"Gens de Couleur" is French for People of Color. This tour is focused on the history of people of color in New Orleans.
We start along the riverfront, with the arrival of slave ships. From there, we trace the paths to freedom and the successes that followed many Free People of Color in New Orleans. We also talk about sumptuary laws designed to slow this success as well as the impact of an influx of Americans after 1803.
Thursdays in September and October
This tour coincides with the Jazz in the Park free festival at Armstrong Park. This festival includes a Second Line, live music, great local food and lots more for kids to enjoy!
Halloween's History Tour
Halloween or All Hallow's Eve or was it something else entirely?
Take a trip to another time... to another place... to another world.
This tour is full of tricks, treats and traditions. We'll visit the oldest cemetery in New Orleans, as well as other unique locations on the outskirts of the Quarter.
Limited time tour! Weekends in October (and first weekend in November)
Kids Creole Christmas Tour
Today we might look for Santa Claus coming down the chimney and race towards the Christmas tree at the first hint of dawn to rip open our presents and gorge ourselves on giant chocolate treats overflowing from our stockings (or am I the only one still doing that?)
But why do we do that? Where do these traditions come from? And how were they different in a very Catholic, very Creole city?
Kids will visit the sites, taste the treats and enjoy this Creole Christmas! Tours take place in December.
Carnival Time Kids Tour
Parading, masking, celebrating- Mardi Gras is not just for reveling grown ups! Kids on this tour will see, hear and revisit some New Orleans Carnival Time traditions.
We'll figure out why it all ends on fat Tuesday... why beads are thrown at parade goers... how new parades evolve (and the secret societies and traditions behind the Krewes)! Tours take place in February only.