New Orleans audio tour: Walking the Tremé

About the Tour

Two hundred years before the HBO television series made Tremé an emblem of the cultural richness of New Orleans, the residents of this faubourg drummed, danced, and second lined their way into history. Tremé, touted as the oldest African American neighborhood in the United States as well as the birthplace of jazz, boasts a history of civil rights activism and jazz rhythms that lingers and inspires all who wander it. From Armstrong Park’s Congo Square to Brass Band Heaven and the Tomb of the Unknown Slave, the Faubourg Tremé will get under your skin and have you singing a bit of John Boutte’s “Hangin' in the Treme, Watchin' people sashay...” So, join me for a leisurely stroll through a neighborhood like no other.

Tour Producer

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Denise Altobello

Daughter of a butcher and a restaurant maven, granddaughter of a one-armed Cajun barbecue chef and a German gravedigger, I hail originally from the now famous Ninth Ward of New Orleans, just downriver from the French Quarter and the Faubourg Tremé. Growing up among the graveyards of my French, German and African-American neighbors, I played hide-and-seek in the cities of the dead, learned to decipher the voodoo markings adorning the above-ground ovens and honed my skills in palm reading, bar-hopping and fire baton twirling. My most recent adventure was scriptwriting LULU WHITE: Queen of Storyville,” a musical cabaret that tells the story of one of New Orleans’ most fascinating madams and her opulent Mahogany Hall. During my adult summers I travel, write, edit and lead talented teens in travel writing and photography workshops as part of NOLA Travel Writers. When not traveling, teaching, and scribbling, I continue to wander the neighborhoods of New Orleans with the same curiosity that I brought to my childhood games of graveyard hide-and-seek. Who knows what I may unearth next?

Major Landmarks

  • Congo Square

  • New Orleans African American Museum

  • Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

  • Backstreet Cultural Museum

  • Saint Augustine Catholic Church New Orleans

Directions to Starting Point

At the corner of North Rampart and Saint Ann Streets, across from the French Quarter. If you are driving, parking is available on the street as well as in the nearby Basin Street Station Parking Lot at 501 Basin Street.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

By all means, enjoy the shade of the hundred-year-old oak trees inside of Armstrong Park and Congo Square. And don't miss a chance to stop for a delicious hot or cold drink inside the Tremé Coffeehouse. The neighborhood vibe in this funky coffee shop will show you why this neighborhood is so popular with locals and local "wannabees." Finally, be sure to stop by The Backstreet Cultural Museum for a firsthand look at the unique Mardi Gras Indian culture.

Best time of day

Daylight hours. Dawn to dusk.

Precautions

Always good to be cautious. Most people in the neighborhood are friendly and welcoming, but take care.

Comments

Awesome narration with some personal touches. We never would have known or explored this area of the city without this tour. Well voiced, very informational and well put together. Long walk for a hot day but doable!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 months ago

Well guided, but somewhat monotonous in the types of attractions highlighted. Although the personal reflections of the narrator are occasionally charming, it would be more engaging if it was guided by someone who grew up and lived in the neighborhood.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 months ago

Great stuff. We were sad when it ended

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 months ago

What a gift to visitors AND locals who want to explore this amazing neighborhood! We’ve lived in New Orleans for most of our lives and we learned so much about our city and its history! The app worked so well and gave us the opportunity to leisurely relish in the culture. We also discovered a new favorite coffee oasis! Can’t think of a more glorious way to spend a Sunday!!!

Posted by Rebecca , about 1 year ago

Love that you know your Tremé traditions! Merci!

Posted by Denise , over 1 year ago

Fab tour - buck jumping and having fun - long live NOLA

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 2 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.