What: A pedestrian walkway between historic buildings, The Saint Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo.

Why it Works: Pirates Alley is a cobblestone pedestrian walkway about one city block long that was once an old street between the Cabildo, or Spanish Government House and the Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. Historically the Old Spanish Jail fronted on the street so prisoners were always lined up there. In modern times artists would set up along the Alley to sell paintings. Today there are several businesses fronting the Alley and some artists still set up on special occasions. There is supposed to be a ghost walking along the alley in the early morning. And now a lot of weddings take place in the Alley as a tradition from the first wedding there in 1815.

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GREAT PUBLIC SPACES: Pirates Alley, (New Orleans, Louisiana) was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by Brian Geraghty
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