Now that the Super Bowl has passed and the temporary Disneyfication of our city has been taken down, we’re back to the normal seasonal crazy through Fat Tuesday next week. In our household, it means even more than in most years because we’ll have family staying with us through the entire time. By “family,” I mean my daughter and her boyfriend and a childhood friend of my daughter, so it’ll be a bon temp indeed around here.
The massive crowds that lined the Uptown route Thursday night saw the Knights of Babylon explore the “Land of Dreams,” the Knights of Chaos skewer politicians of every stripe, and the Krewe of Muses combine visual theatrics with a witty series of puns on “Makin’ Groceries.”
Three teens — ages 15, 16 and 18 — were arrested in connection with Monday’s rape and kidnapping after the youngest suspect’s family members turned him in for questioning Thursday, authorities said.
With more than a dozen parades still to roll on the Uptown route, the Coliseum Square Association is seeking the donation of snacks to distribute to the police officers who work long shifts along St. Charles Avenue.
A dollar store on Earhart Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday morning, authorities said, and a man was shot several times in the Dixon area between Hollygrove and Mid-City.
Danae’s Mardi Gras is not complete without the annual trek to Gallier Hall for the Mayor’s Ball. Lucky for us, Gallier Hall is only four blocks from our office, so Danae walks over.
Last night’s event — as usual — was an outstanding gathering, a great place to people watch and do business. His Honor of course was present along with most of his senior staff and the majority of the City Council — LaToya, Cynthia, Jackie, Kristin and Susan — and their husbands. Danae overheard Mayor Landrieu speaking to a national journalist about the willingness of investors to bring their money to New Orleans, since the Mayor never misses an opportunity to promote the city. Honorary Dutch Consul Connie Willems, new president of the Consular Corp, was talking about how foreign governments are placing more emphasis on trade in this region.
New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a photograph of a man they call a “person of interest” in Monday’s kidnapping and rape in the Garden District.
The Krewe of Ancient Druids teased a number of other parade groups with its “Phobias” theme and the Mystic Krewe of Nyx reveled in cinematic takes on “What a Girl Wants” Wednesday night, as Carnival parading on the Uptown New Orleans route resumed after its week off.
Greetings 2013 Carnival enthusiasts! The season is upon us, and in the past I’ve written some dos and don’ts in the form of top tens, a course of 101 and 201, to ensure a safe, happy, and mutually beneficial Mardi Gras experience. Black outs be damned! We have Flambeaux! Come to think of it, in 2018, having Flambeaux on standby to illuminate the game wouldn’t be the worst idea. Anyhow, enjoy the recap to follow, and for goodness sake’s take it to heart.
(1) Don’t park your car on the neutral ground. It may not be signed and everyone else may be doing it, but you – and they – will all get tickets. I see it every year. And no matter how designated your driver is, not a one of you should be behind the wheel. Ride your bike, people!
A two-block stretch of Amelia Street that neighbors say has become an out-of-control gathering place for unruly teenagers during Mardi Gras will receive increased attention this week from both police and city officials who promise to end the problem.
The problem is different from the typical Carnival-time revelry that lines the Uptown route, neighbors and officials say. Instead, a vacant lot at the corner of Baronne Street — memorable to passers-by for a lone set of stone stairs in the center of it — has become a gathering point for teens, and they form a dense throng for two blocks between there and the parade on St. Charles Avenue.
A man was shot several times in the stomach Monday afternoon on Saratoga Street in Central City, and another man was shot in the leg early Wednesday morning in a scuffle over an apparent drug purchase gone wrong, police said.
“I know that there is a tremendous amount of physical evidence and scientific evidence has been collected overnight and through today and some of it will be video,” NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas told our partners at WWL-TV on Tuesday, discussing the rape and kidnapping of a Garden District woman the previous evening. “We just don’t know the quality of it yet. Our message to these perpetrators is we know a whole lot more about you than you think we know. You may want to consider your options of turning yourself in.”
WWL also confirmed that it took EMS nearly 20 minutes to respond to the victim’s call, and that by the time they arrived, she had already been taken to the hospital by a police officer.
Documents and emails surrounding the resignation of the founding principal of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans show that the charter school’s governing board, including several current members, agreed to allow her to finish the school year with full pay and benefits, contradicting an allegation in the school’s recent audit that she received nearly $30,000 after her resignation without authorization.
School leaders now call that record “ambiguous,” and that they expect the consultants currently investigating the leadership issues at the school to have recommendations to prevent similar problems in the future.
A 30-year-old New Orleans woman was kidnapped Monday evening in front of her Garden District home by three men, then beaten and raped as they drove around before letting her go and stealing her car, police and neighbors said.
Tulane University recently approved $50,000 to replace dishes and silverware in Bruff Commons, some for wear and tear but “the majority” because of theft by students, according to a report by Ashley Easterly of The Hullabaloo student newspaper. The dining director told the newspaper that the school purchased 800 mugs at the beginning of the fall semester and was down to 25 by October, for example, a significant increase in theft at the facility.
A carjacking was reported in central Carrollton and armed robberies were reported in the Broadmoor and Milan neighborhoods over the past weekend, according to initial police reports.