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New Orleans: Canal Street Cemeteries & Katrina Memorial Tour

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New Orleans: Canal Street Cemeteries & Katrina Memorial Tour

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In a city as old as New Orleans, the dead outnumber the living. Explore inside several of New Orleans’ most historic Cemeteries and the Katrina Memorial.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Learn about the unique Jewish burial customs at the Dispersed of Judah Cemetery
  • Visit the final resting place of Hurricane Katrina's unidentified souls.
  • Explore the amazingly beautiful city of the dead at the Cypress Grove Cemetery.
  • Learn how the second line tradition is associated with Odd Fellows Rest.
Full description
Visit multiple cemeteries in the Mid-City District at the end of the Canal Street No. 47 Streetcar Line, which runs North-west from the Downtown/French Quarter. The tour is led by Master Storytellers who will enlighten you about the different, unique burial customs and practices which will be explained to you as you visit a range of historic cemeteries. The tour begins from the outside the Beachcorner Bar and Grill on Canal Street. The first stop is at the Gates of Mercy of the Dispersed of Judah where you will learn about the unique Jewish burial customs and traditions associated with this cemetery. Next stop are the old Irish cemeteries of St Patrick's #1 & #2, two Catholic Cemeteries with different styles and bearing witness to the terrible loss of life incurred in the Yellow fever epidemic. Then it is on to Odd Fellows Rest where you will discover the tale of the "exceedingly beautiful" procession to consecrate this cemetery and learn about the now famous “second line processions” tradition. The tour then crosses Canal Street to the Katrina Memorial located inside the Charity Hospital Cemetery. Here you will find the final resting place of Hurricane Katrina's unidentified souls. Then on to Cypress Grove Cemetery, establish in 1840, where you will be guided around to see the many architecturally beautiful edifices in this amazingly beautiful city of the dead. This is one of the best places to learn about the unique burial customs of New Orleans. The final stop will be at the Greenwood Cemetery, established in 1852, where you will be guided around the cemetery and will learn what a tumulus is and what it has to do with a Burlesque Circus! You will also hear about the association this cemetery has with the Elks Lodge. From there your local guide will escort you to the Canal Cemeteries Streetcar Terminus where you can take the streetcar back down to Downtown or the French Quarter.
  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour
  • Professional Master Storyteller Guide
  • Cemetery Entrance Fees
  • Taxes
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and Drinks
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

From Downtown or the French Quarter, take the No. 47 streetcar northbound along Canal St to the Cemeteries Terminus stop. Exit the streetcar and see Morning Call, to your right, Catty Corner across the street from Greenwood Cemetery. Meet the guide outside and check in under your name. The guide will have a license on a lanyard around their neck.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella

Not allowed

  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • Tours depart rain or shine
  • Wear comfortable shoes as this is a walking tour and surfaces can be uneven.
  • Entry to cemeteries is subject to burials.
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Tour guide Mary J. Made this experience super fun. She is obviously passionate about NOLA history and eager to share it!

June 22, 2021

Erin was great! She explained in detail everything we were doing and answered all our questions. We learned so many interesting facts we even took a walk through another cemetery after our tour was done.

April 8, 2021

Evian was a great guide and gave amazing history during our tour.

March 2, 2021

Product ID: 393099