Signs of the City: New Orleans

House of Voodoo, Bourbon Street, a jazz funeral and bottomless daiquiris are just a few signs that you're in New Orleans. Take a look at some funny signs that you may see when visiting the Big Easy.
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Voodoo, a set of underground religious practices, originated from African traditions. It’s a major tourist attraction in New Orleans. Several shops sell charms, gris-gris, candles and powders. So enter at your own risk.

Visit Donna’s Brass Band Headquarters -- now called Donna’s on Rampart -- located across from the world famous Armstrong Park, The Mahalia Jackson Theater and the legendary Congo Square. It’s one of the best places to catch local musicians playing into the wee hours of the morning.

Make sure you stop if you’re at the intersection of Galvez and St. Louis Streets in New Orleans. It’s hard to miss the city’s infamous Stop Sign Grove.

Check out this funny sign located in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood. We’re just curious to know why there’s apparently a large number of old horses, blind dogs and unruly children in this area. What an odd combination.

In New Orleans, Some owners close their stores or shops to watch the Saints football game, but they don’t provide an approximate time for when they will return. It’s like an American siesta. Now that’s what we’re talking about.

This is an interesting sign at the Hard Rock Café in New Orleans, where apparently there’s been an issue with patrons concealing drugs and toting nuclear weapons.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include the iconic Bourbon Street sign. The famous and historic street spans the length of the French in New Orleans. The street, founded in 1718, is home to many bars, restaurants, strip clubs as well as souvenir shops.

It’s a strong warning that all tourists should pay attention to especially during Mardi Gras. So what do you do if you cross a loose woman who “picks pockets?”

Just in case the locals aren’t sure what “winning a free ticket” means, this grocery store posted a clear explanation on the window for confused lottery ticket buyers.

Stop by Maple Street Books if you’re not into downloading a digital book onto an iPad or Kindle. Pick up a hardcover book or spend time looking through the large selection of old and new books available at the bookstore -- open since 1965.

Looking for things to do and places to go? You’re in the right spot if you see this sign. It’s signage for the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau.

This guy obviously received a very big blessing during the Lundi Gras, a series of Shrove Monday events that occur during the New Orleans Mardi Gras.

Budget travelers will appreciate this sign. Head to Bourbon Street and keep the daiquiris coming for only $20. That’s a great deal!

After the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, several protestors took to the streets in New Orleans carrying unique signs, including this one.

Jazz Funeral is a common name for a funeral tradition with music that developed in New Orleans. These musical funerals are usually held for musicians or people connected to the music industry. Family and friends march to the funeral home, church or cemetery while a band plays somber hymns. After the deceased is buried, the family says their final goodbyes and the music becomes more upbeat to celebrate the deceased person’s life.

The Howlin’ Wolf is one of New Orleans’ finest locally owned and operated venues, named after legendary bluesman Chester Burnett. Located in the Fat City’s Warehouse District, the club has played host to notable singers and bands, including Harry Connick Jr., Arturo Sandoval, the Foo Fighters, Dr. John, Jimmy Page and Jimmy Buffett.

This sign is a strict warning to enforce New Orleans’ leash law. We thought it was for dog owners, but it actually looks like it’s a warning for locals who own what appears to be a gatordog, a cross between a dog and crocodile.

Feeling a little homesick? Just head over to Yo Mama's!

A new kind of takeout! As advertised, grab your "huge ass beer" and go for a walk down Bourbon Street.

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