Zach Brien

Feb 112018
 

J.K. Simmons, Bacchus L, throws beads into the crowd along Napoleon avenue. The Krewe of Bacchus rolled with the theme “Bacchus Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary” during their parade on Sunday, February 11. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Bacchus celebrated a major anniversary this year. They made 50, their golden anniversary. With that in mind, most of this year’s floats were gold-themed. It’s “Gold Record” float paid tribute to musicians like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss and more who have been awarded a golden record for their achievements. It’s “Goldfinger” float paid tribute to the James Bond film by the same name. Actor J.K. Simmons served as the king this year.

Weather has been a problem all throughout the second weekend of carnival season. Sunday was no exception. Fortunately, the parade ran on time, unlike Endymion and other parades. Aside from intermittent rainfall, the parade was uninterrupted by Mother Nature.

One of the hidden gems of Bacchus proved to be the battle of bands that takes place before the parade rolls. The collegiate bands marching in the parade, Southern University, Texas State University, Miles College and Kentucky State University, lined up in front of the Rouse’s Supermarket on Tchoupitoulas and competed. Hundreds of people packed sidewalks and porches or even scaled walls just to get a good look at the competition. In the final head-to-head matchup, Southern University told Mills College “y’all sound like a high school band!”

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Feb 092018
 

The krewe’s newest float, “The Goddessy,” rolls down St. Charles near Jackson avenue. With the theme “Sight at the Museum,” the Krewe of Muses took to the streets uptown on Thursday, February 9th. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Muses paraded down their traditional route uptown on Thursday. The theme of the 17th annual parade was “Sight at the Museum.”

Riders on the “Swamp Lillies” float throw beads into the crowd along St. Charles avenue. With the theme “Sight at the Museum,” the Krewe of Muses took to the streets uptown on Thursday, February 9th. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 092018
 

The “Chicken Roost” float, about the sexual misconduct issues in entertainment, politics and beyond, rolls down St. Charles. Krewe of Chaos rolled with the theme “Nature Calls…Chaos,” mocking many of the local and national political issues. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Chaos rolled with the theme “Nature Calls…Chaos.” They commented on current issues like local politics, international conflict and more.

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Feb 042018
 

A rider on the “_ _ K” float winds up to throw a football into the crowd. Krewe of Pontchartrain, with the theme “What’s Filming in New Orleans?”, was the first of three parades to roll Saturday, February 3, along the Uptown route. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Rain tried to put a damper on Saturday’s parades, but Mardi Gras rolled on with Pontchartrain, Freret and Choctaw going down the traditional uptown route.

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Jan 092018
 

Peggy Scott LaBorde leads a toast from the Saint Charles streetcar, ringing in the 2018 Carnival season on Saturday, January 6. The Phunny Phorty Phellows begins each Carnival season with a ride on the streetcar. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, January 6, the Phunny Phorty Phellows welcomed the 2018 Carnival season with their annual streetcar ride on Saint Charles avenue. Saturday marked the Epiphany, or the 12th night of Christmas, which is used to begin Carnival season.

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Nov 222017
 

New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees hands a bag to Christopher Kirk to carry for Barbara Braxton, left, at the Saints’ Thanksgiving meal giveaway at the Dryades YMCA on Tuesday, November 21. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Tuesday, November 21, 12 members of the New Orleans Saints arrived at the Dryades YMCA in Central City to hand out Thanksgiving to dinner to people in need. The players participating included Drew Brees, rookie tackle Ryan Ramcyzk and second year players safety Von Bell and wide receiver Michael Thomas.

“Who dat!” was a common refrain throughout the afternoon, and other various forms of praise for their stellar performance so far this season.

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Nov 132017
 

The Oak Street Poboy Festival took place on Oak Street Uptown on Sunday, November 12, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 11th Annual Po-Boy Festival was held Saturday on Oak Street, featuring four stages, 14 musical groups and 30 different vendors, and two Uptown establishments — newcomer Simone’s Market and mainstay Vincent’s Italian Cuisine — were named among the best of the festival.

