New Orleans November 08, 2016
by Kezia Kamenetz 8 Surefire Ways To Always Spot A Tourist In New Orleans
When you live in New Orleans, tourists are a part of life. Once you live here for a while–they are easy to spot. Here are 8 sure-fire ways to spot a tourist in New Orleans.
1) Asking before they order meals, is it going to be really spicy?
If you have to ask, then you should probably order something else.
2) Never getting full at a Crawfish Boil.
It takes time to get to the point where you can successfully peel crawfish fast enough to feel full from eating them.
3) Asking, where do the locals go?
If you ask that, do you think we’re going to tell you?
4) Wearing Mardi Gras beads any time other than the week before Mardi Gras.
And really, if you are not within 50 feet of a parade, and you are wearing Mardi Gras beads, you are probably a tourist.
5) Riding the riverfront streetcar.
It’s just for tourists.
6) Walking around in groups of 4 or more, wearing matching outfits.
Whether it’s the overt bachelorette parties that actually have matching shirts or the groups of hipsters or punks or motorcycle riders that wander up and down St. Claude, when you travel in matching packs, you’re tourists.
7) Asking, how are things going since Katrina?
If you were from here, you’d know better than to ask something like that.
8) Calling New Orleans, New Orleens.
This will get you called out really quick.
How do you know when tourists are around? What are your tells? Let us know in the comments below—we love to hear your feedback!
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