Feb 242014
 

Three incidents were reported on the Uptown parade route over the weekend -- two simple battery cases, and one gun arrest. (via NOPD crime mapping)

Three incidents were reported on the Uptown parade route over the weekend — two simple battery cases, and one gun arrest. (via NOPD crime mapping)

New Orleans police seized a firearm in one gun case and reported two fighting incidents that warranted criminal investigations along the Uptown parade route in the first weekend of parading, according to NOPD crime maps. Continue reading »

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Feb 242014
 
The Krewe of Ragnarok in 2012. (photo via Loyola University)

The Krewe of Ragnarok in 2012. (photo via Loyola University)

The Jefferson City Buzzards travel down St. Charles Avenue handing out flowers to crowds on Mardi Gras Day in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Jefferson City Buzzards travel down St. Charles Avenue handing out flowers to crowds on Mardi Gras Day in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Beyond the big ticket parades that draw thousands to the Uptown parade routes, a forum tonight (Monday, Feb. 24) at Loyola University will discuss the lesser-known, but just as distinctive celebrations around the city — some, like the Jefferson City Buzzards and Mardi Gras Indians, that date back more than a century, and others that are only a few years old. Continue reading »

Feb 242014
 

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

The state lawmakers who sit on the legislature’s Hurricane Recovery Committee will take up the issue of “intimidating” Road Home collection letters previously raised by New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell in a meeting this evening (Monday, Feb. 24), officials said. Continue reading »

Feb 242014
 

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, who was widely hailed for his leadership in New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina and is now considering a run for governor, will speak about the threats to Louisiana’s environment at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday, Feb. 24) at First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5212 South Claiborne Avenue. Continue reading »

Feb 242014
 
A  Krewe of Morpheus parader passes out throws from the top of a float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A Krewe of Morpheus parader passes out throws from the top of a float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

St. Katherine Drexel Prep school (the former Xavier University Prep) will offer Mardi Gras stands, parking, food and drinks this year so friends and supporters can enjoy the Magazine Street parades in comfort while supporting the school’s growth. Continue reading »

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Feb 242014
 

Owen Courreges

Everywhere you look these days you hear an ongoing debate over a simple app known as “Uber.”  The concept is simple: the San Franciso-based company provides an app that connects passengers with “for hire” vehicles and rideshare services via their cell phone.  Pricing is handled through Uber on a distance or time basis.

During times of peak demand, the price can be several times normal taxi rates.  At other times, Uber may cost less than a regular cab.  The goal is to provide a functioning market within the app whereby users can always receive prompt service. Continue reading »

Feb 232014
 
Coffee & Beignets float, Krewe of Carrollton 2014.

The Coffee & Beignets float in the Krewe of Carrollton parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A healthy dose of rain didn’t stop Saturday’s parades: The Krewe of Carrollton’s 24 floats themed “Carrollton Goes Two by Two,” the Knights of King Arthur’s 27 floats themed “King Arthur has the Blues,” and the 20 floats of the Krewe of Alla themed “Alla Goes to NOLA” all rolled on the Uptown route as scheduled.

Marching bands made the best of the unfavorable weather in the Krewe of King Arthur parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Marching bands made the best of the unfavorable weather as the Knights of King Arthur rolled on Magazine Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander's Palace float. Commander's Palace is one of New Orleans' finest restaurants. Krewe of Alla 2014, (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander’s Palace float. Commander’s Palace is one of New Orleans’ finest restaurants. Krewe of Alla 2014, (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 232014
 

(via The Junior Committee's Annual  Mardi Gras Fêtes press release)

(via New Orleans Opera Association)

(via The Junior Committee's Annual  Mardi Gras Fêtes press release)

(via New Orleans Opera Association)

The Opera Guild home on Prytania Street is offering an opportunity today (Sunday, Feb. 23) to enjoy family-friendly Mardi Gras festivities, and then to celebrate Mardi Gras your way with other adults Friday (Feb. 28) at The Junior Committee’s Annual Mardi Gras Fêtes. Continue reading »

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Feb 222014
 
The Krewe of Pygmalion's signature "Pygmammoth" float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Pygmalion’s signature “Pygmammoth” float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Sparta celebrated the world’s most famous couples in its “Isn’t it Romantic?” parade Saturday night on the Uptown New Orleans parade route, and the Krewe of Pygmalion shared “A Few of Our Favorite Songs.”

