It’s always fun to go to the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball at Gallier Hall because you never know who you are going to run into. Last night’s ball was a jam-packed but chilly affair with plenty of women in stunning backless, strapless creations and masks. The first people Danae saw crawling out of a big SUV were James Carville (New Orleans best known media darling) and Ryan Berni, the Mayor’s former press secretary/campaign manager who is now contemplating his next step. Could Hillary’s campaign be on Berni’s horizon?
The Krewe of Ancient Druids rolled Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from Magazine and Jefferson, followed by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx. The two parades marked the first of seven straight days of parading until Fat Tuesday.
The Krewe of Ancient Druids, a 20-float procession, marched down the route in masks, feathers and capes and threw doubloons, beads and toys. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx followed immediately after the Krewe of Ancient Druids. The women’s krewe threw purses, light-up beads, swords, crowns and plush toys during the organization’s third annual parade. The krewe had 35 floats.
In a third robbery this week in the Uptown area, a carjacking was reported on Simon Bolivar Avenue on Monday morning.
With angry signs and a tall death puppet, students at Loyola University staged a demonstration Wednesday afternoon in front of the Danna Student Center to protest layoffs of staff and faculty, according to the Loyola Maroon student newspaper. The university is laying off 18 staff members and will not renew contracts for 12 more non-tenured faculty members later in the spring to balance the budget, the Maroon has reported.
For the first time, Tulane University police are assisting the New Orleans Police Department this year with security along the Mardi Gras parade routes, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. Tulane is sending five commissioned officers and one supervisor to supplement the ranks of the NOPD Second District during every Uptown parade, Commander Paul Noel says:
A man and a woman were rescued by emergency workers after their car flooded out in deep water that accumulated during Wednesday morning’s rain, according to an eyewitness.
Greetings fellow revelers! Happy to report the first weekend of Mardi Gras 2014 seemingly unfolded with minimal fuss and maximum fanfare. While I personally stayed Uptown, walking to this parade and that corner on Friday and Saturday, we heeded caution for Sunday’s wetness and took in a matinee at the Prytania. So while my own experiences stayed squarely in the 70115, from all the posts I read, the otherwise premiere Carnival activities in the remainder of the Crescent City happened as expected: ‘tit Rex got small, Chewbacchus made the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, and Barkus took a dip. All on a Mardi Gras first weekend, as it were.
“It is a fast timeline, but we’ve done it before,” said Karl Jentoft, a consultant associated with the Charter School Development Corp. working with ENCORE on the project.
A long-delayed plan to create a new community center on Monroe Street in west Carrollton — now slated to be a new home for Hollygrove’s Trinity Christian Community — received a thumbs-up from the New Orleans City Planning Commission on Tuesday, and organizers say they now have the funding in line for the project to move forward.
Before the Krewe of Thoth rolls on the Uptown route Sunday morning, New Orleans musician Luke Winslow King will perform at a jazz worship service at The Norwegian Church in the Lower Garden District.
St. Charles Avenue homeowners are allowed by the city to fence in landscaping they create between the sidewalk and the street to protect them from Mardi Gras parade goers, but nearby residents say too many new landscaping projects and fences are cropping up this year, restricting where the public can watch, according to a report by Meg Farris of our partners at WWL-TV. City officials say only one new fencing permit was issued this year, at Constantinople Street, but Farris pointed to other plots that are fenced in without any apparent landscaping.
Independent auditors have raised questions about thousands of dollars of credit card spending at Sophie B. Wright Charter School; Bricolage Academy will spend a second year at its temporary home at Touro Infirmary; and the International School of Louisiana drew the most early applications of any school under the city’s new OneApp admissions process, according to recent reports.