Feb 132012

Lycee Francais' new St. Francis of Assisi campus on State Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans will apply to expand to the second grade next year, one year ahead of schedule, as it begins planning to move into a new building on State Street over the summer. Continue reading »

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Feb 132012

The Endimy-YUM is back at Bee Sweet Cupcakes! Made with real king cake dough, the Endymi-Yum is smeared with cream cheese and glazed with a triple-sec cream butter to finish. Like any real king cake, each Endymi-Yum cupcake comes with a baby on top. Or try the special Valentine’s cupcake, the Lover Boy: chocolate or vanilla cake filled with a chocolate ganache, slathered with a cherry buttercream icing and topped with a chocolate-covered cherry to finish. With flavors this good, it’s a Carnival in your mouth!

Cupcakes are $3 each, tax included. Only a limited number of cupcakes are available each day, so come in early and get them while they’re hot. Bee Sweet Cupcakes is located at 5706 Magazine Street, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11-6. Or call ahead to reserve your cakes at 504.891.8333.

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Feb 122012

Benjamin Morris

Everyone has their own personal Mardi Gras. The longer you live in New Orleans, the more you learn about how to live in, and love, this city, a form of love that includes strategies and skills you never dreamed of learning prior to living here.

Carnival is one of the best times of the year to enjoy those skills; this week, following on from Jean-Paul Villere’s recent master classes, I’d like to share one of my own personal forms of love for the season: where to watch, and catch, the parades.

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Feb 112012

Riders toss beads from Le Chanticleer, one of the Krewe of Sparta's animal-themed floats. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Pygmalion debuts its towering Pygmammoth float on Napoleon Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Falling temperatures didn’t deter strong crowds of parade-goers Saturday night from seeing the krewes of Sparta and Pygmalion bring their animal- and game-themed floats through Uptown New Orleans. Continue reading »

Feb 112012

Members of the Krewe of Pontchartrain throw beads to a crowd of waiting spectators on St. Charles Ave. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

“Where is what Louisiana festival?” was the double fill-in-the-blank guessing-game theme of the 37th anniversary Krewe of Pontchartrain parade, which rolled through Uptown at Saturday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Feb 102012

Hands rise along Napoleon Avenue as he Krewe of Oshun rolls past Friday evening, the first parade of the Uptown route. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After an afternoon of concern about a persistent rainfall, the skies cleared just in time Friday night for the Krewe of Oshun to down St. Charles Avenue as the first parade of the season along the Uptown route. Continue reading »

Feb 102012

Daniel Galindo, 5, Nicholas Scandurro, 5, and Anthony Scandurro, 3, play in front of the Latter library at the First Annual Children's Book Festival in December 2010. (file photo, Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A series of ongoing repairs and refurbishments to the Latter branch of the New Orleans Public Library are scheduled to pick up in the coming months, according to representatives from the Mayor’s office, the New Orleans Public Library, and the architecture firm hired to complete the project.

At a crowded meeting at the library on Thursday night, officials gave a progress report on the first phase of the work, executed over the past three years, and offered a timetable of the second phase, slated to begin shortly after a contractor is chosen later this month.

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