Feb 252014
 
Ben Polcer (left), Cassidy Holden (center) and Luke Winslow King (right) will perform at The Norwegian Church on Sunday, March 2. (via Luke Winslow King Music)

Ben Polcer (left), Cassidy Holden (center) and Luke Winslow King (right) will perform at The Norwegian Church on Sunday, March 2. (via Luke Winslow King Music)

Before the Krewe of Thoth rolls on the Uptown route Sunday morning, New Orleans musician Luke Winslow King will perform at a jazz worship service at The Norwegian Church in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

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Feb 252014
 

St. Charles Avenue homeowners are allowed by the city to fence in landscaping they create between the sidewalk and the street to protect them from Mardi Gras parade goers, but nearby residents say too many new landscaping projects and fences are cropping up this year, restricting where the public can watch, according to a report by Meg Farris of our partners at WWL-TV. City officials say only one new fencing permit was issued this year, at Constantinople Street, but Farris pointed to other plots that are fenced in without any apparent landscaping.

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Feb 242014
 

The Krewe of Alla's K&B float rolls on Magazine Street. Officials have not said which floats the riders who were injured fell from. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Alla’s K&B float rolls on Magazine Street. Officials have not said which floats the riders who were injured fell from. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After two Mardi Gras riders in the Krewe of Alla parade on Sunday were injured from falling from their floats, New Orleans officials are now urging members of all parading groups to treat their mandatory tethers like a seatbelt and keep them fastened throughout the parade. Continue reading »

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Feb 242014
 

Three incidents were reported on the Uptown parade route over the weekend -- two simple battery cases, and one gun arrest. (via NOPD crime mapping)

Three incidents were reported on the Uptown parade route over the weekend — two simple battery cases, and one gun arrest. (via NOPD crime mapping)

New Orleans police seized a firearm in one gun case and reported two fighting incidents that warranted criminal investigations along the Uptown parade route in the first weekend of parading, according to NOPD crime maps. Continue reading »

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Feb 242014
 
The Krewe of Ragnarok in 2012. (photo via Loyola University)

The Krewe of Ragnarok in 2012. (photo via Loyola University)

The Jefferson City Buzzards travel down St. Charles Avenue handing out flowers to crowds on Mardi Gras Day in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Jefferson City Buzzards travel down St. Charles Avenue handing out flowers to crowds on Mardi Gras Day in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Beyond the big ticket parades that draw thousands to the Uptown parade routes, a forum tonight (Monday, Feb. 24) at Loyola University will discuss the lesser-known, but just as distinctive celebrations around the city — some, like the Jefferson City Buzzards and Mardi Gras Indians, that date back more than a century, and others that are only a few years old. Continue reading »

Feb 242014
 

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, who was widely hailed for his leadership in New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina and is now considering a run for governor, will speak about the threats to Louisiana’s environment at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday, Feb. 24) at First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5212 South Claiborne Avenue. Continue reading »

Feb 242014
 
A  Krewe of Morpheus parader passes out throws from the top of a float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A Krewe of Morpheus parader passes out throws from the top of a float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

St. Katherine Drexel Prep school (the former Xavier University Prep) will offer Mardi Gras stands, parking, food and drinks this year so friends and supporters can enjoy the Magazine Street parades in comfort while supporting the school’s growth. 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 232014
 

(via The Junior Committee's Annual  Mardi Gras Fêtes press release)

(via New Orleans Opera Association)

(via The Junior Committee's Annual  Mardi Gras Fêtes press release)

(via New Orleans Opera Association)

The Opera Guild home on Prytania Street is offering an opportunity today (Sunday, Feb. 23) to enjoy family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities, and then to celebrate Mardi Gras your way with other adults Friday (Feb. 28) at The Junior Committee’s Annual Mardi Gras Fêtes. Continue reading »

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Feb 222014
 
The Krewe of Pygmalion's signature "Pygmammoth" float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Pygmalion’s signature “Pygmammoth” float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Sparta celebrated the world’s most famous couples in its “Isn’t it Romantic?” parade Saturday night on the Uptown New Orleans parade route, and the Krewe of Pygmalion shared “A Few of Our Favorite Songs.”

The Krewe of Sparta "Trojan Horse" float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Sparta “Trojan Horse” float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, 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 212014
 
A young rider in the Krewe of Oshun's "Yemoja and Emperor" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A young rider in the Krewe of Oshun’s “Yemoja and Emperor” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Oshun was the first parade to roll on the Uptown route of the New Orleans Mardi Gras season on Friday night, followed by the Krewe of Cleopatra.

Oshun’s theme was “Night Out in the Big Easy” and featured 19 floats, including Christopher Brown as King Shango and Laquina L. Brown as Queen Oshun. Cleopatra, parading for the second year in a row on the Uptown route after three decades on the Westbank, had 21 floats in the theme of “Strolling down the Avenue.”

Alexandra Kathryn Breland reigned as Queen Cleopatra XLI. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Alexandra Kathryn Breland reigned as Queen Cleopatra XLI. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 212014
 
(via www.ashecac.org)

(via www.ashecac.org)

Ashé Cultural Arts Center  (via www.ashecac.org)

The Ashé Cultural Arts Center will host a free screening of “The Trials of Muhammed Ali” tonight (Friday, Feb. 21) and a number of other events now through the end of the month, including The New Orleans Jazz Marketplace celebration, The African Presence in Venezuela since President Hugo Chavez exhibit & film screening, and fun fitness sessions. Continue reading »

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Feb 202014
 

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19th Annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy panelist topics (via  the Tulane Environmental and Energy Legal Society)

19th Annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy panelist topics (via the Tulane Environmental and Energy Legal Society)

The public is invited to listen to thought-provoking expert panelists discuss environmental hot topics such as the Orleans Parish Levee Board lawsuits, the Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” and the state’s “cancer alley” at the 19th Annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 21-22), in Tulane Law School’s Weinmann Hall. Continue reading »

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Feb 202014
 
Funny Bones Improv poster (via Funny Bones Improv)

Funny Bones Improv poster (via Funny Bones Improv)

Learn about the healing powers of comedy improv to help make sick children in hospitals smile and laugh with local non-profit, Funny Bones Improv. Participant applications for the Ha!Spital specialist training sessions that will teach you how to bring joy to kids and families during difficult times are due Friday (Feb. 21). Continue reading »

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Feb 192014
 
NOPD Sgt. Marc Amos watches the crowd during a pause in the Krewe of Proteus parade in 2012. A number of new laws govern parade-goers this year. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Sgt. Marc Amos watches the crowd during a pause in the Krewe of Proteus parade in 2012. A number of new laws govern parade-goers this year. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Bon to the jour, 2014 Carnival people!  You may or may not know that the powers that be — read, your New Orleans City Council — have seen it in their infinite wisdom to make this Mardi Gras season one of change.  “How so?” you may ask.  That is, if you missed all the fuss last month?  Before we roll through my standard top 20 we publish annually, in short here are the new rules and ordinances, with a few editorial embellishments: Continue reading »