Bourbon Street at Night: Absinthe liquer is famously known for it's psychoactive and potentially, deadly properties. Until 2007, it was illegal in U.S. Absinthe was also very popular in bohemian circles in 19th and early 20th century Paris - Hemingway, Rimbaud, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde, to name a few, were all Absinthe drinkers. A modified, safer form of the overproof, Absinthe liquer can now be found in many cocktail lounges, particularly on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.
The aura of sex is in the air, just about everywhere on Bourbon Street.
Some devilish looking characters prowl Bourbon St, along with a few righteous souls looking to save the wicked.
Hustlers hawk all types of entertainment... and some simply need to rest for awhile.
Back at the festival mainstage at Jackson Square: Charmaine Neville of the famed New Orleans music family, which includes the Neville Brothers, delivers a rousing performance to a full house.
That's the end of a memorable trip to one of the truly unique cities of the world. Great music, remarkable food, interesting and edgy art, and a truly festive and friendly atmosphere unmatched in my experience. We're already making plans for next year's festival. Can't wait!