Now that the Super Bowl has passed and the temporary Disneyfication of our city has been taken down, we’re back to the normal seasonal crazy through Fat Tuesday next week. In our household, it means even more than in most years because we’ll have family staying with us through the entire time. By “family,” I mean my daughter and her boyfriend and a childhood friend of my daughter, so it’ll be a bon temp indeed around here.
The massive crowds that lined the Uptown route Thursday night saw the Knights of Babylon explore the “Land of Dreams,” the Knights of Chaos skewer politicians of every stripe, and the Krewe of Muses combine visual theatrics with a witty series of puns on “Makin’ Groceries.”
With more than a dozen parades still to roll on the Uptown route, the Coliseum Square Association is seeking the donation of snacks to distribute to the police officers who work long shifts along St. Charles Avenue.
Danae’s Mardi Gras is not complete without the annual trek to Gallier Hall for the Mayor’s Ball. Lucky for us, Gallier Hall is only four blocks from our office, so Danae walks over.
Last night’s event — as usual — was an outstanding gathering, a great place to people watch and do business. His Honor of course was present along with most of his senior staff and the majority of the City Council — LaToya, Cynthia, Jackie, Kristin and Susan — and their husbands. Danae overheard Mayor Landrieu speaking to a national journalist about the willingness of investors to bring their money to New Orleans, since the Mayor never misses an opportunity to promote the city. Honorary Dutch Consul Connie Willems, new president of the Consular Corp, was talking about how foreign governments are placing more emphasis on trade in this region.
The Krewe of Ancient Druids teased a number of other parade groups with its “Phobias” theme and the Mystic Krewe of Nyx reveled in cinematic takes on “What a Girl Wants” Wednesday night, as Carnival parading on the Uptown New Orleans route resumed after its week off.
Greetings 2013 Carnival enthusiasts! The season is upon us, and in the past I’ve written some dos and don’ts in the form of top tens, a course of 101 and 201, to ensure a safe, happy, and mutually beneficial Mardi Gras experience. Black outs be damned! We have Flambeaux! Come to think of it, in 2018, having Flambeaux on standby to illuminate the game wouldn’t be the worst idea. Anyhow, enjoy the recap to follow, and for goodness sake’s take it to heart.
(1) Don’t park your car on the neutral ground. It may not be signed and everyone else may be doing it, but you – and they – will all get tickets. I see it every year. And no matter how designated your driver is, not a one of you should be behind the wheel. Ride your bike, people!
A two-block stretch of Amelia Street that neighbors say has become an out-of-control gathering place for unruly teenagers during Mardi Gras will receive increased attention this week from both police and city officials who promise to end the problem.
The problem is different from the typical Carnival-time revelry that lines the Uptown route, neighbors and officials say. Instead, a vacant lot at the corner of Baronne Street — memorable to passers-by for a lone set of stone stairs in the center of it — has become a gathering point for teens, and they form a dense throng for two blocks between there and the parade on St. Charles Avenue.
Rev. Arturo Sosa Abascal, president of a Catholic university in Venezuela, will present a lecture on “Political Implications of a Humanizing Globalization” tonight (Thursday, Jan. 31) at Loyola University.
A panel of NFL reporters, sports-law experts and a representative of the player’s league will discuss how issues related to injuries will affect “The Future of Football” in an event Tuesday evening hosted by New Orleans Hillel at Tulane University.
The Krewe of Carrollton and Knights of King Arthur rolled Sunday afternoon on the Uptown route.
The Knights of Sparta rolled on the Uptown route with 17 floats themed “My Way,” after Sinatra songs, and the Krewe of Pygmalion rolled an 18-float parade entitled “Pygmalion Celebrates.”
The Krewe of Pontchartrain’s 15 floats riddled parade-goers with the theme of “What are you afraid of?” on Saturday afternoon, and the Krewe of Choctaw made its first appearance on the Uptown route with a 18-float parade with whimsical takes on “Avenues of America.”
Three guns were seized Friday night along the parade route during the Oshun and Cleopatra parades at locations that were trouble spots for gunplay last year as well, according to police.
Under absolutely perfect weather, two regal parades kicked off the first major weekend of parading in New Orleans on Friday night. The Krewe of Oshun celebrated children as it held its place as the first parade of the weekend, and the Krewe of Cleopatra made their debut on the Uptown route on the fortieth anniversary of their parade.
A parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. passed up the Central City boulevard named in his memory on Monday, with community and school groups from around New Orleans marching in support of his legacy.