Feb 162015
 
The Proteus "Fishing Birds" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Proteus “Fishing Birds” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The floats in the Krewe of Proteus carried explanations of their links to the original 1896 parade. (UptownMessenger.com)

The floats in the Krewe of Proteus carried explanations of their links to the original 1896 parade. (UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Proteus rolled on the Uptown route on Monday evening, with a theme of “Nature of the Beasts” recreating a parade with slyly satirical undertones dating back to the late 1800s. Continue reading »

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Feb 162015
 

Owen Courreges

Mardi Gras is a time for drunken debauchery. Carnival is also a time when our city is most laid bare for the country to see. Our people are judged, our government is judged, and the general quality of our celebration is – as one would expect – judged.

This year, I have stared into the maw of the beast that is our Carnival Season and drawn out the following scorecard (thus far): Continue reading »

Feb 152015
 
John C. Riley reigned as the King of Bacchus 2015. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

John C. Reilly threw handfuls of doubloons into the crowd. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday night, Bacchus rolled Uptown with the theme “Children’s Stories that Lived Forever.” Actor John C. Reilly reigned as the king of Bacchus 2015. The parade also featured actors Craig Robinson, Rob Corrdry and Clark Duke.

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Feb 152015
 
The Thoth "Hell Freezes Over" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Thoth “Hell Freezes Over” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Okeanos put on a parade of kings, the Krewe of Mid-City paid tribute to City Park, and the Krewe of Thoth gave its own spin on figures of speech.

The Krewe of Mid-City "Melusine and Snow Queen" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Mid-City “Melusine and Snow Queen” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Skinz and Bonez gang marches on Magazine Street with the Krewe of Okeanos. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Skinz and Bonez gang marches on Magazine Street with the Krewe of Okeanos. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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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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