Mar 032014
 
Bacchus Explores Sportsman's Paradise (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Bacchus Explores our Sportsman’s Paradise (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor/Musician Hugh Laurie reigned as King Bacchus XLVI. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor/Musician Hugh Laurie threw signature doubloons to the packed Napoleon street crowd. Laurie reigned as King Bacchus XLVI. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Krewe of Bacchus 2014 explored Louisiana’s “Sportsman’s Paradise” slogan found on the state’s license plates. This year’s parade featured actor/musician Hugh Laurie from the television program House and New Orleans Saints’ all-pro defensive end Cameron Jordan. Continue reading »

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Mar 022014
 
A Thoth rider prepares a throw. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Krewe of Thoth prepares a throw for the crowd on Henry Clay Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Okeanos rolled on Sunday with a theme celebrating the holidays, the Krewe of Mid-City presented its distinctive floats in “Fifty Shades of Green,” and the Krewe of Thoth nodded toward Sunday’s Oscars with a movie-themed parade.

The Krewe of Mid-City's "Green Hornet" float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Mid-City’s “Green Hornet” float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 012014
 
Riders on the Krewe of Iris "Rock of Ages" float throw to the Napoleon Avenue crowds. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders on the Krewe of Iris “Rock of Ages” float throw to the Napoleon Avenue crowds. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The all-female Krewe of Iris entertained Uptown crowds with a series of puns on the theme “Iris Rocks” on Saturday, while the Krewe of Tucks “Sporting Life” floats presented their namesake engaging in wordplay of a bawdier nature.

Riders toss beads from the Krewe of Tucks "Bat 'Er Up" float, featuring the double entendres throughout their "Sporting Life" theme. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders toss beads from the Krewe of Tucks “Bat ‘Er Up” float, featuring the double entendres throughout their “Sporting Life” theme. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 282014
 
A flying monkey perches on the Hermes "1974: The Wizard of Oz" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A flying monkey perches on the Hermes “1974: The Wizard of Oz” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes presented a theme of “The Diamond Jubilee;” Le Krewe d’Etat skewered local and national public figures as “Under the Influence;” and the Krewe of Morpheus rolled with a theme of “Morpheus Cruises the Streets of New Orleans” on the Uptown parade route Friday evening.

A member of the Krewe d'Etat greets a child in the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A member of the Krewe d’Etat greets a child in the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Morpheus pays tribute Jefferson Ave. with a giant Thomas Jefferson.

Morpheus pays tribute Jefferson Ave. with a giant Thomas Jefferson.

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Feb 282014
 
Boys and Girls Hope Race Judicata 2013 (via facebook.com)

Boys and Girls Hope Race Judicata 2013 (via facebook.com)

Bring your family even your dog for a 5k race and one-mile fun run (or walk) at Audubon Park on March 8, and help the Loyola University College of Law raise money for Boys Hope Girls Hope to provide safer environments for at-risk children. Continue reading »

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Feb 282014
 

Michael Kyrlakoudes (left) receives guitar pointers from Little Big Horns’ guitarist Russell Welch during the Sunday Jan. 26,2014 Youth Music Workshop at Tipitina's on Napoleon Avenue.

Michael Kyrlakoudes (left) receives guitar pointers from Little Big Horns’ guitarist Russell Welch during Youth Music Workshop at Tipitina’s in January (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien).

Young music students can attend two free workshops this March, offered by the Tipitina’s Foundation. Continue reading »

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Feb 282014
 

A rendering of the Tulane Stadium released in September 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file image)

A rendering of the Tulane Stadium released in September 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file image)

When the Tulane Green Wave plays their first football game of the 2014-15 season against Georgia Tech on Sept. 6, they are expected to be doing so on the new Yulman Stadium on the Uptown campus, according to a report by Bradley Handwerger of our partners at WWL-TV.

Feb 282014
 

Three small Uptown streets — Rosa Park, Dunleith Court and Richmond Place — are all marked as “private” streets but no one pays taxes for them, a series of contradictions that dates back a century and that assessor Erroll Williams tells The Lens may have to end. Accounts conflict as to whether the city has maintained them, thus making them public, and it is also unclear who would be responsible for their taxes if they are kept private, The Lens reports. Continue reading »

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Feb 282014
 

Foti HeadshotDear Voters,

We all know that Sheriff Marlin Gusman has failed to bring any of the 171 provisions of the federal court-ordered Consent Decree into compliance.

These provisions were caused by management and leadership problems that a new building won’t fix. The Consent Decree exists because of Gusman’s inattention and refusal to address these problems over the years because he initially denied there were any problems.

 The Sheriff ’s Office is a poorly managed, inefficient operation with bloated consulting contracts that costs taxpayers millions annually.

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Feb 272014
 
A rider in the Krewe of Muses passes a throw to the crowd. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Krewe of Muses passes a throw to the crowd. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Babylon rolled with a theme of “Thanks for the Memories,” the Knights of Chaos used “Chaos Goes to Hell” for their satiric parade and the Krewe of Muses presented a series of puns themed “Ready to Wear You Out” Thursday evening on the Uptown parade route.

The Knights' of Chaos "Devil's Advocate" float mocks the purchase of The Advocate newspaper by John Georges. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights’ of Chaos “Devil’s Advocate” float mocks the purchase of The Advocate newspaper by John Georges. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Babylon's "Pygmalion" float rolls onto Napoleon Avenue on Thursday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Babylon’s “Pygmalion” float rolls onto Napoleon Avenue on Thursday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 272014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

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? Continue reading »

Feb 262014
 
The Archdruid's identity is never revealed (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Archdruid’s identity is never revealed (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com)

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.

Spectators catch shiny throws from the Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade Wednesday (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com).

Spectators catch shiny throws from the Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade Wednesday (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com).

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Feb 262014
 

The home invasion on Napoleon (via NOPD)

The home invasion on Napoleon (via NOPD)

A home-invasion robbery was reported Monday evening on Napoleon Avenue, and a man was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening on nearby Milan Street, according to New Orleans police.

In a third robbery this week in the Uptown area, a carjacking was reported on Simon Bolivar Avenue on Monday morning. Continue reading »

Feb 262014
 

Dr. Michael White and his band, The Original Liberty Jazz Band will perform for the 20th Annual Jazz Service at St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church (via St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church)

Dr. Michael White and The Original Liberty Jazz Band (via St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church)

Celebrate the city of New Orleans with traditional Jazz music Sunday morning (March 2) from renowned clairinetist Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band during the 20th Annual Jazz Service at the St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church. Continue reading »

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