Mardi Gras is for everyone, and the Mercy Endeavors Senior Center ensured that their older residents could take part in the celebration of carnival season.
In a “day in the life” glimpse into the perspective of police officers on the parade route, Naomi Martin of The Times-Picayune profiles the efforts of the NOPD’s Uptown-based Second District to use tact to keep the peace rather than the force of their legal authority.
“In a city where the police department is constantly under scrutiny for its problems, Carnival provides a time for officers to make a positive impression with citizens,” Martin writes. “The New Orleans Police Department has turned keeping order amid drunken revelry into an art form.”
A robbery at knifepoint was reported on the morning of Fat Tuesday on Prytania Street in the Lower Garden District, New Orleans police said.
It was the best of Carnivals, it was the worst of Carnivals, it was the time of bare masking, it was the time of warmth sought, it was the suspension of disbelief, it was the veritable cold reality, it was a season of sunscreen, it was a season of wool stockings, it was the glimmer of spring, it was the end of our disparate winter, we had baubles thrown to us, we had rainsoaked remnants, we were heading to heaven, and we were all surely going to hell — in short, the 2014 Mardi Gras season gave us everything and in the end took it all away. Maybe in a way no one would expect especially given the late date: foiled by the longest, weirdest winter the Big Easy hopefully will ever know and never repeat.
A panel of leaders from different congregations across New Orleans — including Temple Sinai, St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church — will convene next week to discuss issues of sexuality and family planning during an interfaith perspective forum at Trinity Episcopal Church on (Monday) March 10.
On Mardi Gras day, the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure club celebrated the late South African president Nelson Mandela.
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On the final evening before Fat Tuesday, Proteus rolled with 20 floats themed “Ancient Elements of Alchemy,” followed by the Krewe of Orpheus’ 32 floats themed “Orpheus — The Enchanted World.”
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum will host a session for prospective entrepreneurs about branding in the food business Saturday morning (March 8) at its headquarters on O.C. Haley Boulevard.
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.
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.
New Orleans police are investigating an unexplained death in Broadmoor, authorities said.
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.
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.
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.
A shop promoting “food for health” has opened on Magazine Street, lower St. Charles Avenue has a new Vietnamese restaurant and a popular Uptown bakery is expanding to a second location on Earhart Boulevard, according to recent reports.