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Bourbon Street Review

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. Saint 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.

Updated: 05-07-2013

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