Feb 182012

Craig Giesecke

When I was a kid, one of my favorite records was by The Three Stooges, called “I Caught A Cold For Christmas.” I played that little yellow piece of vinyl until the needle nearly wore through, even though the Stooges were huffing into their later years. I’ve been reminded of that this past week, though I could have been singing “I Caught The Crud For Carnival.” TBK and I have been battling an upper respiratory thing that forced us to miss the Wednesday night parades and, unless there is a sudden healing as I write this, Muses et al. I am sure you at least know several who have had it. Continue reading »

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Feb 172012

The Krewe of Hermes' "Birth of Dionysus" float parts the crowd at Napoleon and Magazine. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

"Skeleton Crewe" leads Le Krewe d'Etat down Magazine St Friday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Krewe of Morpheus paraders pass out throws on Magazine St. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes, Le Krewe d’Etat and the Krewe of Morpheus took Persian poetry, song-based satire and Louisiana’s best features for their themes as they rolled on the Uptown route Friday. Continue reading »

Feb 172012

Note well, the gentleman next to the author on Mardi Gras day 2011 is wearing a backpack.

I could have titled this article “Things I learned from backpacking”. You see, being prepared for an all-day downtown adventure on Mardi Gras day isn’t that much different than exploring the back country. While you won’t be attacked by a mountain lion on Frenchman Street, you still run the risk of dehydration, shoddy bathroom situations, and becoming stranded from your group. Just consider me your urban-hiking trail guide. Continue reading »

Feb 172012

Two people along the St. Charles parade route near Erato Street were shot in the leg by a teen gunman who was quickly arrested Thursday night, police said.

The victims were in the Wendy’s parking lot around 8 p.m. as the Krewe of Chaos rolled past when the shots rang out, according to reporting by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. The teen suspect was quickly apprehended by police and the gun was recovered, police said.

The shooting scene was about a dozen blocks down St. Charles from the site where two bystanders were shot along the route in 2009.

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Feb 162012

A member of the Krewe of Muses tosses beads to a spectator on Magazine Street. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown parade route saw its thickest crowds of the Carnival season so far on Thursday night when the Knights of Babylon, the Knights of Chaos and the Krewe of Muses delivered their highly anticipated shows. Continue reading »

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Feb 162012


After 6 years and 3 months since Hurricane Katrina, Cleanerama, at 3637-39 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, has now, finally, re-opened as of December 1, 2011, about two (2) months ago.

This location, two (2) buildings down from the Five Happiness Restaurant and right next to Xavier University (and hopefully, the future Costco), is the main plant where all the dry cleaning, laundry and alteration work “actually” gets done.

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Feb 162012

Now under new ownership, Parcels and Post offers fast, knowledgeable and reliable service for all your packing, shipping and mailbox needs. Parcels and Post has special king-cake boxes at affordable rates, so send your friends and family a slice of Mardi Gras from your local Uptown post office. When you mention the Uptown Messenger, you’ll receive a 10% discount on shipping costs (and not just for King Cakes)

Parcels and Post is located at 5721 Magazine St between Jefferson and Nashville. Open Mon – Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-2pm, Parcels and Post has lots of parking in the back, making it easy to get your shipping done and on with your day. For more information call 504-891-8402 or visit parcelsandpost.com

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Feb 152012

Heavy rainfall doesn't stop Uptown from watching The Ancient Krewe of Druids parade on Magazine Street Wednesday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

With the Bywater Bacherlor float, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx makes it's way through rain during it's inaugural year parade on Magazine St. Wednesday night. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is an all-woman krewe.

Despite intermittent rain, enthusiastic crowds lined the Uptown parade route Wednesday evening to greet the Mystic Krewes of Druids and Nyx. Continue reading »

Feb 152012

Herbal remedies at Common Ground Free Clinic.

Most of us have common sense know-how when it comes to keeping ourselves in one piece: Get adequate rest, drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and/ or a hat, keep an eye on your intake of sugar, fried foods, alcohol, cigarette smoke and so on. During Carnival season, though, our common sense often takes a backseat to the endless stream of parties, parades and the quest for perfect glittery false eyelashes (or maybe that’s just me).

Over the years of observing the annual cases of post-Mardi Gras colds here at Common Ground Health Clinic, the team of herbalists and health educators have put together some tips for keeping yourself well during the frenzied pace of Carnival, as well as taking care of that cold if you do end up afflicted.

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Feb 152012

The author (center) in his PJ's era, circa 1993.

Jean-Paul Villere

At age 19, I often wore a homemade Charlie Brown t-shirt to work, backwards ball cap, ratty shorts, and close-toed shoes, no socks.  And while the vernacular was not circulating at the time, I was effectively a barista. I didn’t know it then, but thus began a 12-year run in retail coffee that left indelible impressions on me, forged friendships over decades, and provided me a compass guiding me to where I am today.  Last week, I read a piece that I felt could’ve been drafted by myself, lamenting the identity a public can have with you in this role.  The Barista’s Curse could not be more real.  Customers from so long ago bumping into you in the grocery, gas station, or post office.  You were their daily dealer of caffeine; why wouldn’t they remember you?  The curse remains double-edged however, because while familiarity may breed contempt, it may also plant the seed of positives unknown.  So let’s explore the barista’s blessing; here are but a few of mine: Continue reading »

Feb 152012

With Carnival in full swing, be prepared for all the parades with the NOLA Til Ya Die official Mardi Gras Survival Pack. Packed with everything you need for just $14.99, the Survival Pack is perfect family-friendly gear. Order before 3pm and receive free same-day local shipping – you’ll have it in time for when the first float rolls! Keep reading for more details of what’s inside.

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Feb 142012

"WE DID IT!" Rebirth Brass Band announced Sunday night on their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/rebirthbrassband

The Maple Leaf Bar, where Rebirth Brass Band plays a weekly Tuesday night gig, will host a block party on Oak Street at 8 p.m. tonight to shower some love on the band after their Grammy win, reports Offbeat.com.

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