On Wednesday, June 22, a historic New Orleans tradition came to the lobby of an upscale New Orleans hotel. Voodoo practitioners from New Orleans came to the International House hotel lobby to take part in a St. John’s Eve ceremony led by ordained Voodoo priestess Sallie Ann Glassman.
St. John’s Eve is a holy day in the Voodoo tradition. It is a ritual that dates back to Marie Laveau, the 19th-century Voodoo priestess in New Orleans. Laveau often integrated St. John into her many rituals. Laveau traditionally performed this ritual in Bayou St. John in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans.