New Orleans will be celebrating its 300th anniversary in two years. The city is known for its food and music. But it is also well known for other things, including: Mardi Gras, voodoo, witch craft, cemeteries, and architecture.
When you hear about Mardi Gras, you think about parades and beads and masks. But there is so much more to it than that. Mardi Gras is part of Carnival season which starts on January 6th and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent starts.
Voodoo was introduced to the United States in the 1800s by voodoo queen Marie Laveau. It is used to serve others and influence the outcome of life event through the connection with nature, spirits, and ancestors.
Witch craft is another popular belief and if you have watched season three, Coven, of American Horror Story, you will be familiar with it. In fact, American Horror Story was filmed in New Orleans at the LaLaurie Mansion, but not the original one. It was filmed two doors down because the original home was burned down while Marie Delphine LaLaurie was living in it.
New Orleans is also know for the “Cities of the Dead” or its cemeteries. Because the city is below sea level, cemeteries are above ground. There are 42 cemeteries in the New Orleans area and 90% of the cemeteries are above ground. This is the largest amount than any other place in the U.S.
You might think the architecture is modeled after the French. But it’s not. After the Seven Years War, the French ceded New Orleans to the Spanish. In 1788 and 1794, two fires burned down most of the buildings, taking the French Colonial architecture with it. After the fires, the Spanish rebuilt the building modeling it after their culture, which is still prominent today.
I hope this enlightened you about America’s most haunted city!