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A New Orleans Tradition: Perfecting French Quarter Tours for Three Generations

Royal Carriages was started in 1941 by my grandparents, Clem and Violet Lauga, with one horse and carriage. My parents, Jim and Carolynn Lauga, continued this family run New Orleans tradition for over 35 years. Through these many years, our company has grown steadily into a full-service carriage company employing 45 people and stabling a like number of young draft mules.

Through all these years of ownership, the company has remained in our family -- one that has a legacy of over 75 years experience in the New Orleans tourism industry. The fact that Royal Carriages is a family-run business is one reason why we are the oldest sightseeing carriage company in America.

I would also like you to know that all our mules receive at least 3-6 months of vacation per year on one of our two lovely farms, one in Covington, Louisiana and the other in Poplarville, Mississippi countryside. We usually stable about 34 mules here in the city and the balance are kept on pasture.

Royal Carriages prides itself on providing our guests with that personal touch. I would like to extend a warm welcome to you on your visit to New Orleans. We invite you to visit us on your next visit to the French Quarter, and hope your stay in NOLA is a memorable one!

James C. Lauga, Jr
Third Generation Business Operator
General Manager

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The Story of Royal Carriages: A Family Tradition

April 22, 2017 - In the early 1940's, Clem and Violet Lauga purchased one horse and a cart from Aunt Sally's Pralines to sell produce in the French Quarter in New Orlea...read more

I loved it because we were in the action of the French Quarter but we were able to hear and get a great perspective from our seats in the carriage. It helped that our driver was personable and full of interesting stories.

Lynn, Wisconsin, USA

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