You’d have to be a pretty big curmudgeon for Bourbon Street not to put you in a good mood. Free-flowing music and booze might have something to do with it. Restaurants and bars pack this historic strip of the French Quarter; Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is even rumored to be haunted. Of course, if you really like crowds, grab your mask and join the Mardi Gras circus.
A decorated balcony in the historic French Quarter on the building were writer Tennessee Williams once wrote parts of Streetcar Named Desire pictured on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 8 March 2011. Mardi Gras, which translates as Fat Tuesday, ends at midnight tonight in New Orleans, just before Ash Wednesday ushers in Lent. EPA/SKIP BOLEN
The LaLaurie House is considered one of the most haunted houses in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is said that the original lady of the house was extremely cruel to her slaves. She was apparently responsible for the death of a slave girl and many of the slaves were found living in deplorable conditions. The house exchanged hands multiple times with few staying more than a few scant weeks or months.