Gumbo Marie
New Orleans
Culture Queen™

Promoting and preserving Louisiana's cultural heritage

Creole/Cajun history, Events, Baby Dolls, Amazons, Recipes, Genealogy

Creole Culture Shop

Our Unheard Voices of Louisiana t-shirt as seen on Queen Sugar!

We pay homage to marginalized groups who settled Louisiana in the early 1700s on this special shirt. Order yours today! 

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Living the Black Storyville Baby Doll Life is written by Dianne Honore aka Gumbo Marie. She discusses her life as a practicing baby doll and carrying on a 105 year old tradition. Layout and full color photographs by leading New Orleans photographers Ryan Hodgson Rigsbee and Creole Papparzzi Cedric Ellsworth of NOLA Vieux Photography.

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Private lectures, panel discussions and more!

Talkin up Louisiana history!

Dianne "Gumbo Marie" Honore' interviewing author Kim Vaz-Deville and Jewish Historian Julie Schwartz on  the tv show Future Focus.

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About us

We are well-studied, dedicated cultural gate-keepers who want you to learn about and enjoy Louisiana's rich history! "New Orleans people talking up New Orleans culture to help you enjoy your Louisiana travels!"


Contributors include local authors, musicians, masking baby dolls, Louisiana historians, local activists and more! 


Pictured is Dr. Ronald Schumann, Ph.D Cultural Geography, co-founder of Unheard Voices of Louisiana™

Bienvenue en Louisiane!

 I love being able to share Louisiana's heritage!  Growing up in an authentic Creole restaurant prepared me for doing the things I love to do today like giving cooking demonstrations and classes at the French Market and New Orleans School of Cooking! You can find some of my favorite recipes here. Some have been evolving in my family for well over 150 years! .....Join our pot of gumbo, hang out and enjoy! Did you know the word gumbo comes from the Angolan word kingombo and means 'okra.’   xoxo Gumbo Marie


2017 Cultural Heritage awards:

Hosting New Orleans first Black Storyville Cultural Heritage Awards 2017! 

Winners included:Left to right

Joell Lee, Founders Choice Award

Kim Charbonnet, Treme Sidewalk Steppers

Bianca San Martin, Ritmeaux Krewe

Merline Kimble, baby doll 

Queen Cherice Harrison Nelson, Guardians of the Flame

Big Chief Dalcour, Creole Oceolas

Janice Kimble, baby doll of the year

Kenneth Young (dtr pictured) Black Seminoles

Jari Honora, Janice Duplantier Smith, Lenora Gobert, Lolita Cherrie, Creolegen

Karen LeBeau, artist

Keith Weldon Medley (not pictured), author


Black Storyville Baby Dolls™

We carry on a Mardi Gras masking tradition called the baby dolls. It started around 1912 in the neighborhood where Louis Armstrong lived called Black Storyville! Our mission is to preserve the tradition through educational outreach by utilizing different platforms. We parade, host special events, offer Baby Doll  tours, volunteer in our community, and mentor youth. Learn more about the baby dolls here baby dolls

Photo credit: Cedric Ellsworth

Cemetery, Voodoo

Our oldest cemeteries reflect the practices of Catholicism and Voodoo and are interesting to behold. They are sacred places for many locals. Our families are entombed here as well as great contributors to our community. They are not museums. They are burial grounds. A proper introduction to our burial culture and the truth about Voodoo and Catholicism practices are a must. Our most benevolent Voodoo practitioners maintain their privacy although there are a few who openly practice. Voodoo was born between enslavement and the French crown who required citizens of Louisiana to practice Catholicism. Had it not been for the African enslaved being brought here Louisiana Voodoo would not exist. Originally they were healers, nurses of the sick, and spiritualists of African and Creole descent but secrecy, outsiders' influence, and Hollywood turned Voodoo into something many see as pop culture. Voodoo is a world religion and should be respected as such. Voodoo Queens rarely ever truly exist while many refer to themselves as such. Also, realize most of Louisiana Voodoo is passed from one generation to the next, not always, but typically in black families. For more information on this you might want to start with a solid read and a good lecture. One book about Marie Laveau I recommend is by author Carolyn Morrow Long: "A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau" 


Help fund research and educational efforts

Cultural preservation is a time consuming financial commitment. From public exhibits to research to community engagement projects, your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and help preserve New Orleans culture. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

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Top picks and Lagniappe

Food and beverage

 These are staples we know always deliver:

  • Brunch: Muriel's, try the grits and grilliades and the staple crawfish crepes! Always live music by the John Eubanks trio! $$$
  • Breakfast: Slim Goodies, great service, great breakfast with flair. $
  • Wine bar: Second Vine Wine in da Marigny. Great selection, tastings, Friday night book signings, great party room.
  • Happy hour: Brennans, Great champagne specials and you MUST try the fried black eyed peas, mildly salty. Pop them like peanuts and wash them down with bubbly. TDF!


Live local music

Top Jazz club: SNUG HARBOR. Always great music, separate dining which is casual with a wonderful local menu. An old New Orleans must-do!

  • Buffas. Live local music, check out Arséne DeLay on Monday's. Great casual menu and bar.
  • Prime Example. off the beaten tourist path on Broad St. and St. Bernard Ave. Great shows most nights of the week! Great Creole menu! Crab cakes rock!
  • And the spot where you can get great meals,  Creole, vegan, seafood, live music all day , shopping, covered open spaces to relax, and find history galore? The oldest Market in New Orleans, The French Market. Hands down it offers everything! Open 7days/week 10am-dusk!

Lagniappe (a little something extra) for the soul

Organizations founded by Gumbo Marie™   

The Amazons Benevolent Society ™ raise funds for cancer patients

Unheard Voices of Louisiana research and programs on marginalized groups in LA history

The Catiche Destrehan Bed n Breakfast  Named for Dianne's 6th generation great grandmother, this bed and breakfast is located in Natchez, MS or "Little New Orleans, where the River runs wide and the HIstory runs deep."

Gumblogging

La Vie En Rose