12. Jazz was invented there
In the seedy “Storyville days,” between 1897 and about 1910, with all the bordellos and lascivious music clubs reigned in by law but rarely prosecuted, many famous entertainers made their living playing a new style of music called “jass,” often in brothels.
13. There was a time before karaoke on Bourbon?!
Indeed there was, and we have the Cats Meow to thank for bringing what, at the time, was a novel Japanese invention to NOLA in 1989.
14. There is a place on Bourbon known as the “Lavender Line”
It’s at the intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets, and if you cross it, you’ll be entering into some decidedly rainbow-hued territory. Really: this is where most of the city’s most celebrated and historic gay bars are located, with awesome names like -- we’re not making this up -- “Napoleon’s Itch.”