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The Mule-Drawn Carriage Difference: An Experience, Not Just a Tour

Meet Our Mules!

Each of our mules are cherished, loved, and respected for what they are capable of and what they do for us. Those who work with animals can understand how impressed we are day to day with the intellegence of our four-legged partners.

Bojo xx

Bojo

Bojo is a 12 year old thoroughbred mule we received through Craig Farms 9 years ago. BoJo was a lot to handle in his younger years, but he's really mellowed out. Nonetheless, he still requires lots of love and attention. If ignored, he will defintely remind you any way he can that he's right there. In 2015, Bojo was featured on a Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen Commercial because he's "Lou-zianna fast!!"

Pretty Boy xx

Pretty Boy

This 11 year old Clydesdale mule is named Pretty Boy, because that's just what he is. When we saw him, he was just 6 years old, and our jaws just dropped. We knew Pretty Boy was capable of being more than just handsome. He's grown into one of the largest and strongest of our mules, and he pulls our stretch carriages like it's nothing.

Sugar xx

Sugar

This mule was destined for New Orleans. Working as plow mule on a farm in Lagrange, Texas, Sugar wasn't getting the constant exercise she needed. Her owner, Gene Coragan, doubled as a locomotive engineer in Durango, and didn't have much need for such a young and hard-working mule. Eleven years ago, Mr. Coragan mailed a letter to Royal Carriages saying how he's always dreamed of owning an authentic French Quarter mule. Included in the letter was a photo of a fat white mule named Sugar who was just 6 years old. Over the next few months, we corresponded back and forth with Mr. Coragan, and arranged to meet in Louisiana to trade mules. We gave him a 27 year old retired mule named Sammy Davis who was one of the most famous French Quarter mules. Sammy was the perfect fit for his needs. Together Mr. Coragan and Sammy would plow a small patch of corn, and with his original grit mill, he'd make homeade grits. Mr. Coragan travels to New Orleans to share his grits with us, and to visit Sugar. He's proud to know that Sugar is a famous French Quarter mule.

Peaches xx

Peaches

Formerly working as an Amish plow mule, Peaches arrived in New Orleans 5 years ago. This 13 year old mule traveled all the way from Pennsylvania. She's got such a soft trot, and is so agile and gentle with how she moves. She's a realy beauty in action, but not really interested in as much attention and affection like others. She's focused on her job. We can all take a lesson from Peaches.

Footloose xx

Footloose

Footloose was part of a team that was responsible for mounting, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cutting, bailing, and delivering hay for 300 acres on a farm in Danville, Ohio. That's a lot of work compared to what he does now. He's 8 years old, and has been on the streets of the French Quarter for three years. Pulling carriages for a few hours a day, with at least 2 days off a week, and 3-6 months of vacation time, this mule thinks he's climbed up the corporate ladder and is living the life of luxury!

Cayenne xx

Cayenne

Cayenne was quite a challenging mule to work with when she first came to New Orleans. Some old-timers say that working with Molly mules is always that way. Through her years, this lovely red mule has grown into a fearless Ferarri. Working with her is such a pleasure now, it just took a few years of dedication and patience.

Chicory xx

Chicory

Chicory arrived in New Orleans in 2017 to start her career at Royal Carriages. This completely black Molly mule couldn't love her driver, Fiona, any more than she currently does. Together, they gave Prince Charles-Philippe D'Orléans Duc D'anjou of France, and his wife and family, a carriage ride in a royal procession throughout the French Quarter. She is always dressed in her royal red harness, so head over to Jackson Square to take a picture with the most photographed mule in the whole French Quarter!

Snoball xx

Snoball

Named after the cool and refreshing shaved ice treat that we love so much in New Orleans, we've ALWAYS held a special place in our hearts for the name Snoball. This lovely white Molly Mule has some of the longest ears in the company!

Marie Laveau xx

Marie Laveau

Named after the famous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau is quite the Molly mule! She can frequently be seen during the daytime walking to and from Saint Louis Cemetery #1, where visitor's get to see where the REAL Marie Laveau was laid to rest many years ago.

Sandy xx

Sandy

There are some mules that resemble horses more so than donkeys, but Sandy really favors her donkey father.

Slim xx

Slim

Named after his slender muscle build, Slim is a youngster working his first full-time job.

Lafitte xx

Lafitte

The handsome John mule is named after Jean Lafitte, the pirate who assisted Andrew Jackson in defeating the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. He and his brother, Jockamo, work together at Royal Carriages in New Orleans. As you can see, he has plenty of room to relax in his big box stall. You can visit him, and other mules, on our MuleTown Carriage Tour!

Blue xx

Blue

One of the most loyal and trustworthy mules in the barn is Blue. When we originally purchased him as a young John mule, he was completely dark gray, and over time his gray coat turned a beautiful white. Alongside our Stable Manager and Lead Trainer, Blue assists in training new mules in becoming comfortable working in their new city environment. He's a very vocal mule and likes to bray (that's like the mule's version of "neigh") when encountering another other carriage mules in the Quarter.

Crawdad xx

Crawdad

This is one silly mule. Years ago, Crawdad would nearly put both hooves in the water trough at Jackson Square. He must have worked as a pack mule before coming to New Orleans because he would try to follow his driver everywhere. Crawdad loves attention as well as any treats you give him!

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Frank was a great guide and his mule Patsy was awesome! He did a great job on the ghost tour, he mixed in a lot of history and told us about the legends but it didn't feel cheesy at all. Loved it. He also gave us the choice of a bar stop or no (our group chose no so we could hear more stories). Would highly recommend!

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