Apr 032013
 

The all-female Krewe of Cleopatra moved its parade from the Westbank to the Uptown route in 2013, and the all-male Krewe of Alla may follow suit. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The Krewe of Alla — which this year paraded 24 floats through Gretna but takes its name from an abbreviation of Algiers, La. — needs 200 paid riders by June 1 or it will seek to move to the Uptown route, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. The all-male krewe was founded in 1932 and “traditionally presents the largest parade on the West Bank,” according to Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide.

Apr 022013
 

jewel bush

Dear armchair activist,

The root of the word activism is “act.”

If you are not doing something in a tangible, meaningful way, to impact social, political, economic or cultural change, then you are not an activist. Advocate, perhaps. Activist, you are not.

If the extent of your “activism” is regurgitating factoids, trolling online discussion forums, retweeting commentary by intellectuals on Twitter or reposting, sharing and liking stories on Facebook, then you are not an activist. Agitator, maybe. Activist, you are not.
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Apr 022013
 

Firefighters try to control a blaze at a warehouse burning in Central City on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A firefighter works the controls on a ladder truck as part of the effort to contain the blaze at Eagle Insulation. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 97-year-old insulation business that spans the length of a Central City block just off the highway caught fire Monday night, likely destroying at least two warehouses and sending up a towering column of smoke that could be seen from across the city. Continue reading »

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Apr 012013
 

5325 Perrier Street (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The proposed front elevation of the home listed in the demolition application. (via nola.gov)

A hearing on whether to demolish a Perrier Street home in Uptown New Orleans to make room for a new one on the lot was deferred for another two weeks Monday by a city panel. Continue reading »

Apr 012013
 

Pigeontown Steppers president Joseph “Rollin’ Joe” Henry second lines up General Ogden in west Carrollton on Easter Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Pigeontown Steppers held their annual Easter second line Sunday through numerous Carrollton neighborhoods.

The Stooges Brass Band plays for the Pigeontown Steppers annual Easter second line on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 302013
 

Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell rides in the Krewe of Zulu on Mardi Gras day, 2013. Cantrell says she has been stopped on parade routes and thanked for her efforts to increase enforcement of parade-safety laws. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

New Orleanians could see clearer laws about the placement of ladders, more control over the locations of portable toilets, and more efforts to clear public spaces during and between Mardi Gras parades next year, based on a number of ideas Uptown residents discussed with their City Councilwoman on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading »

Mar 302013
 

The Pigeontown Steppers and the Stooges Brass Band second line through Carrollton in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Pigeontown Steppers’ annual Easter Sunday second-line will make its way through Carrollton tomorrow, beginning at the Maple Leaf bar and winding into east Carrollton, Fontainebleau, Gert Town, Hollygrove before ending in west Carrollton, according to a route sheet published by Gambit’s Red Cotton.

Green represents the start, yellow are stops along the way and the red marker is at the end. (map via Google.)

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Mar 292013
 

Craig Giesecke

One of the main issues faced by any budding restaurant operation can be the most challenging, controversial and oft-criticized or loved aspect of the entire business. It is the pride or bane of the place, often within the same day, and it is the post on which the entire hat of the business rests.

It is, of course, The Menu. Continue reading »

Mar 282013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

One of the region’s most interesting and not-yet-fully-covered stories is the rejuvenation and re-energizing of the University of New Orleans.

UNO’s tortuous ties to LSU in Baton Rouge have been severed. A new University of New Orleans President is in place. He is Dr. Peter Fos, a 1972 graduate of UNO. The university at the lakefront is now part of the University of Louisiana system which will likely be a more agreeable relationship than the old one with Baton Rouge where the Tiger bosses tended to see UNO as a threat rather than as a promising protégé. Continue reading »