Jan 282013

Seven total gun cases were reported along the Uptown portion of the parade route this weekend, with five clustering near Erato Street, and the other two at Eighth and Sixth streets. (map via NOPD.com)

Four more gun cases were reported on the Uptown parade route Saturday and Sunday, bringing the total for the first weekend of Carnival to seven, according to police reports. Continue reading »

Jan 282013

(Cartoon by Owen Courreges)

Owen Courreges

The food truck debate in New Orleans is stirring once again.  City Councilwoman Stacy Head has floated legislation to loosen regulations of food trucks, which at present are largely unchanged from the 1950’s. These existing regulations make food truck operations a nearly impossible proposition, with draconian restrictions on permits, operating times and locations. Continue reading »

Jan 272013

The Knights of King Arthur’s Queen Guinevere, Pam Dean Goodard, smiles as she prepares throw a toy football into the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Carrollton and Knights of King Arthur rolled Sunday afternoon on the Uptown route.

A member of the Krewe of Carrollton on the “Day at the Jazzfest” float tosses beads into the St. Charles Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 262013

A rider on the Knights of Sparta “Moonlight Serenade” float singles out a parade-goer to catch a throw. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Sparta rolled on the Uptown route with 17 floats themed “My Way,” after Sinatra songs, and the Krewe of Pygmalion rolled an 18-float parade entitled “Pygmalion Celebrates.”

The Pygmammoth float, which debuted in 2012, makes its second appearance in the Krewe of Pygmalion parade on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 262013

Horseback riders lead the Krewe of Choctaw up St. Charles Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Pontchartrain’s 15 floats riddled parade-goers with the theme of “What are you afraid of?” on Saturday afternoon, and the Krewe of Choctaw made its first appearance on the Uptown route with a 18-float parade with whimsical takes on “Avenues of America.”

The Krewe of Pontchartrain’s floats asked parade-goers, “What are you afraid of?” (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 262013

A rendering of the Tulane Stadium released in September. (UptownMessenger.com file image)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu released the details of the agreement his office has reached with Tulane governing the use of the university’s proposed stadium on Friday, drawing swift reaction from neighborhood groups that it is still too lenient. Continue reading »

Jan 262013

Craig Giesecke

These days I’ve been helping some friends put together a new restaurant/bar operation in the Warehouse District. The principals involved are veterans of the local restaurant/bar scene, so there aren’t a whole lot of surprises being thrown at any of us. But, as with any new operation, there’s a lot of “one step forward, two steps back” thing when you’re waiting on construction crews to assemble the plumbing, electrical stuff and hand-mill a new bar on-site.

The most frustrating thing about putting together such a new business is all the hurry-up-and-wait stuff involved in licensing and permitting. Things are particularly messy this time of year, as health inspectors want to make sure they’re gotten around to as many places as possible before the big Carnival crowds arrive.  Throw the Super Bowl on top of it and you’ve got, well, a task more difficult than a left turn off Tulane Avenue. Continue reading »

Jan 262013

A home on Delachaise Street burns Friday night just off South Claiborne. (submitted photo)

A fire that began in a vacant house on Delachaise Street just off South Claiborne scorched an adjacent fourplex Friday night, destroying two families’ homes, according to a report from our partners at WWL-TV.

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Jan 252013

Queen Oshun XVI, Taisha Williams-Payne, rides up Napoleon Avenue on Friday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Under absolutely perfect weather, two regal parades kicked off the first major weekend of parading in New Orleans on Friday night. The Krewe of Oshun celebrated children as it held its place as the first parade of the weekend, and the Krewe of Cleopatra made their debut on the Uptown route on the fortieth anniversary of their parade.

Queen Cleopatra XL, Malinda Phillips Bertrand, smiles from her throne as her float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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