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Mudbugs, Crawdads, and Crawfest!

Crawfest 2014 is coming this weekend on April 5! We're right in the thick of crawfish season, and the mudbugs have never tasted better. This annual music, food, and arts festival hosted by Tulane University will feature 25 local food and art vendors, more than...

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Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras from Tours by Isabelle! Our offices will be closed today, March 4, 2014, in honor of our city's greatest holiday. Enjoy the parades and stay safe! If you're out of town and want a taste of what we're up to today, check out the ParadeCam over at...

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The Bonnet Carre Spillway

If you join us for a plantation or swamp tour you'll get a chance to cross the Bonnet Carré Spillway, one of the most important engineering structures that helps control the normal flooding of the Mississippi River that occurs in the spring. The Spillway, which runs...

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Mardi Gras Masks

Mardi Gras masks are a longstanding tradition, whether they cover only the wearer's eyes or the entire face. The masks add an element of mystery and intrigue to the festivities surrounding Mardi Gras, and they are probably one of our favorite traditions! The masks...

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Frisco Fest 2014

San Francisco Plantation is always stunning, but you can really get the most out of your visit by joining us the weekend of March 15th and 16th for the annual Frisco Fest, a free festival on the plantation grounds featuring a craft show, bike tours, a car show, pony...

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Cypress in the Swamps

Louisiana's swamps are famous for the beautiful red cypress trees that are so prevalent. Also called bald cypress, these trees are actually a type of pine tree and related to sequoias. Their sap contains tannic acid which works as a natural preservative and a fire...

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What’s With the Baby?

We all know that Mardi Gras season means the advent of those delicious rounds of braided cinnamon dough called King Cakes, but why is there a baby inside? The cakes originated in medieval France and Spain and were brought to Louisiana by the early French and Spanish...

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Sugar Plantations of Louisiana

Sugarcane has a long history here in Louisiana. When you head out of the city for a plantation tour you will find yourself quickly surrounded by sugar plantations. After Florida, Louisiana is the number two state for sugarcane production in the United States. The...

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King Cakes Galore!

The King Cake is a dearly beloved part of Mardi Gras season and has a long, rich history dating back to the eighteenth century. The round, cinnamon-roll like cakes with their sugary icing and Mardi Gras colored sprinkles come in many styles. King Cake has become so...

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Carnival Season is Here!

January means Carnival season in New Orleans, and everyone is getting out their decorations. The traditional gold, green, and purple Mardi Gras colors symbolize justice, faith, and power, and were selected by Rex as the official Mardi Gras colors in 1872. Rex chose...

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