I remember standing in front of the Hotel Monteleone and thinking that when I grew up I would live here. I got here as soon as I could, 1977. My children were born here so they are natives, but sadly I am not.
There is a great story about a woman came to New Orleans when she was 6 months old, lived here her entire life and died when she was 90 years old. In her obituary it said that she was not a "native" even tho she had lived here 89 1/2 years! So New Orleans!
I cherish this place, many people have a love affair with this city and I am one of them. She is my muse, my strength and my heart. After Katrina someone said that New Orleans was the only city that made him cry. New Orleans makes me cry too, so much beauty, culture, the people, places and all the fun! I am very fortunate to live here and want our visitors to love New Orleans. She is a special girl, a little ragged around the edges, but still so beautiful and so compelling.
My photo is of me and Fats Domino! I am a drummer and play in two bands, Some Like it Hot and the Sweet Substitutes. We play Traditional New Orleans Jazz, the music that was born here. It is a real honor to play the old jazz and we are always humbled by those who went before us - Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, George Lewis - so many masters of New Orleans Jazz.
So Who Dat, Where Yat and Yeah you Right! I can show you how to "suck-da-heads (eat crawfish), dance in a second line and dress up a poboy. I'll teach you about the Mardi Gras Indians, Baby Dolls, The Emperor of the Universe, Backstreet, Back of Town, Garden District, Uptown, Downtown and all around. Greek Revival, Streetcars (not trolleys), Greek Key Hole doorways, shotguns, and "livin by yo mamma and em". Congo Square, cemeteries, angels, Voodoo, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll and a little "Lagniappe". Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffe, Red Beans and Rice and everything nice. Confederacy of Dunces, Streetcar named Desire and One Dead in the Attic. Creoles, Catholics, pirates, prostitution and a Pimms Cup. The Crescent City, Queen of the South, Jewel of the South and the Big Easy.
Here is a quote from Chris Rose, author of One Dead in the Attic, "We dance even if there's no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much and too loud, and live too large, and frankly, we're suspicious of others who don't. "
At the end of my tour I usually end with a joke, so here it is in advance - How many New Orleanians does it take to change a lightbulb? Three. One to change the lightbulb and two to talk about how great the old lightbulb was! To me this joke is the essence of this city.
I routinely do French Quarter, Cemetery, Garden District, Music and City Tour (Step on Tour) and can customize your tour to your interests.
Come on down to New Orleans where dreams come true! I would love to share my city with you.
Here is a link that you may find informative and funny. . enjoy.
http://www. buzzfeed. com/herofarm/23-ways-you-know-youare-from-new-orleans-d73q
A Recent Review of this guide
Nita was such a delight! As we toured some of the more interesting sites of New Orleans, we were entertained by the many stories Nita had to share about her life as a musician in NOLA. She knows quite a lot about the history and culture of music. If you are interested in music, she is the guide for you!
I am a licensed Tour Guide for the City of New Orleans. NOLA requires that all guides be licensed. I have taken the course, passed the test as well as passing a background check, fingerprinting and drug testing. You are safe with me!
I have a BS in Biology from Millsaps College and worked as a Medical Technologist in a Microbiology Lab for 25 years. I became a tour guide in 2009 and attend education seminars provided by various entities in New Orleans.
I thank God every day I live in this magic city and I am very passionate about the City. New Orleans is famous for food, music and architecture but I think you should add the people to this list. The people of New Orleans are the best!
I am not a driver and am not able to assist you with transportation. I can certainly accompany you in your vehicle.