New Orleans Cemetery Tour is part of Freddie Awards to New Orleans Binge Weekend Trip Report which covers:
The first time I went to New Orleans was to see Michigan win a bowl game, a rarity. Overwhelmed with Bourbon and bourbon (one being the street, the other being the poison), I didn’t make it to the St. Louis No. 1 cemetery. This time, despite my binge of food and drink, I made time to visit. When I arrived, I was surprised to learn that there is a $20 charge per person for a guided tour. I was told that the Catholic Archdiocese imposes the charge and that regardless of my Catholic faith, I would have to pay. While I was able to negotiate for Jazz Fest tickets, I didn’t get far with Gabriel, the doorman. Hopefully, I will have better luck on judgment day.
Later in the day, I stopped at a tourism office to ask if there is a charge to enter. The woman confirmed that it is $20 and that it was imposed after Hurricane Katrina to prevent further vandalism. Someone had actually painted the tomb of Voodoo queen Maria Laveau Pepto-Bismol pink. Though I am technically Catholic, I am more superstitious than religious and would not dare to disturb the tomb of a voodoo queen.
TPOL’s TIP: Other cemeteries in New Orleans do not charge an entry fee, but they are not within walking distance of the French Quarter.
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