Zach Brien

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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Mar 022019
 

People cheer for beads from Hermes’ tile float “Court Music of Louis XIV” rolls down St. Charles Avenue on Friday, March 2. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Friday, the Mystic Krewe of Hermes gave the city the first of three parades to roll on the Uptown route. The krewe paraded with the theme “Court Music of Louis XIV.”

The masked captain of Hermes leads the krewe down St. Charles Avenue on Friday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 012019
 

Riders on the Jesters float wave to the crowd during the Krewe of Babylon on Thursday, Feb. 28. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

After a two-hour delay because of a steady downpour that canceled the Krewe of Chaos parade, Babylon took to the streets for its 80th anniversary parade. It started in the rain, but the strength of the parade caused the skies to clear.

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Feb 102019
 

Zion performs at the Marley Gras Festival at Central City Barbecue on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The annual Marley Gras festival took place at Central City BBQ on Saturday, Feb. 9. The festival featured live music, Jamaican food,  handmade crafts, as well as a pepper-eating competition and a jerk-chicken cook-off. The celebration of the connections between New Orleans and Caribbean culture is held during Carnival in honor of reggae pioneer Bob Marley’s Feb. 6 birthday.

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Feb 042019
 

Michele Rossi, center, is pelted with flags at the end of the Disco Amigos’ dance routine. Dat Dog threw an Anti-LIE block party, closing off Magazine street between Toledano and Louisiana, featuring replays of the Saints’ 2010 Super Bowl victory, a referee dunk tank and more. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, Feb. 3, almost all of New Orleans boycotted the Super Bowl in one fashion or another, after the Saints were kept from the big game thanks to a missed call by the referees in the NFC Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams. For many, boycotting the game was more fun than watching the game. Among the Uptown venues hosting boycott events, Dat Dog threw a block party, Kingpin had a second line and Tracey’s served seafood. The boycott put a large dent in local viewership of the Super Bowl with a 26.1 rating. Nationally, the game’s viewership was the lowest since 2009 with a 44.9 rating.

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Jan 212019
 

Video by Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger

The city paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at the New Orleans Jazz Market on  and a march from the Market to A.L. Davis Park in Central City. Marc Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and president and CEO of the National Urban League, delivered an address at the Jazz Market. There, he talked about New Orleans’ key role in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, co-founded and led by King.

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Jan 102019
 

A.J. Allegra, far right, director of musical theater at Lusher, speaks with Stavros Koumbaros, center, and Paige Smallwood, left, of the musical Les Miserables in front of a group of 35 students. The play is at the Saenger Theater from January 8 through 13th. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Theater students from a local high school had the opportunity to hear from two actors from “Les Miserables,” a Tony award-winning musical playing at the Saenger Theatre until Jan. 13.

On Wednesday, Paige Smallwood and Stavros Koumbaros, actors from “Les Miserables,” spoke with 35 theater students at Lusher Charter School on Freret Street. During the event arranged by Broadway in New Orleans and the Orleans Parish School Board, the actors answered questions from A.J. Allegra, director of the musical theater division at Lusher, and directly from the students themselves. Continue reading »

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Jan 072019
 

Revelers clamor for beads from the Phunny Phorty Phellows as the streetcar rolls down Carrollton Avenue toward St. Charles Avenue on Sunday.

Photos by Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger

On Sunday, Carnival season began in New Orleans. The Phunny Phorty Phellows, a krewe dating back to the late 19th century, rang in the season with their annual parade on a St. Charles Avenue streetcar. The krewe began its Twelfth Night streetcar parade in 1982.

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Dec 222018
 

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews signs a book for his former teacher Rozetta Millner during the “Toys From Troy” event at Warren Easton Charter High School on Friday.

Photos by Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, internationally-renowned trombonist and Warren Easton graduate, returned to his alma mater on Friday, Dec. 21 bearing gifts. Andrews hosted his second annual “Toys From Troy” toy giveaway. The second annual event also featured pictures with Santa and a performance by students at the Trombone Shorty Academy. Continue reading »

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