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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Feb 102012
 

Hands rise along Napoleon Avenue as he Krewe of Oshun rolls past Friday evening, the first parade of the Uptown route. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After an afternoon of concern about a persistent rainfall, the skies cleared just in time Friday night for the Krewe of Oshun to down St. Charles Avenue as the first parade of the season along the Uptown route. Continue reading »

Feb 102012
 

Daniel Galindo, 5, Nicholas Scandurro, 5, and Anthony Scandurro, 3, play in front of the Latter library at the First Annual Children's Book Festival in December 2010. (file photo, Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A series of ongoing repairs and refurbishments to the Latter branch of the New Orleans Public Library are scheduled to pick up in the coming months, according to representatives from the Mayor’s office, the New Orleans Public Library, and the architecture firm hired to complete the project.

At a crowded meeting at the library on Thursday night, officials gave a progress report on the first phase of the work, executed over the past three years, and offered a timetable of the second phase, slated to begin shortly after a contractor is chosen later this month.

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Feb 102012
 

A 50 percent chance of rain is forecast Friday night, suggesting umbrellas and ponchos may be in order for the Krewe of Oshun, the first parade of the season to roll down the St. Charles route.

Whether the rain comes or not, the warm winter that New Orleans has been experiencing will break Saturday and Sunday, and temperatures are expected to fall to the 30s at night and struggle to reach the 50s on Sunday. Clear skies are expected for the krewes of Pontchartrain on Saturday afternoon, Sparta and Pygmalion on Saturday night, and Carrollton and King Arthur on Sunday afternoon, but bring warm clothes — the National Weather Service expects to issue a freeze warning. Continue reading »

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Feb 092012
 

Panelists (left to right) Peter Scharf, Ginger Berrigan, Earl Williams, Nancy McPherson and Joe Sherman speak about challenges and victories in fighting crime in Hollygrove at Tulane. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

From suffering though shootings on a nightly basis in years past, the Hollygrove neighborhood has evolved into a tight-knit network of neighbors whose efforts to target problem properties have made substantial progress in the fight against crime, neighborhood leaders said Thursday night. Continue reading »

Feb 092012
 

Two recent robberies in the Carrollton area show several similarities, police detectives say. (map via NOPD.com)

Police investigators believe the latest armed robbery Uptown shows a strong link to a recent case in the same area, and patrol officers are continuing to focus their efforts around the Carrollton-Claiborne area, NOPD officials said at their weekly meeting Wednesday. Continue reading »

Feb 092012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The fact that Mitt Romney was unable to wrap up the GOP Presidential nomination in early-voting states leaves both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich with a chance to become the party’s nominee, say two Louisiana Republicans who have been watching the fight closely. Continue reading »

Feb 082012
 

A proposal to change lower Magazine Street to two-way traffic splits the crowd at the International School of Louisiana on Wednesday evening, as audience members raise their hands in opposition to the project. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Should Magazine Street traffic run in both directions through the Lower Garden District? Among more than 100 people at a public forum Wednesday night, many strongly supported the change, some opposed it, and the rest felt the question has yet to be adequately studied. Continue reading »

Feb 082012
 

Since a neighbor was ticketed for parking in front of his own house during last year's Mardi Gras, the backyard is his new hiding spot from the meter maids during Carnival. (photo by Jean Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Greetings revelers!  Two weeks ago I posted 10 points as a basic parade goers guide with some wonderful responses.  This week as we ramp up toward the mania now less than two weeks out, expounding on, otherwise clarifying, and adding a second ten seem in order. Continue reading »

Feb 072012
 

Police investigate in the 1200 block of South Saratoga, where a man was shot by an officer Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man was shot in the arm by a police officer after allegedly pulling a gun on him Tuesday evening, and a second man with him was arrested after a two-hour search of a Central City block, authorities said. Continue reading »