If you smell something that reminds you of horse droppings when you’re ambling through the French Quarter, guess what... it’s the real deal. Aside from the mule-drawn carriages that roam the streets of the Vieux Carre, you’ll also often find officers of the NOPD -- both of the human and equine variety. Mounted cops are important in NOLA because of visibility and crowd control (especially during Carnival), and perhaps the most famous four-legged member of the local police force is B.B., a sixteen hand-tall Percheron/quarter horse cross. She’s a big star, and she loves her fans, as evidenced on her popular Facebook page. Just don’t try to call her. "I don't have a phone," her page reads. "I'm a horse." Good to know.
5. The Birds of Uptown Car Wash
For the past decade or so, in addition to providing you with full tires, new wipers, and a gleaming ride, Uptown Car Wash has housed a veritable menagerie. The current roster includes fish and a chameleon, although once upon a time, there were even bearded dragons (they passed, sadly). But it’s the joint’s avian collection that really stands out: there’s a sun conure named Petey, a cockatoo called Maxie, and, most importantly, Zoe the African Grey parrot, all of which are rescue animals. In Zoe’s case, her adoption by car wash GM Scott Gibert helped prevent her previous owners from getting divorced. People bring their kids by the car wash just to visit with these feathered friends. And hey, does Zoe talk? Oh yeah, she does. Hang around long enough and you’ll hear "Good morning!" "Pretty bird," and, this being New Orleans, "Who dat!"