Feb 142018

Members of the Golden Blades Mardi Gras Indians confront one another as they leave the Purple Rain Bar on Washington avenue on Tuesday, February 13. The Golden Blades are one of many Mardi Gras Indian “tribes” or “gangs” to mask on Mardi Gras Day all across New Orleans in intricate, hand-sewn suits. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Mardi Gras day, February 13, Mardi Gras Indian tribes mask all over New Orleans. Their intricate, hand-sewn suits pay homage to local Native American tribes who helped runaway slaves. The tradition of “masking” Indian dates back to the mid 19th century. There are dozens of tribes all over New Orleans.

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Feb 112018

J.K. Simmons, Bacchus L, throws beads into the crowd along Napoleon avenue. The Krewe of Bacchus rolled with the theme “Bacchus Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary” during their parade on Sunday, February 11. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Bacchus celebrated a major anniversary this year. They made 50, their golden anniversary. With that in mind, most of this year’s floats were gold-themed. It’s “Gold Record” float paid tribute to musicians like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss and more who have been awarded a golden record for their achievements. It’s “Goldfinger” float paid tribute to the James Bond film by the same name. Actor J.K. Simmons served as the king this year.

Weather has been a problem all throughout the second weekend of carnival season. Sunday was no exception. Fortunately, the parade ran on time, unlike Endymion and other parades. Aside from intermittent rainfall, the parade was uninterrupted by Mother Nature.

One of the hidden gems of Bacchus proved to be the battle of bands that takes place before the parade rolls. The collegiate bands marching in the parade, Southern University, Texas State University, Miles College and Kentucky State University, lined up in front of the Rouse’s Supermarket on Tchoupitoulas and competed. Hundreds of people packed sidewalks and porches or even scaled walls just to get a good look at the competition. In the final head-to-head matchup, Southern University told Mills College “y’all sound like a high school band!”

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Jan 292018

Lionel Coleman was vice president of the NOPD Sixth District Police Community Advisory Board and an avid volunteer in other Central City civic organizations. (photo via city of New Orleans)

After Lionel Coleman, a Central City neighborhood activist who served on the NOPD Police Community Advisory Board, recently passed away, city officials released a tribute to him Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

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Jan 092018

Peggy Scott LaBorde leads a toast from the Saint Charles streetcar, ringing in the 2018 Carnival season on Saturday, January 6. The Phunny Phorty Phellows begins each Carnival season with a ride on the streetcar. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, January 6, the Phunny Phorty Phellows welcomed the 2018 Carnival season with their annual streetcar ride on Saint Charles avenue. Saturday marked the Epiphany, or the 12th night of Christmas, which is used to begin Carnival season.

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Jan 022018

State Rep. Helena Moreno speaks before the House of Representatives in March 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo via state of Louisiana)

The official qualifying period for candidates seeking the state in the House of Representatives to be vacated by Helena Moreno will run from Wednesday (Jan. 3) through Friday. Continue reading »

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Dec 182017

Arthur Johnston (via Orleans Parish jail)

The 14-year-old Lusher student arrested Monday morning on terrorizing charges after a weekend-long hunt for him had threatened to “shoot up the school” at the end of last week, and he had access to guns found throughout his father’s home, New Orleans police said Monday afternoon. Continue reading »

Nov 102017

The Superica restaurant on Krog Street in Atlanta. (photo by andrew lee thomas photography via Superica on Facebook)

An upscale Tex-Mex restaurant with two locations in Atlanta is planning on adding a new location on Magazine Street in the space currently occupied by Smashburger, and developers plan to introduce the concept to neighbors next week. Continue reading »