a.m.
• Crescent City - Uptown after Elks
• Argus - Metairie 10:00 a.m.
• Elks Jefferson - Metairie after Argus
• Jefferson Trucks - Metairie after Elks
• Lions - Covington 10:00 a.m.
• Covington - Covington, after Lions
• Grela - Gretna 11:00 a.m.
• Chocktaw - Gretna 12:00 p.m.
• Houmas - Houma 12:00 p.m.
• Kajuns - Houma follows Houmas
• Bonne Terre - Houma 3:00 p.m.
• Skunks - Lacombe 1:00 p.m.
• Chahta-Ima - Lacombe 1:30 p.m.



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Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" in French and was given the name because of the feasting (and partying) that would occur on this last night before the beginning of Lent, the Christian period of self-denial and abstinence that ends with Easter. Fat Tuesday can occur on any Tuesday from Feb. 3 through March 9, but is always 47 days before Easter. Today, Mardi Gras is characterized by its parades. There are more than 70 parades held in the four parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and St. Tammany. The parades begin in January but the full-blown celebration that is Mardi Gras is truly under way in the days right before and on Fat Tuesday. Ground zero for Mardi Gras is the French Quarter, where streets are packed with people in search of beads thrown by patrons from the balconies. While the festivities have a reputation for being awash in debauchery, many families find the kid-friendly side of Mardi Gras by seeking out less-crowded and tamer areas.



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