A web app launching today lists nearby available bathrooms along Carnival parade routes. AirPnP designers Max Gaudin and Travis Laurendine made the site live Monday, and dozens of businesses have made their bathrooms available. The "entrepeeneur" sign-up page went live yesterday, and more than 30 people have listed their home bathrooms. More than 2,000 people have signed up to receive notifications about the site's progress.
"On the city side and public service side, it definitely serves a need — no pissing on the street kind of thing," Gaudin says, noting that Laurendine is currently walking on the parade route getting people to sign up. "We want to have fun with it, but we're definitely doing something real with it. ... It's kind of like the weather — something everyone can talk about."
The city is setting up 700 "portable toilets" (the worst phrase) along parade routes this year. With new restrictions on port-o-lets preventing the foul yellow tombs from over-sprinkling parade grounds, it's a matter of time before mercenaries list bathrooms on Craigslist. Signs have been spotted advertising balcony/bathroom rentals in the French Quarter with hourly rates.
AirPnP joins the ranks of other bathroom assistance apps, including RunPee, which tells users when a good time might be to step out of a movie theater.
New Pierre the Pelican designed the way it's designed so Jay Leno can fit inside the costume. pic.twitter.com/sSsq4xOZE2
— Danny Monteverde (@DCMonteverde) February 13, 2014
Pierre the Pelican underwent reconstructive beak surgery to host The Tonight Show, the New Orleans Arena was Christened Smoothie King Center in time for the 2014 NBA All-Star weekend, Nike rolled out "gumbo" shoes, dachsunds replaced horses in races, and Krewe du Vieux revealed true colors — oh, and Ray Nagin may be wearing zebra stripes. That and more in this week's makeover edition of Y@ Speak.
The film follows three marching bands from local schools — O. Perry Walker High School, L.E. Rabouin High School and the Roots of Music — from 2007 to 2010, as the bands emerge after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, face violence in the streets and triumph on Carnival parade routes.
The film also gives an intimate glimpse inside the lives of several band members. There's 11-year-old Jaron "Bear" Williams, a prodigy mourning the shooting death of his older brother. There's 18-year-old drum major Chris "Skully" Lee, who is taking the reins of his school's new band following the death of its director. Then there are the band directors dedicated to putting on the best show ever while helping their students build a better future.
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