I am a 7th generation Creole storyteller bringing you the stories that were passed on to me – and that I’ve experienced. My goal with every tour is to leave you just as much in love with New Orleans as I am. I am lucky to be a part of cultures and traditions unlike any other: blending African, Indigenous, French, Spanish and more together to create one of the brightest and most flavorful cultures in the world. Let me guide you into the many hearts of New Orleans, her celebrations and tribulations, from Gumbo to Gris-Gris. There are secret stories and living histories dancing through the streets. I’d love to share some of them with you.
~ Denise Augustine
I’ve been a Griot (West African term for storyteller and culture-bearer) guiding walking tours in New Orleans for more than 20 years – sharing the authentic cultures and traditions of New Orleans with visitors that whole time. I’m very active in the local Voodoo community and can often be found out and about as a Black Masking Babydoll. I learned the art of storytelling through years of sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table prepping for dinner in a too small shotgun house in the Tremé. That’s where I found a passion for collecting and sharing the stories of our beautiful city.
To me, taking folks on tours isn’t just work – it’s a calling. There’s nothing I love more than seeing somebody’s eyes light up when they realize just how wonderfully complex and beautiful this city’s histories and cultures are. It gives me life every time.
Testing the testimonial.
It is a long established fact that Denise Augustine is simply the best true storyteller in New Orleans.
These are the tours you will be talking about long after you leave New Orleans, and find yourself longing for the next one when you return.