New Orleans Voodoo Tour
Shrouded in mystery and secrecy – and often misrepresented by popular culture and Hollywood depictions – Voodoo has long held reign in New Orleans legends, folklore, and history. The spirituality has been hidden among the slaves of the 1700s, popularized and commercialized by the famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau in the nineteenth century, and still functions as an alternative religion in the modern day city. But how do you separate the facts from so much fiction, rumors, and superstitions?
Join Free Tours by Foot on our New Orleans Voodoo Tour as we seek to illuminate one of New Orleans’ most unique subcultures. From its roots in West Africa to the modern day temples inside the French Quarter, we will explore the history, culture, and beliefs of both historic and current practitioners. Along the way, our guides will explain the truth behind the more popular superstitions and the meaning within some of the stranger rituals. The tour ends with a stop inside one of the modern day Voodoo temples and a chance to pick up some New Orleans “gris-gris” to take home!
Sights, people, and topics we cover on the New Orleans Voodoo Tour include:
- Congo Square
- Slavery and the Code Noir in colonial New Orleans
- The Haitian Rebellions
- Marie Laveau, the “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans” ***
- New Orleans Cemeteries and the Spirits of the Dead
- Voodoo Dolls, Vevers, and Gris-Gris Bags
- Saint John’s Eve and other Voodoo holidays
- Depictions of Voodoo in Hollywood popular culture
- Depictions of Voodoo in New Orleans culture
- The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
- Madame John’s Legacy
- Voodoo Authentica and other modern temples
- And much more…
For a detailed description of our Voodoo tour, check out this post written by one of our guests!
***This tour does not visit St. Louis #1 Cemetery. Due to new security regulations put in place by the Archdiocese of New Orleans pilgrimages and offerings to Marie Laveau’s tomb are discouraged.
When: 10 am Wednesdays thru Sundays. 11 am Thursdays thru Sundays. View our full tour calendar
Where: The tour begins from outside Mr. Gregory’s Cafe at 806 N. Rampart Street in the French Quarter.
Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours. Approximately 1 mile in length.
Cost: name-your-own-price tour. Groups of 6-9 must prepay $10/person. Groups of 10 or more must organize a private tour and can read about our options for groups.