New Orleans Cemeteries, Ghosts & Voodoo

By Viator, June 2014

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After the Haitian Revolt in 1804, New Orleans received a massive influx of Hatian émigrés, and as a result, their culture and voodoo religion came along with them. That, the sordid history of the south, replete with pirates, mob ties, above-ground cemeteries, ancient oaks with hanging moss, and whole communities of Cajuns with untraceable roots, leaves New Orleans as a prime place to fraternize with the paranormal.

Numerous vampire stories surround the above-ground cemeteries and cracked courtyards of New Orleans. So many, in fact, that novelist Anne Rice set her famous The Vampire Chronicles here, and decided to strike up residence herself. A guided Vampire Tour is a relatively quick and fun way to hear the local lore without what you might think would be requisite kitsch.

Ghosts are a frequent haunt in New Orleans. Find out where they lurk on a guided  Ghost Tour  through the Garden District. You’ll be guided through New Orleans’ most haunted cemetery - St. Louis No.1 - and visit the tomb of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau. You’ll also hear about the evolution of Voodoo - which is still practiced today - and learn how it became such a popular phenomenon in the Crescent City.

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