After a year of discussion and a month of revisions, the New Orleans City Council met very little opposition Thursday morning to a series of changes to crowd behavior during Mardi Gras parades — including a six-foot setback for viewing ladders and a prohibition on roping off the neutral ground or placing private portable toilets on public property.
But one community activist running for City Council urged the city to take an additional step: banning smoking during the parades.
The Loyola Opera Theatre will showcase its new production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “mythical” opera “The Magic Flute” this weekend, according to a spokesperson for the college.
The performances will take place on Friday (Jan. 24) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus.
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.”
Oysters in abundance, clear weather and live music drew more than 1,300 people to the first Freret Oyster Jam on Sunday, organizers said.
An Alumni mixer called “See – Reflect – Inspire” will be held Friday at The Drexel Center of St. Katharine Drexel Prep (formerly Xavier Prep) according to a press release.
An organization dedicated to reducing poverty in New Orleans will help low-income Uptown residents help pay their utility bill, according to a press release issued by Total Community Action, Inc.
Despite my darnedest divining, turns out maybe my best JazzFest prognosticating days are behind me. As I tweeted Monday night my top 10 artist guesses in anticipation of Tuesday’s announcement proper, I came up very short with a paltry 2 correct out of 10. And even as I read over the girth of talent slated for the annual racetrack shindig, it read more like a gobbledygook of sure things than what my version of the event might look like. Or as one friend commented yesterday: “Robin Thicke but no Dave Jordan?! Time to rename JazzFest.”
A New Orleans City Council committee is recommending a ban on roping off areas of the neutral ground during parades be added to a list of changes to the city’s Mardi Gras laws, they said Tuesday morning.
Sure, New Orleans already has an “official” oyster festival. But Woody Ruiz of the ubiquitous festival fish tacos thought the middle of summer was kind of an odd time to eat oysters, and he wanted a chance to give the big names downtown a run for their money on oyster preparation.
On Sunday (Jan. 19), Ruiz will get his chance, when he partners with the founders of Freret Market to create the first (hopefully annual) Freret Oyster Jam in the parking lot of the Publiq House.
A set of new laws concerning conduct during Mardi Gras parades will not ban toilet paper from being thrown from floats, in a change from a draft of the laws introduced by the City Council earlier this week.
The artwork of a New Orleans artist based in Brooklyn will be on display at an opening at the Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street on Saturday evening, accompanied by a set from his band.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8973 — located Uptown, just off Wisner Park — is collecting American flags that are no longer fit for public display and will give them a proper disposal ceremony at noon Saturday.
All Mardi Gras ladders must be kept at least six feet back from the curb during parades, and may not be chained together, under a set of new laws being introduced this week before the New Orleans City Council.
Despite temperatures that dipped below “phreezing,” the Phunny Phorty Phellows made their annual Twelfth Night ride down the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line Monday to mark the end of Christmas and the beginning of the Carnival season.
Although most passengers on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line will be taking shuttles through the construction zone this year, the Phunny Phorty Phellows aren’t “most passengers” — and their ride tonight will proceed as normal, officials say.
The Lady Rollers will close out 2013 with their 18th-anniversary second-line parade at noon today (Sunday, Dec. 29) around the Louisiana Avenue corridor, according to a post by Big Red Cotton for Gambit. The second-line starts at the Sandpiper, 2119 Louisiana Avenue, and passes through the neighborhoods alongside Louisiana, Toledano and Washington.
The parade is dedicated to Mansfield “Field” Patterson III.
After the market, the Freret Clay Center will have a new opening featuring two ceramics artists.
The NOLA For Life Day planned for Saturday at A.L. Davis Park in Central City has been postponed to Jan. 11, 2014, amid predictions of rain, city officials said.