Feb 152020
 

The crowd clamors for beads during the Krewe of Oshun parade on Friday. (Dinah Rogers, Gentilly Messenger)

The Krewe of Oshun traveled the Uptown route Friday (Feb. 14) with the theme “The Message is Love.” The group’s 24th annual parade featured 18 floats decorated with hearts and flowers to recognize Valentine’s Day.

Marching bands, walking clubs and dance troupes, including Baby Dolls, were part of the nearly 50 units that made up the parade. Around 300 male and female member tossed handmade fans, theme beads, peacock krewe beads, lighted batons and lighted peacock rings. Reigning as Shango was Cordell Chambliss, and Queen Oshun XXIV was Joan Ann Brown. Continue reading »

Sep 142019
 

The Patrick Taylor statue is located in the Lower Garden District. (courtesy of Kingsley House)

Kingsley House has unveiled a new sculpture, “Pointing the Way to a Better Future,” in commemoration of the late New Orleans philanthropist, Patrick F. Taylor.

Taylor pushed for the Lower Garden District agency’s expansion before his death in 2004, and whose foundation was a significant donor to its newest facility. The dedication ceremony on Friday included remarks from Phyllis Taylor, widow of Patrick F. Taylor, representatives from the Mayor’s Office and City Council, before the statue was unveiled by Kingsley House children. Continue reading »

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May 152019
 
Thursday, May 16
Allison Levy: “House of Secrets: Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo”

6-7:30 p.m.
Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street (The Rink)
504-895-2266

Allison Levy discusses and signs her book, “House of Secrets,” the remarkable story of Palazzo Rucellai from behind its celebrated façade.

 

 

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Aug 132018
 

People gather outside the new Allstate Insurance office at 3001 Napoleon avenue on August 12. The same building is home to the Green Tea restaurant and a Verizon store. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The development saga that started years ago with the displacement of a small Chinese restaurant from the Garden District ended Sunday with the grand opening of an Allstate insurance agency in Broadmoor, the final tenant in the new Green Tea development there.

City Councilman Jay H. Banks and Mei Xiao pose for a photo together at the AllState grand opening in Broadmoor. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Apr 092018
 

JPNSI has been tracking the growth of STRs throughout New Orleans since 2015.

One year after the New Orleans City Council instituted regulations for short-term rental properties, one affordable housing advocacy group has developed policy changes (and eventually a new ordinance) meant to tackle the city’s affordable housing crisis.

The Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative works to reduce the number of short term rentals around the city as part of a broader effort to increase the number of affordable housing units for New Orleanian. After compiling three years of data into one comprehensive report – title “Short Term Rentals, Long Term Impacts” – the group has established several policy change proposals for the city, as well as calls to action for its residents.

JPNSI’s leadership held a town hall Wednesday to present their findings and proposed policy changes. Continue reading »

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Mar 082018
 

Dressed in the French spirit, Kiran Pugh holds her son at Fete Francaise in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

L’Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orleans will host their annual festival fundraiser, la Fête Française, at the campus on General Pershing Street on Saturday. Continue reading »

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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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