Feb 042016
 
Sarah Slamen works at the Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Sarah Slamen works at the Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

With Tuesday’s surprising Iowa caucus results and attention now turning to New Hampshire, New Orleans voters are beginning to focus on Louisiana’s March 5th presidential primary. Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have made fundraising stops in the region. Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened a campaign headquarters in Metairie. While Congressman Cedric Richmond and state Democratic Party chair Karen Carter Peterson are currently leading Hillary Clinton’s outreach efforts, Louisiana chairs have been named for Trump, Rubio and Kasich. Continue reading »

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A rider in the Krewe of Nyx prepares to toss a shining prize on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Krewe of Nyx prepares to toss a shining prize on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Ancient Druids put on their “best behavior” — satirizing controversy over previous year’s floats by replacing them with mostly generic images — while the Krewe of Nyx celebrated their fifth birthday with a series of puns around the number ‘5.’

The Druids' "Monument Man" float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Druids’ “Monument Man” float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 032016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Prologue: Once upon a crisp and sunny New Orleans Sunday in January 2015, the six-fold brood of my wife and kids found ourselves at a children’s backyard birthday party Uptown–a relatively ordinary scenario for any weekend, really. Until, through some trampoline netting and just the other side of a jungle gym, I spied an unexpected theatrical ruckus erupting, composed of overdramatized yelling and exaggerated grunting paired with kinetic flashes of thrown elbows, flying colors of booted feet, and the like.

Men and women dressed in wrestling masks, tights, and even some capes in the adjacent lot separate from festivities furiously faux fighting along to a foreign soundtrack, ebbing and flowing between this and orchestrated dance.  I stopped, and dumbfounded, I pointed meekly in their direction.  Quizzically, I uttered just above a whisper “What is that?”
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St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church will host its 22nd Annual Jazz Service this Sunday, Feb. 7. The service, led by Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, begins at 9 a.m. at the church, located at 7100 St. Charles Ave. The worship service is free and open to all, and a king cake reception will follow.

(via St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church)

(via St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church)

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Feb 022016
 
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Feb 022016
 

Jason Ford (via NOPD)

Jason Ford (via NOPD)

Germain Hurlston (via NOPD)

Germain Hurlston (via NOPD)

The two teenagers found with gunshot wounds last week on Tchoupitoulas Street had actually just been shot by two men they had just robbed, New Orleans police say, and they are now wanted on armed-robbery charges. Continue reading »

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Jan 312016
 
A rider on the Krewe of Carrollton's "Tax Season" floats prepares to throw beads. Carrollton was one of three parades rolling uptown on Sunday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Krewe of Carrollton’s “Tax Season” floats prepares to throw beads. Carrollton was one of three parades rolling uptown on Sunday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday afternoon four parades rolled along the uptown route, Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale, Krewe of Carrollton, Krewe of King Arthur and Krewe of Alla. Femme Fatale sought thrill with their theme “The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale Visits Theme Parks.” Carrollton rolled with the theme “A Krewe for All Seasons,” each float representing a time of year. King Arthur kept things secret with the theme “King Arthur’s Classified Information.” Alla got in touch with their patriotic side, rolling with the theme “A Salute to American Icons.”

A rider throws beads as the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale rolled on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider throws beads as the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale rolled on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Krewe of King Arthur's "Employment" float featured a mock advertisement, reading "Looking for wait staff, cook, hostesses. Must have background in martial arts and/or concealed carry. Military training a plus. Bullet proof vests provided." King Arthur was one of four parades that rolled uptown on Sunday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Krewe of King Arthur’s “Employment” float featured a mock advertisement, reading “Looking for wait staff, cook, hostesses. Must have background in martial arts and/or concealed carry. Military training a plus. Bullet proof vests provided.” King Arthur was one of four parades that rolled uptown on Sunday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The queen of Alla, Lauren "Fleurty Girl" LeBlanc, throws beads from her float. The Krewe of Alla was one of four parades to roll Sunday afternoon Uptown. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The queen of Alla, Lauren “Fleurty Girl” LeBlanc, throws beads from her float. The Krewe of Alla was one of four parades to roll Sunday afternoon Uptown. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 312016
 
The Krewe of Pygmalion "Brilliance of Iris" float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Pygmalion “Brilliance of Iris” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Sparta toasted the world of musical theatre with “A Knight at the Tonys,” and the Krewe of Pygmaliono paid tribute to other Mardi Gras deities with “The Gods of Carnival” as both rolled Saturday night on the Uptown route.

The Knights of Sparta roll on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Sparta roll on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 302016
 
A rider laughs as she throws beads in the Krewe of Choctaw parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider laughs as she throws beads in the Krewe of Choctaw parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret rolled on the Uptown route during the day on Saturday.

A rider on the "Connecticut , the _O_S_T_T__N State" float  in the Krewe of Pontchartrain throws beads to an eager crowd on Napoleon avenue. The Krewe was one of five parades rolling Uptown on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the “Connecticut , the _O_S_T_T__N State” float in the Krewe of Pontchartrain throws beads to an eager crowd on Napoleon avenue. The Krewe was one of five parades rolling Uptown on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Bivian "Sonny" Lee III rides as this year's king of the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Bivian “Sonny” Lee III rides as this year’s king of the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 302016
 
Images from the Krewe of Oshun. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Krewe of Oshun prepares to throw beads into the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Oshun celebrated its 20th anniversary with a “Sea of Beauty,” and the Krewe of Cleopatra “rocked the Big Easy” with tributes to classic tunes Friday night as the two parades kicked off the Carnival season on the Uptown route.

A rider in the Krewe of Cleopatra smiles as she tosses beads on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Images from the Krewe of Cleopatra parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 292016
 
Domilise's Roast Beef Poboy (Kristine Froeba)

Domilise’s Roast Beef Poboy (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

It wasn’t long ago that every Uptown house was within walking distance of a Roast Beef Poboy. Only twenty years ago, almost every second corner had a grocery or bar with a sandwich shop in the back. You can still see their architectural remains Uptown. The historic corner houses with double doors facing the intersection are vestiges of that simpler time. A select few of these locations continue to operate. Clancy’s the restaurant was once old man Clancy’s Bar and Poboy Shop. I rode my bike there to buy candy. Norby’s bar and restaurant has become Patois. An apartment two blocks down was formerly LaCour’s Grocery. In another direction was Mouledous’ Butcher and Grocery, now Fresh Bar. Toast now occupies the defunct Draube’s neighborhood Bar and Grocer. These establishments coexisted with dozen of others in the same few blocks. Most served poboys. Due to gentrification and time, most are now lost. Continue reading »