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My husband and I really enjoyed our City/Katrina tour with Don Hirstius. We really appreciated his perspective as a native and the pride he showed in his city. The tour was a great combination of new and old, the preserved and destroyed. Don's sense of humor and tidbits of information kept us listening intently for the entire time. Great job!

Lois and Chuck Sabino
Naperville, Illinois

Hi Mike,

Don't know if you remember me but I was one of your passengers on the tour you gave on a Sunday two weeks ago with my wife and my daughter Cath in our little tourr group.

We really enjoyed our experience with you and thought that you did a great job! Whenever we come back to New Orleans we will give you a call and would love to see you again.

I also checked out your web site.

It was a very positive and fun experience spending time with you Mike!


Larry Cobb

Whittier, California

Just want to send a note to thank you for taking us on the tour of New Orleans on Thursday afternoon, August 21, 2008. You were a great guide. Thank you for giving us so much knowledge about your city. Now that we have had time to look at our literature and discuss some of what we saw and heard, there are more questions, but when we have some extra time I know that we can find most of the answers on line. Again, thank you for "showing and telling" us so much about the peoples, culture, history and plans for this unique city.

Rodney and Lu Spence

Rockdale TX

To: Celebration Tours

Subject: Commendation for Don Hirstius

On July 30, 2008, I and a few friends had the pleasure of touring New Orleans on your bus guided by Don Hirstius. He was a delight. His vast knowledge of New Orleans and his good sense of humor made our excursion around the city a most memorable one. I would recommend Celebration Tours to everyone. Please extend our thanks to Don Hirstius for a tour well done.

Sheryl T. Rock
Hi Mike!

I am the woman for whom you drove specially back to the Westin to return the black/gray beanie cap during the Sugar Bowl. A long overdue MAHALO (thank you) for taking the time to do that. It was not worth much in $ but it meant a lot to me because I had hand stiched a beaded UH to it and also because I was freezing in New Orleans!

We had a wonderful time in your fascinating city and you contributed a lot to that. We learned a lot from you and it helped us get an insiders view of Katrina that we would not have otherwise known. I have been on many tours in my life and you were by far one of the best we've ever had-informative, humorous and philosophical!

Thanks again for going that extra step.

Sarah Sugimoto

I would like to thank you for the tour I took with you on 10-5-2007. It was really interesting to actually see where Katrina had done so much devastation. It was really sad, but, yet it was good to see that at least it is being rebuilt. You did such a great job with all of your knowledge that you made it really interesting for me.

Thanks again,
Indpls. In.


I wanted to follow up with you and thank you for a great job during our tour last Sunday. Roberta and I were very impressed with your knowledge of, and obvious passion for New Orleans.
I can’t tell you how moved I was by the devastation in the 9th Ward and at the lake front. I was also quite encouraged by the recovery effort, but at the same time angry by the ineffective response of our government. I sent an editorial letter to the Times/Picayune urging them to figure out a way to remind the rest of the U.S. that there is still a lot of need in the area, most importantly the need for people like Roberta and I to visit and spend lots of tourist dollars.
I wish you all the best as you work to rebuild your business and urge you to continue to bang the drum about New Orleans. I know we’ll be back!
PS: Thanks for returning Roberta’s sunglasses. Her lifelong claim of never having lost anything remains intact.

All the best!

Jim Podzius
Paddy O' Furniture
24688 N 19th Avenue
Phoenix AZ 85085
623-516-0123 Ext 224

Mr. Marino,

I just wanted to thank you for a great tour of New Orleans in January during our Trex seminar.

I don't travel very often and the few hours spent touring with you, gave us all the information to explore the city after the tour. I am planning on bringing my wife and another couple back for some history and shopping

Thank you again,
Matt Anderson
Decks Plus


I just wanted to say thanks for the great tour and information on the Katrina Tour, 7/25/07. Although it brought up many sad feelings for the people of New Orleans and Gulf Coast, at the same time seeing the devastation first hand and the determination of the citizens made me fully realize that the heart, soul, and spirit of the wonderful people of New Orleans has not been broken.
Thanks again. Keep up the good work, Ozzie.