Voodoo, New Orleans
New Orleans has a few voodoo museums and tons of stores, especially in the quarter, but there's only one authentic voodoo temple.
You can visit the temple without worrying about having to join the congregation! The people there are very hospitable and are used to, and welcome tourists.
Voodoo Spiritual Temple
828 North Rampart Street
at the north end of the quarter, across from Louis Armstrong Park.
(Be careful at night- Rampart and beyond is not always the smartest idea! Keep your eyes open.)
On Halloween 2002 I went for the traditional Voodoo festival. I found that the park that had for years been reserved by the local Voodoo folks was yanked out from under them for some big ya-ya beer sponsored music festival. Needless to say it was a blow for the voodoo community, but a wonderful surprise for me!
The main event planners set up a all day event at one of the two Voodoo museums in the French Quarter. They had speaker after speaker, from New Orleans to Haiti. Mama Lola from Haiti spoke for a good while. I could not tare myself away all day. I found that I really “got it” what the whole honor the spirits of your ancestors, and they will help you out, or not. After a few hours of this I saw that they had set up a BBQ in the back yard for free. Very sweet people, I can’t wait to pop in again and hang out.
Voodoo Spiritual Temple, 828 N. Rampart Street
• Voodoo Museum: 724 Dumaine St., 523-7685; Su-Th 10am-7pm; F-Sat 10am-10pm.
• Voodoo Authentica: 612 Dumaine St., 522-2111; Su-Th 11am-7pm; F-Sat 11am-9pm. Readings, spiritual cleansing by voodoo priest and priestesses.
• 1100 St. Ann: Plaque where Marie Laveau used to live.
• Erzulie’s: 510 Dumaine St., 525-2055; 10am-9pm daily; readings, potions, voodoo ritual kits.
• City and Cemetery Tours: providing an over view of the Warehouse District, The French Quarter, City Park, The Garden District, Uptown and a walk through our historic cemeteries.
• Cemetery Walking Tours: Visit the historic St. Louis Cemetery #1 and see, among others, the tomb of Marie Laveau, Queen of Voodoo. You will learn about voodoo and burials rituals of the Creoles. No hotel pick up. Tour meets in the French Quarter.
• Ghost/ Voodoo/ Vampire Tours: Take a leisurely walk through the French Quarter. Your tour guide will take you to locations associated with ghostly apparitions, paranormal activity and vampire style crime. Fun and all together entertaining. Cost is around $18/ person. No hotel pick up. Tour meets in the French Quarter.
• Garden District Ghost: 2-hour walking tour daily at 3pm ($18/adult, $13/students and seniors, $9/children). Includes sights from the movies: Interview with a Vampire, Double Jeopardy, Dracula 2000, and Anne Rice’s home.
We drove by this house on the free shuttle van to Mardi Gras World. The driver said we'd get in free with the wrist band that showed we had paid the admission to Mardi Gras World, and that we could then get picked up for a return trip to the ferry right outside.
But really, the museum is free for everyone because they let us in even though we didn't pay admission to Mardi Gras World.
We decided not to take the shuttle back to the ferry, but to walk, and we did go in here. They sell "Evil Away Uglies", but we didn't buy any.
We didn't wait for the van to pick us up - we just climbed up on the levee and walked back to the ferry dock. It isn't far.
Off to the Electric Koolaid test to experiment with the limits of the mind and dance with the pranksters, meet Kesey, Jerry, read on...in New Orleans at carnival, at Halloween, in the grave yards, in Convents, along the river banks, warehourses, the Pranksters meet
Voodoo museum- take a tour with Bloody Mary. She is very knowledgeable, and theatrical, about the history on Nawlins. Be sure to make an offering to the Voodoo god 'Papa la Bas' I gave him candy, money, and my business card. Hope he was pleased.
Voodoo magic. This is creepy stuff. New Orleans has a strong African-Carribbean influence and you can actually participate in some voodoo rituals by a witch doctor. If you want to cast spell on someone you like or dislike, you should try it here. For me, it didn't work.
You'll find this unique service around the side streets of Bourbon Street.
Children's Museum, Audubon Zoo.
Photo is from the voodoo funeral of Chicken Man in the French Quarter.