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Saturday, February 18, 2017

’tit Rex parades in Marigny

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 10:46 AM

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New Orleans' smallest parade may not have had many tiny hands clapping. The krewe of ”tit Rex chose a theme about taking a nap, but many floats depicted nightmares, many of them featuring President Donald Trump. In one dark vision, Lady Liberty slept with her head in an oven. In another, titled "Tyrant-asaurus Wrex," an orange dinosaur stood atop the White House next to a massive crane with a swinging wrecking ball. The float creators distributed as throws: free tickets to the future, tiny flags and orange golf balls with a yellow mop of hair combed over the top.

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Oshun and Cleopatra parades roll in Uptown

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 1:52 AM

The Krewe of Cleopatra rolls in Uptown.
  • The Krewe of Cleopatra rolls in Uptown.
The Krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra paraded Friday night in Uptown on a rainy kickoff to Carnival. Both Metairie krewes scheduled to parade Friday were postponed.

Both parades moved their start times up by 30 minutes. The bands of St Mary's Academy, Martin Luther King Jr. Charter High School, Langston Hughes Academy and Cohen High School all were able to get on the route and play a song before it started to rain on the Oshun parade. Many groups donned plastic ponchos as the rain became heavier, and at least one band decided not to continue with the parade,

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Excalibur and Athena cancel Friday night parades

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:53 PM

A float rolls in a parade on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie. - WIKICOMMONS/CPL/ JOSEPH KARWICK
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  • A float rolls in a parade on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie.

The krewes of Excalibur and Athena have cancelled their parades scheduled for Friday night on the Veterans Memorial Boulevard route in Metairie.

Excalibur will parade Friday, Feb. 24 following the Krewe of Centurions. Athena will roll Sunday, Feb. 26 immediately following Corps de Napoleon.

The Krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra have moved up the starting times of their parades in New Orleans. Oshun starts at 5:30 p.m.

Organizers of the Family Gras festival say that it's still on for tonight.

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Feast your eyes (and your stomach?) on the "All-Star Weekend King Cake Burger"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Gambit basketball guy (and professional Pelicans-opposing-team-irritant) Chris Trew is covering the All-Star Weekend festivities, including the special dishes being put together by Centerplate for the weekend.

He got this photo of something called the "All-Star Weekend King Cake Burger":

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It seems to be a "variant" of the king cake burger from the food truck Food Drunk. Darren Rovell of ESPN posted another photo of the concoction, which costs $12.50 and comes with "chipotle spread" to go with that delicious sugar.

Simple question: Would you eat it?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

This Italian Carnival Trump float is huge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 10:42 AM

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There were many satirical floats devoted to Donald Trump in the Feb. 11 Krewe du Vieux parade. Perhaps too many. But Krewe of Comatose leader Lee Mullikn contacted Gambit to share a Trump float from Italian Carnivale in Viareggio, and it is huge. Besides the man dressed as the Statue of Liberty riding the crest of Trump's hair, there are many riders in costumes parodying American culture on the "Bang Bang" float. as songs such as "American Idiot" and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" play.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Former mayor Marc Morial talks race and inequality at Tulane Feb. 16

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 10:53 AM

Former mayor Marc Morial.
  • Former mayor Marc Morial.
Former New Orleans mayor and National Urban League president Marc Morial appears at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center later this week to discuss "The Future of Race and Economics: Income Equality, Health Care and Affordable Housing Under the New Administration."

Noted economist and writer Dr. Julianne Malveaux will facilitate the conversation. According to a release announcing the event, they'll discuss the merits of capitalism and its effect on "vulnerable populations," including people of color. The event is part of Amistad Research Center's "Conversations in Color" series, which recently featured New York Times columnist Charles Blow.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lavin-Bernick Center's Kendall Cram Lecture Hall. Admission is free, but participants should register online.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Krewe du Vieux sends up the world in a crowd-pleasing, profane parade

Posted By on Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 2:31 AM

"The Russians Are Coming" was a Krewe du Vieux float by subkrewe Krewe of Comatose, parodying President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russia — featuring him being sodomized by Vladimir Putin. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • "The Russians Are Coming" was a Krewe du Vieux float by subkrewe Krewe of Comatose, parodying President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russia — featuring him being sodomized by Vladimir Putin.

