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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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Temporarily Closing Operations: A message on 3/19/2020

March 19, 2020 - It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to temporarily close the operation of tours beginning March 19th, 2020, and will reopen July 3th, 2020. This is in keeping with the declar...read more

My partner and I enjoyed a wonderful Royal Carriage hour-long tour of French Quarter and St. Louis Cemetery with Mark and Cayenne. As a historian myself, I was happy to see Mark reaching out to the tourists with subjects like real estate and housing and teaching a lot of New Orleans history, including of its many ethnic communities and its slave history, full of enthusiasm and obvious love for his native city. He's what most of my historian colleagues wish to be, someone who can reach audiences and share his knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject. Bravo, Mark and Cayenne! Perfect birthday treat for my other half.

TripAdvisor Member: Mark, Arizona, USA

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