Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Mardi Gras. New Orleans, The Most Haunted City In The US.
Mardi Gras, "The feast before the fast". Or, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent. It's really the day when Catholics can overindulge before fasting.
A French-Canandian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville discovered a patch of land in 1699. He called it Pointe due Mardi Gras. And, so was the start of Mardi Gras being celebrated in New Orleans.
So, if your planning a trip around this time. Make sure you visit the most haunted city in the US. I'll give you one to wet your taste buds.
Madame Marie Delphine Macarty LaLaurie lived in a Mansion located on 1140 Rue Royale is said to be very haunted. Footsteps will be heard in the attic. Disembodied voices in some guest rooms. It's said also you can hear children laughing and running around the courtyard. A woman is seen around the mansion. Sometimes a man.
The story goes that Madame LaLaurie and her husband Dr. Leonard LaLaurie tortured, abused and even killed about 100 slaves in their famous Torture Chamber Attic. Then would buried the dismembed bodies in the rear of the home. Even inside.
If you like to read of all the stories of New Orleans while traveling. Here's one: "Journey Into Darkness: Ghosts, and Vampires of New Orleans" By Kalila Kathrine Smith.
And, visit the Voodoo Website: http://www.thehouseofvoodoo.com/ Just to get the eerie feel of the place before you go.
And, a little tidbit information about the Mansion. The actor Nicolas Cage owned the LaLaurie Mansion at one time. Tell me if that's not creepy enough.