Jan 202020
 

Tariah Moore, a fourth-grader at Robert Russa Moton Charter School, is hoisted aloft during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance March. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday was celebrated in New Orleans Monday (Jan. 20) with a Commemorative Celebration at the New Orleans Jazz Market and a Remembrance March that began at the corner of Martin Luther King and Oretha Castle Haley boulevards. The standing-room-only crowd at the Jazz Market was treated to several motivating musical performances and speeches. Continue reading »

Jan 072020
 

George Long greets Mardi Gras parade lovers gathered at the Willow Street Streetcar Barn before the Phunny Phorty Phellows annual ride through Uptown. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

Dressed in satirical costumes, the Phunny Phorty Phellows took their annual streetcar ride through Uptown celebrating Twelfth Night on Monday, Jan. 6, signaling the beginning of the 2020 Carnival season. The Phellows are a historic Mardi Gras organization revived in 1981 to fill a Twelfth Night void and herald the season with a ride on Uptown’s historic streetcar. Before the ride, they are joined by the Krewe of Oak at the Willow Streetcar Barn for the Carnival Countdown and a toast to the season. Continue reading »

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Jan 072020
 

Kelly Rollins shows off her decorated vinyl record, the krewe’s signature throw, as the Funky Uptown Krewe rides the streetcar through Uptown. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

The Funky Uptown Krewe celebrated Twelfth Night for the second year as 42 costumed members rode down the St. Charles streetcar line Monday, Jan. 6, marking the start of the 2020 Carnival season. The krewe follows the Phunny Phorty Phellows rumbling along the South Carrollton and St. Charles Avenue neutral ground. Continue reading »

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Dec 202019
 

For the price of an unwrapped toy, music lovers could enjoy the Trombone Shorty Academy, Hot 8 Brass band and New Breed Brass Band at Tipitina’s on Dec. 19. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Thursday, Dec. 19, Gia Maione Prima Foundation and J.P. Morgan Chase presented “Tunes for Toys” at Tipitina’s. For the price of one unwrapped toy, fans could see the Trombone Shorty Academy band, New Breed Brass Band and Hot 8 Brass Band.

All of the toys collected were donated to Trombone Shorty’s toy giveaway, Toys from Troy, at his alma mater, Warren Easton High School. The toys will be given away at Warren Easton today in an event hosted by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and featuring Santa Claus as well as the Trombone Shorty Academy players.

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Sep 202019
 

Young protesters make their voices heard Friday on St. Charles Avenue. Most of the children who were protesting at the student climate strike are homeschooled or attend the Waldorf School. (Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger)

By Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger

Dozens of young people, from toddlers to teenagers, staged a protest against climate change on Friday morning at the corner of Napoleon and St. Charles avenues.

They were part of a worldwide youth movement known as the “Global Climate Strike,” where students walk out of school in order to push politicians to take action to combat climate change and reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels.

“We can persuade the grown-ups,” said 13-year-old Maya Verhaal. “Since they make the choices, we can persuade them to change this world.” Continue reading »

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Jul 142019
 

The rain from Tropical Storm Barry calmed down enough on Sunday for some residents to resume daily activities, like this cyclist on Constance Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tropical Storm Barry continued to cause rain and sparse street flooding Uptown for the second day. On Sunday, however, many residents were out and about. Restaurants, bars and grocery stores opened and the city slowly came back to life.

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Jul 142019
 

People arrived Saturday to Rendezvous Tavern on Magazine for some drinks and camaraderie. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tracy’s was one of many bars along Magazine street that remained open on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The car is on high ground, the porch furniture secured, the freezer emptied and the kitchen well stocked with water, whiskey, peanut butter and canned tuna. Then there was nothing to do but wait Saturday as Tropical Storm Barry came ashore as a Cat 1 but showed little interest in New Orleans.

Most of the businesses along Magazine Street heeded the warnings  and sandbagged their closed doors. But bar owners knew their businesses were among the essential services out in full force as the city remained under a tropical storm warning. So Uptown residents tired of sheltering-in-place found a place to gather.

Now the tropical storm and the storm surge warnings have been canceled for the New Orleans area. A flash flood watch remains in effect until 7 p.m. tonight as tropical bands with heavy rain could continue to affect the area. But don’t worry — bars will be open.

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Jun 162019
 

The NOPD holds a final salute for Commander Doug Eckert on Friday. (NOPD via Twitter)

The New Orleans Police Department held a final salute for retired Commander Doug Eckert on Friday in front of the Second District station. Eckert passed away June 10. Continue reading »

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May 182019
 

Cyril Neville beats his tambourine, painted in homage to his uncle George Landry, Big Chief Jolly fo the Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Friday marked the beginning of Tipitina’s Free Fridays series, which runs from May 17 to August 30. The series began with one of the most storied families in New Orleans music, the Nevilles. Omari Neville and the Fuel opened the night and his father, Cyril, closed with his band Swamp Funk. This is the first of this series since members of Galactic acquired the venue. Continue reading »

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May 012019
 

Reigning champ Aaron Burgau peeled and ate 5.97 pounds of crawfish in 10 minutes during the crawfish-eating competition at the fourth annual Crawfish Festival on Tuesday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mike Dillon leaps from atop his xylophone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tuesday was the second day of the three-day Crawfish Festival at Central City Barbecue on South Rampart Street. The day featured the percussion-heavy Mike Dillon Band and the funky stylings of Eric Kresno, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Ari Teitel, Jermal Watson and more.

The day also featured a a crawfish-eating competition. Ten contestants had 10 minutes to consume as much crawfish as possible. The winner, Aaron Burgau, ate 5.97 pounds in 10 minutes, walking away with a $100 prize and bragging rights for a year.

Today’s lineup includes Samantha Fish and Jonathan “Boogie” Long, Anders Osborne with David Torkanowsky and friends, and Papa Mali and Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, plus the Ultimate Crawfish Cook-off. Continue reading »

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Mar 192019
 

The Rev. Ted Dziak, right, blesses the St. Joseph’s altar at Loyola University. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Locations across Uptown hosted public St. Joseph’s altars on March 19, the Feast Day of St. Joseph. The Catholic tradition was brought to New Orleans by Sicilian immigrants. The altars celebrate how St. Joseph helped Sicilians in a time of famine. Here are scenes from the altars at Loyola University, De La Salle High School and St. Stephen’s Church.

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Mar 142019
 

On Thursday afternoon, Annunciation Square turned into a sea of green during the Irish Channel Block Party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A pre-Irish Channel Parade block party was held in Annunciation Square on Thursday. The event kicking off St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the Channel benefited St. Michael Special School.

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Mar 082019
 

Paul Broussard fixes a strawberry and ice-cream snowball with sprinkles. The  opened for the season on Friday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Friday, Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, a local summer staple, opened for the first time in 2019. The snowball stand, established in 1939, uses homemade flavors. Its snowcones are made with their own ice machine, the Sno-Bliz, invented by one of the founders, Ernest Hansen.

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Mar 032019
 

Story & Photos by Camille Barnett

Due to the threat of rain and thunderstorms, Uptown’s Sunday morning parades began an hour early. Marching bands and most walking krewes did not parade for Okeanos, Mid-City, or Thoth. Fortunately, the rain held up and skies stayed clear on St. Charles and Napoleon for all three krewes. Continue reading »

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