Feb 182015
 
A Rex rider throws beads on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Rex rider throws beads on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Rex, the King of Carnival, showered St. Charles Avenue parade crowds with medallions, cups and pillows styled to match each float in the “Wars that Shaped Early America” theme.

The Rex "King's Jesters" float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Rex “King’s Jesters” float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 172015
 
A rider on the Zulu Soweto float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Zulu “Soweto” float laughingly displays coconuts on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite temperatures that hovered near freezing Tuesday morning, the jubilant Krewe of Zulu was greeted by ecstatic crowds on its roll down St. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

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Feb 172015
 
A rider in the Krewe of Orpheus throws beads into the Napoleon Avenue crowd.

A rider in the Krewe of Orpheus throws beads into the Napoleon Avenue crowd.

With a series of playful illuminated floats led by a procession of celebrities for Lundi Gras, the Krewe of Orpheus spent what was just an ordinary Monday evening anywhere else exploring “The Magic of an Ordinary Day.”

The Krewe of Orpheus' stunning Leviathan float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Orpheus’ stunning Leviathan float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 162015
 
The Proteus "Fishing Birds" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Proteus “Fishing Birds” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The floats in the Krewe of Proteus carried explanations of their links to the original 1896 parade. (UptownMessenger.com)

The floats in the Krewe of Proteus carried explanations of their links to the original 1896 parade. (UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Proteus rolled on the Uptown route on Monday evening, with a theme of “Nature of the Beasts” recreating a parade with slyly satirical undertones dating back to the late 1800s. Continue reading »

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Feb 152015
 
John C. Riley reigned as the King of Bacchus 2015. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

John C. Reilly threw handfuls of doubloons into the crowd. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday night, Bacchus rolled Uptown with the theme “Children’s Stories that Lived Forever.” Actor John C. Reilly reigned as the king of Bacchus 2015. The parade also featured actors Craig Robinson, Rob Corrdry and Clark Duke.

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Feb 152015
 
The Thoth "Hell Freezes Over" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Thoth “Hell Freezes Over” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Okeanos put on a parade of kings, the Krewe of Mid-City paid tribute to City Park, and the Krewe of Thoth gave its own spin on figures of speech.

The Krewe of Mid-City "Melusine and Snow Queen" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Mid-City “Melusine and Snow Queen” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Skinz and Bonez gang marches on Magazine Street with the Krewe of Okeanos. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Skinz and Bonez gang marches on Magazine Street with the Krewe of Okeanos. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 142015
 
A member of the Krewe of Iris prepares to throw beads at the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon avenues. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A member of the Krewe of Iris prepares to throw beads at the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon avenues. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewes of Iris brought their love of parties to the Uptown parade route on Saturday, and followed by the Krewe of Tucks saving the day in their particular fashion.

The Krewe of Tucks mocks Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential aspirations by depicting him as a wannabe superhero. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Tucks mocks Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations by depicting him as a wannabe superhero. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 132015
 
The Krewe of Hermes "Salome" float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes “Salome” float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes presented a 29-float parade of “The Ballets Russes,” Le Krewe d’Etat riffed off of horror stories in “Frid’Etat the 13th” with its 24 satirical floats, and the Krewe of Morpheus concluded the evening with a 20-float parade titled “Freaky Friday.”

The "Drive on a Crack" float by Le Krewe d'Etat mocked the ongoing road construction around New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The “Drive on a Crack” float by Le Krewe d’Etat mocked the ongoing road construction around New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Captain of the Krewe of Morpheus hands out black doubloons. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Captain of the Krewe of Morpheus hands out black doubloons. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 132015
 
Actor John C. Reily throws Bacchus doubloons to the audience.

Actor John C. Reilly throws Bacchus doubloons to the audience. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor John C. Reilly made an appearance at Children’s Hospital on Friday morning. Reilly, the star of the popular children’s movie Wreck-It Ralph, brought copies of his movies to kids. Reily will reign as the king of Bacchus this year.

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Feb 122015
 
A rider on the Krewe of Babylon "Nabu" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Krewe of Babylon “Nabu” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Babylon, the Knights of Chaos and the Krewe of Muses rolled on the Uptown route Thursday night.

The Knights of Chaos "NO P.D." float mocked the troubles with the city's issues with the police force. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Chaos “NO P.D.” float mocked the troubles with the city’s issues with the police force. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Muses "Wet Dreams" float referred to increasing risk of flooding. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Combining a motif of adolescence with topical satire, the Krewe of Muses “Wet Dreams” float referred to increasing risk of flooding. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 122015
 
The first of the Mystic Krewe of Druids' dilemma floats asks, "Paper or Plastic?" (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The first of the Mystic Krewe of Druids’ dilemma floats asks, “Paper or Plastic?” (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown route sprang back to life Wednesday night, when the Mystic Krewe of Druids rolled with the satiric theme of “Druid Dilemmas, followed by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx and their celebration of Elvis Presley.

A rider in the Mystic Krewe of Nyx displays throws to the Magazine Street crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Mystic Krewe of Nyx displays throws to the Magazine Street crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)


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Feb 082015
 
The Krewe of Carrollton's "The Masked Ball" float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Carrollton’s “The Masked Ball” float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A spectator catches beads during the Krewe of King Arthur parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A spectator catches beads during the Krewe of King Arthur parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Four parades — the krewes of Carrollton, King Arthur, Alla and Femme Fatale — rolled on the Uptown route Sunday afternoon.

Riders strike a pose on the Krewe of Alla "Women at War" float on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders strike a pose on the Krewe of Alla “Women at War” float on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A dancer from Samuel J. Green Charter School marches in the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatales parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A dancer from Samuel J. Green Charter School marches in the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatales parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 072015
 
A rider on Sparta's "Get Me to the Church on Time" float toys with the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on Sparta’s “Get Me to the Church on Time” float toys with the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Sparta was “In the Mood” for classic tunes and the Krewe of Pygmalion explored the “Spectrum of Emotions” in Saturday night parades on the Uptown route.

The "Harold and the Purple Crayon" float in the Krewe of Pygmalion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The “Harold and the Purple Crayon” float in the Krewe of Pygmalion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 062015
 
Capetown South Africa float in Oshun. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Capetown South Africa float in Oshun. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra were the first parades to roll down the Uptown route in Mardi Gras 2015. The Krewe of Oshun’s theme was “Carnival Around the World,” with floats depicting cities around the world with Carnival traditions. Cleopatra’s theme was “A Stroll Down the Avenue.” This year is Cleopatra’s 40th anniversary.

A rider on the Krewe of Cleopatra's Skeleton float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Krewe of Cleopatra’s Skeleton float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 272015
 
Naomi Grossman and her "American Horror Story" character, Pepper. (via twitter.com/naomiwgrossman)

Naomi Grossman and her “American Horror Story” character, Pepper. (via twitter.com/naomiwgrossman)

American Horror Story’s Naomi Grossman and local comedian D.J. Dougg Pound will be performing at the 8th Annual New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival, which begins Wednesday evening at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street. Continue reading »

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