Mardi Gras

Friday, February 17, 2017

Nix Library branch to reopen March 6; library announces Mardi Gras hours

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 3:43 PM

The Nix branch on S. Carrollton Ave. will reopen March 6. - CREATIVE COMMONS/INFROGMATION OF NEW ORLEANS
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/INFROGMATION OF NEW ORLEANS
  • The Nix branch on S. Carrollton Ave. will reopen March 6.
The Nix branch of the New Orleans Public Library will reopen March 6, according to the NOPL's Facebook page.

It closed its doors in late October for improvements, which include a new floor plan, paint, additional public computers and general infrastructure. Nix also will have new landscaping and lighting when it reopens.

Hours will remain the same: opening at 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday, with closure at 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Some NOPL branches will be keeping irregular hours during Carnival season; here's a chart of which libraries are open when.

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Excalibur and Athena cancel Friday night parades

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:53 PM

A float rolls in a parade on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie. - WIKICOMMONS/CPL/ JOSEPH KARWICK
  • WIKICOMMONS/CPL/ JOSEPH KARWICK
  • A float rolls in a parade on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie.

The krewes of Excalibur and Athena have cancelled their parades scheduled for Friday night on the Veterans Memorial Boulevard route in Metairie.

Excalibur will parade Friday, Feb. 24 following the Krewe of Centurions. Athena will roll Sunday, Feb. 26 immediately following Corps de Napoleon.

The Krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra have moved up the starting times of their parades in New Orleans. Oshun starts at 5:30 p.m.

Organizers of the Family Gras festival say that it's still on for tonight.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

"Adopt-a-Cop" returns for Mardi Gras season

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 12:46 PM

CREATIVE COMMONS/BONNE BASILE
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/BONNE BASILE

The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation (NOPJF) is once again asking the public to show appreciation for the men and women in law enforcement who work long hours to keep parade-goers safe.

The NOPJF’S annual “Adopt-A-Cop” program solicits donations, starting at $10, to provide meals, snacks and beverages to cops working the city’s parade routes. Businesses are encouraged to donate more by becoming sponsors. Donations can be made online at nopjf.org/adopt-a-cop. Other area law enforcement agencies that work with NOPD during Mardi Gras also benefit from the program.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

This Italian Carnival Trump float is huge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 10:42 AM

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There were many satirical floats devoted to Donald Trump in the Feb. 11 Krewe du Vieux parade. Perhaps too many. But Krewe of Comatose leader Lee Mullikn contacted Gambit to share a Trump float from Italian Carnivale in Viareggio, and it is huge. Besides the man dressed as the Statue of Liberty riding the crest of Trump's hair, there are many riders in costumes parodying American culture on the "Bang Bang" float. as songs such as "American Idiot" and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" play.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Carnival survival tips from the minds of the Gambit newsroom

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 2:30 PM

This isn't any of us ... I don't think. - SCOTT MYERS
  • SCOTT MYERS
  • This isn't any of us ... I don't think.

Like kissing and peeling crawfish, Carnival gets easier — and more enjoyable —  with practice. Fortunately, the Gambit World HQ newsroom has several decades of combined Carnival experience to help us survive the glittery slog from Twelfth Night to midnight on Mardi Gras.

Below, we share our tips for making it through New Orleans' most gruelingly festive (and therefore best) season.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Endymion space-saving: New battle lines are drawn on Orleans Avenue

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 2:49 PM

Too bad this tree on Orleans Avenue isn't a Confederate monument on public land; it might get protected from vandalism. - KEVIN ALLMAN
  • KEVIN ALLMAN
  • Too bad this tree on Orleans Avenue isn't a Confederate monument on public land; it might get protected from vandalism.

Endymion-goers were busy again this weekend on Orleans Avenue, using ever more bold spray paint to mark their territories for the Krewe of Endymion's annual roll. (Somehow Krewe du Vieux managed to get it done without anyone marking up the Elysian Fields neutral ground.)

On Orleans, however, New Orleans Police Department barricades have been erected, TIM and ED and FRED J have their spots all locked up — and Endymion still is 12 days off.

