Mardi Gras

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Krewe of ’Tit Rex holds float auction

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

The micro-krewe of ’Tit Rex builds shoebox floats.
  • The micro-krewe of ’Tit Rex builds shoebox floats.

As modest in scale as the krewe of ’Tit Rex's floats are, they've filled up available den space in krewe members' homes. The krewe will hold a float auction, offering 17 of its artistically rendered shoebox floats (used in past parades) as a fundraiser to hire bands for the annual parade, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Roots of Music. Other artwork by krewe members also will be auctioned. The auction is Nov. 13 at Art Klub (519 Elysian Fields Ave.). Doors open for float viewing and cocktails at 7 p.m. The first lot goes up for auction at 8 p.m. Admission $10.

The krewe was founded in 2008 by local artists, and its first parade, titled "Tiny Victories," rolled in 2009. While everything else about Mardi Gras was about getting bigger (bigger floats, longer beads), the krewe decided to go small, and go retro. Many New Orleanians built shoebox floats during Carnvial season at local schools. Tit Rex revived the tradition and paraded in Bywater and Marigny. As word spread of the tiny marvels, the Rex organization threatened a lawsuit over the name's possible trademark infringement in 2011. In response, the micro-krewe slightly altered its name with an upside down "e," titled its 2012 parade "Napoleon Avenue Complex," and continues to parade.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Which Landrieu Wobbles the best?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Sen. Mary Landrieu does the Wobble at a Southern University tailgate Oct. 4.
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu does the Wobble at a Southern University tailgate Oct. 4.

First it was her assist with a keg stand at an LSU tailgate last month — and now footage has surfaced of Sen. Mary Landrieu doing the Wobble at a Southern University tailgate Oct. 4:


The dance seems to be a popular one among the Landrieu siblings; those who were watching Mardi Gras coverage from Gallier Hall in 2013 will remember Mayor Mitch Landrieu busting out a Wobble in the stands:


We ask you, New Orleans: Which Landrieu Wobbles the best? #yourvotecounts

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Cirque d'so Lame Carnival is Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 7:33 AM

Spaghetti wrestling at Cirque d'so Lame.
  • Spaghetti wrestling at Cirque d'so Lame.

Krewe du Vieux
doesn't launch its annual satirical parade until Jan. 31, 2015, but its subkrewes are busy getting ready. The Mystic Krewe of Inane holds its fundraising Cirque d'so Lame in St. Patrick's Park (across from Mid-City Yacht Club) from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The festival features raunchy takes on old-time midway games, contests and odd and creepy experiences, such as the tactile Birth Canal Ride.

The fair is circus themed, with costumes encouraged and a sideshow/freakshow spirit. Returning this year is Fortune Telling Jesus, who is available for weddings. Other attractions are Awful Caricatures, Dunk Booth, Pie Toss and a balloon dart game. Common carnival midway games remade with crass themes include: Meth Mouth (standard carny game of knocking down pins dressed up as: knock the remaining teeth out of a meth addict's mouth, win a prize) and Sizzurp Race: be the first to use a water gun to fill Lil Wayne's sizzurp cup, win a prize. Games with names sanitized for this website, which also makes them more recognizable: T**** Twister, B*** Sack Race.

There also are performances by the One-Eyed Snake Charmers dance team.

General admission is $10 and includes beer. Food is offered by the Hey Zeus! popup. A VIP area features a shaded tent, a water slide, a bounce house and special drinks.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Terrorist organization ISIS forces name change for Mardi Gras krewe

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Queen and King Isis XLII (Brieanne Elizabeth Bourgeois and Ryan Lee Danielson) at the krewe's 2014 ball. - FACEBOOK/KREWE OF ISIS
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  • Queen and King Isis XLII (Brieanne Elizabeth Bourgeois and Ryan Lee Danielson) at the krewe's 2014 ball.


What to do when your Mardi Gras organization shares a name with a terrorist group that's recently made a lot of news? AL.com reports today that the Order of Isis, a krewe in Mobile, Alabama, has decided to go by its acronym, OOI, as its members were getting harassed for wearing "Isis" T-shirts in public:

One member was harassed at Sam's Club, she said. "She had a gentleman come up to her, asking a lot of questions ... and she said we are a Mardi Gras organization," the OOI member recounted. "He didn't understand us having 'Isis' on our clothing."

Another member who works in a doctor's office also got attention for her shirt, the member said.

The decision to use the acronym was also made out of concern for the group's safety during the upcoming Mardi Gras season, the member said. "We're in the public eye; we just don't want, during our parade, for something to happen. We want to make sure our members are safe and secure on the floats."

But what of Jefferson Parish's venerable all-female Krewe of Isis? Founded in 1973, it's now the oldest continuously parading Carnival organization in Jefferson Parish. Will our hometown Isis be forced to change its name as well?

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Midsummer Mardi Gras parade scheduled for Aug. 23

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

A tableau from the Krewe of OAK's annual Midsummer Mardi Gras. - CREATIVE COMMONS/INFROGMATION
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  • A tableau from the Krewe of OAK's annual Midsummer Mardi Gras.


The Krewe of OAK will hold its 28th annual Midsummer Mardi Gras parade Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., according to a post from our partners at Uptown Messenger:

Known for costumes and props that veer wildly between utter decadence and literal minimalism, the “Outrageous And Kinky” parade will congregate at the Maple Leaf Bar in the 8300 block of Oak at 7 p.m. for a Royal Balcony Ceremony, then begin marching promptly at 7:30 p.m.

This year's theme? "Rub It All Over Your Body." 

There's no cost to march, and costumes and subkrewes are encouraged. For more information, check Uptown Messenger or the Midsummer Mardi Gras Facebook page

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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
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  • 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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