Zach Brien

Jan 072016
 
The streetcar carrying the Phunny Phorty Phellows leaves the Willow Street streetcar barn on Thursday night. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The streetcar carrying the Phunny Phorty Phellows leaves the Willow Street streetcar barn on Wednesday night. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Wednesday, Jan 6 the Phunny Phorty Phellows Carnival krewe welcomed in Carnival season 2016. The annual event signals the beginning of Carnival season which concludes with Mardi Gras day on Feb 9. The Phellows are a krewe that dates back to 1898 and this streetcar tradition dates back to 1981.

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Nov 222015
 
Jonathan Epperman of Parkway Bakery prepares oysters for the deep fryer. Parkway was one of 34 food vendors at the 2015 Oak Street Po boy Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Jonathan Epperman of Parkway Bakery prepares oysters for the deep fryer. Parkway was one of 34 food vendors at the 2015 Oak Street Po boy Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On a clear blue Sunday afternoon, people packed Oak Street from curb to curb from Carrollton to the Eagle avenue for the 2015 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. People ate food from 34 different vendors. Vendors included Oak street’s own Jaques Imo’s, Parkway Bakery from Mid City and Oceana Grill from the French Quarter. Live music could be heard all day on two stages. The bands included Rebirth Brass Band, Tank and the Bangas, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen and more.

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Oct 172015
 
Greg Ward Jr., Houston quarterback, scrambles away from Tulane defensive tackle Tanzel Smart to complete a pass in the second half of Friday's game. Ward Jr. led the game in passing yards, rushing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns.

Greg Ward Jr., Houston quarterback, scrambles away from Tulane defensive tackle Tanzel Smart to complete a pass in the second half of Friday’s game. Ward Jr. led the game in passing yards, rushing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns.

On Friday, Tulane University played no. 24 University of Houston, an American Athletic Conference rival, in a primetime matchup. The nationally-ranked Cougars torched the Green Wave, beating them 42-7. Tulane gave up 461 yards of total offense. Despite forcing two turnovers, Tulane’s defense had no answer for Houston’s offense. Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. finished the game with 222 yards passing and one touchdown and 77 yards rushing with three touchdowns. Tulane fell to 2-4 overall, with a conference record of 1-2. Houston improved to 6-0. Tulane faces another conference rival, Navy, next week in Annapolis.

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Sep 202015
 
Stephon Lofton, red shirt freshman corner back, celebrates Saturday's win with students in the student section of Yulman Stadium. Tulane beat Maine 38-7. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stephon Lofton, red shirt freshman corner back, celebrates Saturday’s win with students in the student section of Yulman Stadium. Tulane beat Maine 38-7. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday night, Tulane won their first game of the 2015 season, beating the University of Maine 38-7 in Yulman Stadium. The Wave brought a balanced approach to the game. Quarterback Tanner Lee led all quarterbacks, completing 16 of 27 passes for 277 yards and one touchdown. The Wave brought a fierce running attack to Satuday’s matchup. Three running backs scored touchdowns. Dontrell Hilliard led all running backs with eight rushes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Sherman Badie led all receivers with five receptions for 118 yards. The Wave held the Black Bears to 296 yards of total offense. The Wave will host American Athletic Conference rivals the University of Central Florida (0-3) on October 3rd.

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Sep 042015
 
Tulane wide receiver Terren Encalade jukes a would-be tackler in the season opening game against Duke. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane wide receiver Terren Encalade jukes a would-be tackler in the season opening game against Duke. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane lost their home opener 37-7 versus Duke University. Tulane’s defense struggled, giving up 531 yards of total offense including 289 yards passing from junior quarterback Thomas Skirk. Quarterback Tanner Lee struggled, only throwing his first and only touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, the team’s only score.

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Aug 282015
 
AJ De Leon, left, takes a selfie with Saints' quarterback Drew Brees during the post-practice autograph session. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com

AJ De Leon, left, takes a selfie with Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees during the post-practice autograph session. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Friday evening, the Saints took to practice at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium instead of their Metairie practice facility. This was the last practice before they take on the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon in the Superdome. The Saints regular season begins September 13 at Arizona.

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Aug 072015
 
Davie Shoring pulls the first half of the house at 921 General Pershing onto Magazine Street to its destination in Central City. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Davie Shoring pulls the first half of the house at 921 General Pershing onto Magazine Street to its destination in Mid City. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A home on General Pershing Street previously slated for demolition to make way for the expansion of St. George’s Episcopal School is instead being moved to Mid-City, where it will be rehabilitated and sold to a teacher. Continue reading »

Jul 122015
 
Stanley and Carolyn Baye dance to the J. Monque'D Blues Band. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stanley and Carolyn Baye dance to the J. Monque’D Blues Band. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday afternoon, St. Henry’s Church on General Pershing hosted their 26th annual block party after holding their anniversary mass earlier that afternoon. The party featured free food, drink and snowballs as well as music by the J. Monque’D blues band.

