Gris-Gris and Cemetery Walking Tour
This New Orleans walking tour takes you through St. Louis Cemetery #1, the oldest and most well-known of three Roman Catholic cemeteries in the city. The cemetery, which was the site of a memorable acid trip scene in the film "Easy Rider," borders the French Quarter and opened in 1789, replacing St. Peter Cemetery after the city was redesigned following the Great New Orleans Fire of 1788.
Upon your arrival at the cemetery in an air-conditioned coach, your professional tour guide will relate the rich history of this renowned site as you see first-hand the graves of many famous and infamous figures in the city's history, including the Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Laveau's tomb is a popular attraction among cemetery visitors, who draw three Xs on her tomb in hopes of having a wish granted.
As you browse the sights of St. Louis Cemetery #1, your tour guide will detail the influence and evolution of Voodoo in the Crescent City. You'll also learn about different above-ground burial techniques and customs; many of the tombs in the cemetery are designed to hold multiple generations of a family. Included in your New Orleans Voodoo tour is a "gris-gris" souvenir bag that highlights the role of Voodoo in the city's expansive history.
What are you waiting for? Pack some comfortable shoes and a camera for this New Orleans St. Louis Cemetery #1 tour because no trip to The Big Easy is complete without visiting this remarkable site.