Tag: New Orleans

Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

Abandoned since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, Six Flags New Orleans (formerly Jazzland) still draws curious revelers hoping to break in and explore the eerie grounds. People claim to hear phantom laughter and the music from rides that haven’t operated in over a decade.  It is owned by the Industrial Development Board (IDB) of New Orleans. Six Flags had leased the park from 2002 until 2009, when the lease was terminated during its bankruptcy proceedings. The former park is located […]

The Sausage Ghost

In the 1800s, an industrious young couple moved to New Orleans from Germany and started a sausage factory. Their sausage was delicious, but in time their relationship turned sour. The husband found himself a younger mistress, but they couldn’t truly be together until his wife was out of the picture. One night, the man closed shop and walked to the back room, where his wife was making sausage. He crept up behind her and choked […]

Madam Delphine LaLaurie

New Orleans is known as one of the most haunted places in America. With its rich history and questionable stories there is no wonder that so many believe that evil lurks in dark corners. One cannot mention ghost stories and New Orleans and not mention the legend of Madame LaLaurie. Madame LaLaurie’s legend is one of the most famous stories in New Orleans. American Horror Story made her infamous worldwide. Madame LaLaurie was born Marie […]

Marie Laveau Voodoo Queen

There’s nowhere in the world quite like New Orleans. No other city so visibly encapsulates the mix of the Old World and the New, and no other city so obviously displays its belief in the supernatural. And, of course, no other city has its share of stories that would seem impossible anywhere else but The Big Easy. Take, for instance, the legend of Marie Laveau, the “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.” A black priestess of […]

Voodoo In New Orleans & It’s African Origins

Although slave owners throughout the American South worked to convert their slaves to Christianity from African religions, the slaves did not easily give up their old beliefs. In Catholic New Orleans, Africans found ways to continue their faiths by synchronizing their pantheon of gods with the saints. Because New Orleans society permitted the existence of gens de couleur libres (free people of color) and because slaves were given more latitude to congregate than elsewhere in […]

The Axeman of New Orleans

By Adam Karlin. It was the night of March 19, 1919 and jazz played in New Orleans. Music poured out of private residences, where wealthy white New Orleanians hired bands to play music popularized in a mixed race Red Light District. Nightclubs and bars were packed to the point of overflow. In a city known for its lively atmosphere, this may have been one of the most gig-heavy nights in history. Yet the musicians weren’t […]