Mission

Providing Exceptional Experiences in New Orleans

Helping people enjoy a truly authentic New Orleans experience by showing them the best sites, streets, bars, and activities the city has to offer.

Team

Meet our Leadership Team

Quay Frazier - Founder & Managing Partner

Quay Frazier is a cultural historian and jazz aficionado focused on preserving the unique musical heritage of New Orleans. A practicing Jazz saxophonist, Quay has toured extensively with Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet, Troy Sawyer and the Elements, and Smokin’ on Some Brass, a New Orleans brass band he founded in 2017. Locally, he enjoys performing annually at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Fest, and Satchmo SummerFest. Receiving his Bachelor of Arts in History and Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans, Quay specializes in New Orleans culture with an emphasis on haunted histories of the Gulf South, the rich legacy of Louisiana Creoles, and oral histories of the French Quarter and historic Faubourg Marigny. Formerly a teacher with the New Orleans Jazz Institute and Greater New Orleans Community Works, his primary focus continues to be integration of the arts and culture. Quay’s extensive research completed during graduate school at Tulane University highlights the importance of local narratives in both the documentation and presentation of culture. Using this as his guiding premise, Quay founded Big Easy Walking Tours in 2016, developing numerous city-wide and neighborhood walking tours that strengthen the city’s long-term goal of cultural preservation.

Meredith Feike, Ph.D. - Creative Director & Historian

Dr. Meredith Feike is an anthropologist and historian specializing in cultural resource preservation and management, community capacity building, and the History of the Gulf South. Born and raised in New Orleans, Meredith holds a dual Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and Geography with a focus on disaster risk reduction in global humanitarian settings. An alumna of the Louise S. McGehee School, Meredith received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Tulane University’s Newcomb College. She is founder of Little Cultural Explorers, an afterschool enrichment program designed to create cultural awareness in New Orleans schools. Internationally, Meredith has served as Research Faculty and Gender Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Program and USAID’s Program to Enhance Resilience in Somalia. Formerly a researcher for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coastal Community Resilience Project, she conducted extensive fieldwork in the New Orleans Vietnamese community post-Hurricane Katrina. In addition to serving as President of the Tulane University Women’s Association, Meredith is a member of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, American Anthropological Association, Southern Anthropological Society, and the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Story

Authenticity Meets Tourism

Enjoy a rare combination of the authenticity of a local who loves their city, and a tour that highlights the top attractions and dynamic culture of New Orleans, providing an unmistakably unique experience for domestic and international travelers.

Why choose us?

Creating a unique and enjoyable experience for our visitors is our number one priority.  The city of New Orleans offers a plethora of rich culture, music, and more to enjoy.  We intend to show you all the best spots, sharing local knowledge at every turn.

Quality

We have been designing and refining these tours for over a decade to ensure that every tour provides visitors with a high quality and unique experience. From the sights we see and the routes we take, to the evolving history and COVID-19 precautions, the quality of your experience is our top priority.

Culture

New Orleans is a special place unlike any other. The city is a melting pot of culture, as well as the birthplace of Jazz and many historically significant movements and events. We spotlight our diverse culture on the tours, allowing guests to gain a real understanding of what it’s like to call this place home.

Authenticity

As New Orleans locals, we're proud to show you our city. See the Big Easy from a local’s point of view and gain a true insider’s perspective of what makes the city tick. Get the inside scoop, enjoying a unique history you won't find anywhere else.

Location

New Orleans The Big Easy

New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the "Big Easy," it's known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties.

Experience New Orleans.

Local Narratives and Unscripted Culture