Few have ever seen the French Quarter except through a thick and ever-present veil of tourists. Now they've all gone home, who remains? We caught these street snaps during the week of March 29 - April 4, 2020, on the third week of the COVID shut-downs,
- by Ellis Anderson
Note: These photos were all taken before the CDC began recommending masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
Sunday, March 29
Christine Miller, of Two Chicks Walking Tours, is giving her dog Annie a morning tour on Chartres Street.
Morning meditation on the Moonwalk with storm clouds over the Mississippi. Unfortunately, our drought wasn't broken.
Bill and Susan toasting balcony friends during a Sunday afternoon Happy Hour. Susan is the owner of Suzi Q's Knife Sharpening Services.
Kat Walker, longtime Jackson Square artist and her son Elliot practicing distancing during an exercise walk.
Trinity has worked in the Jackson Square park for several years. This afternoon, we caught him closing the gates for the day.
Monday, March 30
Galen Crowfut said he'd moved to New Orleans a few weeks before the shutdown and gotten a job working at a youth hostel. Unfortunately, March 30th was his last day, so he hit the streets to play a few tunes on Jackson Square for the few local passersby.
Voodoo Queen Kalindah Laveaux, on her way into the Quarter from the river. We thanked her for pausing for a pic, but later regretted not asking her predictions of the future. Sort of.
Tuesday, March 31
Johnny, delivery man extraordinare for Matassa's Grocery.
Louis Matassa, third generation proprietor of the venerable neighborhood grocery.
Wednesday, April 1
Jonny "O," a captain at Arnaud's Restaurant, hasn't worn a tux in several weeks.
Longtime Quarterite and Chartres Street resident, Zach Tamburrino.
Thursday, April 2
Friday, April 3
Saturday, April 4
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