Zach Brien

Mar 192017
 

Queen Tahj Williams of the Wild Magnolias shows off her suit during Uptown Super Sunday at the intersection of LaSalle and Washington. Super Sunday is another chance for Mardi Gras Indians to show off their suits. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, March 19, Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs converged on A.L. Davis Park to celebrate Super Sunday. Indian gangs from all over the city met in central city to parade and show off suits

Big Chief Victor Harris of Fi Ya Ya plays his cowbell on Washington avenue during Super Sunday. Super Sunday is another chance for Mardi Gras Indians to show off their suits. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 152017
 

Caddywhompus performs on the Power Plant stage at the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2017 Buku Music + Art Project came to a close on Saturday, March 11. The annual two-day festival, which takes place at Mardi Gras World on the banks of the Mississippi River, featured local, national, and international acts both large and small.

Chris Rehm plays guitar with Caddywhompus on the Power Plant stage at the 2017 Buku Music and Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The festival hosted primarily electronic dance music (EDM) and hip-hop artists, but carved out a set for New Orleans-based rock duo Caddywhompus. According to guitarist Chris Rehm, they like sticking out amongst the other acts in a festival line-up.

“We like to have variety, different people coming out for different things. We’re all about doing new stuff and showing people new things, progressing musically,” Rehm said. “So the less you know, the better. The less familiar you are, the better.” Continue reading »

Mar 122017
 

Killer Mike of Run The Jewels takes a breath between lyrics during their set at the Power Plant stage on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Saturday concluded the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday, March 11 marked the end of the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. The day featured performances by musical artists and groups like Run The Jewels, 21 Savage, Deadmau5, and others.

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Mar 122017
 

Sara Passons, left, receives a kiss on the cheek from a member of the Irish Corner Club after receiving a flower during the 2017 Irish Channel parade. The parade rolled from Jefferson avenue to Magazine and stopped at Jackson avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday the Irish Channel Parade rolled Uptown. The parade changed routes, and times, at the last minute for fear of rainy weather.

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Mar 112017
 

Lil Dicky performs in the Ballroom stage during the Buku Music + Art Project on Friday, March 10, 2017. Buku is a two-day music festival in Mardi Gras World along the Mississippi River that includes live artwork and other performances. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2017 Buku Music + Art Project held its first day of performances on Friday, March 10 at Mardi Gras World. The day’s performances included rappers Lil Dicky, Lil Yachty and Travi$ Scott, and EDM artists like Zed’s Dead and TroyBoi. New Orleans rapper Juvenile made a surprise appearance after scheduled performer Young Thug was not able to make it to the festival at the last minute.

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Mar 012017
 

Spy boy of the Wild Magnolias dances out of the Sportsman’s Corner bar in Central City. The Wild Magnolias, and other Uptown Mardi Gras Indians, met Second and Dryades, Mardi Gras Morning, Feb. 28. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Mardi Gras morning, Mardi Gras Indians from Uptown met at the Sportsman’s Corner Bar in Central City. The Indian tradition is long-standing one in New Orleans’ black community and is a staple in the Mardi Gras celebration. Each year, the tribes sew their own elaborate suits by hand all year and debut them on Mardi Gras Day.

The patch on the Black Mohawks’ spy boy’s suit highlights the originality of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition. The Black Mohawks, and other Uptown Mardi Gras Indians, met Second and Dryades, Mardi Gras Morning, Feb. 28. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 282017
 

“The Man on the Moon” float rolls down St. Charles avenue during the Krewe of Orpheus on Monday, Feb. 27. Orpheus rolled with the theme “On the Waves of a Dream.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Orpheus rolled with the theme “On the Waves of a Dream,” exploring different interpretations of the topic. The float touched on fairy tales, dream catchers, amongst other things.

A rider dances to the sound of the Petoskey Steel Drum Band during the Krewe of Orpheus on Monday, Feb. 27. Orpheus rolled with the theme “On the Waves of a Dream.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)


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Feb 272017
 

Riders from the “Bacchus Salutes the Saints 50th” float throw beads into the crowd. Krewe of Bacchus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, Feb. 26, the Krewe of Bacchus paid homage to the New Orleans Saints, who celebrated their 50th anniversary this season. Each float highlighted different aspects of the life of the franchise so far. They had a float honoring the team’s first play, which was a kickoff returned for a touchdown by then-rookie wide receiver John Gilliam. They had a float for their 2009 Super Bowl victory, which was headed by a sculpture of quarterback Drew Brees hoisting his infant son. Bacchus also took the opportunity for a pot-shot at the rival Atlanta falcons, who blew a significant lead in this year’s Super Bowl.

 

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Feb 272017
 

A graphic of a shared milkshake decorated the “Drive-In” float during the Krewe of Thoth on Sunday, Feb. 26. Thoth rolled with the theme “Thoth’s Cookin’.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Thoth rolled with the theme “Thoth’s Cookin’,” during their parade on Sunday, Feb. 26. Each float represented a different kind of food or food preparation.

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Feb 272017
 

Okeanos’ “Marylin Monroe” float roll down St. Charles avenue on Sunday, Feb. 26. Okeanos rolled with the theme “Okeanos Salutes American Icons.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Krewe of Okeanos rolled with the theme “Okeanos Salutes American Icons,” with floats honoring people like Louis Armstrong, George Washington Carver, Dolly Parton and Abraham Lincoln.

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Feb 272017
 

The Krewe of Mid City “Grapes of Wrath” float rolls down St. Charles avenue on Sunday, Feb. 26. Mid City rolled with the theme “Invino Veritas.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Mid City rolled with the theme “In Vino Veritas” which translates to “In Wine, Truth.” Mid Celebrated its 83rd year rolling as a parade, making it the fifth-oldest continuously rolling Mardi Gras parade.

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Feb 242017
 

The Babylon Jesters float rolls during the Knights of Babylon parade on Thursday, Feb. 23. Babylon rolled on Thursday with Muses and Knights of Chaos. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Thursday, Feb. 32, Knights of Chaos, Knights of Babylon and Muses ran on the traditional Uptown route.

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Feb 192017
 

The “The Giant Panda” float rolls down St. Charles avenue during the Krewe of Pygmalion on Saturday night. Pygmalion rolled with the theme “Journey to the Jade Empire.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Sparta and the Krewe of Pygmalion rolled along the traditional Uptown route on Saturday night. Sparta rolled with the theme “A Knight at the Tony’s” while Pygmalion rolled with the theme “Journey to the Jade Empire.”

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Feb 192017
 

A rider on the M_at___e float laughs before throwing some cups into the audience. Pontchartrain paraded with the theme “What Cha want on your Po-Boy?” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret all rolled along the traditional Uptown route on Saturday afternoon. The weather was clear, making up for the rain that soaked Oshun and Cleopatra.

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