Julia Street and Poydras the Parrot

Ongoing Questions and Answers about life in New Orleans and all trivial matters.

Now in her third decade of mastering local historical tidbits Trivia Queen Julia Street, and Poydras the Parrot, her advisor, accountant and literary agent, are working the web these days. Check out the latest from Julia as she continues to answer questions from her fans.

You can join the discussion by sending a question to Julia julia@myneworleans.com. (Please include your name and town, just because Poydras likes to know.) And remember, as Poydras always says, the two best things in life are knowledge and hot tamales.

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A Mysterious Building In The Lake

WHERE’S JULIA? HERE To maintain proper social distancing, Julia and Poydras are working these days from the company website. Nevertheless, they are both eager to receive your questions. Contact them at Julia@myneworleans.com. Include your name and town. For the subject…

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Dear Julia, My grandmother grew up in the River Parishes and often mentioned riding the old rural ferry boats. She enjoyed the actual ride between Luling and Destrehan, but the wooden boarding ramps were scary to a little country girl…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Hi Julia, A couple of years ago, I was at an estate sale on the north shore and bought a framed poster from the World’s Fair in 1984. The poster features a man working on the Mississippi River and he…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia and Poydras, The COVID-19 pandemic brings to mind the Spanish Flu, which my grandparents lived through, although some of our extended family did not. I even heard that the Southern Yacht Club was a hospital. Is that true?…

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Dear Julia, Some of our beloved oaks in City Park stand in a row all leaning in one direction. My question is this:  did a strong, possibly hurricane force, wind sometime in their long history cause them to grow that…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, I have a question about the transport of German prisoners of war through the Port of New Orleans during World War II. When I was a young boy of nine, I traveled, during the war, by train with…

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Dear Julia, I was recently at an estate sale in Kenner and found a bin of collectible spoons from around the world. I found one that depicts a New Orleans streetcar and says “Last Streetcar New Orleans.” Any idea what…

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Dear Julia, I was parking my car in the lot of 2645 Toulouse Street, in front of the SBP building and adjacent to the Broad Theatre. It’s a spot I park in frequently. Today’s rain revealed a white placard in…

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Dear Julia, Is it true that the first plane to fly across the Atlantic visited New Orleans? I have heard this was the case but the person who told me about it did not seem to know the details.  Can…

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  Dear Julia, I recently saw a vintage picture of an electric bus operating on Magazine Street. I think the picture was from the 50s but I would like to know more about these strange bus-streetcar hybrids and when they…

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JULIA, THE INSIDE STORY

Julia Street is the self-proclaimed Queen of New Orleans trivia. For security reason little has been revealed about her private life including her current residence. She is believed, however, to live in the Marigny neighborhood where she is frequently seen walking her Catahoula hounds, named Rampart and Dumaine. (Significantly, the Catahoula is the state dog of Louisiana.) It is known that Ms. Street is an avid Saints fan and is still getting therapy because of the referee’s “no-call” in the 2019 playoff game against the Rams. Although she is not an attorney by education she was once offered an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court because of her voluminous knowledge. She refused the offer because of her aversion to black robes. Culinarily, she has created her own recipes for a Spam gumbo. Although Ms. Street has no known vices, she reportedly has a special fondness for green M&Ms.


AND POYDRAS TOO

Thrice named “Parrot of the Year” by the International Talking Bird Society (ITBS), Poydras is Ms. Street’s advisor, accountant and literary agent. He also describes himself as “the living drone” because of his ability to hover over an area and report observations, frequently as research for Ms. Street. Poydras’ family is from the French island of Martinique. He arrived in New Orleans as a chick after stowing away in a banana boat. He is currently living in a B&B on Frenchmen Street while his nearby condo is being remodeled. He frequently reminds his fans that “the two best things in life are knowledge and hot tamales.”

 

Julia and Poydras contributed a Question and Answer column to New Orleans Magazine for three decades. They are presently located on this website to maintain social distancing.