Zach Brien

Mar 242019
 

Toro Y Moi performs on the Power Plant stage on Friday at the 2019 Buku Music and Arts Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

March 22 and 23, the 2019 Buku Music and Art Project took over Mardi Gras World. The annual event, which began in 2012, featured acts both local and national, as well as visual art.

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Mar 202019
 

Spy Boy J’Wan Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles clears a way for the tribe down LaSalle street onto Washington avenue during St. Joseph’s Night, March 19. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Every year, on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, Mardi Gras Indians bring out that year’s suits for one last showing. Tribes from around the city converged on Washington and LaSalle, right where Uptown Super Sunday was held last week.

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Mar 192019
 

The Rev. Ted Dziak, right, blesses the St. Joseph’s altar at Loyola University. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Locations across Uptown hosted public St. Joseph’s altars on March 19, the Feast Day of St. Joseph. The Catholic tradition was brought to New Orleans by Sicilian immigrants. The altars celebrate how St. Joseph helped Sicilians in a time of famine. Here are scenes from the altars at Loyola University, De La Salle High School and St. Stephen’s Church.

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Mar 172019
 

The Algiers Warriors march down LaSalle Street during Super Sunday on March 17. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

 

Mardi Gras Indian tribes and social aid and pleasure clubs converged on A.L. Davis Park for the annual Uptown Super Sunday event on Sunday, March 17. The Young Pinstripe and Hot 8 brass bands provided music.

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Mar 162019
 

Jamie Flowers receives a kiss from a member of the Irish Corner Club during the Irish Channel Parade on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, the annual Irish Channel Parade rolled Uptown. This year, the parade returned to its original route, following the completion of construction on Louisiana avenue.

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Mar 142019
 

On Thursday afternoon, Annunciation Square turned into a sea of green during the Irish Channel Block Party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A pre-Irish Channel Parade block party was held in Annunciation Square on Thursday. The event kicking off St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the Channel benefited St. Michael Special School.

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Mar 082019
 

Paul Broussard fixes a strawberry and ice-cream snowball with sprinkles. The  opened for the season on Friday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Friday, Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, a local summer staple, opened for the first time in 2019. The snowball stand, established in 1939, uses homemade flavors. Its snowcones are made with their own ice machine, the Sno-Bliz, invented by one of the founders, Ernest Hansen.

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Mar 062019
 

Rex arrives outside of the Morris-Downman mansion on Tuesday. Supporters add levity to the situation with a sign “We Are Ready for Ash Wednesday.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Rex parade stopped at the Morris-Downman House at 2525 St. Charles Ave. during the parade on Mardi Gras, as it has since 1907. This time the toast was more poignant. The mansion, historically significant to the Rex organization and to New Orleans Mardi Gras, was devastated by a seven-alarm fire in February. It has been home to many Rex members, including Billy Grace, a former king of Carnival, who shared a toast with Rex.

Billy Grace, with a firefighter’s coat over his tuxedo, and Rex share a toast on Tuesday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 052019
 

A rider shows off a bag of Zulu’s much-coveted throw, the hand-painted coconut. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicked off the Mardi Gras Day parades in grand style, exuding warmth despite the morning chill. King George V. Rainey and Queen Kailyn L. Rainey reigned over the 42-float parade with the theme “Zulu Celebrates Fantasy and Adventure.”

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Mar 052019
 

Newly married Big Chief Monk Boudreaux rides in a golf cart with his new wife, Queen Chellene Bailey on Mardi Gras. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians took to the streets of Uptown on Tuesday, showing off their new hand-made suits. This year was different for their Big Chief, Monk Boudreaux. Before they marched, Boudreaux married the Big Queen of the Golden Eagles, Chellene Bailey.

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Mar 052019
 

The “Treasure of One-Eyed Willie” float rolls down St. Charles avenue on Monday, March 4. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Orpheus was one of two parades to roll Monday. The krewe, founded by Harry Connick Jr. and Sr. in 1993, rolled with the theme “The Orpheus Imaginarium.” The parade featured celebrities like actor Mario Lopez, singer Trace Atkins and a few members of the New Orleans Saints – Marshon Lattimore, P.J. Williams, Michael Thomas and more. Continue reading »

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Mar 042019
 

The “Mirage” float rolls down St. Charles Avenue on Sunday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Proteus, among the city’s oldest Mardi Gras krewe dating back to 1882, explored the past for their 137th parade. The floats depicted The Silk Road — the ancient trade route connecting east to west.

Proteus’ title float “Travel and Treasures of the Silk Road” float rolls on Lundi Gras. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 042019
 

The “Interview with a Vampire” float, depicting the 1993 film adaptation of the Ann Rice novel, rolls down St. Charles Avenue on Sunday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Bacchus rolled on Sunday with the theme “Starring Louisiana.” The themed floats depicted movies or TV shows that took place or were filmed in Louisiana. These included “NCIS,” “King Creole,” “JFK,” “Interview with a Vampire” and more. The rain had passed through the area by the times the bands started up, so the parade could showcase local marching bands in all their glory.

Jenna Fritscher lifts up Jeri Lynn, 3, to get a plush toy during her first Mardi Gras. (Zach Brien, UptownMesssenger.com)

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Mar 022019
 

The There’s No Place Like Home depicts New Orleans as one of the dream destinations. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Morpheus rolled with the theme “Dream Destinations” on Friday, March 1. Morpheus, named from the Greek god of dreams, celebrates illusion and fantasy.

A rider on the captains and officers’ float scans the crowd. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 022019
 

Krewe D’Etat’s Dictator waves to his subjects during Friday’s parade on St. Charles Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Friday, Krewe D’Etat rolled with the theme “Paging Dr. Etat,” taking their usual satirical stabs at national and local cultural and political topics. These included the expansion of Louis Armstrong Airport and the growing field of Democratic candidates for president in the 2020 election.

The ImpoPence float mocks Vice President Mike Pence. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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