We are in the early 1970’s during an Eastern Equine Encephalitis outbreak. Equine Encephalitis is a potentially deadly virus which can be spread to horses and mules by infected mosquitoes. As a precaution, the New Orleans City Council imposed a local quarantine on individuals and businesses that owned or used horses or mules. Our animals were to be kept in-place at our stable in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood adjacent to the French Quarter.
The timing of this quarantine was during the springtime, a very good time of year for our business. We obeyed this work stoppage and waited. Weeks went by with no change. But waiting could not pay our bills or support our dedicated employees. Many who literally lived check to check! Our World Famous French Quarter Carriage Tours are a staple to New Orleans and our drivers make a good living doing so.
So, after much thought, I consulted our company attorney. He determined that this injunction was not legal and that we were in our rights to go back to work. I took his advice and we returned to work. But on the first day back to work, someone must have called City Hall because I received a phone call from our oldest and most trusted driver, Joseph Coleman, that all the carriage drivers had been impounded and were heading back to the barn with the police in tow! I rushed to the stable and was promptly arrested by the head detective. He could simply have given me a ticket for court, but he wanted to be a big shot and brought us all to jail!
Well, here we were! All in jail locked up with the drunks and dregs of New Orleans! Quite a sight to see. Several elderly black gentlemen all dressed in the historic carriage driver part. Top hat, white starched long-s;eeve shirt, black bow tie and pants. I used my one phone call to notify our attorney that his advice was flawed! Needless to say, that was the last time I used his services!
P.S. I did eventually go to court and the Judge started laughing when he read the charges against us. He immediately dismissed the case when I explained that we were incarcerated because of sick mosquitoes!
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This weekend, we were paid a special visit by The New Orleans Saints' legend - Deuce McAllister!
Stopping in for a carriage ride this Saturday, "The Deuce" himself joined us for a tour of the French Quarter, along with his awesome family.
We had an excellent time taking in the sights of the city, and our carriage driver, Rich Lofton, was even able to get a photo with the group!
You never know who you'll run into in Jackson Square. Being the BIGGEST Saints fans, ourselves, this particular visit was one for the memory books.
Big, sincere thanks to the McAllisters for coming out.
We love meeting each and every person who joins us on our ventures. It's one of our favorite things about the "job." If we haven't met YOU yet, we're missing out! We invite you to join us for a tour!
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If you're around town in the French Quarter on one of these beautiful New Orleans Spring days, keep an eye out for our new mules in training.
We'll be out and about showing these guys the ropes, welcoming them to the family, and learning each part of their quirky personalities. This is one of the most fun, challenging things that we do here at New Orleans Carriages and it truly is a hoot!
During the Louisiana Travel Association’s Annual Meeting held in Lafayette on January 23rd, Lieutenant Governor William Nungesser presented the Crescent City’s oldest local tour company, Royal Carriages, with the prestigious Louey Award for 2018 Louisiana Attraction of the Year.
Says James Lauga Jr, third generation owner, “I’m so proud of our team at Royal Carriages! Each day and night our dedicated drivers and wonderful mules go out and are true New Orleans Ambassadors! We’ve been doing this for over 76 years. I want to thank each and every person who made this award possible. Without you this wouldn’t have been possible. The Louisiana Attraction of the Year, I’m so proud!”
As the state’s of Louisiana’s economy thrives on tourism, agriculture, and industry, Royal Carriages, its animals, and its team members, bring mule-drawn joy to over 150,000 visitors each year. Royal Carriages is thankful to be recognized for being so much more than a tour company or an attraction, but one of the vital parts of our daily culture that make New Orleans and Louisiana an authentic, unique, and exciting place to live and visit.
If you are considering touring New Orleans, roll with the best and choose Royal Carriages for an authentic and award-winning tour of the famous French Quarter, Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1, and more. Royal Carriages specializes in top-rated French Quarter History Tours, Cemetery Tours, Private Carriage Tours and Spooky Nighttime Ghost Tours.