Feb 142013
 

The crash took place on South Claiborne near Amelia, and the gray Chevrolet Avalanche then turned left onto the next street, Louisiana Avenue Parkway, police say.

A man who was trying to cross South Claiborne Avenue on foot was killed after being hit by a large SUV truck that did not stop, authorities said. Continue reading »

Feb 132013
 

The rain-geared tuba section of the Talladega College marching band pauses on Napoleon between raindrops during Orpheus Monday night. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

So this Carnival wasn’t the sunniest, but at least it wasn’t the wettest (or coldest).  All told, it seemed to be a well attended, largely respectable gathering save for the obligatory Bourbon St shooting and other gun / parade infractions.  Unfortunate realities aside, personally my season rounded out into some a-has (3 involving my mother-in-law), otherwise just some observations worth noting: Continue reading »

Feb 122013
 

Members of Zulu parade down St. Charles Ave. Mardi Gras day. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

With the final day of Carnival mostly spared by rain yet again, the Krewe of Zulu greeted Uptown crowds early, followed by the Krewe of Rex’s presentation of “All Creatures Great and Small” to close out Fat Tuesday.

The Krewe of Rex “Dinosaur” float rolls on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 112013
 

Harry Connick Jr. and actress Mariska Hargitay ride in the Orpheus parade.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A misty evening made for light crowds on the Uptown route, but the Krewe of Orpheus proudly presented a tribute to bygone krewes in “The Unseen New Orleans Carnival,” and the Krewe of Orpheus recalled its own themes from the past 20 years of “Rhythm, Rhyme and Revelry.”

The “Athenians” float in the Krewe of Proteus parade rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 112013
 

Owen Courreges

I really just wanted to write a fluff column about parking during Mardi Gras.  That’s all.  The message was going to be: “Don’t park too close to the corner because it cuts visibility and causes accidents, particularly in times of high traffic.”

Instead, I’m going to write about how easy it is to fall victim to police misconduct, particularly when taking photographs in public. Continue reading »

Feb 102013
 

A rider in the Krewe of Bacchus hands a strand of beads to a parade-goer on Napoleon Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Defying predictions of torrential storms in New Orleans — and amid reports of a destructive tornado in nearby Hattiesburg, Miss. — the Krewe of Bacchus presented its 2013 theme of “Bacchus Sails the Seven Seas” on Sunday evening under relatively clear skies. Continue reading »

Feb 102013
 

A member of Skinz N Bonez marches down Magazine Street during the Krewe of Okeanos parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dodging dire predictions of rain, the Krewe of Okeanos rolled with their “Getaways” theme on Sunday morning, followed by the Krewe of Mid-City’s presentation of “It’s About Time” and the Krewe of Thoth’s salute to kings.

Mr. Bingle reigns over the Krewe of Mid-City “Holiday Time” float on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Krewe of Thoth “King of the Jungle” float finds a kindred spirit in the Henry Clay Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 092013
 

A rider in the Krewe of Tucks tosses beads on Napoleon Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Iris celebrated festivals throughout the state of Louisiana on the Uptown parade route Saturday, followed by a subversive history lesson from the Krewe of Tucks.

The Iris “Crawfish Festival” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 082013
 

The Krewe of Hermes’ “Masque of Beauty” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes led off Friday’s parades with “The Theatrical Baroque;” Le Krewe d’Etat followed with “The Dictator’s Reading Room,” and the Krewe of Morpheus had a “Night at the Movies” on the Uptown route.

Le Krewe d’Etat’s “Friday Nights Float” lampooned both Tulane’s ambitions in building a new football stadium and the Uptown residents who opposed it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 082013
 

Image from “Support NOLA’s Most Badass Assault Survivor” fundraising website.

A fundraising website in support of the the victim of Monday’s rape in the Garden District has generated nearly $30,000 from almost 700 people in just a few days, money that the organizers say will be needed as her medical, vehicle and relocation expenses continue to grow. Continue reading »