Feb 222017
 

The former firehouse at Annunciation and Terpsichore is proposed to become the “Gris Gris Social Aid and Pleasure Club.” (image via City of New Orleans)

Since he first discovered the existence of New Orleans’ social aid and pleasure clubs six years ago, Uptown resident and documentary film maker Trent Robinson has been trying to figure out how to create one of his own.

He may finally have his chance, he told members of the Coliseum Square Association on Monday night. He’s applied for a license to run the newly-envisioned Gris Gris Social Aid and Pleasure Club out of an old firehouse, located on 907 Terpsichore Street in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Feb 212017
 

Robbery on South Saratoga. Not shown: Robbery at Josephine and Rev. John Raphael Way, the former LaSalle Street. (via NOPD)

One man was robbed of his wallet at gunpoint Monday night and, about three blocks away along Josephine Street, another had his car taken by an armed robber who allowed him to retrieve his instruments first, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Feb 212017
 

Children read and play at a holiday fundraiser for Lycee Francais in 2011. (file photo by Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans voted Monday night to dedicate another $10,000 to the legal fight against a lawsuit before the state Supreme Court that seeks to deem funding for some charter schools unconstitutional. Continue reading »

Feb 212017
 

Tanik Ahmed of Who Dat Beauty Supply

Walking in to Who Dat Beauty Supply is like walking into your dream closet. This cosmetics shop, located at the intersection of Louisiana Ave and Carondelet offers an array of hair products, makeup, and an assortment of jewelry and apparel. If you are looking for a shop that is on top of fashion trends, stop in and check out the goods in stock; they will be sure to having you feeling great – inside and out.

Locally owned businesses infuse New Orleans neighborhoods with their unique character, and are a big part of why we want to live, work, eat and shop here. The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners.

Name: Tanik Ahmed
Shop: Who Dat Beauty Supply
Since: 2007 Continue reading »

Feb 202017
 

Empty portable chairs block an intersection as a parade rolls on Sunday, which is against the law and also just rude. (Photo by Owen Courreges for UptownMessenger.com)

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Owen Courrèges

Mardi Gras season has generally been considered a prime time for breaking the rules. Whatever terrible activities your nefarious mind has contemplated, Carnival can accommodate.

Drink to excess? Do it during Mardi Gras!

Dress up in a ridiculous, profane costume? If it’s Mardi Gras, I’m there! Continue reading »

Feb 202017
 

Several student organizations at Loyola University New Orleans have made efforts to aid in tornado relief and cleanup. While the school is not equipped with tools to send students out and immediately start rebuilding, they encourage students to find ways to help, according to a report by Dannielle Garcia of The Maroon. Continue reading »

Feb 202017
 

A young rider in the the Krewe of Alla hands out a doubloon during a pause in the parade on Napoleon Avenue on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Alla closed out the first weekend of Uptown parading Sunday with a theme of “Through the Eyes of a Child.”

A rider in the Krewe of Alla taunts the crowd with a flag on Napoleon Avenue on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 202017
 

A rider in the the Krewe of King Arthur poses as the parade rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of King Arthur celebrated its 40th anniversary on Sunday by proclaiming themselves “Right Back Where We Started” and substituting their float titles with lines from the infinitely quotable film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

The Krewe of King Arthur floats substituted quotes from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” for float titles in their parade on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 202017
 

The Krewe of Carrollton “Crocodile Rock” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Carrollton performed a few dozen of its favorite songs as it paraded on the Uptown route on Sunday, Feb. 19.

A rider shows off the Krewe of Carrollton’s coveted shrimp-boot throws. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 202017
 

The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Sunday, Feb. 19. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale drew from the world of games to kick off Sunday’s parades on the Uptown route.

A group of Baby Dolls marches with the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale on Napoleon Avenue on Sunday, Feb. 19. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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