Feb 142015
 
A member of the Krewe of Iris prepares to throw beads at the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon avenues. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A member of the Krewe of Iris prepares to throw beads at the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon avenues. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewes of Iris brought their love of parties to the Uptown parade route on Saturday, and followed by the Krewe of Tucks saving the day in their particular fashion.

The Krewe of Tucks mocks Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential aspirations by depicting him as a wannabe superhero. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Tucks mocks Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations by depicting him as a wannabe superhero. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 132015
 
The Krewe of Hermes "Salome" float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes “Salome” float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes presented a 29-float parade of “The Ballets Russes,” Le Krewe d’Etat riffed off of horror stories in “Frid’Etat the 13th” with its 24 satirical floats, and the Krewe of Morpheus concluded the evening with a 20-float parade titled “Freaky Friday.”

The "Drive on a Crack" float by Le Krewe d'Etat mocked the ongoing road construction around New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The “Drive on a Crack” float by Le Krewe d’Etat mocked the ongoing road construction around New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Captain of the Krewe of Morpheus hands out black doubloons. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Captain of the Krewe of Morpheus hands out black doubloons. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 132015
 
Actor John C. Reily throws Bacchus doubloons to the audience.

Actor John C. Reilly throws Bacchus doubloons to the audience. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor John C. Reilly made an appearance at Children’s Hospital on Friday morning. Reilly, the star of the popular children’s movie Wreck-It Ralph, brought copies of his movies to kids. Reily will reign as the king of Bacchus this year.

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Feb 122015
 
A rider on the Krewe of Babylon "Nabu" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Krewe of Babylon “Nabu” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Babylon, the Knights of Chaos and the Krewe of Muses rolled on the Uptown route Thursday night.

The Knights of Chaos "NO P.D." float mocked the troubles with the city's issues with the police force. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Chaos “NO P.D.” float mocked the troubles with the city’s issues with the police force. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Muses "Wet Dreams" float referred to increasing risk of flooding. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Combining a motif of adolescence with topical satire, the Krewe of Muses “Wet Dreams” float referred to increasing risk of flooding. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 122015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Like everyone else in New Orleans, we want the NOPD to right a tightly managed, right-sized operation that keeps us all safe.  We realize it might take two or three years to really hire a full complement of officers. We can live with new officers who might not meet the highest educational standards. We are glad the Chief has thought through his management needs enough to ask the Civil Service Commission for authorization to hire a civilian assistant to drive his ball down the field.

While we were not thrilled when the NOPD’s Office of Secondary Employment was created, we really hate the fact that the office’s leadership have been keeping the majority of plum assignments for themselves, as reported by The Advocate this week.  These actions cost the rank and file money. They damage morale, decrease officer retention, and discourage new officers from accepting positions on the force. No wonder morale is an ongoing problem! Continue reading »

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Feb 122015
 
The first of the Mystic Krewe of Druids' dilemma floats asks, "Paper or Plastic?" (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The first of the Mystic Krewe of Druids’ dilemma floats asks, “Paper or Plastic?” (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown route sprang back to life Wednesday night, when the Mystic Krewe of Druids rolled with the satiric theme of “Druid Dilemmas, followed by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx and their celebration of Elvis Presley.

A rider in the Mystic Krewe of Nyx displays throws to the Magazine Street crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Mystic Krewe of Nyx displays throws to the Magazine Street crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)


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Feb 112015
 

Baskets of Blessings - Mardi Gras Party BasketLouisiana Sisters Provides the Ultimate Hostess Gift for any Mardi Gras Fete

Louisiana Sisters, a local gourmet foods company, is now offering the ultimate hostess gift for Carnival Season. Gift sets complete with the brand’s All Natural Spiced Bloody Mary Mix, New Orleans Spiced Olives (pitted) and Pepper Jelly are now available through Nancy’s Corner for $35 with $15 delivery and Baskets of Blessings for only $40 with $7 delivery (same-day delivery is guaranteed if ordered before 10 a.m. and before the holiday weekend). Continue reading »

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Feb 112015
 
The Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in January 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in January 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

With plans for a rooftop lounge and a restored Silver Whistle coffee shop on the first floor, The Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue is intent on reclaiming its historic prominence in New Orleans, its owners say — right down to the classic blueberry muffins. Continue reading »

Feb 112015
 

Kate Scott

Kate Scott

By Kate Scott, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

New Orleans has a troubling legacy to overcome when it comes to the condition of its rental homes, even though more than half the City’s residents are renters. Such conditions have wide-ranging effects on everything from health to educational outcomes. Many renters find themselves having to move because they can’t get dangerous housing conditions addressed. When people have to move a lot, neighborhood stability goes down and so does public safety.

In a City where rents have skyrocketed beyond the reach of many working families, New Orleans renters deserve assurances that the homes they live in meet basic standards of quality and safety. A rental registry program would be good for New Orleans and can be designed in a way that is not overly cumbersome for the many landlords in the City that are just trying to do the right thing. Continue reading »