Feb 252019
 

The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale “Woody Woodpecker” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Sunday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale celebrated the world of children’s stories from classics to today’s cartoons as it opened the Uptown parade route on Sunday morning with floats like Pinocchio, the Flintstones and others.

Singer Irma Thomas cheers on the Napoleon Avenue crowd as her float rolls with the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale on Sunday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 242019
 

The first Uptown parade weekend closes out today with a full slate of four crowd-pleasing parades. The National Weather Service predicts perfect parade conditions: sunny with a high near 66 degrees.

The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale “Mistress of the Robes” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue, reflecting the crowd in the mirrored compact adorning the float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Femme Fatale

Established in 2013, the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale presents one of Uptown’s newest parades. This year’s grand marshals are Grammy-winning singer Irma Thomas and Essence Fest producer Gina Charbonnet. The 600-member all-female krewe’s colors are candy-apple red, white and black, and the signature throw is a mirrored compact. Look for Cherchez La Femme, a 40-member dance troupe comprised of krewe members. The 2019 theme is “MKFF Presents Story Time!”

START: 11 a.m. at Napoleon Avenue and Magazine Street
Proceeds on Napoleon to St. Charles Avenue. Then it takes St. Charles to Canal Street to Tchoupitloulas.
END: Tchoupitoulas and Poydras
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Feb 242019
 

The Krewe of Pygmalion jesters float rolls down Magazine Street on Saturday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Pygmalion presented a celebration of its home state Saturday night, closing out the second day of Uptown parades with “Louisiana’s Bounty.”

The Krewe de Lune leads Pygmalion down Magazine Street on Saturday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 242019
 

The Knights of Sparta “Australia” float tells parade goers that “”This reef is no great barrier for catching throws” as it rolls on Magazine Street on Saturday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Sparta gave Uptown parade-goers a tour of the world on Saturday night, only to remind them at each stop that the real attraction was Sparta’s throws. Continue reading »

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Feb 242019
 

Krewe of Freret Captain Bobby Hjorstberg dances as his float rolls up St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Freret made a variety of sarcastic allusions to the New Orleans Saints’ playoff loss as they rolled on the Uptown route, with float titles such as “Carnival No Call,” “Reffed out in the Cold” and “Where the Blind Refs Are.”

The Krewe of Freret “Where the Blind Refs Are” float rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 242019
 

The Krewe of Choctaw “Twisted Sistas” float rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Choctaw paraded Saturday morning on the Uptown route, dedicating each of their floats to prominent former members. Continue reading »

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Feb 242019
 

A rider in the Krewe of Pontchartrain “Rock Lobster” float hands a custom crawfish tray to a parade-goer on Napoleon Avenue on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Pontchartrain proclaimed Saturday morning that “Pontchartrain Rocks” — and proved it with a celebrity appearance by Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider.

Dee Snider of the rock band Twisted Sister rides on the “Rock N Roll” float in the Krewe of Pontchartrain on Napoleon Avenue on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 232019
 

People cheer for beads from the Krewe of Pontchartrain’s Captain Sam float in 2018. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday’s parade were moved up, with their start times an hour earlier, because of a threat of storms today. On Friday, the National Weather Service was predicting a cloudy day with a 50 percent chance of rain, a high near 81 and potential wind gusts as high as 25 mph. The predicted rainfall amounts were reduced to less than a tenth of an inch, but could go higher if thunderstorms occur. Continue reading »

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Feb 232019
 

The Krewe of Cleopatra “Roger Rabbit / Muppets” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Friday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Cleopatra had an “animated adventure” Friday night, bringing larger-than-life heroes and cartoon characters to the Uptown parade route. Continue reading »

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Feb 232019
 

Queen Oshun’s float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Oshun kicked off the 2019 Mardi Gras parading season with a musical theme on Friday night under nearly perfect weather.

The Oshun “Jazz” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 222019
 

Oshun’s captain rides in the 2017 parade.¬† (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown parade season begins tonight with the krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra. The National Weather Service has predicted a slight (20 percent) chance of rain with lows around 69 degrees.

Oshun

The Krewe of Oshun, named for the Yoruba goddess for love and sensuality, was formed in 1996. Despite its namesake, the krewe prides itself on presenting a family-friendly parade. Its king, or Shango, rides on a peacock float, and peacocks images are also prominent in the krewe’s throws. Watch for Baby Doll groups in this parade.

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Feb 212019
 

Despite a light rain, enthusiastic crowds gather on Napoleon Avenue for the Orpheus parade. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com file)

Well before the first marching band strikes up in the Oshun parade on Friday evening, city officials have been working to make this year’s Uptown parade season safe and enjoyable.

Trees have been trimmed, response plans tested, first-aid and lost-child stations have been set up, porta-potties are in place and information lines and apps established. The city is also asking parade-goers and neighborhood residents to do their part by showing consideration for all. Continue reading »

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Feb 212019
 

Parades attract massive crowds to Uptown neighborhoods. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Uptown residents know parades and festivities draw many revelers and heavy traffic. The city is encouraging residents to consider alternative transportation options to get around, including bus, streetcar, bike or for-hire rides.

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Feb 202019
 

Firefighters battle a massive seven-alarm fire at 2525 St. Charles Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans Fire Department firefighters battled a seven-alarm blaze that threatens a notable historic building in the 2500 block of St. Charles Avenue on Wednesday morning.

The 150-year-old mansion, the home to several kings and queens of Carnival, was in danger of collapse Wednesday morning, NOFD Superintendent Timothy McConnell said. The fire was brought under control 1:45, but the mansion’s three residents lost their home.

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Feb 182019
 

Mystick Krewe of Louisianians revelers second-line to the jazz orchestra while tossing beads and throws to Washington, D.C., ball attendees on Feb. 3. (Kristine Froeba)

The movers and shakers of Louisiana including quite a bit of New Orleans, and more than a few hundred Uptowners recently descended on the nation’s capital to celebrate the annual Washington Mardi Gras.

“If a bomb dropped on this ballroom tonight, Louisiana as you know it would cease to exist,” said one of the organizers at the Saturday night ball. Leaders of business, law partners, CEOs, congressmen, congresswomen, mayors, senators and the governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, were all present. Continue reading »

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