Feb 102013
 

A rider in the Krewe of Bacchus hands a strand of beads to a parade-goer on Napoleon Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Defying predictions of torrential storms in New Orleans — and amid reports of a destructive tornado in nearby Hattiesburg, Miss. — the Krewe of Bacchus presented its 2013 theme of “Bacchus Sails the Seven Seas” on Sunday evening under relatively clear skies. Continue reading »

Feb 102013
 

A member of Skinz N Bonez marches down Magazine Street during the Krewe of Okeanos parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dodging dire predictions of rain, the Krewe of Okeanos rolled with their “Getaways” theme on Sunday morning, followed by the Krewe of Mid-City’s presentation of “It’s About Time” and the Krewe of Thoth’s salute to kings.

Mr. Bingle reigns over the Krewe of Mid-City “Holiday Time” float on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Krewe of Thoth “King of the Jungle” float finds a kindred spirit in the Henry Clay Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 092013
 

A rider in the Krewe of Tucks tosses beads on Napoleon Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Iris celebrated festivals throughout the state of Louisiana on the Uptown parade route Saturday, followed by a subversive history lesson from the Krewe of Tucks.

The Iris “Crawfish Festival” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 082013
 

The Krewe of Hermes’ “Masque of Beauty” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes led off Friday’s parades with “The Theatrical Baroque;” Le Krewe d’Etat followed with “The Dictator’s Reading Room,” and the Krewe of Morpheus had a “Night at the Movies” on the Uptown route.

Le Krewe d’Etat’s “Friday Nights Float” lampooned both Tulane’s ambitions in building a new football stadium and the Uptown residents who opposed it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 082013
 

Image from “Support NOLA’s Most Badass Assault Survivor” fundraising website.

A fundraising website in support of the the victim of Monday’s rape in the Garden District has generated nearly $30,000 from almost 700 people in just a few days, money that the organizers say will be needed as her medical, vehicle and relocation expenses continue to grow. Continue reading »

Feb 082013
 

Craig Giesecke

Now that the Super Bowl has passed and the temporary Disneyfication of our city has been taken down, we’re back to the normal seasonal crazy through Fat Tuesday next week. In our household, it means even more than in most years because we’ll have family staying with us through the entire time. By “family,” I mean my daughter and her boyfriend and a childhood friend of my daughter, so it’ll be a bon temp indeed around here. Continue reading »

Feb 072013
 

The Krewe of Muses debuted their new “Sirens” float on the Uptown route Thursday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The massive crowds that lined the Uptown route Thursday night saw the Knights of Babylon explore the “Land of Dreams,” the Knights of Chaos skewer politicians of every stripe, and the Krewe of Muses combine visual theatrics with a witty series of puns on “Makin’ Groceries.”

The Knights of Babylon’s “Jesters” float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Chaos “Scallywag” float took advantage of former Mayor Ray Nagin’s legal woes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 072013
 

Detective Derrick Williams (left) of the city’s sex-crimes unit and two crime-scene techs recover evidence Monday evening from a gas station at Claiborne and Toledano after a rape and kidnapping in the Garden District. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Christopher Davis (via opcso.org)

15-year-old suspect whose name has not been released. (image via NOPD)

Three teens — ages 15, 16 and 18 — were arrested in connection with Monday’s rape and kidnapping after the youngest suspect’s family members turned him in for questioning Thursday, authorities said. Continue reading »

Feb 072013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Danae’s Mardi Gras is not complete without the annual trek to Gallier Hall for the Mayor’s Ball. Lucky for us, Gallier Hall is only four blocks from our office, so Danae walks over.

Last night’s event — as usual — was an outstanding gathering, a great place to people watch and do business. His Honor of course was present along with most of his senior staff and the majority of the City Council — LaToya, Cynthia, Jackie, Kristin and Susan — and their husbands. Danae overheard Mayor Landrieu speaking to a national journalist about the willingness of investors to bring their money to New Orleans, since the Mayor never misses an opportunity to promote the city. Honorary Dutch Consul Connie Willems, new president of the Consular Corp, was talking about how foreign governments are placing more emphasis on trade in this region. Continue reading »

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Feb 062013
 

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx Captain’s float rolls on Magazine Street on Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Ancient Druids “Consultant” float turns onto Magazine Street on Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Ancient Druids teased a number of other parade groups with its “Phobias” theme and the Mystic Krewe of Nyx reveled in cinematic takes on “What a Girl Wants” Wednesday night, as Carnival parading on the Uptown New Orleans route resumed after its week off. Continue reading »

Feb 062013
 

Someone staking a false claim to the neutral ground in the 2300 block of Napoleon on Mardi Gras Day 2011. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Greetings 2013 Carnival enthusiasts!  The season is upon us, and in the past I’ve written some dos and don’ts in the form of top tens, a course of 101 and 201, to ensure a safe, happy, and mutually beneficial Mardi Gras experience.  Black outs be damned!  We have Flambeaux!  Come to think of it, in 2018, having Flambeaux on standby to illuminate the game wouldn’t be the worst idea.  Anyhow, enjoy the recap to follow, and for goodness sake’s take it to heart.

(1) Don’t park your car on the neutral ground.  It may not be signed and everyone else may be doing it, but you – and they – will all get tickets.  I see it every year.  And no matter how designated your driver is, not a one of you should be behind the wheel.  Ride your bike, people! Continue reading »