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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Jan 262015
 
The loup garou-style Swamp Monster at Audubon Zoo is decked out for Mardi Gras. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The loup garou-style Swamp Monster at Audubon Zoo is decked out for Mardi Gras. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

As Irish Channel Neighborhood Association leader Kara Morgan fought her battle with a deadly form of skin cancer, she counted her victories by the number of Mardi Gras parades she was able to attend.

Now, members of the association are carrying her legacy forward, marrying that love of parades with her quest to build shade structures in the neighborhood’s park by creating a new “Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou” that plans to roll through the Irish Channel starting in 2016. Continue reading »

Jan 232015
 
A map of the four stages on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. (via runrocknroll.competitor.com)

A map of the four stages on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. (via runrocknroll.competitor.com)

Thousands of runners on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Thousands of runners on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will once again fill St. Charles Avenue with up to 16,000 runners on Sunday morning, as well as four music stages to entertain them on the journey. Continue reading »

Jan 232015
 
(image via SouthernFood.org)

(image via SouthernFood.org)

Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Children can decorate doughnut king cakes and learn about the history of the traditional Mardi Gras dessert Saturday morning at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, with free admission for Louisiana families. Continue reading »

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Jan 222015
 
(via nomala.org)

(via nomala.org)

The National Organization of Minority Architects will be holding its first annual year-end retrospective this evening (Thursday, Jan. 22) at the Tulane City Center on Baronne Street. The reception will celebrate achievements in 2014 and also look forward to launching programs and events in 2015. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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