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Spirits' Soiree

This time of year, the ghost tours in the Quarter are not just for tourists. Today, the Friends of the Cabildo announced details for their popular Ghostly Tours and their 5th Annual Hostly Gallivant fundraiser.


“The Ghostly Gallivant Gala and ghost tours are one of the Friends of the Cabildo’s most important fundraising initiatives for the State Museum each year,” says Ruth Burke, chairperson of the Friends of the Cabildo board of directors. “Attendees tell us consistently the party is not only great fun but one off the best values to be able to attend a major fundraising event at a historic location in the French Quarter.”


The Gallivant is the yearly benefit for the Louisiana State Museum. This year, the party will be held on Friday, October 23rd, from 7:30p.m. to 11p.m. Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces will provide entertainment. Food will come courtesy of local restaurants like Antoine’s and Tableau.


The Ghostly Tours will take place on the next two days (October 24th and 25th). The haunted walks depart every half hour from 523 St. Ann Street on Jackson Square. Each group will visit seven scary courtyards and encounter “historical spirits” such as Baroness Michaela Pontalba and Jean Lafitte.


“The Friends of the Cabildo’s tours are led by some of the most knowledgeable and well-trained guides in the city,” Friends of the Cabildo Executive Director Jason Strada said. “Visitors are getting to experience New Orleans from an insider and informed perspective at the same time they’re helping support and preserve our city’s and state’s history.”


Tickets for the gala are $45 for existing FOC members and junior attendees (under 35), or $55 for non-members. Tickets for the tours are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Children are free.

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