New Orleans audio tour: Struttin' Down Royal Street

About the Tour

Our journey begins at the famous corner of Royal and Canal Streets in Old New Orleans. This was the gateway to the nineteenth century Creole "promenade publique". It was a lavish and decadent antebellum existence, filled with art, banquets, opera, architecture, duels, shopping and, of course, no shortage of Bordeaux and Bourbon. The Creoles even insist that they invented the cocktail.

This French Quarter lifestyle in this beautiful crescent of the Mississippi River gradually gives way to the twentieth century traditions of Mardi Gras, jazz, and the rich bohemian existence of artists, musicians and writers. We will visit with William Faulkner, Louis Prima, Tennessee Williams, Etta James and Truman Capote along the way.

From Monkey Wrench Corner, Pirates Alley, Jackson Square, to the Battle of New Orleans ... come with me ... and hold on to your chapeau!

Tour Producer

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Kevin J. Bozant

Kevin J. Bozant is a writer, photographer and digital graphic designer for his publishing company, Po-Boy Press – New Orleans. He was born in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans in the 1950s – as luck would have it – just a few blocks from Huerstel’s Bar and Little Pete’s Seafood Restaurant. Kevin is a life-long resident of the city. He has walked, photographed and eaten his way through over a hundred unique neighborhoods in New Orleans. He is also a cemetery enthusiast, constantly exploring and documenting the cryptic symbols and haunting architecture of the "Cities of the Dead." Kevin is working on his seventh book about the city.

Major Landmarks

  • The Historic New Orleans Collection

  • Faulkner House Books

  • Jackson Square

  • St. Louis Cathedral

Directions to Starting Point

The start of the walk is fairly central, and within walking distance from most hotels. If you use the Canal Street streetcar, get off at the Royal Street stop.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

The Old Gem Saloon, the Carousel Bar, Supreme Court Building, Brennan's Restaurant, Broulatour Courtyard, New Orleans Historic Collection, 'Sieur George's House, Pirates Alley, Faulkner House, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral and the statue of Andrew Jackson.

Best time of day

Daytime is a must as there are many architectural details.

Precautions

Much of Royal Street is closed to auto traffic between 11am and 4pm daily, creating a safe experience for pedestrians.

Comments

Narrator is knowledgeable about the area. Good short tour.

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