Mardi Gras

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Friday: Mardi Gras Indians host '70s-'80s prom party

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Uptown Warriors Mardi Gras Indians
  • (photo image courtesy of the AU Review)
  • Uptown Warriors Mardi Gras Indians


Uptown Warriors Mardi Gras Indians presents:

'70s - '80s prom: Attire: formal/semi-formal (attire is inspired but not required)

Friday July 11th 9pm-1am


(more info below the jump!)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wednesday: Mardi Gras Indian St. Joseph's Night Celebration

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Mardi Gras Indian St. Joseph's Night Celebration

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:00pm - 12:00am


(details below the jump!)

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Y@ Speak: Give it up for Lent

Posted By on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM


Here it is: let's give a great big Y@ Speak welcome to our friend Lent. Give it up, people.

This week we indulge in Mardi Gras leftovers, sacrifice the New Orleans Saints, free Lil Boosie and letters from Loyola, and find and eat kale.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

So: The Saints slapped a franchise tag on Jimmy Graham. Thoughts?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:42 PM

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham got a franchise tag from the team last Friday. Graham wants to be franchised as a wide receiver. - JEFFREY BEALL/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • JEFFREY BEALL/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham got a franchise tag from the team last Friday. Graham wants to be franchised as a wide receiver.


The deadline to apply the franchise tag on NFL players is today. Last Friday, while the city was preoccupied with parades and Mardi Gras debauchery, the New Orleans Saints slapped the franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham.

As a franchised tight end, Graham is due around $6.8 million. However, per NFL.com, Graham may file a grievance with the league because he wants to be franchised as a wide receiver, not a tight end.

Should Graham be classified as tight end or a wide receiver? Will the Saints and the Pro Bowl player work out a similar deal like Terrell Suggs did with the Baltimore Ravens in 2008? Suggs and the Ravens split the difference in money between a linebacker and defensive end and Suggs dropped his grievance. Will the Saints do this for Graham between a wide receiver and tight end?

What do you think, Who Dat Nation? Leave your comments below on how the Saints can solve this issue.

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Y@ Speak: Mardi Gras Mambro

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Let's look back at the last week before Fat Tuesday, from beer pong bros and Krewe of Chad bros to NOPD bros and "Blurred Lines" bros — even Pierre the Pelican can't resist bro-ing out. Also: King Cake Baby, Hannibal Buress, Hugh Laurie and more in this week's Y@ Speak.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

NOPD "Wobble" video goes viral at Mardi Gras 2014

Posted By on Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Thanks to Ginger Morris' NOPD "Wobble" video going viral for Mardi Gras 2014, we can all mark the "Group 'Wobble' Session" squares on our Rex Duke Mardi Gras bingo cards. Morris posted the video on Facebook at 8:44 a.m. Sunday, March 2, and it had 27,532 shares by 9:02 p.m. that night.

Last Mardi Gras, Mayor Landrieu entertained Carnival revelers by doing the line dance outside of Gallier Hall, but nothing says Carnival fun like cops shaking what their mamas gave them on parade routes.

Morris says, "The whole point of the video is to show that a family can have a great time in a beloved city that is well protected by individuals who have heart and compassion for the people of their community."

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Endymion's Progress 2014: 4 days out

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM

A house on Orleans Avenue, ready to both welcome Endymion revelers and keep them off the grass.
  • A house on Orleans Avenue, ready to both welcome Endymion revelers and keep them off the grass.


Whether it's the rain or the city's new parade rules, things on the Orleans Avenue Endymion route are quite a bit slower than in previous years — no flagged-off sections, no tents, no private port-a-potties. And the spray-painted reservation spots have melted into mud.

With sunshine expected tomorrow, will there be a gold rush for prime Orleans real estate for Krewe of Endymion's roll on Saturday?

In the meantime, take this week's "C'est What?" poll: "Saving public space on Mardi Gras parade routes — what do you think?" 

A mucky neutral ground, where spray-painted space reservations have melted away in the rain. (The portable toilets in the background are marked "CIty of New Orleans" — no private port-a-potties out there this year.)
  • A mucky neutral ground, where spray-painted space reservations have melted away in the rain. (The portable toilets in the background are marked "CIty of New Orleans" — no private port-a-potties out there this year.)


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Ten parade tips for members of dance and walking krewes

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM

It’s the most basic advice dispensed to Mardi Gras noobs: “Carnival is a marathon, not a sprint.” Meaning — pace yourself, young reveler, or you’ll crash like a strand of broken beads in the gutter.

But for many paraders, the advice is more literal. Members of walking and dancing troupes cover lots of ground during a parade. How much? Thoth’s route is more than six miles. Add another parade (or two or three) to the mix and you’re logging serious mileage, making Mardi Gras parades athletic events on par with the Crescent City Classic.

This is my fifth year parading, and I’ve figured out some tricks for getting the most out of the experience. Here’s what works for me — please feel free to share your own tips in the comments section.

Follow the tips and youll have as much fun as these ladies.
  • Photo courtesy Katrina Brees
  • Follow the tips and you'll have as much fun as these ladies.

1. Test out your parade gear ahead of time. Ideally, your troupe will do a few practice marches, but if not, you’ll want to take your costume and shoes for a spin. The parade is not the time to find out your boots blister your heels or your sequined halter top chafes your armpit.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Getting your can out on the Mardi Gras parade route

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM

A New Orleans refrigerator, stocked with local canned craft beer for Mardi Gras. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • A New Orleans refrigerator, stocked with local canned craft beer for Mardi Gras.


As we are in the midst of Mardi Gras parade season, permit me to reflect on the wondrousness that is canned craft beer.

It wasn’t long ago that cans were assumed to contain crappy, flavorless beer. But over the past few years, more and more craft brewers nationwide have been proving that stereotype wrong.

Canned beer, first sold to the public in 1935 by Gottfreid Krueger Brewing Company in New Jersey, is a boon to all beer-drinking New Orleanians, since our open container laws prohibit drinking alcohol in glass out on the street. But craft brewers all over the country point to the can’s light weight (for ease of shipping) and opacity (to block out all skunk-causing light) as compelling reasons to can rather than bottle. Also, since Orleans Parish doesn’t recycle glass, aluminum cans are an environmentally superior option.

Here are my favorites to enjoy along parade routes, or at festivals, beaches, crawfish boils, or any New Orleans outdoor occasion:

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Y@ Speak: Carnival Time Lord

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

As Mardi Gras 2014 nears, let's look back at the first week of parades — and towed cars, electioneering, sci-fi nerd alerts and a French Quarter's eau de wet dog. Also: Kevin Hart eats chicken and Margaret Orr takes a selfie. Bonus: Dumpsters, Neutral Milk Hotel and gutterpunk advice.

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