Stray Boots is an interactive tour that sets friends and family members loose on an exhilarating, knowledge-fueled undertaking guided by clues, trivia, and riddles. They operate in cities across the country, dividing them into special themed tours that contain the historical sites, local areas of interest, or eccentric child mayors unique to each city. During the explorations, clues point the way to cultural hot spots, which Stray Boots communicates via their official mobile app. At least one player on the team will need an iPhone or Android phone to receive clues, and none of the self-guided tours require previous knowledge of the city. Adventurers play at their own pace—most tours take two to three hours to finish—which allows them to spend more time learning about the city and photographing vibrant fire hydrants for aquacentric scrapbooks.
Now in its second year, the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade benefits Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and the Big Buddy Program—whose children receive costumes collected during the 10/31 Consortium club's costume drive. These costumed children march in the parade each year, in keeping with the organization's efforts to preserve the practice of trick-or-treating.
The parade follows a surprise theme each year, and community individuals and Krewes, who drive and march along a downtown route, contribute and construct colorful floats. The 10/31 Consortium organizes this annual parade in an effort to nurture community creativity and inspire local youth.
During the narrated one-hour jaunt, the Spirit of the Red River Cruise careens aqueous explorers down the Red River and Cross Bayou toward a plethora of sights, ranging from historical bridges to local wildlife. The 35-passenger vessel comes equipped with a bevy of windows and an observation deck ideal for optimal water vistas. Glean fascinating tidbits from Captain Sandy Jackson, a long-time waterway navigator who highlights the area's history from its beginnings as a trading post to its current status as a riverboat casino haven for blackjack-engrossed egrets. The tour encourages participants to revel in up-close glimpses of the Old Railroad Swing Bridge, the Texas Street Bridge, and the Waddle "A" Frame Bridge as they engage in a heated game of bridge. The expedition often alights upon kingfishers, water snakes, turtles, alligators, great blue herons, and other local residents of the estuary that are usually spotted sunning themselves, stalking their prey, or opening up burgeoning lily-pad real-estate businesses.
Frommer's calls Historic New Orleans Tours "the place to go for authenticity rather than sensationalism," lauding the knowledgeable, entertaining guides and decreeing "we cannot recommend them enough." It's one of many publications that have sung the company's praises, due in no small part to owner Robert Florence's passion for and knowledge of local history. The published author and his crew take people on a variety of foot-, van-, and boat-based journeys, ranging from cruises through the Louisiana swamp to a ride past areas that are rebounding from Hurricane Katrina. On walking tours, guides regale patrons with humorous and tragic stories about voodoo cemeteries and the history or organized crime in New Orleans, from Jean Lafitte’s piracy to the first home of the American Mafia.
Pirates. Supernatural phenomena. Gruesome crimes. The guides from Dark Crescent Tours unveil New Orleans' more macabre side while narrating the city's storied past. In the late afternoons and early evenings, the guides lead outings that visit sites associated with the eerier and more chilling facets of the city's long-distant past. The specialty walking tours provide an immersive look at the former homes of famous New Orleans authors or even interesting bars where each stop includes information about that particular establishment's history or legacy in some way.
Daytime walking tours, on the other hand, spirit folks through iconic neighborhoods, including Algiers Point, the French Quarter, and Faubourg Marigny. During the jaunts, guides relate the history behind everything from the distinctive architecture and the street names to the reason why none of the sidewalks are edible.
Thanks to the Krewe of Boo's annual Halloween parade, every year the French Quarter fills with vampires, demons, and ghouls. But the creatures bear no threat. Far from it, in fact—atop floats adorned with 3D, Halloween-themed fiberglass and papier-mâché props, they toss locally made goodies to the crowds below. Instead of Mardi Gras-style beads that will litter the streets when festivities have ended, these throws beg to be taken home—spectators might snag anything from bags of caramel corn to voodoo-doll magnets. Once the parade's floats and marching bands arrive at the end of their route, the Krewe of Boo begins Spook Fest. This post-parade costume party continues the Halloween revelry with tasty treats, boozy drinks, and live music.