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While Mardi Gras is famous for beads and booze, locals experience the real fun just around the corner. Get a surprising insiders' view of the real Mardi Gras experience.

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Bourbon Street

Although this historic French Quarter street has a bawdy reputation due to the burlesque clubs and all-night partying, “Rue Bourbon” is steeped in history and folklore. It dates back to 1718 when New Orleans was founded.

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Frenchman Street

Removed from the glitzy neon lights and blaring cover music of Bourbon Street is a compact musical enclave where the “locals” hang out. A 2-block-long entertainment district with live music, cheap drinks and no cover charge at most bars.

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Spotted Cat

All sorts of funky roots music can be heard here on a nightly basis, ranging from blues to traditional jazz to Latin. The Cat is a favorite hangout for many on the Frenchmen Street scene.

623 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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St. Louis Cemetery

Located on historic Basin Street, St. Louis Cemetery #1 is the burial place of Marie Laveau, the legendary “voodoo queen.” Believers and non-believers alike make pilgrimages to her tomb to make offerings to her spirit.

Basin at St. Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112


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