Friday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m.: Saints and Sinners Walking Tour ($20, 2 hours)


SOLD OUT! The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival is excited to unveil the first and only LGBT literary tour in New Orleans that reveals, in an entertaining way, the culturally rich, vital and often hidden gay history of the Crescent City.

With your expert guide, stroll through the city’s fabled French Quarter and learn about its history from the 18th century to today. Hear about key contributors to the cultural development of the city, including Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, Lyle Saxon, Walt Whitman, John Kennedy Toole, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Tony Jackson, George Dureau, and many others. Visit historically rich sites and explore fascinating topics, such as the tragic Upstairs Lounge fire, the origins of Gay Carnival, and the development of the modern gay rights movement in New Orleans. The two-hour tour also includes general New Orleans history and plenty of fun facts. Finish your walking tour with a visit to Café Lafitte in Exile, considered the oldest gay bar in the United States.

James Geraghty is a consultant specializing in cultural services and heritage tourism. A licensed tour guide, he provides walking tours through Historic New Orleans Tours, a Frommer’s Guide favorite since 1999. Before moving to New Orleans, James spent over a decade in the publishing industry, serving at Viking/Penguin and HarperCollins Publishers. Photo (c) Vanessa Murphree

Date: Friday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m.
Price: $20. SOLD OUT
Location: Tour will meet in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone