Feb 102019
 

Zion performs at the Marley Gras Festival at Central City Barbecue on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The annual Marley Gras festival took place at Central City BBQ on Saturday, Feb. 9. The festival featured live music, Jamaican food,  handmade crafts, as well as a pepper-eating competition and a jerk-chicken cook-off. The celebration of the connections between New Orleans and Caribbean culture is held during Carnival in honor of reggae pioneer Bob Marley’s Feb. 6 birthday.

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Feb 042019
 

Michele Rossi, center, is pelted with flags at the end of the Disco Amigos’ dance routine. Dat Dog threw an Anti-LIE block party, closing off Magazine street between Toledano and Louisiana, featuring replays of the Saints’ 2010 Super Bowl victory, a referee dunk tank and more. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, Feb. 3, almost all of New Orleans boycotted the Super Bowl in one fashion or another, after the Saints were kept from the big game thanks to a missed call by the referees in the NFC Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams. For many, boycotting the game was more fun than watching the game. Among the Uptown venues hosting boycott events, Dat Dog threw a block party, Kingpin had a second line and Tracey’s served seafood. The boycott put a large dent in local viewership of the Super Bowl with a 26.1 rating. Nationally, the game’s viewership was the lowest since 2009 with a 44.9 rating.

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Jan 212019
 

Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, speaks at the MLK commemorative celebration at the New Orleans Jazz Market on Monday, Jan. 21.

Photos by Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger

Former Mayor Marc Morial, current Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Gov. John Bel Edwards and others reflected on Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday during a rally at the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City. After the rally, marchers and brass bands took to the streets to celebrate the life of the slain civil rights leader. Continue reading »

Jan 072019
 

Revelers clamor for beads from the Phunny Phorty Phellows as the streetcar rolls down Carrollton Avenue toward St. Charles Avenue on Sunday.

Photos by Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger

On Sunday, Carnival season began in New Orleans. The Phunny Phorty Phellows, a krewe dating back to the late 19th century, rang in the season with their annual parade on a St. Charles Avenue streetcar. The krewe began its Twelfth Night streetcar parade in 1982.

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Aug 252018
 

Queen Keri Lee, left, and King Robustus XXXII Paul Bel, right, lead the Krewe of O.A.K. back down Oak street to the Maple Leaf Bar for their ball. The 31st annual parade rolled with the theme “Hard Oak for your Tongue and Groove.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Outrageous and Kinky (O.A.K) rolled their 31st annual midsummer Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, August 25. The parade began at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak, down Oak, left on Carrollton and stopped at Palmer Park. They finished back at the Maple Leaf where O.A.K. held their ball. O.A.K.’s theme this year was “Hard Oak for your Tongue and Groove.” Their King Robustus XXXII was Paul Bel and queen was Keri Lee. Bel, a contractor, maintains Jacque-Imo’s and part of the Maple Leaf.

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Jan 092018
 

Peggy Scott LaBorde leads a toast from the Saint Charles streetcar, ringing in the 2018 Carnival season on Saturday, January 6. The Phunny Phorty Phellows begins each Carnival season with a ride on the streetcar. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, January 6, the Phunny Phorty Phellows welcomed the 2018 Carnival season with their annual streetcar ride on Saint Charles avenue. Saturday marked the Epiphany, or the 12th night of Christmas, which is used to begin Carnival season.

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Jul 132017
 

The crowd dances at BLVD Fest. The 5th annual BLVD Fest took place on Saturday, July 8. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 5th annual B.L.V.D. festival took place on Saturday, July 8. The event, put on by New Orleans-based lifestyle brand B.L.V.D. Etiquette featured short sets by 23 different musicians and DJs.

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