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    Voodoo, ghosts and pirates! Is Cajun country, New Orleans, really still a spooky, authentic creole enclave?

    Or is it just a sprawling city like many others? That is to say, is the place steeped in a Caribbean/Cajun/Creole vibe and some genuinely interesting voodoo history, or is the voodoo stuff nothing more than a tourist attraction from a long forgotten past? I heard the Voodoo temple was really just a shop on one of the main streets. I would not say the city has a Caribbean vibe but it does have a true voodoo and ghost history. There are tours you can take that give you some of the history and they are well done. http://www.tourneworleans.com/ I think what you were referring to some feel is touristy…

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    New Orleans

    Newsreel documentary from the 1920’s with photography and animations illustrating old New Orleans, the Crescent City, at work and at play. Duelling oaks. Influences of colonial France and Spain. Iron grille work. The old townhouses surrounding open courts. New Orleans, the industrial city, where ports and depot junctions distribute throughout, and out from, the heart of America. Culture shipped to & from the world. And, of course, Mardi Gras, Jazz age style. See more at: http://www.weirdovideo.com Duration : 0:9:22

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    The History Of Mardi Gras And How It Became A New Orleans Tradition

    Mardi Gras When you think of Mardi Gras people usually think of New Orleans Louisiana. This was not always true. So how did New Orleans become the home of the Greatest Free Show On Earth? Well let’s go way back to the beginning of Mardi Gras. The Origins Of Mardi Gras Even though Mardi Gras is perceived to have its roots in the Roman Catholic religion, it actually dates back to the days of ancient Rome. In the middle of the month of February, the Romans celebrated a holiday they called Lupercalia. The god Lupercus was the god of fertility, agriculture and pastoral shepherds and the festival was in his…

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    how is French Quarter now different from the 1940s?

    i need to get a brief history on the name "French Quarter" and the importance of bourbon street. i tried some websites but the history is a mess. links provided is good enough thanks. The French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré, is the oldest and most famous neighborhood in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. When La Nouvelle Orléans ("New Orleans" in French) was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the city was originally centered on the French Quarter, or the Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in French) as it was known then. While the area is still referred to as the Vieux Carré by some, it…