Feb 212020

The Talladega College marching band performs with the Krewe of Hermes in 2019. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

It will be an especially Fat Friday on the Uptown parade route tonight, with Krewe of Muses and the Knights of Babylon float-only processions joining the Mystic Krewe of Hermes, Le Krewe d’Etat and the Krewe of Morpheus.

The weather that ousted Muses and Babylon from their usual time slots is expected to calm down. On Friday morning, the National Weather Service was predicting clear skies and 5 to 10 mph winds. The cold air is sticking around though — with a low around 40 — so bundle up to head out to parades. Continue reading »

Feb 112020

Discarded throws sit in puddles along St. Charles Avenue in 2019. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

By Christian Willbern, Loyola University New Orleans

In a rainbow sea of glitters and feathers, NOLA Craft Culture owner Lisette Constantin is working towards a greener Mardi Gras.

“Here, in house, we’re trying to do wherever we can to make as much of an impact as possible it does in terms of sustainability,” Constantin said.

After years of throwing plastic trinkets in the streets, krewes and community members are looking for a more sustainable way to celebrate, including collectible and reusable throws, recycling programs, and the creation of biodegradable Mardi Gras beads. Continue reading »

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People reach for throws from the “Shame” float during the Krewe of Muses parade on Thursday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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