Oysters being prepared for the oyster rockefeller po-boy chargrilled oysters topped with Oceana’s rockefeller sauce from Oceana Grill. The Oak Street Po-boy Festival took place on Oak Street Uptown on Sunday, November 12, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 182017
 

John Rode circles the Kingsley house playing the bag pipe during the fourth annual Irish Festival at the Kingsley House on Saturday, September 16. The festival celebrated Irish culture in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The fourth-annual Irish Festival was held at the Kingsley house on Saturday, September 16 in the Irish Channel. The Kingsley House is a community center first established in the late 19th century to “help immigrants overcome language, cultural, social and family displacement barriers as they settled in New Orleans,” according to their website. The festival features Irish music, cultural competitions and more.

The New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble performs on the main stage during the fourth annual Irish Festival at the Kingsley House on Saturday, September 16. The festival celebrated Irish culture in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Aug 222017
 

A crowd gathers outside of the Maple Leaf Bar for the unveiling of the king and queen of the Krewe of O.A.K. Krewe of O.A.K. hosted the 31st annual Mid Summer Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, August 19. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, August 19, the Krewe of O.A.K. hosted the 31st annual Mid Summer Mardi Gras parade. The parade rolls down Oak street to Carrollton avenue, down to Palmer park and back up Carrollton down Oak street, finishing at the Maple Leaf Bar. This year’s parade, which rolled a week early, was themed “Dirty One XXXI Coming In Hot.” The queen was Stacy Morigeau and King Robustus XXXI is Doug Trager.

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Jul 272017
 

A two-alarm fire burned two residences on the corner of Chippewa and First street in the Irish Channel. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Curtains that caught fire inside a Chippewa Street home on Thursday afternoon quickly spread to engulf the entire house and the home next door, leaving a total of four people homeless afterward, New Orleans fire officials said.

Firefighters battle a blaze on Chippewa Street. (submitted photo)

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Jul 252017
 

Kynnadi Smith, left, fits Tammy Lee, right, for a bracelet from Ugly Betty Boutique at the Friends and Flows event on July, 22 at Dryades Public Market. The pop-up event featured painters, photographers, merchants, clothing designers and drink specials. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Dryades Public Market hosted the popup marketplace “Friends and Flows” for the first time Saturday, raising awareness of issues like food deserts, the market’s role in the Central City neighborhood, and gentrification. Continue reading »

Jul 242017
 

Kellie Thorn, from Atlanta, mixes two cocktails at Hi Hat Cafe. The 3rd annual Freret Street Block Party, the closing event of Tails of the Cocktail, included drinks at seven different restaurants from Jena to Soniat Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Seven bars on Freret Street between Jena and Soniat Streets offered specialty cocktails as part of the third annual Freret Street Block Party. The block party is the closing event for New Orleans’ annual Tails of the Cocktail event. Some participating venues featured bartenders from out of town.

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Jul 212017
 

Members of Poke Loa accept their award for Best Millennial Restaurant.The 2017 Millennial Awards “honors dynamic young professionals” in various categories, including digital media, real estate, tourism and healthcare. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, July 15, guests gathered in the Civic Theater for the 2017 Millennial Awards. The event, presented  by The Spears Group and Greater New Orleans, Inc., highlighted the success of millennials in the New Orleans area in 18 different categories including digital media, economic development, education, fashion, film, business, and more. Continue reading »

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Jul 192017
 
    Dr. Courtney Bryan, left, and Calvin Johnson, right, perform a Sidney Bechet tune at the Trinity Church Bastille Day Celebration 2017. The celebration, which was part of Trinity’s Artist Series, featured local, national and international acts. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Trinity Episcopal Church celebrated Bastille Day 2017 during their Artist Series performance on Sunday, July 16. The celebration included local, national, and international acts performing music, all either in French, about France, or performed by French musicians.

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