Make Your Own New Orleans Cemetery Tour

Custom Tours of New Orleans: A Blog Series

Whether this is your first, tenth or thousandth time you’ve explored New Orleans, one thing is for sure: there’s something mysterious about walking those streets.

You’ve probably taken tours in New Orleans before. And you’ve probably found them to be, if only a little, lacking. The one thing that many of the most popular New Orleans tours are missing is true history. We’re not going to name names, but we will divulge this: you don’t have to go far in New Orleans to find history. You don’t have to go far to find landmarks, buildings and streets that are riddled with stories to share.

With that, we here at Livery Tours bring you our newest series of blogs: Custom Tours of New Orleans.

These posts will feature different places, interesting facts and hand-picked histories that will give you a chance to make your own Tour of New Orleans. Whether you take a tour with us or create your own, we want you to have the tools to experience New Orleans your way.

A Musical Cemetery Tour: The Cemeteries of New Orleans

We tour New Orleans to explore stories. And there is no greater story than those told by New Orleans musicians. Many have found their final resting place in select cemeteries between New Orleans and Metairie, and here is your chance to create your own tour and explore the histories of New Orleans music that have long been forgotten. Visit the graves of those who have shaped New Orleans Jazz, Gospel, Rock, Swing and the movement of music as we know it.

Not sure where to begin? Here’s how:

6 Steps to Making Your Own New Orleans Cemetery Tour

  1. Visit the Cemetery in the Morning—It’s not recommended to tour New Orleans cemeteries at night. Most Metairie and New Orleans cemeteries open between 8:00am and 9:00am.
  2. Embrace the Heat—The balmy air, hot sun, and light fog from humidity create an eerie scene with sleeping spirits. But please be sure to have water and sunscreen.
  3. Bring Your Music—Download the songs of the musicians you’ll be visiting, or watch the videos below.
  4. Read Up on Your History—Read the biographies of these past musicians: their life, their reign and their deaths.
  5. Bring a Tribute—Leave them a token of appreciation. Show them your respects.
  6. Visit the “Local Haunts” at NightCheck out local jazz concerts to celebrate the past, present and all the beautiful emotions that create New Orleans music.
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Always remembered in music: Thank you to all the great musicians who find rest in New Orleans.

3 Cemeteries Where You’ll Find Famous New Orleans Musicians

Metairie Cemetery

Metairie Cemetery

Who You Will Find There:


Louis Prima

Al Hirt

Providence Memorial Park

Providence Memorial Park

Who You Will Find There:


James Booker

Snooks Eaglin

Mahalia Jackson

Mount Olivet Cemetery and Mausoleum

Mt Olivet Cemetery

Who You Will Find There:


Professor Longhair

Shirley and Lee

Tour New Orleans: Walking Tours, Haunted Tours, Custom Tours and More

Livery Tours provides New Orleans Tours that are based on the histories of our city. We dig deep into the secrets and the rumors and give you all the facts, fictions and pure fantasies. Every building and monument in the Big Easy has at least two stories to tell. And we want to share them all with you.

From our walking tours to our swamp tours to our haunted tours of New Orleans, our goal is to share the stories that make this place one of the most memorable cities in the US.

Contact Us, Book a Tour, and Come Experience New Orleans!

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