Three Telltale Signs You Are A Tourist in New Orleans


I admit it. Sometimes I like to pretend I'm a tourist when I'm out and about in New Orleans. I bet at some point you have pretended to be a tourist in your own town. No. Just me? Okay, you really should try it. The thing is, I don't want to sound or look like a tourist, and when you're in New Orleans there are a few telltale signs that you're not from around here. If you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb, here are three things you should never do.

Refer to the streetcar as the trolley
Hey, this is not San Francisco — we have streetcars not trolleys. Don't get me wrong, if you ask a resident where you can catch the trolley, they will gladly point you in the right direction. But they will definitely know you are a tourist.

Refer to crawfish as crayfish
Remember it's craw (rhymes with draw) not cray (rhymes with pray). Okay?

Walk around with a ton of Mardi Gras beads draped around your neck
Even during Carnival — just say no. While I'm on the subject, ladies, please do not expose your boobs for beads. Again, this is something only tourists do.


Myra Faye Turner was born with a pen in her hand and has been writing ever since. She writes from the Big Easy, where she's lived since 1983 - a time when Ronald Reagan was president, McDonald's first introduced the McNugget and Sally Ride became the first female astronaut in space. Don't forget to visit her website and follow her antics Twitter. She's excited to have finally published her poetry collection, Poems in Progress.