Zach Brien

Jun 072014
 
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra threw a block party on Saturday afternoon at the Central City fire station on Martin Luther King boulevard. Free food and activities were provided for attendees.

Trombonist Michael Watson of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra allowed interested kids to play his trombone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Trombonist Michael Watson of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra allowed interested kids to play his trombone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Freret Street Festival 2014

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Apr 052014
 
The Abita "Culture on Tap" stage was one of four stages at the Freret St. Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Abita “Culture on Tap” stage was one of four stages at the Freret St. Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, music, food and art lined Freret street Uptown from Jefferson avenue to Napoleon avenue for the annual Freret Street festival. Continue reading »

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Mar 302014
 
Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday 2014. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday 2014. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

After two rain delays, Mardi Gras Indians from across the city congregated at A.L. Davis park on the corner of LaSalle and Washington on Sunday for the annual Super Sunday. Aside from the Indians, food from local vendors and music were bountiful. Continue reading »

Mar 192014
 
De la Salle's St. Joseph altar. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

De la Salle’s St. Joseph altar. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Altars to Saint Joseph appeared at Catholic churches and schools across New Orleans on Wednesday. Saint Joseph altars are a Catholic tradition brought to New Orleans by Sicilian immigrants in the 19th century. Continue reading »

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Mar 192014
 
Flag boy of the Golden Blades (far right) at the meeting of the Golden Blades and Golden Eagles on St. Joseph's Night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Flag boy of the Golden Blades (far right) at the meeting of the Golden Blades and Golden Eagles on St. Joseph’s Night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wednesday night, Mardi Gras Indians took to the streets in their annual St. Joseph’s night procession. The Uptown Mardi Gras Indians met near A.L. Davis park on the corner of Washington ave. and La Salle st. Continue reading »

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Mar 162014
 
Spectators receive beads from one of the parades many floats.

Spectators receive beads from a float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, the annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade rolled Uptown. Crowds lined the streets of Uptown hoping for flowers and cabbages.

Dana Prados (right), receives a kiss on the cheek in exchange for a flower during Saturday's Irish Channel Parade.

Dana Prados (right), receives a kiss on the cheek from a member of the Corner Club in exchange for a flower during Saturday’s Irish Channel Parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 042014
 
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The Krewe of Zulu marches on Jackson Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Zulu King Garren Mims. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Zulu King Garren Mims. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Mardi Gras day, the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure club celebrated the late South African president Nelson Mandela. Continue reading »

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Mar 032014
 
Bacchus Explores Sportsman's Paradise (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Bacchus Explores our Sportsman’s Paradise (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor/Musician Hugh Laurie reigned as King Bacchus XLVI. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor/Musician Hugh Laurie threw signature doubloons to the packed Napoleon street crowd. Laurie reigned as King Bacchus XLVI. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Krewe of Bacchus 2014 explored Louisiana’s “Sportsman’s Paradise” slogan found on the state’s license plates. This year’s parade featured actor/musician Hugh Laurie from the television program House and New Orleans Saints’ all-pro defensive end Cameron Jordan. Continue reading »

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Feb 232014
 
Coffee & Beignets float, Krewe of Carrollton 2014.

The Coffee & Beignets float in the Krewe of Carrollton parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A healthy dose of rain didn’t stop Saturday’s parades: The Krewe of Carrollton’s 24 floats themed “Carrollton Goes Two by Two,” the Knights of King Arthur’s 27 floats themed “King Arthur has the Blues,” and the 20 floats of the Krewe of Alla themed “Alla Goes to NOLA” all rolled on the Uptown route as scheduled.

Marching bands made the best of the unfavorable weather in the Krewe of King Arthur parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Marching bands made the best of the unfavorable weather as the Knights of King Arthur rolled on Magazine Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander's Palace float. Commander's Palace is one of New Orleans' finest restaurants. Krewe of Alla 2014, (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander’s Palace float. Commander’s Palace is one of New Orleans’ finest restaurants. Krewe of Alla 2014, (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 222014
 
Rider throws beads on Napoleon Ave. Pontchartrain's 2014  theme was "What's Eating New Orleans." (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Rider on Pontchartrain’s oyster float throws beads on Napoleon Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Pontchartrain was the first of three krewes to roll Saturday afternoon, followed by Krewe of Choctaw and Krewe of Freret.

Pontchartrain had floats with the theme “What’s Eating New Orleans,” a food-themed guessing game with obvious answers to any New Orleanian. Choctaw’s theme was “Choctaw’s Vacation Destinations,” and the Krewe of Freret paraded for the first time since the 1990s, with an inaugural theme of “There’s a First Time for Everything” and floats lampooning their own return from the grave.

