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This newer tour company adds a dollop of sass to their tours, but they’re nonetheless informative and entertaining. In the Bordellos and Ladies of the Night tour, perky guide Christine, adorned in a rainbow tutu, knows her stuff and weaves plenty of standard history through this soft-focus lens, bringing it new interest. Each tour stop has some relation to the oldest profession, from the Ursuline Convent to Storyville. It’s a bit bawdy but not at all frivolous (even with the soundtrack of hooker-related tunes played between stops—think “Roxanne” and “House of the Rising Sun”). Our group had men and women of all ages and a mature teen with her parents, and all were equally engaged. The guide went well off-script answering questions, which personalized the tour even if causing it to run a bit over the 2 hours.