The Krewe of Sparta "Trojan Horse" float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Sparta “Trojan Horse” float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 222014
 
Rider throws beads on Napoleon Ave. Pontchartrain's 2014  theme was "What's Eating New Orleans." (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Rider on Pontchartrain’s oyster float throws beads on Napoleon Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Pontchartrain was the first of three krewes to roll Saturday afternoon, followed by Krewe of Choctaw and Krewe of Freret.

Pontchartrain had floats with the theme “What’s Eating New Orleans,” a food-themed guessing game with obvious answers to any New Orleanian. Choctaw’s theme was “Choctaw’s Vacation Destinations,” and the Krewe of Freret paraded for the first time since the 1990s, with an inaugural theme of “There’s a First Time for Everything” and floats lampooning their own return from the grave.

Parade goers await beads from the "Ghouls Gone Wild" float in Krewe of Freret. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Parade goers await beads from the “Ghouls Gone Wild” float in Krewe of Freret. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 212014
 
A young rider in the Krewe of Oshun's "Yemoja and Emperor" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A young rider in the Krewe of Oshun’s “Yemoja and Emperor” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Oshun was the first parade to roll on the Uptown route of the New Orleans Mardi Gras season on Friday night, followed by the Krewe of Cleopatra.

Oshun’s theme was “Night Out in the Big Easy” and featured 19 floats, including Christopher Brown as King Shango and Laquina L. Brown as Queen Oshun. Cleopatra, parading for the second year in a row on the Uptown route after three decades on the Westbank, had 21 floats in the theme of “Strolling down the Avenue.”

Alexandra Kathryn Breland reigned as Queen Cleopatra XLI. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Alexandra Kathryn Breland reigned as Queen Cleopatra XLI. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 212014
 
(via www.ashecac.org)

(via www.ashecac.org)

Ashé Cultural Arts Center  (via www.ashecac.org)

The Ashé Cultural Arts Center will host a free screening of “The Trials of Muhammed Ali” tonight (Friday, Feb. 21) and a number of other events now through the end of the month, including The New Orleans Jazz Marketplace celebration, The African Presence in Venezuela since President Hugo Chavez exhibit & film screening, and fun fitness sessions. Continue reading »

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Feb 212014
 
An Irish man looks over the Atlantic Ocean just south of Dublin  (via Jessica DeBold,   Uptown Messenger)

An Irish man looks over the Atlantic Ocean just south of Dublin (photo by Jessica DeBold, UptownMessenger.com)

University College of Dublin emblem (via www.ucd.ie)

University College of Dublin emblem (via www.ucd.ie)

High school juniors can take a virtually free trip to the emerald Isle this summer to study for two weeks at the University College of Dublin. The winners of the Irish Network-NOLA scholarship competition will receive free return flights, tuition, accommodation and food in the historic city, but the application is due Monday. Continue reading »

Feb 202014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Voting is one of the most treasured rights of every American. But it is amazing how many people either never register or find some excuse not to vote. Then of course there is the perceived voter fatigue caused by having too frequent elections, failure to educate oneself on the issues, or being too lazy to physically go to the polls.

With early voting set to begin March 1, political eyes will be watching to see what impact voter apathy – due in part to our love of all things Mardi Gras – will have on voter turnout for the March 15 runoff elections for Council At Large, Council C, Sheriff and Coroner. In the primary election held on February 1, approximately 12,000 voters cast their votes early and a much smaller number voted by mail. Continue reading »

Feb 202014
 
Walter Block (via loyno.edu)

Walter Block (via loyno.edu)

Comments in The New York Times by a Loyola University economics professor defending the right of businesses to refuse service to black customers — such as the segregated Woolworth’s lunch counters that became an icon of the fight against segregation in the 1960s — have sparked an academic controversy that drew a rebuttal from the university president. Weeks later, the topic continues to dominate the pages of the student-run newspaper, The Maroon. Continue reading »

Feb 202014
 

law summit

19th Annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy panelist topics (via  the Tulane Environmental and Energy Legal Society)

19th Annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy panelist topics (via the Tulane Environmental and Energy Legal Society)

The public is invited to listen to thought-provoking expert panelists discuss environmental hot topics such as the Orleans Parish Levee Board lawsuits, the Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” and the state’s “cancer alley” at the 19th Annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 21-22), in Tulane Law School’s Weinmann Hall. Continue reading »

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