With a series of playful illuminated floats led by a procession of celebrities for Lundi Gras, the Krewe of Orpheus spent what was just an ordinary Monday evening anywhere else exploring “The Magic of an Ordinary Day.”
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.
The Krewe of Proteus will roll at 4 p.m. today (Monday, Feb. 16), followed by the Krewe of Orpheus at 4:45 p.m., in changes to the parade schedule that New Orleans officials hope will avoid the rain that is expected this evening.
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):
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.
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 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 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.”
A 20-year-old man was shot in the hip Friday afternoon on Soniat Street in the Freret neighborhood, New Orleans police said.
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.
The Knights of Babylon, the Knights of Chaos and the Krewe of Muses rolled on the Uptown route Thursday night.
Warren Perrin, attorney and author of Acadie Then and Now: A People’s History, will give a free lecture next week at Loyola Law School commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Cajun culture.
Tulane University’s Newcomb Art Gallery will feature an exhibition called “Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle,” with an opening reception the day after Mardi Gras.
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!