Feb 202012

Spectators admire the Krewe of Proteus title float, "Mythologica Aquatica," on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A member of the Ducks of Dixieland shares a dance to the music of the Bone Tone Brass Band with a parade-goer on St. Charles Avenue near the beginning of the Krewe of Tucks parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dressed in an extravagant winged costume, singer Cyndi Lauper throws beads from her float in the Krewe of Orpheus parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Each of the Lundi Gras parades this year did what they do best: The Krewe of Tucks served up raunchy, high-concept satire; the Krewe of Proteus evoked the grandeur of aquatic mythologies; and the Krewe of Orpheus produced its immensely popular spectacle of light and music. Continue reading »

Oct 272010

Scope of the Uptown drainage projects: yellow lines are complete; red are forthcoming. (Via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Massive drainage projects slated to begin in six months should alleviate some of the Uptown’s flooding woes, and new construction technology should make the work on Jefferson, Napoleon, Louisiana and South Claiborne avenues less damaging to surrounding homes than previous projects, engineers and officials said Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

Oct 062010

Local artists, Uptown restaurants and two days’ worth of Louisiana musicians are throwing a block party this weekend in support of Uptown police – literally at their front door.

The second annual Magazine Street Blues Festival will run Saturday and Sunday at the intersection of Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue, filling the neutral grounds with artists and Lafayette Square with a stage for musicians and tents for food and beverage vendors, said organizer Shelley Rote. Games and activities will be set up for children, and attendees can participate in either a silent auction or a raffle to benefit the department.

The Soul Rebels will headline Saturday evening, and a big-screen TV will broadcast the Saints game on Sunday.

“It was very well attended last year, but it had a real neighborhood feeling to it,” Rote said. “It feels like a block party.” Continue reading »