French Quarter Walking Tour: History and Architecture, Guided
Take a guided walking tour through the historic Vieux Carre', the French Quarter. Discover the history, elegance, and mystery that makes the French Quarter unique. Conducted by a licensed tour guide. The tour guide will discuss history, architecture, and insights that only a "local" will know. The tour begins at the Spring Fiesta Headquarters at 826 Saint Ann Street. You will see the downstairs of this home while the guide gives the tour introduction. Then you will walk through the Quarter learning about French, Spanish, and American influences on the culture and architecture of the city. The remainder of the tour will be on the outside of buildings. If you would like to see the inside of more homes, join us for one of our "Open House Self-Guided Home Tours”.
Tour I 10:00am March 30, 2019
Tour II 10:00am March 31, 2019
Tour III 10:00am April 6, 2019
Tour IV 10:00am April 7, 2019
Open House Self-Guided Tour: Homes & Courtyards/Gardens
“Bienvenue, À Notre Fête des Portes Ouvertes dans le Vieux Carré de Nouvelle Orléans’’
Welcome to our Open-Door Tour in the French Quarter and the Uptown area of New Orleans. The French Quarter is in the heart of the old city. The Vieux Carré comes alive when you step into the homes and courtyards where legendary New Orleanians resided in the 18th and 19th century. On this tour docents are at each home to tell you about the homes history and special stories. You may meet prominent citizens of history: heroes, villains, vampires, and voodoo queens.
We provide you with a map with the homes marked so that you can walk from home to home at your own pace. These homes are private homes not usually open to the public. You will see rooms on the inside of these homes. Each tour includes different residences within walking distance of one another.
This year we are also featuring homes in the Uptown area of New Orleans. Most of these homes are Victorian era revival styles: Greek, Colonial, Italianate, and Queen Anne. These homes include beautiful interiors with marble fireplaces, grand parlors, and stately dining rooms. Outside you will find quaint gardens with flowers that bloom twelve months of the year.
Tour Uptown 1pm to 4pm March 30 Uptown Tour
Tour FQ I 1pm to 4pm March 31 French Quarter
Tour FQ II 1pm to 4pm April 7 French Quarter
Combination Tickets: Featuring Brunch at Antoine’s
Purple Combination Ticket: Brunch at Antoine’s and Home & Courtyard Tour Combo Ticket.......11:30am to 4pm
Gold Combination Ticket: Walking Tour II, Brunch at Antoine’s, and Courtyard Tour……10am to 4pm
Prior to the afternoon tour, a luncheon is available at the world famous Antoine’s Restaurant at 11:30am. Reservations are required by March 28, 2019. A Spring Fiesta Hostess will be onsite to introduce you to the history of this wonderful restaurant. This luncheon is a fixed menu. Special dietary requirements should be noted at the time of the reservation. Some special dietary requirements can be accommodated by the chef if noted at the time of the reservation. Please call 405-788-6933 to discuss special requests.
Queen’s Promenade and Parade
Meet us in Jackson Square at 11:30pm on April 6, 2019. The New Orleans Spring Fiesta Queen and her Court will Promenade through Jackson Square. A short presentation ceremony takes place.
Everyone in New Orleans loves a Parade. Join us at 4:30pm along Bourbon Street and Royal Street for the Queen’s Parade. In accordance with the City of New Orleans permits the parade route is determined about a week before the parade. Conditions along the route can modify the route as it progresses. Royal Street between Saint Philip and Saint Louis is always the best place to catch our parade.
Night in Ole New Orleans Gala
The Night in Ole New Orleans Gala concludes the day of festivities with toasts honoring the service of our military
veterans past and present, the work of our volunteers who make New Orleans a wonderful place to live, and the reign of our 2019 Spring Fiesta Court.
Tickets are available for sale at ticketweb.com. You can also purchase tickets at the Spring Fiesta House at 826 Saint Ann Street beginning on March 27th, or at Creole Delicacies starting on March 29th.