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Posted: Monday, 21 October 2013 6:13AM

New Orleans to offer a frightening array of Halloween events



Once again, New Orleans is a Halloween hotspot for folks looking for a good fright.

The city is touted by many travel organizations as a top destination for the haunted holiday, but locals can get in the spirit for an entire week or more.

Boo at the Zoo began this past weekend and will offer a safe, fun-filled Halloween event for children up to age 12 again this coming weekend.

There's a whole gumbo of ghostly haunts and spooky events on tap.

"Anywhere you go in the city, there's lots of family friendly and adult-themed Halloween entertainment, too," says Kelly Schulz, with the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 
"There's a Vampire Ball, the Krewe of Boo, there's Halloween Gay New Orleans style, with its weekend-long extravaganza of events...there's a costume contest and we've got the Voodoo Festival."

The Krewe of Boo parade will form at Elysian Fields and Decatur Street at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, rolling at 6:30.

It will turn right onto North Peters Street in an uptown direction on North Peters Street, against traffic against the flood wall. From Dumaine, the parade will continue in an uptown direction with the normal flow of traffic on Decatur to N. Peters, to Canal Street, where the parade will turn right onto Canal Street to Dauphine Street where it will u-turn to the opposite side of Canal Street to Tchoupitoulas Street where it will turn right on Tchoupitoulas Street to St. Joseph Street turn left onto St. Joseph Street to Convention Center Boulevard, and make a right turn against traffic onto Convention Center onto Henderson., and proceed to Mardi Gras World for disband.

NO PARKING ZONES:

On the river bound side of Elysian Fields Avenue between N. Peters and Royal Streets from 12:00pm, until 8:00pm.

On both sides of N. Peters Street between Esplanade Avenue and Conti Street from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.

And, locals being what they are, Schulz expects a lot of spirits to spilled this Thursday, on Halloween night.

"And then, maybe enjoying that Friday off the next day. I think you're going to have a lot of people call in sick that Friday because they're going to be enjoying all that New Orleans has to offer the night before."

But, she says there's much the city offers that locals tend to take for granted.

"New Orleans is known for its voodoo, and its vampires and its haunted culture. So, a great thing to do is just get with one of the local tour companies and take a tour around the city. Some locals don't take advantage of that, but it's a great, fun thing to do."

For a listing of Halloween events in New Orleans, click here...

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