Feb 072016
 
Bacchus' "When Time Flies" float makes its way down St. Charles avenue. Bacchus 2016 rolled with the theme "Flights of Delight." (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Bacchus’ “When Time Flies” float makes its way down St. Charles avenue. Bacchus 2016 rolled with the theme “Flights of Delight.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Bacchus 2016 rolled along the traditional uptown route, beginning on Napoleon avenue at Tchoupitoulas, turning onto St. Charles, turning on Canal St. and ending at the Super Dome. The parade featured the theme “Flights of Delight.” All of its floats had some variation on the term flight. Actor Anthony Mackie, New Orleans native and who played Falcon in the  2104 Captain America movie, reigned as Bacchus XLVIII.

Actor Anthony Mackie, a New Orleans native, reigned as Bacchus XLVIII. Bacchus 2016 rolled with the theme "Flights of Delight." (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor Anthony Mackie, a New Orleans native, reigned as Bacchus XLVIII. Bacchus 2016 rolled with the theme “Flights of Delight.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 072016
 
The Krewe of Mid-City captain's float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Mid-City captain’s float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Okeanos “put on a fright,” the Krewe of Mid-City delivered “champagne wishes and foil-wrapped kisses,” and the Krewe of Thoth showed off “things with wings” as all three rolled under spotless blue Sunday morning skies on the Uptown route.

A rider on the "Black Cat" float teases the crowd with rubber chickens as the Krewe of Okeanos rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the “Black Cat” float teases the crowd with rubber chickens as the Krewe of Okeanos rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Thoth rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Thoth rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)


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Feb 072016
 
The Krewe of Iris rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Saturday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Iris rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Saturday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The white-gloved ladies of the Krewe of Iris showed the Uptown parade route how “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” on Saturday, followed by a frolicking tour of New Orleans neighborhoods by the naughty friars of the Krewe of Tucks.

A rider on the Irish Channel float in the Krewe of Tucks on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Irish Channel float in the Krewe of Tucks on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)


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Feb 062016
 
The "On the Bat's Back I Do Fly" float in the Krewe of Hermes rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The “On the Bat’s Back I Do Fly” float in the Krewe of Hermes rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Donald Trump's takedowns of his enemies are his "Trump Card" as Le Krewe d'Etat rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Donald Trump’s takedowns of his enemies are his “Trump Card” as Le Krewe d’Etat rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes performed Shakespeare on the Avenues, Le Krewe d’Etat brought its blend of satire and skeletal spectacle, and the Krewe of Morpheus took a New Orleans “staycation” as all three rolled on the Uptown route Friday night.

The Krewe of Morpheus rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Morpheus rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 052016
 

22nd Annual Jazz Service Presented At St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church

SCABC-Jazz2016St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church presents its 22nd annual Jazz Service, an Uptown Mardi Gras tradition led by Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, at 9 a.m. this Sunday, February 7.  All are invited to the worship service and the king cake reception to follow at the church, 7100 St. Charles Ave. at Broadway. This is a free, community event. Continue reading »

Feb 052016
 
Ignatius Eatery Alligator Sausage & Peppers Poboy, Cochon de Lait with Jalapeño Cole Slaw Poboy, and Chicken & Sausage Gumbo (Kristine Froeba)

Ignatius Eatery’s Alligator Sausage & Peppers Poboy, Cochon de Lait with Jalapeño Cole Slaw Poboy, and Chicken & Sausage Gumbo (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

While New Orleans’ unique culinary history is well known, its influx of new restaurants can be dizzying. Many of the newer restaurants provide an homage to traditional New Orleans culinary dishes, many do not. The choices are endless. On Magazine Street alone, we can chose from African, Mayan, Japanese, Chinese, Caribbean, Italian, Israeli, Lebanese, Indian, Mexican, Korean, French, Vietnamese, and Thai. Gourmet Hotdogs, Elk Burgers, Gluten-Free, Sweet Potato Pancakes and Vegetarian, co-exist with Paleo.

So, where do locals go for local food? Where do we take our never-ending houseguests for an authentic, inexpensive, casual Creole New Orleans meal? Where do I find my New Orleans traditional wash-day Red Beans & Rice?

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Feb 052016
 
The Babylon "Butterfly Messenger" float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Babylon “Butterfly Messenger” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The krewes of Babylon, Chaos and Muses presented parade-goers with three different visions of Carnival on Friday night — Babylon’s meditation on antiquity, Chaos’ no-holds-barred satire, and Muses’ blend of visual spectacle and social commentary.

Chaos fantasizes about replacements for controversial statues and landmarks in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Chaos fantasizes about replacements for controversial statues and landmarks in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Muses is preceded by glowing butterflies and shoes on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Muses is preceded by glowing butterflies and shoes on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 042016
 
Sarah Slamen works at the Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Sarah Slamen works at the Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

With Tuesday’s surprising Iowa caucus results and attention now turning to New Hampshire, New Orleans voters are beginning to focus on Louisiana’s March 5th presidential primary. Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have made fundraising stops in the region. Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened a campaign headquarters in Metairie. While Congressman Cedric Richmond and state Democratic Party chair Karen Carter Peterson are currently leading Hillary Clinton’s outreach efforts, Louisiana chairs have been named for Trump, Rubio and Kasich. Continue reading »

Feb 032016
 
A rider in the Krewe of Nyx prepares to toss a shining prize on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Krewe of Nyx prepares to toss a shining prize on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Ancient Druids put on their “best behavior” — satirizing controversy over previous year’s floats by replacing them with mostly generic images — while the Krewe of Nyx celebrated their fifth birthday with a series of puns around the number ‘5.’

The Druids' "Monument Man" float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Druids’ “Monument Man” float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 032016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Prologue: Once upon a crisp and sunny New Orleans Sunday in January 2015, the six-fold brood of my wife and kids found ourselves at a children’s backyard birthday party Uptown–a relatively ordinary scenario for any weekend, really. Until, through some trampoline netting and just the other side of a jungle gym, I spied an unexpected theatrical ruckus erupting, composed of overdramatized yelling and exaggerated grunting paired with kinetic flashes of thrown elbows, flying colors of booted feet, and the like.

Men and women dressed in wrestling masks, tights, and even some capes in the adjacent lot separate from festivities furiously faux fighting along to a foreign soundtrack, ebbing and flowing between this and orchestrated dance.  I stopped, and dumbfounded, I pointed meekly in their direction.  Quizzically, I uttered just above a whisper “What is that?”
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Feb 032016
 

St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church will host its 22nd Annual Jazz Service this Sunday, Feb. 7. The service, led by Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, begins at 9 a.m. at the church, located at 7100 St. Charles Ave. The worship service is free and open to all, and a king cake reception will follow.

(via St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church)

(via St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church)

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