Mardi Gras

Friday, January 20, 2017

Purple, green and good for you: Keeping well during Mardi Gras

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 6:13 PM


Carnival is upon us — ready or not — as is the continuation of the holiday binge that began around Halloween. Everyone sees it coming: it began as an extra slice of pie (or three) while cooking the Thanksgiving turkey and morphed into a half-gallon of eggnog daiquiri right before Christmas, and will finally denigrate into a case of beer on the parade route Endymion Saturday, Bacchus Sunday and Orpheus Monday, and lead to profound Ash Wednesday guilt when looking back on the caloric choices made over the last four months.

Julie Fortenberry, a wellness dietitian at Touro Hospital, sees this gastronomic saga play out every year. At a time when the rest of the country has moved on to the contrition of New Year’s resolutions, New Orleans is just revving up for Mardi Gras season.

“The average six weeks of holidays (from Thanksgiving to New Year’s) becomes 12 weeks in New Orleans including Carnival season,” says Fortenberry. “That’s three months. If the average person gains 5 lbs. through the holidays, that’s 10 lbs. through Mardi Gras — that’s a lot.”

Fortenberry finds that her clients put off resolutions to eat right and lose weight until after the overindulgence of Carnival, but warns that this is not a healthy solution.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mermaid-themed ball Jan. 28 benefits BreakOUT! LGBTQ youth rights group

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Krewe of Mermoux members enjoy appropriate weather. - LENORE SEAL
  • Krewe of Mermoux members enjoy appropriate weather.

Krewe of Mermoux, the mermaid-themed krewe that celebrates "inclusion, community and glitter," hosts its inaugural Old Gold Maritime Ball at Poor Boys Bar (1328 St. Bernard Ave.) Jan. 28.

Ocean- and gold-themed costumes are strongly encouraged for the event, which features a drag show, a "sea smooch booth," a photo area and punch. There also are DJ performances. A news release about the event says 50 percent of proceeds will benefit BreakOUT!, the advocacy group which focuses on LGBTQ youth of color.

The event starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $10, or $5 for people in costume.

Tags: , , , , ,

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Did the Pelicans poach the King Cake Baby Twitter account?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 1:40 PM


Who is King Cake Baby? What is King Cake Baby? I first watched King Cake Baby at a then-New Orleans Hornets game, racing around the court on a Razor scooter, a Carnivalesque ghoul of a babylike manthing with a permanently open-mouthed grin. The intentionally designed horrorshow of a second tier mascot was revealed in 2015 to be an Old World-inspired marionette-like creation (named, in its tragic birth, "Babycakes"), and its viral nightmare was no accident.

Aside from the online townspeople killing it with fire, the actual King Cake Baby lived a relatively quiet life on the internet. (Even in public, it's more of a shy Burger King "Sneak King" but one that's very much a baby.) Deadspin, SB Nation, Bleacher Report and dozens of writers and blogs happily ruined everyone's days with playful screeds against the biggest baby in basketball.

Meanwhile, a one-year-old @KingCakeBaby account gently gave a voice to the giant baby. The man behind @KingCakeBaby was ESPN/TrueHoop's Bourbon Street Shots writer Mason Ginsberg. It had a modest following, with a big boost leading up to Carnival (and after a retweet from ESPN's Zach Lowe). But just days after the beginning of 2017's Carnival season — following a viral Uber king cake delivery to begin the annual season of terror for a reawakened King Cake Baby — the account was suspended. Ginsberg was locked out of the account. All of @KingCakeBaby's tweets disappeared.

Continue reading »

Tags: ,

Monday, January 9, 2017

Y@ Speak: the birth of King Cake Baby

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 6:31 PM

We're frozen in place with no choice but to eat all of this king cake until our waists expand to break the ice. Or just wait a couple minutes and it'll be 94 degrees with 4,000 percent humidity. It's our annual awakening of the King Cake Baby from his diapered slumber under the wood of the basketball court, emerging only to deliver cakes and make some sportswriter dork spill a few hundred words about "nightmare fuel" or whatever. (I am #TeamKCB.) Also this week: everyone is fired and Comic Con.

Continue reading »

Tags: ,

Friday, January 6, 2017

The worst king cake ever devised — and it's by Sandra Lee

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 3:33 PM

Sandra Lee's "Mardis Gras King Cake" — a package of Pillsbury breadstick dough topped with a container of frosting.
  • Sandra Lee's "Mardis Gras King Cake" — a package of Pillsbury breadstick dough topped with a container of frosting.

New Orleanians and scholars will debate which is the best king cake until ever they cease to love, but what about the worst king cake ever foisted on the public? Here's one strong nominee.

Food Network's Semi-Homemade host Sandra Lee is infamous for her "Kwanzaa cake" (Anthony Bourdain once called it "a war crime on television") and white chocolate polenta (which is exactly what it sounds like, plus thyme) , but what she calls a "Mardi Gras king cake" may be just as bad. It calls for one package of Pillsbury breadstick dough and a container of pre-made frosting — no cinnamon, no spices, no filling, no fun.

Behold the hell. Why isn't this as infamous as the Kwanzaa cake?

Tags: , , , , ,

New Orleans Twitter is going king cake crazy

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 12:46 PM

Everybody's talking about king cake today.
  • Everybody's talking about king cake today.

Ah, Jan. 6. The weather outside is frightful (more frightening than the King Cake Baby, even) but in offices, schools and homes around town, people are sinking their teeth into the first legal king cakes of 2017. And, of course, they're tweeting about it. Below the cut, what New Orleans social media is saying about the first king cakes of the season:

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , ,

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

12 Twelfth Night events in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 2:07 PM


Recovered from the holidays yet? No? Sorry to hear that, but it's time to rustle up a second (or third) wind for Twelfth Night  —  for you recent arrivals out there, the holiday also known as Epiphany is the kickoff to Carnival season.

A mix of events both established and new marks the occasion. Find them after the jump. 

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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.”

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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."

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , ,

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.

Continue reading »

Tags: , ,

Submit an event Jump to date

Recent Comments

© 2017 Gambit
Powered by Foundation