Feb 252017
 

The Krewe of Iris rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Iris celebrated their 100th anniversary Saturday on the Uptown parade route surrounded by thousands of well-wishers bearing birthday love.

Parade-goers body paint spells out “I (heart) IRIS” as the Krewe of Iris rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 252017
 

Police and paramedics consult with each other inside a crime scene around a row of portable toilets at St. Charles and Napoleon avenues after a man was shot nearby while the Krewe of Tucks rolled Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A parade-goer was hit in the side by gunfire that appears to have discharged from inside a portable toilet at Napoleon and St. Charles Avenue on Saturday while the Krewe of Tucks rolled by, New Orleans police said.

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Feb 252017
 

The Krewe of Morpheus rolls on Magazine Street on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Morpheus closed out Friday’s parades on the Uptown route with floats themed around major casinos.

The Krewe of Morpheus rolls on Magazine Street on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 252017
 

Le Krewe d’Etat rechristened President Donald Trump as the “800-pound orangutan” on Napoleon Avenue on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

While the political developments of the past year came as a shock to some Americans, Le Krewe d’Etat clearly welcomed the upheaval — at least as an opportunity to skewer both the famous and the infamous in this year’s “Zoo D’Etat.”

Le Krewe d’Etat rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 252017
 

The Krewe of Hermes “Paradise Lost” float — from the 2013 parade based on Baroque theatre — rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes revisited themes of recent years on Friday evening as it kicked off the weekend’s parading on the Uptown route with “A Hermes Miscellany.”

The Krewe of Hermes rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 232017
 

Green Tea owner Yung Lau pauses from final touches on the new building’s interior. The restaurant opens Friday at the corner of Napoleon and Louisiana. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Green Tea restaurant’s new building overlooks the corner of Napoleon and South Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two years ago, Yung Lau could scarcely believe that his Green Tea restaurant at the edge of the Garden District was about to be displaced by a national pharmacy chain in a city as in love with mom-and-pop eateries as New Orleans.

The CVS did indeed move in, but on Friday, Lau will reopen Green Tea in a brand-new building that is being hailed as another landmark in the continuing redevelopment of another major Uptown corridor, South Claiborne Avenue. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 

Robbery at Hickory and Short. Not shown: robbery on Olive between Fern and Lowerline. (map via NOPD)

One man was robbed of his keys at gunpoint Wednesday night on Hickory Street by a would-be carjacker who could not drive his standard-transmission vehicle, and another man was robbed of his belongings on Olive Street a few hours later, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 
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Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

As LaToya Cantrell and others step up their pace for the 2017 race for mayor of New Orleans, political insiders wonder if the best way for the Landrieu family to hold on to their power and the associated riches is to elect former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu as New Orleans’ next mayor. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx rolls on Magazine Street on Wednesday, Feb. 22. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx shared their favorite dance steps on dozens of floats that filled the Uptown route on Wednesday night.

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx “Make the Sign of the Purse” float towers over Magazine Street on Wednesday, Feb. 22. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 232017
 

Riders on the Druid “NOLA Speed Camera Dash” float throw beads to Magazine Street crowds on Wednesday, Feb. 22. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Ancient Druids gave the Olympics a satirical New Orleans twist on Wednesday night as they kicked off the second week of 2017 Mardi Gras parades.

The Druid “NOLA Speed Camera Dash” float rolls on Magazine Street on Wednesday, Feb. 22. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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