A Perfect Day in New Orleans: Big Freedia’s Itinerary

Bouncing around the Big Easy

As New Orleans’ ambassador of Bounce, Big Freedia is often on tour and on the road. But when he's not booty-popping in Boston or shaking up San Diego, he’s happily at home in the Crescent City. Here the Queen Diva points visitors in the direction of some of his favorite spots.

8:30 am: A sweet start

“I know this is very commercial, but, baby, everyone has to have a beignet from Café Du Monde. It’s tradition in New Orleans.” 

9 am: The serene scene

“I love City Park in the morning when it’s still empty and quiet. After a long tour or some hectic publicity run, I’ll come home and go there and just walk and think.”

10:30 am: Walk this way

“The New Orleans African American Museum offers a walking tour of Tremé, which I recommend to everyone.”

Armstrong Park in New Orleans, Louisiana. (©Shawn Fink)

1 pm: Local flavor

“Have lunch at Neyow’s Creole Café. It’s a very locals-only restaurant and has the best fried oysters and fried chicken. A great place to get authentic Louisiana cuisine.”

2 pm: Go wild

“Or take a swamp tour through the bayous. You can see turtles, alligators and other cool wildlife. Or take the ferry across the Mississippi to Algiers. It’s very inexpensive and you see New Orleans in a whole new way.”

Cajun Encounters Swamp tour in New Orleans, Louisiana (©Cajun Encounters)

5 pm: Leisure suitable

“Everyone knows the French Quarter for partying, but there’s nothing more fabulous than a stroll on a beautiful afternoon, looking at all of the art and sidewalk sellers.”

8 pm: Catch this

Deanie’s has the best seafood and is an absolute must for dinner. Two words: Seafood platter.”

11 pm: Shake it up

Republic is a club in the Warehouse District where I have a regular Bounce night. If you want to come out and shake and wiggle, this is the place to go. Young, old, black, white—everyone is welcome. Just be ready to shake!” 

Big Freedia at the Republic nightclub in New Orleans, Louisiana. (©Cheryl Gerber) 

Douglas Brantley
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Doug serves as the New Orleans editor for Where. He has lived ...