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Gates of Dixie Infobox: The Moonwalk

The Moonwalk runs along the French Quarter and the east bank of the Mississippi River.  It is not only a favorite for both locals and tourists for an evening stroll, but it provides access to shops and restaurants, as well.  From the Moonwalk, you can also enjoy a visit to the Aquarium of the Americas or the riverboats on the Riverwalk. 

The Moonwalk was named for former New Orleans Mayor ‘Moon’ Landrieu (father of U.S. Senator, Mary Landrieu).
Photo taken September, 2000

The Moonwalk at night across from Jackson Square. Photo taken June 2, 2010.

The French Market streetcar station near Decatur Street and Esplanade Ave.

The red Riverfront streetcar line runs parallel to the Mississippi River and looks just like the more
famous and older green streetcars that run along St. Charles Ave.
Photo taken September, 2000.

This photo almost cost Gil his life! Gil was concentrating on the camera and snapping the photo, little realizing
that the Riverfront streetcar was speeding along at nearly 30 miles per hour!  After snapping the photo, 
he looked up and suddenly saw the streetcar pass less than six feet away.
Sometimes the perfect shot can be a very dangerous experience!

The Natchez riverboat in September, 2000; it is one of the only real
riverboats left plying the waters of the Mississippi River.
The Natchez in June, 2010--docked at a pier along the Moonwalk.

While awaiting passenger boarding, the calliope organ is played to attract more customers.
As can be seen, the Natchez in 2000 was docked alongside the walk.
In 2010, it is berthed at a pier.

This is Rebecca Waxman in September, 2000, co-owner of Coconut Palm Art and Crafts. 
Rebecca made baskets while you waited and could be found in Woldenberg 
Riverfront Park near the Natchez riverboat berth. Rain or shine, Rebecca was on the job
12 noon to sunset; prices ranged from $2 to $25. 
At the time of the photos, Rebecca’s partner was Scott Holnberg.

The layout of the seating in the Riverfront streetcar.

The Riverfront streetcar at the Julia Street station--the end of the line.
The Riverfront line is a very short ride. Photo taken June, 2010.

The bow of the Natchez while berthed.

Aclose-up photo of the Natchez bridge as taken from the dock.
You can see one of the bridge officers inside.