It’s officially Mardi Gras in New Orleans again. And thank goodness. It truly is my favorite holiday anywhere every period, for true. Parties, parades, shenanigans, and any semblance therein. The rituals, the costumes, and it being New Orleans, of course, the food. In that vein, part of the hoopla embraces the incessant consumption of brightly colored, sugared up beyond belief, roundish breaded pastry, that may or may not have a wee plastic baby figurine inside, simply and distinctly known as king cake. Only, I turned 40 recently, and this season I’m watching that part of Carnival from the cheap seats.
Three teens and a 20-year-old who were arrested Sunday night following a police chase and manhunt are being tied to more recent robberies around the Uptown area, but their crime spree may have begun two months ago and stretched from Jefferson Parish through New Orleans and into Slidell, police said Tuesday.
Tuesday night, the Phunny Phorty Phellows rang in the 2015 Carnival season with their annual ride on the St. Charles avenue street car. Large crowds gathered at the Oak Street streetcar barn to see the Phellows depart down the line. The Phellows are a Mardi Gras crew that dates back all the way to 1878.
The National Weather Service is warning New Orleans that temperatures are expected to sink below freezing Wednesday evening through Thursday morning, making for the coldest night since last winter.
Martinique Bistro is closing after 20 years and will be reopened as Avo by a former Gautreau’s chef; a former Emeril’s chef has taken over Frankie and Johnny’s, and HiVolt Coffee will begin serving beverages to go inside of P’s and Q’s on Magazine Street, according to recent reports.
The Family Center of Hope at Watson Teaching Ministries on St. Charles Avenue will offer a free screening Wednesday, Jan. 7, of the “Shell Shocked” documentary that explores youth and gun violence in New Orleans, followed by a discussion with director John Ritchie afterward.
New Orleans police have released the names of the four men arrested Sunday night following a manhunt around Cadiz and Jena streets in connection with a series of armed robberies earlier in the evening — using a gun taken from a victim in an armed robbery shortly before Christmas, authorities said.
With those other holidays already behind us, the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line will yet again host the kickoff of the Carnival season with the annual Twelfth Night ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows.
Since August 2004, six New Orleans police officers have been killed. Two died in auto accidents with other motorists. One died from an illness contracted while conducting rescue operations during Hurricane Katrina. Another was killed off-duty during a home invasion.
The two remaining officers were killed while on-duty. Both were killed by men suffering from severe mental illness.
Four people were arrested and two guns were seized Sunday night following a police chase and two-hour manhunt in the Freret neighborhood, and New Orleans police are investigating the suspects’ possible connections to a rash of several armed robberies earlier in the evening.
When we look at the many national experts who are predicting Americans – in general – will have a good 2015, we also want to look at those indicators in terms of New Orleans. The U.S. and certainly New Orleans’ economy appears to be hitting its stride. GDP growth nationally will rise approximately three percent, despite turmoil in global oil markets, concerns over stock valuations, war and the recession, according to WalletHub, a one-stop information source for consumers and small business owners.
Today (Wednesday, Dec. 31) is the last day for neighborhood groups and other organizations to turn in applications to host a Movies in the Park event in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission during the spring season, which starts in March.
The life, passions, and humorous spirit of late comedian and activist Jonah Bascle — who died Dec. 2 from complications concerning muscle dystrophy — were honored Sunday by a memorial march with Mardi Gras zest and joy, a re-enactment of the protest that marked his run for mayor and a roast in Bascle’s home-base comedy club on Freret Street.
New Year’s Day is now nearly upon us. As has always been the case, the libations will flow and drunken debauchery will rule the streets. We will celebrate having endured one more journey around the sun on this world of ours by getting blotto.
Of course, there was a brief period when that wasn’t the case.
“The first day of the New Year was observed, rather than celebrated by New Orleans, with hushful Sabbatical ceremony,” a reporter for the Times-Picayune observed during Prohibition.