Feb 172012
 

Two people along the St. Charles parade route near Erato Street were shot in the leg by a teen gunman who was quickly arrested Thursday night, police said.

The victims were in the Wendy’s parking lot around 8 p.m. as the Krewe of Chaos rolled past when the shots rang out, according to reporting by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. The teen suspect was quickly apprehended by police and the gun was recovered, police said.

The shooting scene was about a dozen blocks down St. Charles from the site where two bystanders were shot along the route in 2009.

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Feb 162012
 

A member of the Krewe of Muses tosses beads to a spectator on Magazine Street. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown parade route saw its thickest crowds of the Carnival season so far on Thursday night when the Knights of Babylon, the Knights of Chaos and the Krewe of Muses delivered their highly anticipated shows. Continue reading »

Feb 162012
 

 

After 6 years and 3 months since Hurricane Katrina, Cleanerama, at 3637-39 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, has now, finally, re-opened as of December 1, 2011, about two (2) months ago.


This location, two (2) buildings down from the Five Happiness Restaurant and right next to Xavier University (and hopefully, the future Costco), is the main plant where all the dry cleaning, laundry and alteration work “actually” gets done.

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Feb 162012
 

Now under new ownership, Parcels and Post offers fast, knowledgeable and reliable service for all your packing, shipping and mailbox needs. Parcels and Post has special king-cake boxes at affordable rates, so send your friends and family a slice of Mardi Gras from your local Uptown post office. When you mention the Uptown Messenger, you’ll receive a 10% discount on shipping costs (and not just for King Cakes)

Parcels and Post is located at 5721 Magazine St between Jefferson and Nashville. Open Mon – Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-2pm, Parcels and Post has lots of parking in the back, making it easy to get your shipping done and on with your day. For more information call 504-891-8402 or visit parcelsandpost.com

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Feb 152012
 

Heavy rainfall doesn't stop Uptown from watching The Ancient Krewe of Druids parade on Magazine Street Wednesday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

With the Bywater Bacherlor float, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx makes it's way through rain during it's inaugural year parade on Magazine St. Wednesday night. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is an all-woman krewe.

Despite intermittent rain, enthusiastic crowds lined the Uptown parade route Wednesday evening to greet the Mystic Krewes of Druids and Nyx. Continue reading »

Feb 152012
 

Herbal remedies at Common Ground Free Clinic.

Most of us have common sense know-how when it comes to keeping ourselves in one piece: Get adequate rest, drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and/ or a hat, keep an eye on your intake of sugar, fried foods, alcohol, cigarette smoke and so on. During Carnival season, though, our common sense often takes a backseat to the endless stream of parties, parades and the quest for perfect glittery false eyelashes (or maybe that’s just me).

Over the years of observing the annual cases of post-Mardi Gras colds here at Common Ground Health Clinic, the team of herbalists and health educators have put together some tips for keeping yourself well during the frenzied pace of Carnival, as well as taking care of that cold if you do end up afflicted.

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Feb 152012
 

The author (center) in his PJ's era, circa 1993.

Jean-Paul Villere

At age 19, I often wore a homemade Charlie Brown t-shirt to work, backwards ball cap, ratty shorts, and close-toed shoes, no socks.  And while the vernacular was not circulating at the time, I was effectively a barista. I didn’t know it then, but thus began a 12-year run in retail coffee that left indelible impressions on me, forged friendships over decades, and provided me a compass guiding me to where I am today.  Last week, I read a piece that I felt could’ve been drafted by myself, lamenting the identity a public can have with you in this role.  The Barista’s Curse could not be more real.  Customers from so long ago bumping into you in the grocery, gas station, or post office.  You were their daily dealer of caffeine; why wouldn’t they remember you?  The curse remains double-edged however, because while familiarity may breed contempt, it may also plant the seed of positives unknown.  So let’s explore the barista’s blessing; here are but a few of mine: Continue reading »

Feb 152012
 

With Carnival in full swing, be prepared for all the parades with the NOLA Til Ya Die official Mardi Gras Survival Pack. Packed with everything you need for just $14.99, the Survival Pack is perfect family-friendly gear. Order before 3pm and receive free same-day local shipping – you’ll have it in time for when the first float rolls! Keep reading for more details of what’s inside.

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Feb 142012
 

"WE DID IT!" Rebirth Brass Band announced Sunday night on their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/rebirthbrassband

The Maple Leaf Bar, where Rebirth Brass Band plays a weekly Tuesday night gig, will host a block party on Oak Street at 8 p.m. tonight to shower some love on the band after their Grammy win, reports Offbeat.com.

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Feb 132012
 

Lycee Francais' new St. Francis of Assisi campus on State Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans will apply to expand to the second grade next year, one year ahead of schedule, as it begins planning to move into a new building on State Street over the summer. Continue reading »

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Feb 132012
 

The Endimy-YUM is back at Bee Sweet Cupcakes! Made with real king cake dough, the Endymi-Yum is smeared with cream cheese and glazed with a triple-sec cream butter to finish. Like any real king cake, each Endymi-Yum cupcake comes with a baby on top. Or try the special Valentine’s cupcake, the Lover Boy: chocolate or vanilla cake filled with a chocolate ganache, slathered with a cherry buttercream icing and topped with a chocolate-covered cherry to finish. With flavors this good, it’s a Carnival in your mouth!

Cupcakes are $3 each, tax included. Only a limited number of cupcakes are available each day, so come in early and get them while they’re hot. Bee Sweet Cupcakes is located at 5706 Magazine Street, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11-6. Or call ahead to reserve your cakes at 504.891.8333.

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Feb 122012
 

Benjamin Morris

Everyone has their own personal Mardi Gras. The longer you live in New Orleans, the more you learn about how to live in, and love, this city, a form of love that includes strategies and skills you never dreamed of learning prior to living here.

Carnival is one of the best times of the year to enjoy those skills; this week, following on from Jean-Paul Villere’s recent master classes, I’d like to share one of my own personal forms of love for the season: where to watch, and catch, the parades.

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Feb 112012
 

Riders toss beads from Le Chanticleer, one of the Krewe of Sparta's animal-themed floats. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Pygmalion debuts its towering Pygmammoth float on Napoleon Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Falling temperatures didn’t deter strong crowds of parade-goers Saturday night from seeing the krewes of Sparta and Pygmalion bring their animal- and game-themed floats through Uptown New Orleans. Continue reading »

Feb 112012
 

Members of the Krewe of Pontchartrain throw beads to a crowd of waiting spectators on St. Charles Ave. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

“Where is what Louisiana festival?” was the double fill-in-the-blank guessing-game theme of the 37th anniversary Krewe of Pontchartrain parade, which rolled through Uptown at Saturday afternoon. Continue reading »

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