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Save Our Cemeteries would like to thank all our volunteers that came out Saturday, August 29th to help clean-up Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 for the Katrina 10 Citywide Day Of Service. Great job everyone! We couldn't have done it without you!
Save Our Cemeteries has partnered with the Archdiocese of New Orleans to provide you with a unique tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk. This special tour is EXCLUSIVE ONLY to Save Our Cemeteries, no other tour company has been granted access to the cemetery after normal cemetery hours. This special tour is held on the fourth Saturday of each month.
Every Tuesday in September, Save Our Cemeteries is partnering with local restaurant Mizado Cocina for their “Giveback Day Event”! With each flyer presented or for every table that mentions Save Our Cemeteries on Tuesdays in September (for lunch, dinner or take-out), Mizado will donate 15% of all of sales to SOC. Help support Save Our Cemeteries by enjoying an incredible meal!
Show your love for Save Our Cemeteries by entering our Facebook photo contest! The winner will take home the goodie bag for your tomb sweet tomb. Details on our Blog.
Thanks to Kenny Lopez and our friends at WGNO-TV for their video news report about our efforts on August 16th to close open tombs at the Valence Street Cemetery in uptown New Orleans. Thanks to all our masons, volunteers and donors who support our continuing "Open Tombs" project!
Save The Date! Please join SOC for the 2015 Soirée de la Société Internationale, a Save Our Cemeteries fundraiser in partnership with the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) New Orleans, on Wednesday, September 9th 2015, from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT) at the Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA.


Take a cemetery tour in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 or St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, just outside the French Quarter, or in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans' historic Garden District.

Tour Schedule:

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 - in New Orleans' historic Garden District.
Daily at 10:30 am.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 - just outside the historic French Quarter.
Monday through Saturday at 10:00am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm. Sunday at 10 am.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 - a few blocks from the historic French Quarter.
This tour is only offered on the fourth Sunday of the month, and the second and fourth Monday of each month, at 10:00 am.

Reservations are required, so please book your tickets online. You must book online at least two hours before the tour begins.



As of March 1, 2015, all tourists are required to enter St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 with a licensed tour guide.

• Bike tours and other motorized bike/vehicle tours are prohibited.

• St. Louis Cemetery #1 will be closed Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

• All of our Catholic Cemetery gates are closed on Mardi Gras Day. Gates close early on the Saturday before Mardi Gras due to Endymion.

• The Archdiocese of New Orleans requires that you stay with your tour group at all times.

We ask all visitors to our Catholic Cemeteries to act reverent and refrain from any vandalism, littering, marking on graves, or inappropriate behavior. Please do not touch the fragile, centuries-old, plaster and bricks on tombs.

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Save Our Cemeteries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in New Orleans, LA. Our mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the historic cemeteries of New Orleans through restoration, education, and advocacy.

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