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Monday, February 27, 2017

Endymion rolls in Mid-City

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 12:35 PM

His Majesty, Endymion LI, Parker Velargo. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • Katherine M. Johnson
  • His Majesty, Endymion LI, Parker Velargo.

The Krewe of Endymion drew huge crowds along its Mid-City route Saturday evening, which were disturbed when a drunk driver drove into a group of onlookers near Carrollton and Orleans avenues, sending 28 people to the hospital. According tothe New Orleans Police Department, the driver's blood alcohol level was .232, nearly three times the legal limit. After a delay, the super krewe continued its annual procession.

The stars were out  — literally and figuratively — for the the parade's "Endymion's Constellations"-themed ride, and throws included star-shaped pillows embroidered with the group's logo, a smiling, curly-haired man wearing a Greco-Roman toga and sash. The crowd was as enthusiastic and numerous as the riders — 20 to 30 people deep in some areas —  and many revelers remained undaunted despite few details at the time of the incident.

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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

Hermes, D'Etat and Morpheus paraded Friday 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 Friday night parades in Uptown.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

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
  • Zada Johnson
  • 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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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Krewe of Nyx parades in Uptown

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 1:41 PM

The Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School band played their renditions of popular hits. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • Katherine M. Johnson
  • The Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School band played their renditions of popular hits.

Over 2900 women and 42 floats strong, The Mystic Krewe of Nyx rolled uptown Wednesday night. The parade theme, "Dancing the Night Away," was fitting, since almost every float played music from different musical genres for the riders to dance to as the parade wound its way from Magazine and Jefferson to the Convention Center.


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Gambit TV: Entertainment picks Feb. 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Gambit in-house music nerd Noah Bonaparte Pais stops by WWL-TV to share the meaning of "thrash metal" and talk about weekend picks, including a new ball at Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, Lundi Gras must-sees and more.


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Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 10:10 AM


The Mystic Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown.
  • The Mystic Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown.

The Mystic Krewe of Druids doesn't announce its theme in advance of the parade, and typically it offers dry wit or wry commentary on theme floats, but the group also can't help but grind a few axes and it's always amusing to see what it'll do.

"Druids' Olympics" had some entertaining takes on local icons and recurring grievances. One of the early theme floats featured the "SWB Discus Throw" with a sculpture of the city's iconic water meter plates. There also was a "Crime Camera Dash," with a replica of one of the city's growing number of cameras on the front of the float. There also was a "Po-boy Eating Contest" float with a giant po-boy on front.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Krewe of Muses introduces rubber duck floats

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:37 PM

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Members of the Krewe of Muses have tossed rubber ducks to parade spectators for years. The krewe hopes to supersize the ducks' popularity with a new signature float, which will debut on the Uptown parade route Thursday night.

"The rubber ducks have been really popular," said krewe captain Staci Rosenberg. "So many women (in the krewe) have young kids, we thought this would be popular with families."

Muses joins a small group of superkrewes that field multi-trailer floats in their parades. Orpheus has the Smokey Mary train float and Leviathan. Endymion introduced its nine-trailer Pontchartrain Beach float in 2013. Muses' ducks feature one larger mother duck and three smaller ducks. They will be hitched to the krewe's signature bathtub float, and the entire chain is 160 feet long. The mother duck will carry 14 riders, and each of the smaller ducks will carry 10.

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