Feb 152020

Float riders toss beads to the crowd on Magazine Street during the Knights of Sparta parade. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

The Knights of Sparta rolled Saturday (Feb. 15) with the theme “On the Street Where You Live.” The 300 knights rode 17 floats named after famous streets such as Via Veneto in Rome, Avenue de Champs Elysees in Parish and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. The captain and officers rode horseback. Fabian Errol Miller and Shannon Barbara Garrety reigned as King and Queen. The most sought after throw was an LED Spartan helmet. Other throws tossed to the crowd were krewe medallion beads, koozies, warrior necklaces and rings. Continue reading »

Feb 152020

Riders on the title float toss frisbees to the crowd on Napoleon Avenue during the Krewe of Freret parade. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

The Krewe of Freret rolled their seventh parade Saturday (Feb. 15) with the theme “The Music of New Orleans.” The 18-float parade featured a dozen super floats, including one with a two-story Trombone Shorty figure with a moving slide. The 500-member male and female club plans for a gradual transformation into a superkrewe. Float riders tossed their signature hand-crafted masks along with blinking logo beads, black and gold sunglasses and tambourines. Hans Gerwitz and Holly Alvendia reigned as king and queen. Continue reading »

Feb 152020

Chief Choctaw Ricky DeCastro Jr. waves his jeweled tomahawk as he greats the crowd on Napoleon Avenue during the Krewe of Choctaw parade. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

The Krewe of Choctaw rolled Uptown Saturday (Feb. 15) with the theme “Party Like It’s 1999.” The krewe’s 85th parade featured 16 floats, marching bands and walking clubs. The 275 men, women and children riding floats tossed Choctaw’s collectible doubloons, plush spears and tomahawks, logo beads, cups and the coveted, painted wooden tomahawks decorated by krewe members. Chief Choctaw Ricky DeCastro Jr. and his Princess Kristen DeCastro Sepulveda reigned this year. Continue reading »

Feb 152020

Riders toss beads on Napoleon Avenue during the Krewe of Pontchartrain parade. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

The Krewe of Pontchartrain’s 45th annual parade rolled Saturday (Feb. 15) with the theme “Pontchartrain Blues.” The 17-float parade included a special float for the Captain Emeritus and founder Sam Scandialiato, who served from 1976 through 2017. Floats included the Blue Plate Special, Blue Man Group and Blue Suede Shoes. Steven John Daigle reigned as King Pontchartrain and Kera Colleen Aparicio as Queen. The 400 men and women riding tossed the krewe’s medallion beads along with 38-inch pearl mini-grouper beads, blue straw hats and crawfish trays. Continue reading »

Feb 152020

Float riders toss beads and toys at the corner of Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue during the Krewe of Alla parade. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

The Krewe of Alla rolled through Uptown ons Friday (Feb. 14) for the first time in their new Friday night parade slot. The krewe’s 88th annual parade featured 22 floats decorated in the theme “Friday Night Flicks & Fun,” with a special salute to America’s military and first-responders in partnership with the Legion of Mars. Dr. Marc Matrana and Heather Green Matrana reigned as King and Queen Alla LXXXVIII. Continue reading »

Feb 152020

Queen Cleopatra XLVII Amanda Roudolfich waves to the crowd at the corner of Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue. (Dinah Rogers, Gentilly Messenger)

The Krewe of Cleopatra‘s 47th annual parade rolled through Uptown on Friday (Feb. 14) with the them “Cleopatra’s Vixens and Valentines.” The 70 units included 21 floats, marching bands and walking clubs. The all-female krewe has 1,500 member with Amanda Roudolfich reigning as Queen Cleopatra XLVII. Signature throws included lighted heart items such as sunglasses, rings, wands, head boppers and hula hoops. Medallion beads and Cleopatra dolls were also tossed to the crowd. Continue reading »

Feb 152020

The crowd clamors for beads during the Krewe of Oshun parade on Friday. (Dinah Rogers, Gentilly Messenger)

The Krewe of Oshun traveled the Uptown route Friday (Feb. 14) with the theme “The Message is Love.” The group’s 24th annual parade featured 18 floats decorated with hearts and flowers to recognize Valentine’s Day.

Marching bands, walking clubs and dance troupes, including Baby Dolls, were part of the nearly 50 units that made up the parade. Around 300 male and female member tossed handmade fans, theme beads, peacock krewe beads, lighted batons and lighted peacock rings. Reigning as Shango was Cordell Chambliss, and Queen Oshun XXIV was Joan Ann Brown. Continue reading »

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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