Carnival's most irreverent walking krewe, Krewe du Vieux, rolled (or is it staggered?) tonight through the Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter. This year's theme — "The Crass Menagerie" — was interpreted widely by KdV's 17 subkrewes.

The theme was elastic — perhaps too much so. Floats and marchers encompassed everything from the "Audubondage Zoo" to Wikileaks — and, of course, plenty of barbs thrown at President Donald Trump. Many of the marchers made reference to the president's famous "grab them by the pussy" quote, with people strutting down the street dressed as vaginas and the traditional "Pizza Sluts" brigade bringing all matter of genitalia to the route. Comatose had a funny float featuring Trump being sodomized by Russian president Vladimir Putin ("The Russians Are Coming").

Krewe of K.A.O.S. had a winner with "Orange is the New Black," which somehow mashed up the TV show of the same name, Trump's odd skin color and A Clockwork Orange, with marching "droogs" dressed like Malcolm McDowall in the film A Clockwork Orange. Krewe du Mishigas sent up Trump's immigration executive order with a clever throw called the "Alien Visa Application," and there were "I Voted" stickers with Putin instead of George Rodrigue's Blue Dog, but many of the throws and handouts weren't as inspired as in years past.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Second line Sunday: CTC Steppers parade

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 1:45 PM

CTC Steppers

The Original C.T.C. Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Club

Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 12, 2017

featuring

C.T.C 'Queen Nikita'

Big 9 2016 King Charlie Tenner’

Mz. Big Shot ‘HoneyBee'

C.T.C. Diva Ariana Hall ‘Red #9’

R.I.P. Greg ‘Geezy’ Kagler


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Friday Gras "Give a Pair, Get a Pair" shoe drive at Arnaud's benefits Eden House human trafficking survivors

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 11:56 AM

COURTESY ARNAUD'S
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Traditionally, the Friday before Mardi Gras (or Friday Gras) is a day for families and friends to get together for a (very) long lunch. Locals make reservations at classic French Quarter dining spots months in advance. Restaurant tables become a sort of base camp — patrons can step outside to visit the lunacy of Bourbon and Canal streets as revelers get throttled up for the wildest weekend on the Crescent City calendar, and then duck back in to the relative safety of a decadent lunch and cocktails.

On Friday, Feb. 24, Katy Casbarian of Arnaud’s Restaurant hopes to pass on the invigoration of Friday Gras to others who need it. Casbarian has teamed up with fellow business owners Allison and Julie Hoffman of Native Polish and Evie Poitevent of Feet First to present their inaugural “Give a Pair, Get a Pair” event. Ladies attending Friday Gras lunch at Arnaud’s are asked to bring a pair of gently used women’s shoes, which will be collected for a donation to Eden House, a nonprofit that provides long-term housing and care for survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

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Lafayette's Festival International reveals 2017 lineup

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

GIVERS performs at 2017's Festival International de Louisiane with Tom Tom Club and others. - COURTESY GIVERS
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  • GIVERS performs at 2017's Festival International de Louisiane with Tom Tom Club and others.

The 31st annual Festival International de Louisiane returns to downtown Lafayette April 26-30. The festival's lineup spans a broad range of Louisiana artists and their international counterparts, sometimes at the same time — this year, Lafayette's GIVERS performs with Tom Tom Club, Mokoomba and Dickie Landry. Also on the bill are Balkan Beat Box, Red Baraat, Dengue Fever and dozens others.

GIVERS latest album is 2015's New Kingdom, its first following the 2011 breakthrough In Light. Joining the band at this year's festival is Tom Tom Club, the "Genius of Love" outfit founded by Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads, and Zimbabwe's Mokoomba and Louisiana legend Dickie Landry, a genre-spanning performance that typifies the festival's collaborative spirit.

The full lineup is below.

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