Bourbon Street ("Rue Bourbon" in French) is a historic street in the French Quarter, probably the most famous of them all. It runs the length of this neighborhood. The most frequented section of Bourbon Street is "Upper Bourbon Street", a section of popular tourist attractions. Bourbon Street begins at Canal Street and comes to its end in the Faubourg Marigny. Bourbon Street is lined with bars, jazz clubs, hotels, restaurants, "gentlemen's clubs" and boutiques. From the intersection of St. Ann Street, Bourbon Street caters to the city’s thriving gay community. It has the oldest gay bar in the country (Cafe-Lafitte-In-Exile). Though largely quiet during the day, Bourbon Street comes alive at night, particularly during the French Quarter's many festivals. Most popular among these is the annual Mardi Gras celebration, when Bourbon Street teems with hundreds of thousands of tourists. Bourbon Street was named in honor of the House of Bourbon, the ruling French Royal Family at the time of the city's founding (the same branch that in our days reigns in Spain under the hispanicized family name Borbón).
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