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Carriage Ride New Orleans
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For hundreds of years, horse-drawn carriages were the only transportation around the tight streets and alleys of the French Quarters in New Orleans. But in 1980, New Orleans has banned the use of horse-drawn carriages, opting instead to allow the use of mules. The mules were deemed better able to handle the work load and summer heat.
Every day from morning to midnight mule-drawn carriages line up on NOLA's Decatur Street in front of Jackson Square. They roll through the French Quarter, rain or shine. The carriage drivers tell historical and ghost stories, making the scenery come alive, from haunted houses to architectural details of buildings throughout the area. Of course, a carriage ride through the Big Easy is a tourist cliche, but there's no denying the romance of the conveyance. Like riding the streetcars, a tour in a horse-drawn carriage is a New Orleans "must do" for visitors.
Old world ambience, history, architecture and jazz ... experience the sights and sounds of N'awlins' colorful French Quarter as a quaint mule-drawn carriage takes you back in time to another era.
January 9th, 2014
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