Storefront floats celebrate the Margarita and bid good riddance to 2020

Two more storefront floats have appeared along Magazine Street this week – at Del Fuego Taquería and McEnery Residential. One is part of the Krewe of House Floats subkrewe for the Audubon Riverside neighborhood, and the other joined up with the Krewe of Read Beans’ “Hire a Mardi Gras Artist” project. 

Chef Dave Wright at Del Fuego Taquería summed up their decision to make a storefront float this way: “We’re all really going to miss the parades this year, so when the Krewe of House Floats was formed, we jumped on the idea of celebrating Mardi Gras in our neighborhood. Our ‘Krewe of House Margarita’ is where it’s at!” 

The Del Fuego staff used the Margarita as their inspiration for the DIY float. “We all collectively came up with creative ways to incorporate the ingredients we use to make our fresh-squeezed house Margaritas without breaking the bank,” Wright said. The homemade float flowers’ leaves are painted lime wedges, and the parasols are glittered citrus wheels.

Viewpoint: Business leaders eyeing potential challengers to Mayor Cantrell

Although qualifying for New Orleans mayor, City Council and other municipal offices is still eight months away, many of the same conservative business leaders who gave Mayor LaToya Cantrell the seed money that launched her campaign have begun the painstaking search for a new candidate. “LaToya won’t be mayor much longer,” said one multi-millionaire businessperson who was an enthusiastic early donor. Though many business owners had become disenchanted with Mayor Cantrell, they were willing to work with her for another four years until COVID-19 soured relationships.  “I’m not surprised that the business community is going to put a candidate up against the mayor,” said Ed Chervenak, UNO political scientist. “They are upset that she is not following the lead of Gov. Edwards, who has opened up the state much quicker than Mayor Cantrell has opened up Orleans Parish.

Viewpoint: Longtime watchdog gives Chief Ferguson an A for handling of NOPD during pandemic and protests

Metropolitan Crime Commission President Rafael Goyeneche said yesterday that NOPD Superintendent Shaun D. Ferguson deserves the highest accolades for his handling of the department since the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests began. “Chief Ferguson has been dealing with an issue that no police chief has had to deal with in 100 years,” Goyeneche said. “In the context of New Orleans, look at some of the unrest in other cities around the country. I want to give him nothing but an A as to the way things have gone here. “New Orleans had our George Floyd awakening 15 years ago on the Danzinger Bridge.

Oshun spreads message of love on Valentine’s Day (photo gallery)

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.

Jazz Half Marathon to hit Uptown streets Saturday morning

The Jazz Half Marathon and 5K is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 11 a.m.

The Central City, Lower Garden District, Garden District, Milan, Touro, Uptown, Audubon, CBD and Tulane-Gravier neighborhoods will be affected. Traffic will be restricted along the route below until the last participant passes and course materials are removed. The city will track the beginning and end of the half marathon as it progresses along the route in real time at

Roads along the route are expected to reopen within the following timeframe:

8 a.m. All of Poydras Street will be open in both directions
10 a.m. St. Charles Avenue will be open in both directions from S. Carrollton to Jefferson avenues.

Kingsley House unveils Patrick Taylor statue

Kingsley House has unveiled a new sculpture, “Pointing the Way to a Better Future,” in commemoration of the late New Orleans philanthropist, Patrick F. Taylor. Taylor pushed for the Lower Garden District agency’s expansion before his death in 2004, and whose foundation was a significant donor to its newest facility. The dedication ceremony on Friday included remarks from Phyllis Taylor, widow of Patrick F. Taylor, representatives from the Mayor’s Office and City Council, before the statue was unveiled by Kingsley House children. Kingsley House, headquartered at 1600 Constance Street, has facilities throughout the metro area. The statue is at its Lower Garden District location at 901 Richard Street.

Book Report: ‘Tulane Observed,’ ‘Louisiana Poets,’ Ani DiFranco memoir and more

Thursday, May 16
Allison Levy: “House of Secrets: Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo”
6-7:30 p.m.
Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street (The Rink)

Allison Levy discusses and signs her book, “House of Secrets,” the remarkable story of Palazzo Rucellai from behind its celebrated façade.  


Sunday, May 19
Errol Barron: “Tulane Observed” book launch
2 p.m.
Octavia Books
513 Octavia St. 504-899-7323

Please join us in celebrating the release of New Orleans architect Errol Barron’s new book, “Tulane Observed: A Campus Sketchbook,” drawings, essays and observations of Tulane and Newcomb colleges.  
“Louisiana Poets: A Literary Guide”
2-4 p.m.
Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street (The Rink)

Editors Catharine Savage Brosman and Olivia McNeely Pass and poets Ralph Adamo, Darrell Bourque, Ava Leavell Haymon, Julie Kane, William Lavender and Mona Lisa Saloy discuss and sign their book, “Louisiana Poets: A Literary Guide,” detailing the history and output of 40 Louisiana poets.  
Tuesday, May 21
Kris Waldherr: “The Lost History of Dreams”
6-7:30 p.m.
Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street (The Rink)

Kris Waldherr discusses her novel “The Lost History of Dreams” with writer Terry Lynn Thomas.

Woman robbed at gunpoint in Central City

A woman was robbed at gunpoint early Monday in Central City, the New Orleans Police Department reported. The 44-year-old woman was approached from behind on Willow and First streets at 4:06 a.m. on March 25, the police report said. The armed man grabbed her in bear hug and took $20 before fleeing. The suspect is described as a black man, about 5 foot 10 inches and stocky, with flat-top haircut and wearing a dark hoodie. Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to all the NOPD Sixth District at 504-658-6060 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Dump trailer stolen in Freret neighborhood

A dump trailer was stolen in the Freret neighborhood, the New Orleans Police Department reported. On Feb. 12, at 2:27 p.m., the victim’s black, 2013 Big Tex dump trailer bearing Louisiana license plate # J580217 was stolen from the intersection of Cadiz and LaSalle streets. The dark pickup truck was used during the theft. Anyone with information on this incident or the identity and whereabouts of the wanted subjects is asked to contact NOPD Detective Sa’Brina James or any Second District detective at 504-658-6020 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 and toll-free at 877-903-7867.

Man injured in shootout on Delachaise Street, police say

A man was injured Tuesday evening in an exchange of gunfire on Delachaise Street, New Orleans police said. The victim, a 20-year-old man, got into an argument with another person around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the 2200 block of Delachaise Street (near Loyola Street), according to the initial NOPD report. The dispute escalated into a gunfight, and the victim was hit in the left foot and taken to the hospital for treatment, the report states. Further details were not immediately available.