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Dylan O'Donnell // 11:35am // 04.23.2013

Doctor Gumbo is New Orleans native and former Billes Partners' employee Dylan O’Donnell. He loves his city, and he loves to share it with others.

Dylan has traveled the world in search of adventure: he’s eaten his way through Sicily, hiked the Grand Canyon, swilled pints and (attempted to) sing songs in Dublin, and actually paid money in Mexico to get jolted with electricity.

After graduating in literature and the audio-visual arts, Dylan spent a few years working several unfulfilling jobs. In 2001 he spontaneously moved to Rome, Italy to eat prosciutto, drink too much espresso and work as a tour guide of the Eternal City. For the next four years he managed a company that gave tours of the ancient monuments, the Vatican City and pagan temples. While in Rome he picked up the nickname Doctor Gumbo, on account of his Sunday ritual of cooking the typical New Orleans dish, gumbo, and feeding his friends.

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck his beloved hometown and he was compelled to come home. Beginning in May 2006 he began working as a graphic designer, web designer and marketing director for Billes Partners. Additionally, he co-founded and organized a Running of the Bulls festival in New Orleans in 2007, with an attendance of 20,000 people in 2012.

Dylan founded Doctor Gumbo Tours in 2012, and is driven to give insightful, well-researched and entertaining tours of New Orleans. With a former expat’s perspective, he can also provide insight as only a true New Orleans local can.

When he’s not guiding or planning festivals, you’re likely to find him either DJing world music in a local club or hosting dinner parties with his wife and four children at home.

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