Mardi Gras

Monday, February 1, 2016

Y@ Speak: The #Chad Awakens

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:40 PM

It's Carnival time — you know what that means: watching buildings burn, spray-painting public spaces, catching Confederate flag beads and sleeping on strangers' stoops. Plus: a look at some of the DIY floats from 'tit Rex, Chewbacchus and Barkus.

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Endymion place-saving: Five days out

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:04 PM

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The Endymion place-savers were out in force over the weekend, using spray paint and whatever objects were at hand to mark the spots on the Orleans Avenue neutral ground where they can best execute enfilade and defilade as the Krewe of Endymion rolls this Saturday.

More territorial disputes, one attempt at peacemaking — and a breach of the neutral ground spills onto N. Carrollton Avenue. Better get your places now!

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By Kevin Allman

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Endymion place-saving 2016: Eight days away

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 3:25 PM

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As I was taking the photos for today's installment of As the Endymion Turns, a man in a sweatshirt and shorts demanded to know if I was "with Ronnie 'n' dem."

No.

Lots of activity on the Orleans Avenue neutral ground overnight, including a new phenomenon: If someone got to the space you wanted first, apparently it's OK to spray-paint your name over that person's spray-painted name. Looks like lotsa beefin' on the neutral ground this Carnival season.

If you missed yesterday's installment, here it is. And Endymion is eight days away ...

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By Kevin Allman

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Endymion place-saving 2016: Nine days out

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 2:12 PM

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Mardi Gras is nearly upon us like a pack of purple, green and gold wild dogs
, and strange runes already have appeared on the Orleans Avenue neutral ground in Mid-City, nine full days before the superkrewe of Endymion begins its LED-lit roll through the middle of town.

With this, we commence our annual photographic chronicling of space-saving for Endymion. No visible tarps, tents, chairs, tables, sofas, ropes, grills, wading pools, ice chests or other essential paraphernalia yet, but there's still more than a week to go.

Old hotness: Krewe of Chad.

New hotness: Krewe of Brad, Chad's twin brother without the popped collar.

Enjoy.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

The New Orleans Exercist: King cake fitness

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 5:11 PM

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  • FLICKR USER CARMICHAELLIBRARY VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Eat a colorful diet to achieve health benefits.

New Orleanians understand priorities, which is why there is not one but three fitness events themed around king cake this weekend. Mardi Gras is all about balance — on top of a parade ladder, a Clydesdale or whatever else your drunk ass shouldn’t have climbed. Be careful up there:

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Krewe of Orpheus names Nathan Fillion its monarch for Feb. 8 parade

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 11:23 AM

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The Krewe of Orpheus announced Nathan Fillion, star of TV's Castle, will reign as the monarch of its Feb. 8 parade. He will be accompanied by his wife, Krista Allen, of Significant Mother. Fillion starred on Firefly, was a regular of One Life to Live and Two Guys and a Girl and appeared in Saving Private Ryan.

Orpheus' theme is "The Wizard's Bestiary." Entertainment at the Orpheuscapade includes Bianca Del Rio and the band Chevy Metal, fronted by Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. Also performing are The Party Crashers and No Limits.

The Orpheus parade begins at 6 p.m. on the Uptown New Orleans route and ends at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Six places to pick up (or fix up) your costume before Mardi Gras

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Find extravagant masks at the French Market's annual pre-Mardi Gras mask market. - KIM WESLH/COURTESY THE FRENCH MARKET CORPORATION
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  • Find extravagant masks at the French Market's annual pre-Mardi Gras mask market.

Costume stores are open year-round, because New Orleanians always need costumes, but Mardi Gras calls for something special. Here’s a quick guide to pop-up sales and workshops from now through Lundi Gras, whether your level of craftiness is “preparing an .stl file for 3D printing” or “do you take Square?”:

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Solange Knowles to ride as Krewe of Muses' honorary Muse

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 10:42 AM

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The Krewe of Muses announced Solange Knowles is this 2016's honorary Muse. She'll ride on the krewe's signature 17-foot-tall shoe float on Feb. 4 on the Uptown parade route. The krewe annually selects an honorary Muse who has been a role model for women in the arts. 

Knowles is a singer, actress and founder of record label Saint Records. Her 2003 debut R&B album Solo Star reached No. 49 on the Billboard 200 album chart. She's the younger sister of pop star Beyonce Knowles. In New Orleans, she has supported the Make It Right Foundation and Son of a Saint mentorship program.

Knowles married Alan Ferguson in New Orleans at the Marigny Opera House in November 2014.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Krewe du Vieux meets Krewe du Bernie? — and your chance to download this year's Le Monde de Merde

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 3:20 PM

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One side effect of a compressed Mardi Gras season seems to be everything happening at once — and that surely will be the case in the Faubourg Marigny Jan. 23, when the raunchy satirists of Krewe du Vieux roll through the streets just hours after a planned rally and march for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders starts in Washington Square Park. 

Organizer Lawrence Dunn says he's applied for the proper permits with the city, and neither he nor city officials saw any problem or conflict with Krewe du Vieux.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Krewe of Loup Garou makes its inaugural march this weekend in the Irish Channel

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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  • The inaugural poster for the Krewe of Loup Garou, a walking krewe that will make its debut Jan. 9 in the Irish Channel.

The poster commemorating the newly formed Krewe of Loup Garou’s inaugural march this Saturday through the Irish Channel places three children shielded only by parasols opposite the infamous Cajun creature of the night — simultaneously capturing the spirit of the neighborhood, the beloved civic leader the parade will memorialize and the goal of the event’s fundraising effort in her honor.

In the image, a striking public debut for New Orleans-based artist Merrie Morrow, the bright red beast of swampland imagination looms on a high horizon, its expression somewhere between menacing and inviting. Surrounded by banana leaves and white birds, the three children face the loup garou stoically, their arms linked in camaraderie as parasols protect them on either side.

“They look like they have a connection with the loup garou, a little bit,” Morrow said. “They’re not scared of him. They’re not trying to run away.”

The formation of the Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou was announced early in 2015 by leaders of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association in honor of former association president Kara Morgan, who died in 2014 of melanoma. Morgan was one of a group of neighborhood leaders who banded together in hopes of reducing crime and improving the neighborhood through more public recreation opportunities, but she spent the last year of life advocating for increased public awareness of the dangers of overexposure to the sun.

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