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New Orleans City Sightseeing and Hurricane Katrina Small-Group Tour
"After hotel pickup by comfortable van your New Orleans city tour begins in the French Quarter and covers the history and architecture of the old Creole city. See top attractions like Jackson Square St Louis Cathedral and the Pontalba Buildings and enjoy a view of the Mississippi River.Next pass the French Market and the old US Mint drive through the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood and head east along the Industrial Canal to view the largest Hurricane Katrina levee breach
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New Orleans Food and History Tour
"Meet your guide in the French Quarter in the afternoon and begin your food tour of New Orleans at SoBou one of three restaurants owned by the award-winning Commander’s Palace family. Sit down and relax as you are treated to two sweet and savory dishes that showcase modern New Orleans cuisine: a Gulf shrimp and tasso pincho and a sweet potato and duck beignet topped with a foie gras fondue.Listen to a narrative history of Louisiana cuisine starting with the culinary contributions of local American Indian tribes and leading to the arrival of the Europeans and West Africans who created its Creole flavors. You’ll hear about the unique geography of southern Louisiana as well as the linguistic origins of dozens of local dishes from beignets and étouffée to gumbo and jambalaya.If you’d like purchase a drink at the full bar before moving on to Leah’s Pralines
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French Quarter Stroll
"You'll begin at Café du Monde where a licensed guide will meet your small group. From there you'll view Jackson Square and the Mississippi River from a scenic overlook. The strength of the river the importance of the port the topography of the neighborhood are among the topics explored. You'll sample shops in a relaxed style highlighting well known products with the intention you'll immerse yourself in shopping at a later time. Learn about various immigrants and t"""Treat yourself to a friendly French Quarter romp filled with history and storytelling. Start your tour at the world famous Café du Monde and make your way to see Jackson Square the Mississippi River and other well-known landmarks. Take a look at locally-made crafts in nearby shops personally selected by your guide. Learn about the bustling port city and its influence of many cultures as you explore famous sites such as the Frentitle=Highlights&1=2-hour+walking+tour+of+New+Orleans+French+Quarter&2=Visit+the+city%27s+landmarks+with+an+experienced+guide&3=Learn+about+New+Orleans+history+and+culture&4=Explore+fun+shops+and+colorful+neighborhoods&5=Small+group+ensures+personal+servi
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Washington Artillery Park

Washington Artillery Park, formerly Founders Park is right off of Decatur St. There is a small ampitheater for street performers. While we were there, there was a street performance by a youth religious organization. After them they were replaced by a soloist on guitar. Behind the ampitheater are steps that lead up to the Moonwalk and a cannon. The Civil War cannon is a model of the same canon used in the Civil War and pays tribute to the 141st Field Artillery of the Louisiana National Guard.

If anything it's a great unobstructed view of the St Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square.

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aphrodyte
Oct 24, 2003

Washington Artillery Park

This small park was formerly Founders Park and was named for one of the oldest military units in the national. Lying between Jackson Square and the Leeve there are gardens, fountains, a playground and a good view of the French Quarter. The mounted canon is a model of the same canon used in the Civil War.
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keeweechic
Jun 06, 2003

WASHINGTON ARTILLERY PARK

The Washington Artillery Battalion is one of the older militia units dating back to 1838 when it was formed from private funds. The battalion was formed to support the Washington Regiment which was the militia organization representing the American sector of New Orleans. They served a short three month stint during the Mexican War under Zachary Taylor in the first action faced by the gunners. In the years leading up to the Civil War, the Washington Artillery was a very popular organization with membership restricted to the upper class of New Orleans. A snarling tiger was adopted for the battalion flag in 1857 and that mascot would be adopted later by Louisiana State University for their athletic teams. The tiger was also a mascot of another Louisianan volunteer rifle company known as the “Louisiana Tigers”.

The battalion joined the Confederate army in May of 1861 with four of the five companies becoming a part of the Army of Northern Virginia and the other company fighting as part of the Army of Tennessee.

The battalion reorganized after the end of the Civil War, though not officially until 1870, becoming the Louisiana Volunteer Field Artillery. They served in the occupation of Cuba and along the Mexican Border in 1916 during Pershing’s operations against Pancho Villa in northern Mexico. In 1917, the battalion was designated the 141st Field Artillery Battalion and has continued to serve as a part of the Louisiana National Guard through both World Wars and up to today. Their headquarters is at Jackson Barracks in the Lower Ninth Ward.

The park is located between the river levee and Jackson Square. Being slightly elevated, you have a wonderful view out over the square and at the cathedral and tourists flock here to take their obligatory photos.

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mtncorg
Jun 13, 2015

Washington Artillery Park

The Park is right in the middle of Jackson Square. It is well maintained and is closed after dark. The Cannon on exhibit was used in the Civil War.

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Sep 14, 2005
 
 
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Washington Artillery Park

The park isn't much except a few placards but it does provide you with an excellent elevated view of Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral as well as the waterfront.

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acemj
Nov 23, 2002

Washington Artillery Park

Here is a picturesque park, rather small, which affords good views of Jackson Square, the waterfront, the skyline, and the Mississippi River.

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Decatur St, between St Peter and St Ann St

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