Mar 152020

A crowd gathers outside Tracey’s on Magazine Street — near a sign warning against congregating on the street as the deadly coronavirus is spreading in New Orleans. (Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger)

By Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger

Police cars arrived at Tracey’s Bar on Magazine Street on Saturday to break up a crowd of more than 250 people participating in a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl, in violation of a ban on large crowds that Gov. John Bel Edwards announced through an executive order on Friday. The size of the crowd spurred some public shaming from Mayor LaToya Cantrell on social media.

“The crowd exceeded 250 people and spilled into the streets. They were dispersed without incident,” said an New Orleans Police Department spokesperson. “The NOPD will continue to enforce the governor’s ban.” Continue reading »

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Mar 152020

Grand Marshal Frank Denny walks up the center aisle to applause during the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club’s Mass Saturday (March 14) at St. Mary’s Assumption Church. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

Members of the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club gathered Saturday (March 14) for their annual Mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church that traditionally precedes their Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade. This year, the parade hosted by the group founded in 1947 was canceled by the city due to the spread of the coronavirus. Continue reading »

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Mar 142020

Friends gather at the Half Moon Bar & Restaurant in the Irish Channel area of Uptown Saturday (March 14) for the St. Patrick’s Day 2020 Barcrawl. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

Groups of green-garbed revelers strolled the streets of the Irish Channel Saturday (March 14) with the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade canceled due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Men were dressed in their tuxedos and kilts while the women were draped in green and glitter.

The crowd kept growing, however, and the New Orleans Police Department had to step in and break it up later in the evening, saying the event violated the ban on gatherings of more than 250 people. Continue reading »

Mar 132020

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Editor’s note: This story posted before Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a declaration closing all schools. The schools information below is outdated.

During a conference call Thursday (March 12) afternoon, Mayor LaToya Cantrell gave the number of presumptive coronavirus cases in New Orleans: 11. About two hours later, the city’s webpage on the health crisis stated there were 15 in New Orleans. On Friday morning, the number increased to 23.

The public health situation is moving quickly. Health officials have said that there is evidence of “community spread” of the COVID-19 in the New Orleans area. Most of the current patients contracted it locally rather than during travel, so there are likely to be more cases. Continue reading »

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Mar 122020

BUKU Art + Music Project, 2019. (Zach Brien,

The BUKU Art + Music Project announced today that its 2020 festival scheduled for March 20-21 will be rescheduled. This reluctant change is due to the impacts of COVID-19, the coronavirus. A notice from Mayor Latoya Cantrell’s office stated that BUKU could not take place as planned, according to an official statement from the festival team. Continue reading »

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Mar 122020

The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University has canceled its inaugural event for 2020, citing concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

From Tulane University

The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University has canceled its inaugural event for 2020, citing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and adherence to university protocol.

Tickets purchased for keynote addresses with John Grisham, Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell will be fully refunded within 10 business days. Continue reading »

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Mar 112020

Jamie Flowers receives a kiss from a member of the Irish Corner Club during the 2019 Irish Channel Parade. Before the 2020 parade was canceled, organizers were urging winks or fist bumps in place of the traditional Irish kisses.  (Zach Brien,

A variety of groups were ready to bring an explosion of activity to Uptown streets this weekend. The Irish Channel Parade, a centerpiece of local St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, was planned for Saturday. And the following day, Mardi Gras Indian tribes and second-line groups were to bring their artistry to the streets of Central City for the annual Uptown Super Sunday.

Now Irish Channel paraders need to store their throws and Indians need to put away this year’s suits. And for Uptown residents, this might be a good weekend for spring cleaning and gardening instead of enjoying parades.  Continue reading »

Mar 102020

Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Washington State will all cast their presidential primary votes tonight (March 10).

The NOLA Messenger crew is inviting our readers, neighbors, and any political thinkers to join us again to watch the campaign unfold. Our next Democratic Primary Watch Party is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight at Twelve Mile Limit, 500 S. Telemachus St.

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Mar 102020

Marthe Cohn, 98, is the star of “Chichinette: The Accidental Spy.” (Nicola Hens photo)

By Christian Willbern, Loyola Student News Service

While sitting in her hotel room complaining about the WiFi in Metz, France, Marthe Cohn scrunches her nose and sticks her tongue out at the camera, conveying how at the age of 98, the World War II spy is still a tour de force. Cohn stars in “Chichinette: The Accidental Spy,” a documentary portraying the tiny-but-mighty woman’s extraordinary battle against the Nazi regime during World War II. This was just one of several films exhibited during the New Orleans Film Society’s 23rd French Film Festival. Continue reading »

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Mar 072020

The newly released “Recipes and Remembrances of Fair Dillard, 1869-2019” tells the culinary history of Dillard University through notes and recipes from celebrities, civil rights activists, Dillard alumni, and more. (Camille Barnett,

Food historian, educator, and author Zella Palmer will present her recently published “Recipes and Remembrances of Fair Dillard, 1869-2019” this Sunday, March 8. Using recipes and research, Palmer’s book documents the African American culinary history of New Orleans through the lens of Dillard University. She will be signing copies of her work for 2 p.m. at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Continue reading »

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Mar 032020

Thanks to you all who have joined us for the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary this presidential election season. With Steyer, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar all dropping out of the race over the last few days, the results of the Super Tuesday election events tonight (March 3) will set the tone for the rest of the campaign.

The NOLA Messenger crew is inviting our readers, neighbors, and any political thinkers to join us again to watch the campaign unfold. Our Super Tuesday Watch Party is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight at Twelve Mile Limit, 500 S. Telemachus St.

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Feb 292020

(Uptown Messenger file photo)

The VIP Ladies and Kids Social Aid & Pleasure Club will hold its 2020 second-line on Sunday in the Central City, Lower Garden District, Garden District and Milan neighborhoods.

The theme is DENIM, for Deconstruction, Elevation, Naturalistic, Indigo, Motivation. The event flier names three brass bands: Big Six, Da Truth and Sporty’s. Continue reading »

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Feb 262020

The Rex “Omens and Auguries” title float rolls Tuesday morning on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris,

Rex, the king of Carnival, closed out the 2020 Mardi Gras season on Tuesday morning with a parade celebrating “Omens and Auguries.” Continue reading »

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Feb 262020

Zulu rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris,

The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicked off Mardi Gras Day with a theme of “Zulu’s Book of Love,” showering the Uptown parade route with affection, exuberance and hand-painted coconuts on Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

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Feb 242020

The Knights of Chaos “Im-peach-ment” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Sunday morning. (Robert Morris,

The Krewe of Chaos, rescheduled from its normal Thursday night slot to Sunday morning, sprinted up the Uptown parade route with its satirical entourage after the Krewe of Thoth. Continue reading »

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