Questions about New Orleans – #142

Questions About New Orleans

Today’s episode is a Q&A show where I answer questions from listeners like you! As always, today’s questions cover a wide range of topics.


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(03:07) I’ve heard there is an almost out-of-control feral cat population in the city. Is this true? What does the city (or local rescues?) do to manage them? What’s the state of animal rescue like in the city in general?

(04:14) What are the best Creole Italian restaurants?

(05:42) With family, a day job, the guidebook, and other interests, where do you find the time to research?

(08:01) What episodes are your favorites? Are there any that went way above your expectations as far as learning about the subject and or guest?

(12:17) What are some of your favorite childhood memories of growing up in New Orleans? Holidays?

(18:24) What are the best places to visit/see/dine in NOLA at Christmastime?

(18:40) Mark has talked about Reveillon dinners in a previous episode. Inspired us when visiting Christmastime in 2019.

(21:03) I’ve heard Easter in New Orleans is a great time. Anything specific you’d recommend doing? Eating? Services? Parades?

(22:18) What do you recommend to experienced visitors so they can take their appreciation of the city to a new level?

(24:39) Is House of Dance and Feathers open? If not, is there any talk of it reopening ?

(26:01) Are all the cemeteries open for tours? I remember one being closed indefinitely

(28:09) I’m coming for the month of January. Should I plan on it being very rainy ?

(28:46) What do you do for work other than keep us all happy ?

(29:47) Can you try and get members of Tuba Skinny on the podcast!?

(31:18) Why does there seem to be mainly white people (on Frenchmen Street)? The bands often have people of color but looking through my photos there are hardly any black patrons at the Spotted Cat, DBA and so on.

(32:31) I would love to hear John Boutte on with you (and one of his sisters or two) or maybe he and Paul Sanchez with you. Click here to visit Paul Sanchez’ You Tube channel and his Another Cup of Coffee series.

(36:33) There are so many legends, rumors, and conjecture about Marie Laveau. It’s hard to separate fact from fiction. The same about Voodoo. Have you done (or do know someone who has) any research on Marie? Where she lived, if she really was Catholic? Or was she really a Voodoo Queen?

(38:52) What do most tourists overlook that they shouldn’t?

(41:36) What is the thing in the city you’re MOST excited for when COVID is finally over?

(43:24) Please discuss insect life in New Orleans both indoors (and how you might deal with it) and outdoors. Thank you.

Previous Episodes

Episode 112 – Creole Italian, Sicilians in New Orleans
Episode 140 – Top Ten Episodes
Episode 006 – History of the Poor Boy
Episode 054 – Whitney Plantation
Episode 066 – Fire at the Upstairs Lounge
Episode 057 – St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans
Episode 102 – Paul Sanchez
Episode 076 – Marie Leveau
Episode 074 – Madame LaLaurie

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