Jan 222020
 

The current Cohen High School building will be demolished in February, officials say. (Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger file photo)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger

With the Uptown Carnival parades three weeks away, the new ordinances governing parades was one of the central topics at the monthly Delachaise Neighborhood Association meeting, Tuesday (Jan. 21) at Martin Wine Cellar.

Other items on the agenda included updates on a new security district, Cohen High School demolition and parking, and blight. Continue reading »

Jan 072020
 

George Long greets Mardi Gras parade lovers gathered at the Willow Street Streetcar Barn before the Phunny Phorty Phellows annual ride through Uptown. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

Dressed in satirical costumes, the Phunny Phorty Phellows took their annual streetcar ride through Uptown celebrating Twelfth Night on Monday, Jan. 6, signaling the beginning of the 2020 Carnival season. The Phellows are a historic Mardi Gras organization revived in 1981 to fill a Twelfth Night void and herald the season with a ride on Uptown’s historic streetcar. Before the ride, they are joined by the Krewe of Oak at the Willow Streetcar Barn for the Carnival Countdown and a toast to the season. Continue reading »

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Jan 072020
 

Kelly Rollins shows off her decorated vinyl record, the krewe’s signature throw, as the Funky Uptown Krewe rides the streetcar through Uptown. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

The Funky Uptown Krewe celebrated Twelfth Night for the second year as 42 costumed members rode down the St. Charles streetcar line Monday, Jan. 6, marking the start of the 2020 Carnival season. The krewe follows the Phunny Phorty Phellows rumbling along the South Carrollton and St. Charles Avenue neutral ground. Continue reading »

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Jan 062020
 

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride in 2013. (Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger)

Two celebratory streetcars will herald the arrival of Carnival season along St. Charles Avenue tonight. Continue reading »

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Jan 032020
 

Singer-songwriter-producer Robin Thicke will reign as the first legacy Bacchus.

By Danae Columbus, Uptown Messenger

Clark Brennan, Captain of the Krewe of Bacchus, announced Thursday that Bacchus will host its first legacy monarch — singer-songwriter Robin Alan Thicke — who will follow in his father Alan Thicke’s footsteps as Bacchus LII on Sunday, Feb. 23. Alan Thicke served as Bacchus XX in 1988. Continue reading »

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Oct 182019
 
Spy Bow Dow by Carl Harrison, Jr.

Spy Boy Dow Edwards is the subject of director Carl Harrison Jr.’s latest film, premiering at New Orleans Film Festival tonight. (via NOFF)

Dow Michael Edwards — a lawyer from Uptown New Orleans who grew up loving the Black Masking Indian culture — is headed for a big screen debut in the short film “Spy Boy Dow.” The film directed by Carl Harrison Jr. follows Edwards’ suit-making process in preparation for Mardi Gras Day.

This is Harrison’s second project to be accepted into the New Orleans Film Festival in three years, and it premieres at The Broad Theater tonight (Oct. 18).

The birth of Spy Boy Dow

“The Spy Boy is first in the front… he is ahead looking for trouble. Only a chosen few can be Spy Boy. It’s his job to send a signal to First Flag when he sees other Indians. First Flag signals back down the line to Big Chief. Big Chief has a stick that controls the Indians. When he hits the ground with the stick, they better get down and bow to the Chief.” – the late Big Chief Larry Bannock of Gert Town’s Golden Star Hunters, (via mardigrasneworleans.com)

Edwards is a partner at the Irwin, Fritchie, Urquhart & Moore law firm, and spy boy for the Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indian tribe. His interest was sparked as a child when watching Indians with his family on Mardi Gras Day. He admired the tradition and culture from afar until he found a way in. Continue reading »

Jun 042019
 

from the City of New Orleans 

The Krewe of Nyx rolls on Magazine Street in 2019. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Nyx proposed a second parade for the summer, but Mayor LaToya Cantrell denied the request, as it would mean using major public safety resources during hurricane season. Cantrell issued the following statement regarding the proposal:

“While I have the utmost respect for what Nyx has achieved as an all-women’s Carnival krewe — and I applaud them for their commitment to our children and our community — unfortunately I cannot support the addition of a summer parade,” Cantrell said. Continue reading »

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Mar 152019
 

First responders speak at the scene of a car crash in the 3200 block of Esplanade avenue around 9 p.m. on Saturday.  The NOPD reports two bicyclists were hit and killed by a driver. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Tashonty Toney (via Orleans Parish jail)

The testing to determine whether the driver was intoxicated in the March 2 crash that killed two bicyclists on Esplanade Avenue is still being conducted at the state crime lab, New Orleans police said late this week. Continue reading »

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Mar 152019
 

A sample of proposed redesigns of Zulu facepaint by artist Journey Allen. (courtesy of Take Em Down NOLA)

A group of New Orleans artists have imagined new face-makeup designs for riders in the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club’s parade to replace the group’s traditional blackface that hearkens back to racist minstrelsy displays, activists said Monday night at a panel discussion about the issue.

The Krewe of Zulu rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 062019
 

Rex arrives outside of the Morris-Downman mansion on Tuesday. Supporters add levity to the situation with a sign “We Are Ready for Ash Wednesday.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Rex parade stopped at the Morris-Downman House at 2525 St. Charles Ave. during the parade on Mardi Gras, as it has since 1907. This time the toast was more poignant. The mansion, historically significant to the Rex organization and to New Orleans Mardi Gras, was devastated by a seven-alarm fire in February. It has been home to many Rex members, including Billy Grace, a former king of Carnival, who shared a toast with Rex.

Billy Grace, with a firefighter’s coat over his tuxedo, and Rex share a toast on Tuesday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 052019
 

A rider shows off a bag of Zulu’s much-coveted throw, the hand-painted coconut. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicked off the Mardi Gras Day parades in grand style, exuding warmth despite the morning chill. King George V. Rainey and Queen Kailyn L. Rainey reigned over the 42-float parade with the theme “Zulu Celebrates Fantasy and Adventure.”

A trombone player bellows out a note behind the Zulu Tramps, the krewe’s own walking troupe.   (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com) Continue reading »

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Mar 052019
 

Newly married Big Chief Monk Boudreaux rides in a golf cart with his new wife, Queen Chellene Bailey on Mardi Gras. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians took to the streets of Uptown on Tuesday, showing off their new hand-made suits. This year was different for their Big Chief, Monk Boudreaux. Before they marched, Boudreaux married the Big Queen of the Golden Eagles, Chellene Bailey.

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Mar 052019
 

The “Treasure of One-Eyed Willie” float rolls down St. Charles avenue on Monday, March 4. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Orpheus was one of two parades to roll Monday. The krewe, founded by Harry Connick Jr. and Sr. in 1993, rolled with the theme “The Orpheus Imaginarium.” The parade featured celebrities like actor Mario Lopez, singer Trace Atkins and a few members of the New Orleans Saints – Marshon Lattimore, P.J. Williams, Michael Thomas and more. Continue reading »

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Mar 052019
 

The sun is expected to shine over Mardi Gras, but costumes will need to an extra layer to ward off a chill. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures in the low 50s.

Zulu riders hand out coconuts on St. Charles Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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