Concierge John Fitzpatrick on New Orleans

The concierge of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel came to New Orleans to help rebuild the city after Katrina, fell in love with the place and never left. He shares his tips on the New Orleanian food and music, and explains why everyone should expect a Spanish Inquisition at the next Mardi Gras

I’m one of many people who came down here to help after hurricane Katrina in 2005. Originally I was only coming for a couple of weeks, but that turned into the rest of my life.

When I first saw New Orleans, about eight months after Katrina, a lot of areas were unpassable and roads jammed with debris. You had to look in the newspaper to figure out which stores and restaurants were open each day. But what impressed me was the people – though they were facing a terrible situation, they were so resistant and stronger than you’d think possible.

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