Behold:

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Krewe du Vieux sends up the world in a crowd-pleasing, profane parade

Posted By on Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 2:31 AM

"The Russians Are Coming" was a Krewe du Vieux float by subkrewe Krewe of Comatose, parodying President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russia — featuring him being sodomized by Vladimir Putin. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • "The Russians Are Coming" was a Krewe du Vieux float by subkrewe Krewe of Comatose, parodying President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russia — featuring him being sodomized by Vladimir Putin.

Carnival's most irreverent walking krewe, Krewe du Vieux, rolled (or is it staggered?) tonight through the Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter. This year's theme — "The Crass Menagerie" — was interpreted widely by KdV's 17 subkrewes.

The theme was elastic — perhaps too much so. Floats and marchers encompassed everything from the "Audubondage Zoo" to Wikileaks — and, of course, plenty of barbs thrown at President Donald Trump. Many of the marchers made reference to the president's famous "grab them by the pussy" quote, with people strutting down the street dressed as vaginas and the traditional "Pizza Sluts" brigade bringing all matter of genitalia to the route. Comatose had a funny float featuring Trump being sodomized by Russian president Vladimir Putin ("The Russians Are Coming").

Krewe of K.A.O.S. had a winner with "Orange is the New Black," which somehow mashed up the TV show of the same name, Trump's odd skin color and A Clockwork Orange, with marching "droogs" dressed like Malcolm McDowall in the film A Clockwork Orange. Krewe du Mishigas sent up Trump's immigration executive order with a clever throw called the "Alien Visa Application," and there were "I Voted" stickers with Putin instead of George Rodrigue's Blue Dog, but many of the throws and handouts weren't as inspired as in years past.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Gras "Give a Pair, Get a Pair" shoe drive at Arnaud's benefits Eden House human trafficking survivors

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 11:56 AM

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Traditionally, the Friday before Mardi Gras (or Friday Gras) is a day for families and friends to get together for a (very) long lunch. Locals make reservations at classic French Quarter dining spots months in advance. Restaurant tables become a sort of base camp — patrons can step outside to visit the lunacy of Bourbon and Canal streets as revelers get throttled up for the wildest weekend on the Crescent City calendar, and then duck back in to the relative safety of a decadent lunch and cocktails.

On Friday, Feb. 24, Katy Casbarian of Arnaud’s Restaurant hopes to pass on the invigoration of Friday Gras to others who need it. Casbarian has teamed up with fellow business owners Allison and Julie Hoffman of Native Polish and Evie Poitevent of Feet First to present their inaugural “Give a Pair, Get a Pair” event. Ladies attending Friday Gras lunch at Arnaud’s are asked to bring a pair of gently used women’s shoes, which will be collected for a donation to Eden House, a nonprofit that provides long-term housing and care for survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Endymion space-saving: Feb. 9, 2017

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 5:47 PM

A mysterious X.
  • A mysterious X.

X marks the blot: The prime Endymion-watching real estate on Orleans Avenue in Mid-City is going fast, thanks to industrious taggers with red, orange, yellow, blue and white spray paint. The parade is still more than two weeks away, yet Endymiongoers have marked off large swaths of public ground for their own viewing pleasure.

Herewith, an update. As the date gets closer, we'll be out there every day documenting who owns what.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Black Indians announce practice schedule

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 12:49 PM

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  • Mardi Gras Indian


Black Indians, also known as Mardi Gras Indians, are scurrying around like mad men right now getting ready for The Big Day — Feb. 28, 2017 — or as we call it here, Fat Tuesday. Sewing and meeting and practicing chants and just.... its crazy-making time as all the tribes are putting the last minute touches, working round the clock, to get their legendary new suits ready for Mardi Gras morning.

One of the ways how our Big Chiefs prep is by hosting practice around the city in neighborhood bars on Sunday evenings, long after the second line is over. They collect in beloved dives in the hood with tambourines, drums, and warmed-up voices to sing together in circle, chant their beautiful raps, legendary put-downs, declarations and authoritative orders to each other and the crowds. Its a beautiful ritual, not much different than a good ole church service where practitioners and their supporters and admirers leave feeling warm and filled up with the Holy Spirit!

Below is a list of Sunday night practices, free and open to the public, where one can go and enjoy the revelry and prep going on in Indian land around the city as we prepare for the largest free party in the U.S. of A. HALLELUJAH!

(list of locales and other info below the jump!)

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