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Apr 042015
 
Spyboy Irving "Honey" Bannister of Cha Wah. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Irving “Honey” Bannister of Cha Wah. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Travers Geoffray of the Mississippi Rail Company gets animated on the Ocshner Baptist stage. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Travers Geoffray of the Mississippi Rail Company gets animated on the Ocshner Baptist stage. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday afternoon, people packed onto Freret street for the annual Freret Street Festival. Food, music and arts and crafts lined Freret from Soniat down to Napoleon. Local vendors like Woody’s Fish Tacos, Boucherie and Liberty Cheesesteak provided food. There were three stages of music featuring artists like Cha Wah, Bonerama, Mississippi Rail Company, Billy Iusso and the Restless Natives amongst others.

Holly Morlas and Kyle Galloway dance to the Mississippi Rail Company. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Holly Morlas and Kyle Galloway dance to the Mississippi Rail Company at the Ocshner Baptist stage. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 192015
 
People observe the elaborate altar at St. Stephen's church. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People observe the elaborate altar at St. Stephen’s church. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Thursday, churches across the greater New Orleans area celebrated St. Joseph’s Day. A celebration originated in New Orleans’ Sicilian community, the day pays homage to St. Joseph who, according to legend, saved Sicily from famine during the Middle Ages. St. Stephen’s church on Napoleon avenue had an elaborate altar while also serving free food outside the church. Continue reading »

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Mar 152015
 
Wild man of the Hard Head Hunters Mardi Gras Indians on LaSalle on Sunday afternoon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wild man of the Hard Head Hunters Mardi Gras Indians on LaSalle on Sunday afternoon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday afternoon, plumes of feathers, the ring of tambourines and the vibrant colors of Mardi Gras Indians’ hand-stitched suits filled the streets of Central City under pristine blue skies. Mardi Gras Indians from all over the city met at A.L. Davis park on LaSalle and Washington for the annual Super Sunday celebration.

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Mar 142015
 

The Corner Club were one of many marching crews in Saturday’s parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday afternoon, the annual Irish Channel parade ran Uptown from Jackson up to St. Charles, down Louisiana to Magazine and then back to Jackson. The crowds were thick on Magazine street as the sun shined strong. Dozens of male paraders on foot exchanged plastic flowers for kisses on the cheek from female crowd members. Parades threw standard Mardi Gras beads as well as signature cabbages and carrots.

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Mar 072015
 
Attendees held up "I Stand with Planned Parenthood" fans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Attendees held up “I Stand with Planned Parenthood” fans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, Planned Parenthood held the “Stand with Louisiana Women Rally” at the First Presbyterian Church on Claiborne and Jefferson Avenue. At the rally, city councilwomen LaToya Cantrell and Susan Guidry, doctors, student activists, religious leaders and Planned Parenthood leaders all discussed the benefits a Planned Parenthood center would provide for the New Orleans community and the opposition the center and the organization faces amongst other topics. Continue reading »

Feb 232015
 
The 2015 Oscar Awards were screened at Prytania. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2015 Oscar Awards were screened at Prytania. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday evening, the 87th annual Oscar Awards were screened at the Prytania theatre. Complimentary food and beverage were provided for attendees. There were also glam and costume contests, as well as cinema trivia during commercial breaks.

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Feb 152015
 
John C. Riley reigned as the King of Bacchus 2015. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

John C. Reilly threw handfuls of doubloons into the crowd. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday night, Bacchus rolled Uptown with the theme “Children’s Stories that Lived Forever.” Actor John C. Reilly reigned as the king of Bacchus 2015. The parade also featured actors Craig Robinson, Rob Corrdry and Clark Duke.

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Feb 132015
 
Actor John C. Reily throws Bacchus doubloons to the audience.

Actor John C. Reilly throws Bacchus doubloons to the audience. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor John C. Reilly made an appearance at Children’s Hospital on Friday morning. Reilly, the star of the popular children’s movie Wreck-It Ralph, brought copies of his movies to kids. Reily will reign as the king of Bacchus this year.

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Feb 062015
 
Capetown South Africa float in Oshun. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Capetown South Africa float in Oshun. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra were the first parades to roll down the Uptown route in Mardi Gras 2015. The Krewe of Oshun’s theme was “Carnival Around the World,” with floats depicting cities around the world with Carnival traditions. Cleopatra’s theme was “A Stroll Down the Avenue.” This year is Cleopatra’s 40th anniversary.

A rider on the Krewe of Cleopatra's Skeleton float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Krewe of Cleopatra’s Skeleton float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 252015
 
Maggie Randriamamonjy from San Francisco runs the half marathon down St. Charles avenue on Sunday morning. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Maggie Randriamamonjy from San Francisco runs the half marathon down St. Charles avenue on Sunday morning. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Early Sunday morning, runners from across the country ran New Orleans’ annual Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon. The run began downtown on Poydras, uptown to St. Charles, down to Decatur in the French Quarter and up Esplanade to finish in City Park. Runners had the option to run a full or a half marathon.

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Jan 142015
 
Protesters chant on the corner of Freret and Cadiz. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Protesters chant on the corner of Freret and Cadiz. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Robert Morris; photos by Zach Brien

A group of local environmental activists huddled against the cold wind Tuesday night to create an audiovisual protest against a proposed expansion of an oil pipeline from Canada visible to Freret Street drivers. Continue reading »