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Bourbon Street, New Orleans

#7 of 48 in Historic Sites in New Orleans
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The heart of the city's oldest neighborhood, the layout of Bourbon Street was designed in 1721 by Adrien de Pauger. The colony was given to the Spanish in 1763, and a fire destroyed much of the original French architecture in 1788. In 1803, the Americans took over and translated all the street names into English. By 1840, the city was the third-largest metropolis in the country, with the attraction as its main social and economic feature. The area is known for its annual Mardi Gras celebration. Consider trying a popular drink, such as the Hurricane cocktail, served by vendors up and down the street. For a truly original experience, be sure to stop by Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo on the corner of St. Ann. Make Bourbon Street a centerpiece of your New Orleans vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our New Orleans trip itinerary app.
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  • Love this place for authentic norleans flow and the bourbon is a plus as well
  • I've always wanted to go to New Orleans and I was not disappointed, as there are several parades every day you will get paraded out eventually, to collect all the beads etc that are thrown from the floats it's a good idea to take a net on a pole, as people book there places along the routes you tend to end up at the back, Charles Street seems to be the main route, mike sure you are on the right side of the road if you want to leave early as the road is closed and there are a few crossing places which are only opened occasionally between floats. If you are going for Mardi Gras in March don't assume it will be warm, make sure you take some warm clothes, it was as low as 4degrees this year also there are many shops selling outfits for dressing up if that's what you want to do.

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