Todd's Backstreet Bayou Ode to St. Jean

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My mother and father were married at Cabrini Church (ain't der no more), along Bayou St. John. My great grandfather, Louis H. Pilié and his wife, Amelie Andrieu Pilié held the wedding reception at there house on Bancroft Drive. This neighborhood is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the my humble opinion. Here are a few of my favorite spots.

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    Pitot House

    The Pitot House, named for James Pitot, the second mayor of New Orleans. Built in 1799 at 1370 Moss Street, the Pitot House was later moved a short distance up the bayou to 1440 Moss in 1970. The Tivoli amusement park once stood where the Pitot House is now. It featured a pavillion, orange trees, a

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    Parkway Bakery & Tavern

    Pass the napkins – you'll need a lot at this busy, old-timey Mid-City king of the po' boys where classic" roast beef sandwiches "dripping in debris" ("gravy" to the "tourists") or "loaded" with "crispy shrimp" come at a "bargain price"; a "congenial" staff tends the "neighborly" bar that lo

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    St. Louis Cemetery No. 3

    Most of my mother's side of the family is buried here, including Joseph Pilié, father-in-law of Jacques Telesphore Roman and architect/builder of Oak Alley Plantation. His legacy and is work is sprinkled all over this beautiful city. His nephew Louis H. Pilie, re-designer of present day Jackson Squ

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    City Park

    Be sure to stroll or bike along the lagoon that borders the south end of the park and City Park Ave. There is a little island, accessible via a small stone bridge, directly across the lagoon/bayou from the Peristyle. http://en.wikipedia.

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