Parade goers await beads from the "Ghouls Gone Wild" float in Krewe of Freret. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Parade goers await beads from the “Ghouls Gone Wild” float in Krewe of Freret. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 172014
 
The Jefferson City Buzzards' march up Annunciation street from their clubhouse.

The Jefferson City Buzzards’ march up Annunciation street from their clubhouse in their annual practice parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Jefferson City Buzzards, an all-male Mardi Gras krewe, took the streets of Uptown Sunday afternoon in their finest women’s apparel for their annual practice parade. On Mardi Gras Day, the Buzzards march on St. Charles Ave. in between Zulu and Rex. Continue reading »

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Feb 022014
 
Participants make their way towards downtown on St. Charles ave.

Participants make their way downtown on St. Charles Ave. early Sunday morning (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Early Sunday morning, runners took to the foggy streets of New Orleans for the annual Rock N’ Roll Marathon. Beginning at the corner of Poydras St. and Camp St. downtown, the course went Uptown to St. Charles Ave., to Mid City and finished in City Park. Continue reading »

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Feb 022014
 
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu

Surrounded by his family and supporters, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses the crowd in a Hyatt hotel ballroom following his re-election Saturday night. (Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

(image via Secretary of State's office)

(image via Secretary of State’s office)

Mitch Landrieu easily won re-election to a second term as mayor of New Orleans over his two challengers Saturday night with 64 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. Continue reading »

Jan 262014
 
Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns led Sunday's Youth Music Workshop

Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns led Sunday’s Youth Music Workshop

Every Sunday from 1:00-3:00 PM, the Tipitina’s Foundation puts on a free music clinic for middle and high school kids and their parents. Sunday, January 26th, local band Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns led the weekly workshop.

Little Big Horns' Trombonist Charlie Halloran (left) puts down his bone to give percussion instruction to Jacob Jones (right).

Little Big Horns’ Trombonist Charlie Halloran (left) puts down his bone to give percussion instruction to Jacob Jones (right).


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Jan 262014
 
Palmer Park located at the corner of S. Carrolton and S. Claiborne.

Palmer Park located at the corner of S. Carrolton and S. Claiborne.

The Arts Market, presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans, takes place the last Saturday of each month 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Palmer Park on the corner of S. Claiborne and S. Carrolton. The Market has pottery, painting, clothing, photography and jewelry.

Hand-painted silk scarves by Kathleen Olson Grumich.

Hand-painted silk scarves by Kathleen Olson Grumich.


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Jan 202014
 
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (far right) gives his final remarks alongside Archbishop Gregory Aymond (left) and City Councilwoman Susan Guidry (middle) after a wreath was brought to the MLK Memorial on Claiborne Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (far right) gives his final remarks alongside Archbishop Gregory Aymond (left) and City Councilwoman Susan Guidry (middle) after a wreath was brought to the King memorial on Claiborne Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Onlookers hold up commemorative signs in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Onlookers hold up commemorative signs in honor of MLK Jr. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Though the work is hard and much still remains, New Orleans is moving ever closer in tangible ways to becoming more like the community that Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned for America, city officials said Monday morning.

“Each generation for a moment grips the arc of history and bends it one way or another, but it does not bend on its own,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu on the steps of City Hall. “Here in New Orleans, there is no doubt we are moving forward together.” Continue reading »

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Jan 202014
 
Raw oysters from Woody’s Fish Tacos were a crowd favorite at the first annual Freret Street Oyster Jam. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Raw oysters from Woody’s Fish Tacos were a crowd favorite at the first annual Freret Street Oyster Jam. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Oysters in abundance, clear weather and live music drew more than 1,300 people to the first Freret Oyster Jam on Sunday, organizers said.

Keyboardist and organist John Gros plays with the newest New Orleans super group Raw Oyster Cult.The Cult is made up of Gros, former Radiators guitarists Camile Baudoin and Tom Malone and drummer Frank Bua Jr. and bassist Dave Pomerleau from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Keyboardist and organist John Gros plays with the newest New Orleans super group Raw Oyster Cult.The Cult is made up of Gros, former Radiators guitarists Camile Baudoin and Tom Malone and drummer Frank Bua Jr. and bassist Dave Pomerleau from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 112014
 
Tyler Johns, left, Shanay Haywood, center, and Rachel May, right, paint "A.L. Davis Panthers" on the outside of A.L. Davis park. (photo by Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

Tyler Johns, left, Shanay Haywood, center, and Rachel May, right, paint “A.L. Davis Panthers” on the outside of A.L. Davis park. (photo by Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

NOLA for Life in A.L. Davis park. (photo by Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

NOLA for Life in A.L. Davis park. (photo by Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday in Central City, volunteers, both local and visiting, came out to fix up A.L. Davis Park as well as Carter G. Woodson School as part of the sixth NOLA for Life Day effort. Continue reading »

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