Saturday, February 10, 2007

New Orleans at the Time of the First Comus Parade

From New Orleans Magazine:

One hundred fifty years ago the Mistick Krewe stages its first parade. Would the marchers recognize the sites along the route today?

The New Orleans that Comus first saw is little changed in some ways. The street network in the French Quarter and business district is much as it was in 1857, and Canal Street remains the “neutral ground.” When Comus first rolled, he didn’t go outside of the American sector where St. Charles, Camp and Magazine were – and are – principal streets. Even some of the buildings would be recognizable to the first Comus.

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