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A New Orleans Tradition: Perfecting French Quarter Tours for Three Generations

Royal Carriages was started in 1941 by my grandparents, Clem and Violet Lauga, with one horse and carriage. My parents, Jim and Carolynn Lauga, continued this family run New Orleans tradition for over 35 years. Through these many years, our company has grown steadily into a full-service carriage company employing 45 people and stabling a like number of young draft mules.

Through all these years of ownership, the company has remained in our family -- one that has a legacy of over 75 years experience in the New Orleans tourism industry. The fact that Royal Carriages is a family-run business is one reason why we are the oldest sightseeing carriage company in America.

I would also like you to know that all our mules receive at least 3-6 months of vacation per year on one of our two lovely farms, one in Covington, Louisiana and the other in Poplarville, Mississippi countryside. We usually stable about 34 mules here in the city and the balance are kept on pasture.

Royal Carriages prides itself on providing our guests with that personal touch. I would like to extend a warm welcome to you on your visit to New Orleans. We invite you to visit us on your next visit to the French Quarter, and hope your stay in NOLA is a memorable one!

James C. Lauga, Jr
Third Generation Business Operator
General Manager

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5 Reasons Why A Carriage Tour is the Best Way to Discover New Orleans

July 08, 2017 - New Orleans is a city unlike any other. We are lovingly referred to as "The Northernmost Part of the Carribean" due to our sub-tropical vibes, and sometimes people even compare New Orl...read more

We loved this. Our driver, Thiebaud, regaled us with historic tales of Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Andrew Jackson, Tennessee Williams, Lee Harvey Oswald, and, of course, Richard Simmons. Why is it that the locals always bring up Richard Simmons? We also heard about the Great Fire, the Second Great Fire, the Big Hurricane, the Next Big Hurricane, and the flood. Seems that God has done his best to take down this city, but the locals aren't having any of that. Such a relaxing/educating/romantic way to see the French Quarter.

Chznone - TripAdvisor December 2016

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