Halloween in New Orleans
What better place to enjoy Halloween than in America’s most haunted city? Today, we’ll be talking about the many fun ways to enjoy Halloween in New Orleans.
On today’s episode Mark is joined by Brian Kern, who puts on the Carnival-style Krewe of Boo, and by Sidney Smith, owner of Haunted History Tours.
You’ll learn all about the Krewe of Boo, including how you can take part as a rider, enjoy the parade along the route, or attend the after-party in your favorite spooky costume? Don’t have a costume? We’ll help you find one!
Are you interested in vampires, Voodoo, and haunted tales? You might want to check out a Haunted History Tour. We’re also joined by a special guest who fills us in on the most haunted of New Orleans locations, the LaLaurie Mansion.
All this and more on today’s show!
Things to Do
The Krewe of Boo rolls on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The Zombie Run will take place that same day at 9AM. Get all the details about riding in the parade, attending one of the special events, or the race over at KreweofBoo.com
Haunted History Tours offers several different types of tours. In addition to tour information, you can purchase a copy of the book New Orleans Ghosts, Vampires and Voodoo by Kalila Smith.
If you are in town with young children the weekend of the parade, check out Boo at the Zoo. Our five-year-old twins love it. So do we!
The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival takes place on Sunday, October 22, 2017. We also covered the festival back in Episode #1. You can find that one on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.
If you are coming to New Orleans on the weekend before Halloween, you’ll want to check out LGBTQ communities events that raise money for Project Lazarus. Frenchmen Street is always a great destination during that weekend and on Halloween night. The Frenchmen Street Live website is the best place to get updated listings for events.
Be sure to check out The Mortuary if you are into haunted houses – the spooky, jump out at you kind! Insider’s Tips – take the Canal Street streetcar to get there. Eat at Katie’s or Mandina’s before or after.
If live music and art are your things, then don’t miss the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Held on the festival grounds at City Park, this three day festival is a fun way to spend the Halloween weekend.
I Need a Costume
Uptown Costume & Dancewear
4326 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Time Stamps for Today’s Episode
Here are a few key points, if you want to jump back and listen to something specific.
6:02 Krewe of Boo
8:00 Roy Kern and the start of the Kern float building tradition
26:30 Things to do the week before Halloween
30:15 LeLaurie Mansion
41:00 Oak Street Poor Boy Festival
Thanks to Brian Kern and Sidney Smith for joining me on the podcast!
A special thanks to Joel Sharpton for covering the intro and out at the last minute when I lost my voice! Joel is the voice you hear at the start of each episode of the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast. He is the head guy in charge over at Pro Podcasting Services where he offers podcast editing, coaching, and voiceover work. Thanks, Joel!
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