Sunday, February 26, 2017

N.O.M.T.O.C. paraded in Algiers

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 11:39 AM

The Queen of NO.M.T.O.C. waves to parade-watchers. - WILL COVIELLO
  • WILL COVIELLO
  • The Queen of NO.M.T.O.C. waves to parade-watchers.

N.O.M.T.O.C. (New Orleans Most Talked of Club) paraded in Algiers Saturday. The procession included Treme actor Lance Nichols and WDSU-TV anchor Casey Ferrand as guests and there were many local and visiting marching bands, as well as dance groups and horse riding clubs

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

28 people injured as truck crashes into Endymion crowd

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 10:15 PM

Dozens of law enforcement officers remained on the scene of a crash at Orleans and Carrollton avenues during the Endymion parade.
  • Dozens of law enforcement officers remained on the scene of a crash at Orleans and Carrollton avenues during the Endymion parade.

As cleanup crews took on a sea of parade debris and plastic bags, dozens of law enforcement remained at the intersection of Carrollton and Orleans avenues, where at least 28 people were injured when a pickup truck veered into the crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion's parade around 7 p.m. Feb. 25.

At 9 p.m., tow trucks removed the truck and a white sedan from the intersection, covered in broken glass and parade trash. New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officials suspect the driver was intoxicated when the truck hit two cars then turned into the neutral ground and hit people in the crowd and a dump truck. NOPD arrested a suspect shortly after the crash.

Twenty-one people were sent to area hospitals; five people are critically injured.

The FBI also is aware of the "mass casualty incident," according to a statement from the FBI's New Orleans Division spokesperson Craig Betbeze. "We are currently working with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to determine whether a federal violation has occurred."

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Hermes, D'Etat and Morpheus paraded Saturday in Uptown

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 6:28 PM


Hermes' "Miscellany" parade featured its "Full fathoms five" float from last year's theme about Shakespeare's The  Tempest. - WILL COVIELLO
  • WILL COVIELLO
  • Hermes' "Miscellany" parade featured its "Full fathoms five" float from last year's theme about Shakespeare's The Tempest.
The Krewe of Hermes reprised pretty floats from past parades, Le Krewe D'Etat satirized President Donald Trump' and other politicians and current events, and the Krewe of Morpheus celebrated Las Vegas in their respective Saturday night parades in Uptown.

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Krewes of Iris and Tucks parade in Uptown

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Krewe of Tucks' "Crop Duster" float.
  • Krewe of Tucks' "Crop Duster" float.

A joyful celebration of Krewe of Iris' centennial hit a snag Saturday when a float broke down at the turn from Napoleon Avenue to St. Charles Avenue with just a few floats remaining in the parade. Word-of-mouth on the route reported that the problem may have been a broken axle, but whatever the delay, it dragged on for almost an hour, hobbling the end of the parade and delaying Krewe of Tucks, which follows Iris.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Budget fight is all politics

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 6:51 PM

Gov. John Bel Edwards (left) and state Attorney General Jeff Landry tussled over budget cuts in the special session, but Landry's motivation is more political than economic.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards (left) and state Attorney General Jeff Landry tussled over budget cuts in the special session, but Landry's motivation is more political than economic.


On the surface, the special legislative session that ended last week resembled a small step in the right direction. Gov. John Bel Edwards and recalcitrant ideologues in the House of Representatives hammered out a budget deal to cover a $304 million hole in the current fiscal year's budget — without any last-minute votes on hastily cobbled compromises.

Beneath the surface, however, the partisan divide is as wide and as deep as ever between Edwards and leading House Republicans, with the GOP-controlled Senate generally in the governor's corner.

If you think fiscal policy drives Louisiana's budget discussions, think again. It's all politics.

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New Orleans bike share program extended through March

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 4:46 PM

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After launching a "preview" of a citywide bike share program at several kiosks in downtown New Orleans and in the Lower Garden District, the city is extending the program through March 31. It was set to end Feb. 23, after the NBA All-Star weekend and first week of Mardi Gras parades.

Riders need to download an app (search for "Social Bicycles"),  register their information and select a payment plan. Riders can pay $15 for the whole period from now through March, allowing for up to an hour of riding per day. The hourly rate is $8 an hour, prorated by use.

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A peek at the Tucks parade Saturday in Uptown

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 3:36 PM

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The Krewe of Tucks lets it all hang out in a fun, irreverent way. The krewe revels in potty humor, and its parade "Tucks Happens," beginning at noon Saturday on the Uptown route, celebrates local landmarks and institutions. A peek at its poo emoji, decorated plungers and other throws is after the jump.

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A peek at the Krewe d'Etat parade Friday night in Uptown

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 3:20 PM

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Krewe d'Etat parades at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Uptown. The satirical krewe takes aim at a wide array of local and national political targets in its 2017 procession. The krewe's two dancing groups also get in on the jokes. There are more float and throw pictures after the jump.

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Backstreet Cultural Museum hosting Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras events

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 12:55 PM

Big Chief Bruce Sunpie Barnes & Northside Skull & Bone masker Ronald Lewis
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  • Big Chief Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes & Northside Skull & Bone masker Ronald Lewis


Come out and celebrate Lundi Gras AND Mardi Gras in the Treme with events sponsored by the Backstreet Cultural Museum. They've got a second line (natch) as well as breakfast cocktails, food, music and revelry with the Northside Skull & Bone Gang, Indians and Baby Dolls.

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Muses and Chaos parades roll Uptown

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 12:50 PM

Muses' Dr. Seuss-inspired theme included "Mayor McShiney McSheen and His Resilience Machine."
  • Muses' Dr. Seuss-inspired theme included "Mayor McShiney McSheen and His Resilience Machine."

As the Knights of Babylon's typically gorgeous, floral-covered renderings of its mythical pantheon floated down St. Charles Avenue, the Knights of Chaos were not far behind, sending its satirical shrapnel in every direction.

Each float played on New Orleans street names for its "Chaos in the Streets" theme. The krewe delights in skewering elected (and unelected) officials, from the New Orleans City Council-as-egotistical muses to a bloodbath-y "Blue Dog"-led float covered in the faces of Democrats (Blue Dog wore a sticker: "I Voted For Trump"). On "Skid Row," Hillary Clinton was the "guest speaker" at a homeless shelter, bombarded with emails as she held a "will speak for food" sign. Irvin Mayfield's jazz market fiasco ("Music Street") and Mike Yenni's sexting scandal ("Desire Street") — presented on a float with a pole dancer in a Jesuit unfiorm — also were targets.

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