Sometimes you are directed to tour a place that you initially question. A tourist in New Orleans would not come across this place by chance, it is so unassuming. But we are glad we did! The owner Sylvester treated us to his museum/house, chock full of artifacts, photographs, and history. We learned a tremendous amount about the Mardi Gras Indian traditions, Second Line, and Funeral parades in New Orleans.
It should be pointed out that you'll be asked to pony up $8/person when you arrive, and if you're thinking that is too much, trust me it is worth the money. It goes to a good place, as you'll see.
Upon returning home, my wife and I started watching the HBO series Treme. There are many many references to the traditions we learned about from Sylvester at the Back Street Cultural Museum, and I feel like an insider now!
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