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New Orleans Sights

Bourbon Street

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Updated 04/09/2014

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Ignore your better judgment and take a stroll down Bourbon Street, past the bars, restaurants, music clubs, and novelty shops that have given this strip its reputation as the playground of the South. The bars of Bourbon Street were among the first businesses of the city to reopen after Katrina; catering to the off-duty relief workers, they provided a different form of relief. Today, the spirit of unbridled revelry here is as big as ever. The noise, raucous crowds, and

bawdy sights are not family fare; if you go with children, do so before sundown. St. Ann Street marks the beginning of a short strip of gay bars, some of which retain links to the long history of gay culture in New Orleans. Although Bourbon is usually well patrolled, it is wise to stay alert to your surroundings. The street is blocked to make a pedestrian mall at night; often the area is shoulder to shoulder, especially during major sports events, on New Year's Eve, and during Mardi Gras.

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Updated 04/09/2014

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By Rhonda

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Jul 3, 2004

Bourbon Street is not to be missed

You haven't really experienced New Orleans until you walk down Bourbon Street after dark. It is loud and crazy, but great people watching. You will be amazed at the number of adults as well as college aged students. There is no lack of strip clubs, bars, walk-up drink counters and small food joints. You have to see it to believe it---then go on back to your hotel and enjoy the quiet. Stay nearby but not on Bourbon street, so you can get away from

the craziness when you feel like it.

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By Laura

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Jan 22, 2003

Wilder Than I Expected!

When my husband and I walked down the street (on a Sunday night, mind you), someone in the crowd yelled out at us "Family night!?" Guess we didn't fit in (-: Bourbon Street makes NYC's 42nd Street look like Disneyland--yet it's not to be missed--the music clubs alone make it worthwhile (be careful of the Hurricane drinks, though). And every morning they wash the sidewalks and street and start all over again.

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