A group of New Orleans artists have imagined new face-makeup designs for riders in the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club’s parade to replace the group’s traditional blackface that hearkens back to racist minstrelsy displays, activists said Monday night at a panel discussion about the issue.
On Saturday, March 30, New Orleanians will vote on a 2-mill property tax that would fund services for seniors. If approved, the new millage is expected to generate $6.6 million annually. The “average” New Orleans homeowner would pay less than $100 per year.
I am one of almost 80,000 people aged 55 and over who live in Orleans Parish. Together we represent almost 25 percent of the city’s population. Experts agree that older adults are the most under-served population in our community. Though I have never participated in any of the programs offered seniors by the New Orleans Council on Aging or even through my church, I know how vital they are to the health and welfare of those served.
A substantive prisoner re-entry program that includes rehabilitation and job training is “really critical” to reducing recidivism, said Pelican Institute for Public Policy CEO Daniel Erspamer at an YLC Leadership Luncheon last week. Pelican, a nonprofit libertarian-leaning think tank that develops data-driven policy solutions, works to bring jobs and opportunities back to Louisiana by eliminating barriers to success. It also coordinates Louisiana’s Smart on Crime business-led coalition that successfully lobbied for criminal justice reform. Since 2017, the coalition has been monitoring the implementation of the new laws and planning future steps.
The Krewe of Nyx rolled with 44 floats on the Uptown parade route on Wednesday night, avoiding most of the rain and showering Uptown in a sea of pink beads, toys and purses.
Despite a brief downpour as the parade started, the Krewe of Ancient Druids kicked off the second weekend of parades on the Uptown route with a theme of “Druids Fly.”
With a theme of “Are we there yet?”, the Krewe of ALLA closed out the first weekend of parades on the Uptown route on Sunday morning.
The Krewe of King Arthur hosted its own celebration of movies on Sunday morning, rolling on the Uptown route with the theme of “And the Arthur Goes to…”
The Krewe of Carrollton explored the “Treasures of the Sea” on Saturday morning as their parade rolled on the Uptown route.
The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale celebrated the world of children’s stories from classics to today’s cartoons as it opened the Uptown parade route on Sunday morning with floats like Pinocchio, the Flintstones and others.
The Krewe of Pygmalion presented a celebration of its home state Saturday night, closing out the second day of Uptown parades with “Louisiana’s Bounty.”
The Knights of Sparta gave Uptown parade-goers a tour of the world on Saturday night, only to remind them at each stop that the real attraction was Sparta’s throws.
The Krewe of Freret made a variety of sarcastic allusions to the New Orleans Saints’ playoff loss as they rolled on the Uptown route, with float titles such as “Carnival No Call,” “Reffed out in the Cold” and “Where the Blind Refs Are.”
The Krewe of Choctaw paraded Saturday morning on the Uptown route, dedicating each of their floats to prominent former members.
The Krewe of Pontchartrain proclaimed Saturday morning that “Pontchartrain Rocks” — and proved it with a celebrity appearance by Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider.