Elope To Pirates Alley or Gate To Jackson Square

Pirate’s Alley New Orleans

Pirates Alley and French Quarter Weddings

 Pirate’s Alley, as many call it,  was originally named Orleans Alley but locals always called it Pirate Alley. Adjacent to Jackson Square on Chartres St. by the St. Louis Cathedral to the right. On the left, is the Cabildo (the Old Spanish Governor’s Mansion), and directly behind the Cabildo was the Spanish Jail. 

The alley is one block long, and extends from Chartres St. at Jackson Square to Royal St. Halfway down the alley, a lamppost marks its intersection by Cabildo Alley , which extends (the width of the Cabildo) to St. Peter St. near the Gumbo Shop. This is likely one of the most famous lampposts of the French Quarter, as it has been photographed and painted many times,  Many weddings are now performed under the several lampposts in the alleys. Several local restaurants are nearby for food service. The Gumbo Shop , and Muriels , and near The Court of Two Sisters are restaurants close to Pirates Alley. The Place D’Armes,and Bourbon Orleans Hotels are close.
  If you want more information on getting married at Pirate’s Alley, or at the Gates to Jackson Square contact Chaplain Jerry Schwehm. There are several small areas by the alley free for small elopements of 15 or less people. Like the gate to the Square on St Peter St. Pictures below. To contact Dr. Schwehm it is best to use e-mail as he may not be near a phone while performing weddings. Most small elopements can take place in the alley or at the gates to the Square for free. Jackson Square itself must be rented from the city.

  We can meet in at the Pirates Alley Cafe in the alley by The Faulkner Book Store and pick a nice spot for the ceremony near Jackson Square. The owners of Pirate’s Alley Cafe will allow use of the tables and chairs if you are a customer and purchase drinks. Travel Map to Pirates Alley Pirates Alley Map http://bit.ly/tlsHUc

Pirates Alley Cafe Simple Elopement: Meet Dr. Schwehm at the Pirates Alley Lamp Post near Cabildo for a simple ceremony. Must bring a Louisiana Marriage License. Appointment made in advance with a deposit for services to be performed.No frills. The Alley is a walkway and cannot be blocked off so the ceremony must be short and small, not large with a lot of people. A basic simple elopement. Contact Chaplain Schwehm at email jerryschwehm@gmail.com for details. See more at www.figstreet.com/weddings 

Read about the first wedding in Pirates Alley and the Ghost that haunts there: Pirates Wedding


Use of the gate on St Peter St by Jackson Square is free for a small elopement. The park must be rented from the City.

Elopement at Gates
Elopement at Gates

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