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!
The Uptown route sprang back to life Wednesday night, when the Mystic Krewe of Druids rolled with the satiric theme of “Druid Dilemmas, followed by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx and their celebration of Elvis Presley.
Louisiana Sisters, a local gourmet foods company, is now offering the ultimate hostess gift for Carnival Season. Gift sets complete with the brand’s All Natural Spiced Bloody Mary Mix, New Orleans Spiced Olives (pitted) and Pepper Jelly are now available through Nancy’s Corner for $35 with $15 delivery and Baskets of Blessings for only $40 with $7 delivery (same-day delivery is guaranteed if ordered before 10 a.m. and before the holiday weekend).
With plans for a rooftop lounge and a restored Silver Whistle coffee shop on the first floor, The Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue is intent on reclaiming its historic prominence in New Orleans, its owners say — right down to the classic blueberry muffins.
“Above Canal: Rights and Revival,” a P.3 exhibit sponsored by the Creative Alliance of New Orleans, will continue to be shown through February.
New Orleans has a troubling legacy to overcome when it comes to the condition of its rental homes, even though more than half the City’s residents are renters. Such conditions have wide-ranging effects on everything from health to educational outcomes. Many renters find themselves having to move because they can’t get dangerous housing conditions addressed. When people have to move a lot, neighborhood stability goes down and so does public safety.
In a City where rents have skyrocketed beyond the reach of many working families, New Orleans renters deserve assurances that the homes they live in meet basic standards of quality and safety. A rental registry program would be good for New Orleans and can be designed in a way that is not overly cumbersome for the many landlords in the City that are just trying to do the right thing.