Mardi Gras

Thursday, November 3, 2016

YeMaYa parade is in the Lower 9th Ward on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Women march in the YeMaYa parade. - KIM WELSH
  • Women march in the YeMaYa parade.

The YeMaYa parade was started five years ago as a parade highlighting women marching groups from across New Orleans. On Saturday, Nov. 5, the parade moves to the Lower 9th Ward, a place that founder Ann Marie Coviello says will more “spiritually resonate” with the intentions behind the parade, named after the Yoruban sea goddess who is believed to protect women, children and the water.

“We wanted to bring the spirit to the place where water has mattered more than anywhere else in the city, and that’s the Lower Nine,” Coviello said. “It really resonates, to visit the water.”

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Claire Tancons proposes second-line procession on the National Mall

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 1:16 PM

Black Men of Labor co-founder Fred Johnson Jr. with curator Claire Tancons at the Black Men of Labor parade Oct. 23.
  • Black Men of Labor co-founder Fred Johnson Jr. with curator Claire Tancons at the Black Men of Labor parade Oct. 23.

Art curator Claire Tancons has explored the performance and art aesthetics of indigenous parade traditions in the Caribbean, Great Britain and Louisiana. She is planning a super parade of New Orleans parading groups on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., ending at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“It has been my experience, museums, which are in the business of high culture, and which promote bourgeois values, tend to look down at these more popular African-American traditions," Tancons says. "Or when featuring them (they) do so in a rather traditional fashion, showing props, or in a pop spectacular fashion, and downplay the political and social core of these artistic manifestations."

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Krewe of the Mystic Inane holds Cirque d'So-Lame carnival Oct. 22

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 3:03 PM

A carnival-goer braves the birth canal experience at Cirque d'So-Lame in 2015.
  • A carnival-goer braves the birth canal experience at Cirque d'So-Lame in 2015.

Krewe of Mystic Inane gets an early start on Krewe du Vieux's raunch and satire with its Cirque d'So-Lame event on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Castillo Blanco (4321 St. Claude Ave.). There are carnival amusements, interactive games, creepy tactile experiences, a beet-eating contest, "Heave Starvey's Lil Inanities Pageant," free beer and more. A foam party rave tops the festivities. Contest prizes include a three-way date.

For its sixth year, the fundraiser moves from Mid-City to Bywater. The carnival runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes game chances, beer and food. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

NBA All-Star Game will not affect first weekend of Mardi Gras parades, city officials say

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM

New Orleans hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 2008 and in 2014. - CREATIVE COMMONS/MARK GSTOHL
  • New Orleans hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 2008 and in 2014.

Lost in the news that New Orleans has been awarded the 2017 NBA All-Star Game is the significance of the game's date, Sun. Feb. 19, 2017 — which also happens to be the first Sunday of major Mardi Gras parades on St. Charles Avenue, with the krewes of Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla rolling one after another. Those parades, of course, come within blocks of the Smoothie King Center, where the All-Star Game will be played.

Unlike 2013, however, when the city of New Orleans moved the first weekend of parades up a week earlier to accommodate crowds for Super Bowl XLVII, the parade dates and route largely are set and will not be changed to any great degree, according to Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

"It's going to be one of the most interesting and complicated weekends we've ever had," Perry said. "In addition to the All-Star Game, we have two citywide conventions that weekend, we have a lot of corporate meetings and associations in hotels, and, of course, Mardi Gras. We're going to have a sold-out city."

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Change in Underwear Day and upcoming costuming/fashion events

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Trixie Minx is the queen of the National Underwear Day parade.
  • Trixie Minx is the queen of the National Underwear Day parade.

The National Underwear Day parade and attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most people wearing only underwear is changing location. The event now begins and ends at Castillo Blanco (4321 t. Claude Ave.), home to the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. The record count lineup is at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. At 7 p.m., the parade proceeds on Poland Avenue to Burgundy Street. It turns onto Louisa Street and returns via N. Rampart Street and Poland Avenue to Castillo Blanco.

National Underwear Day was declared by an underwear maker. The New Orleans parade was founded by Ryan Ballard, co-founder of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, and Xena Zeitgeist, founder of Society of Sin burlesque troupe. The parade has a royal couple in king Chris Leonard, Executive Director of New Orleans Pride, and queen Trixie Minx. It is free to participate in the parade and after party. Organizers are encouraging attendees to bring a donation of new underwear, which will go to the New Orleans Mission.

The August calendar has several events and parades for those wanting to costume or dress for the heat. More events after the jump.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Orleans' National Underwear Day parade is August 5

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Burlesque dancer Trixie Minx is queen of New Orleans' National Underwear Day Parade.
  • Burlesque dancer Trixie Minx is queen of New Orleans' National Underwear Day Parade.

In the new New Orleans, it seems people can't get enough parades or burlesque, and the two public displays are merging in a National Underwear Day parade, announced by organizers Ryan Ballard of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus and Xena Zeit-Geist, founder of the Society of Sin burlesque troupe. 

The parade is Friday, Aug. 5. There's a pre-party and gathering in Washington Square in Marigny at 6 p.m. The procession departs at 7 p.m. and travels to Castillo Blanco, the Chewbacchus den, where the group will hold its "Free Ball." Organizers have named royalty for the day. Chris Leonard, Executive Director of New Orleans Pride, is the King. Burlesque performer Trixie Minx is Queen. Admission to both events is free.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

St. Josephs' Night, Super Sunday and Single Men Second Line

Posted By on Sat, Mar 19, 2016 at 8:13 AM

Street Culture Extravaganza Saturday and Sunday

St. Josephs' Night

Super Sunday

Single Men's Annual Second Line

Saturday and Sunday, day and night - something for everyone!!!

Details for all three events below...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

City announces street closures for The Passion

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 4:29 PM


That live musical on the streets of downtown New Orleans this weekend — please say you've heard about Tyler Perry's multimedia extravaganza The Passion — will result in some rolling street closures from the Superdome to Woldenburg Park on Sunday night.

In addition, there will be closures on downtown streets during live rehearsals, which are to be held Friday night and Sunday afternoon. 

Along with that, there will be closures for the Downtown Irish Parade (Thursday night), the St. Joseph's Day parade Saturday night, Super Sunday on Sunday afternoon — we'd better put it all below the cut for you.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Galactopus returns for Interrobang party/fundraiser

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 4:50 PM


The parading group Interrobang introduced Maurice the Galactopus to Carnival this year. Fat Tuesday revelers may have seen the giant glittery octopus during its three-hour jaunt from Marigny to the middle of the French Quarter.

Galactopus is coming out of its lair for a krewe fundraiser Wednesday at 2360 St. Claude Ave., featuring Naughty Professor, DJ Quickie Mart, food by Congresso Cubano and more.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Y@ Speak: everywhere else it's also Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Mardi Gras 2016 is in the books. Here's a XXL-sized edition of your very serious Twitter report from the last week of Carnival. Krewe of Chad gets dumped on, Beyonce conjures New Orleans in "Formation" while her sister Solange gets a key to the city, and Indians, costumers, drunkards, Confederate monuments, giant octopi, shirtless weathermen and Ted Cruz as a Rex page take to the streets and your local public access station.

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