Basically the same press release as usual, but it bears repeating.
(Mayor Mitch Landrieu is scheduled to hold a press conference on city preparations for Mardi Gras and Super Bowl XLVII at 2 p.m. today.)
CITY ANNOUNCES 2013 MARDI GRAS ENFORCEMENT
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, the City announced its enforcement policies for the 2013 Mardi Gras season. Parades begin Friday, January 25, 2013.
MARDI GRAS PARKING ENFORCEMENT
Two hours prior to the scheduled start of each Mardi Gras parade, any unauthorized vehicle on any part of the published parade route will be ticketed and towed. This will ensure public safety and facilitate the flow of the Carnival Krewes ($75 fine and seizure);
Two hours after a Mardi Gras parade ends, any unauthorized vehicle on any part of the published parade route will be ticketed and towed. This is done to clear the route for the City’s Department of Sanitation ($25 fine and seizure);
Beginning the Friday before Mardi Gras, at 12:01 a.m., until the Wednesday after Mardi Gras, at 6:00 p.m., no vehicles, except those issued permits, are allowed into the French Quarter between Iberville, N. Rampart, Dumaine, and Decatur ($50 fine and seizure);
Parking of vehicles equipped with living accommodations is prohibited during certain hours. It is strictly enforced during the Mardi Gras season, particularly in the Central Business District, Warehouse and Garden District.
(More after the jump)
If you want a taste of Carnival during Super Bowl weekend, you'll have to leave Orleans Parish and head to Jefferson, where there are three parades on the East Bank and one on the West Bank. Or you can go to the Veterans Memorial Boulevard neutral ground in front of Lakeside Shopping Center, where the parish's annual Family Gras festival will be held Fri.-Sat. Feb. 1-2, featuring plenty of live music both days. The first day's theme is "Fun Friday" (wear your Carnival colors), while the second day is "Sports Saturday," where attendees are encouraged to break out the colors of their favorite teams. (In response to the commenter below: Family Gras has been abbreviated to two days this year because of the Super Bowl, but the festival plans on going back to three days next year.)
Under the jump: the lineups for both days. They're still working out some of the times, but here's what we know:
The canine Krewe of Barkus was founded in a bar (Good Friends) 20 years ago, but its shrine and board room is housed in a hardware store. Mary's Ace Hardware was a fixture on the 900 block of Bourbon Street for more than 25 years. It moved to 732 N. Rampart St. a year ago, and when renovations were made to the damaged second floor, a room was remodeled to serve as a meeting space for the organizers of the Krewe of Barkus. It is decorated with krewe parade posters, various costumes worn by the first queen and captain emeritus JoJo McWood, and some other memorabilia. The public is welcome to visit the shrine during store hours. Some of the costumes include a sequined cape from 2000's "Joan of Bark" parade and a Jackie Onassis-styled pink coat and hat from 1995's "Lifestyles of the Bitch and Famous."
Barkus will parade on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 and the theme is "Tails & Tiaras: Here Comes Honey Bow Wow."
Big Chief Daryl Montana discussing growing up in the Mardi Gras Indian tradition with his father, the Chief of Chiefs Allison ‘Tootie’ Montana.
This Sunday marks the 14th Annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Memorial, Awards and Induction Ceremony. The annual Hall of Fame ceremony, which is free and open to the public, pays tribute to Big Chiefs, Mardi Gras Indians as well as those who support the tradition. Event founder Dr. Roslyn J. Smith likens the role of the Mardi Gras Indian chiefs in New Orleans to that of being "social warriors, struggling to preserve traditions of beauty in the community while working to make the communities better places."
The afternoon's ceremonies will conclude with a distribution of school supplies to children and blessings for the upcoming academic year.
Sunday, July 29th 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
For additional information MardiGrasIndianHallOfFame.org or call 504-214-6630.
(list of award recipients below)
Filmed during her fairy-tale reign atop a giant bird at the Krewe of Muses parade last month, Theresa Andersson's "Hold On To Me," a track from her upcoming album Street Parade (due April 24 on Basin Street Records), makes its video debut.
Petter Ringbom directed the video, glimpsing a golden-glittering Andersson riding sculptor Jacques Dufforc and puppeteer Arthur Mintz's bird-float, surrounded by a 40-piece band of masked singers, drummers and horn players. (Grab the track and "What Comes Next" here.)
Three Olives Vodka, one of the first to launch the "sport-flavoring" craze, perhaps best represents this explosion. There are the weird B-team fruits "Watermelon," "Mango," and "Pomegranate." There are the ones for fifth-grade happy hour: "Root Beer," "Bubble" and "Cake." Then there are wild cards: "Rangtang," "Purple" (not to be confused with grape) and, most disturbingly, a flavor called simply "Dude."
Three Olives parent French White Rock Distillers launched a brand entirely dedicated to recreational tongue abuse in 2009: Pinnacle Vodka, with its 34 flavors, offers "Atomic Hots," "Butterscotch," "Cookie Dough," and "Gummy." Absolut, the veteran of the flavored scene, has attempted to maintain its dignity by offering highbrow concoctions: "Ruby Red," "Orient Apple," "Berry Acai." And Smirnoff, whose website has apparently given itself over entirely to depicting raves, has "Fluffed Marshmallow," "Whipped Cream," and "Master of the Mix," which tastes like DJ-ing.
And somehow I don't see myself sidling up to a bar on a hot day and saying "Fluffed Marshmallow and grapefruit with a lime, please."
There are too many great quotes and vignettes to cite them all — you really have to read it all — but here's just two of them:
Some of the most common Mardi Gras injuries, according to Palmisano, come as a result of falling drunks, the aforementioned beads, and kids toppling off of ladders, where they've been perched for a better view. But that's never the extent of it. "We've already had one cardiac arrest today," he says. And over the weekend, after the Zulu ball, some guy "was having the big one, passed out in the driveway." He coded on the way to the hospital, but they got him back.
It's sort of a given that folks don't have their own safety in mind during Mardi Gras. Just last Saturday, Smith tells me, some drunk climbed the back ladder of the command van, to surf on the moving vehicle. Now the ladder is boarded up, and that idiot is facing charges of criminal mischief and public drunkenness.
Palmisano's radio crackles. A kid just got hit in the head, it seems, with a coconut—"an infant," he clarifies—which sparks a debate over whether Zulu, the krewe known for tossing coconuts, will be able to keep its insurance. "They've got to get rid of them coconuts," Bourgeois insists.
The officers and I reenter the river of humanity, journeying further away from Iberville, and finally discover a woman beyond the moral-tightening effects of any color neon, vest or otherwise. She has the wild, standing-on-end hair of what I can only assume is recent electroshock, nipples for breasts, and a washcloth-sized loin cloth-slash-skirt. She's perched on a second-floor balcony and is grinding on a handrail. To her right, a middle-aged white woman with Harry Potter hair suctions her mouth to the exhibitionist's chest—I try to imagine these women in Walmart, bargain-hunting. The cops decide now would be a good time to turn me off Bourbon Street. We make a right on Toulouse, then another on Royal. A brass band is playing. From a balcony a handful of pranksters are dangling what appear to be furry puppet tails on fishing line. The crowd is hysterical to grab them. One house over, I see a wisp of a man materialize from behind translucent curtains. He looks pale, misunderstood. Next to me, a guy with long hair and a polo shirt glances up, sees the apparition, hollers to his buddies: "Does he look like a faggot or what?"
Read the whole thing. It's fascinating.
God's speed, Rodrigue
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