Mardi Gras

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mardi Gras Indian St. Joseph's Night Celebration

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 10:19 AM

A Mardi Gras Indian on St. Joseph's Night. - CREATIVE COMMONS/DEREK BRIDGES
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  • A Mardi Gras Indian on St. Joseph's Night.

Mardi Gras Indians St. Joseph's Night Celebration

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Today is St. Joseph’s Day, a very important holiday in New Orleans where people across the city, Catholics and non-Catholics, celebrate traditions that include eating, touring large magnificent altars in churches around the city, and chasing our beautiful, ever-elusive Mardi Gras Indians around neighborhoods in both the Uptown and Downtown areas.

St. Joseph's Night is a surreal magical time in New Orleans when people flock to one of several neighborhoods to ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah’ and take pictures of our ‘pretty’ Indians. Like giant colorful birds, our illustrious Indians showcase their beautiful suits from this year’s Mardi Gras day while walking, singing and mock-battling one another under the moonlight.

Starting around sunset, Indians generally gather around the following areas:

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus invades shoebox territory

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Ryan Ballard's mini-keg-equipped mini float featuring Star Wars characters and vehicles.
  • Ryan Ballard's mini-keg-equipped mini float featuring Star Wars characters and vehicles.

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus enjoyed a long and spirited procession in the Bywater and Marigny on Feb. 7, during the first weekend of New Orleans' official parade calendar. The alliance of sci-fi themed (Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc.) costuming krewes paraded hours after the arty shoebox float parade ’tit Rex

The Chewbacchanalians have announced the creation of their own shoebox float event: Shoeboxus. Scheduled for International Star Wars Day, May 4, the event will feature shoebox floats made by children and will benefit art programs for disadvantaged youth, says Chewbacchus cofounder Ryan Ballard.

The event is at 6 p.m. Monday, May 4, at Castillo Blanco (4321 St. Claude Ave.), the Krewe of Chewbacchus' den and home. There will be art on display from students at Martin Behrman Elementary. Anyone can build a float and participate in the parade. Admission is free. V

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Sunday: Indian Super Sunday AND Single Men SAPC second line

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 10:43 AM

Indian Super Sunday AND the Single Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club's second lines are happening Uptown this Sunday. Injuns roll at 1 p.m., Single Men begin at 2 p.m.

(route details for both parades below)

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Super Sunday 2015 is March 15

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Mardi Gras Indians at Super Sunday in 2014. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Mardi Gras Indians at Super Sunday in 2014.

The Mardi Gras Indian Council presents is annual procession of Mardi Gras Indians, Super Sunday, on March 15. A festival at A.L. Davis Park at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street begins at 11 a.m., and a parade follows at 1 p.m.

Council Chief Howard Miller announced the Mardi Gras Indian tribes' route as the following: from A.L. Davis Park to Simon Bolivar Avenue, left on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, left on Claiborne Avenue, left on Washington Avenue, and ending back at A.L. Davis park.

There also are performances from Hot 8, Troop and Stooges brass bands, with DJ Jubilee, B.R.W., DJ Captain Charles, Joe Cool Davis and many others. Many food trucks and vendors also set up around the park and along the route. Read Blake Pontchartrain's  brief history of the Indians here.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Y@ Speak: goodbye to Mardi Gras 2015

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 12:10 PM


Here's one last look back at Mardi Gras 2015, from the costumes and parades to the big piles of garbage. Also: #RexComus, Interrobang and Gilliam the white whale, Mardi Gras Indians and Beyonce suffragettes.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

All the places to pee on Mardi Gras day

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 6:00 PM

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Last year, web developers Max Gaudin and Travis Laurendine launched a web app that crowdsourced bathroom locations from people living along Mardi Gras parade routes. AirPnP is now a full-fledged mobile app and likely your best resource for finding a place to pee if you don't already have a friend on the route.

Of course there are plenty of port-o-lets provided by the City of New Orleans — like a dozen at St. Charles and Napoleon avenues and another cluster on Esplanade Avenue near Royal Street. There are more than 650 free, city-sanctioned toilets throughout Uptown, the CBD and French Quarter. Here's a map.

Then there are plenty at private residences, like "The St. Andrew Shit House," all yours for $2, or "Miss Tamar's Psychic Bathroom" on Washington Avenue for $3. In the French Quarter, how about a Decatur Street balcony that's free to use as long as you plug it on social media, or the "Funky French Quarter Flusher" for $5-$10 (depending on No. 1 or 2). You can scout the locations on the map, and, of course, rate your experience or leave a review. You can find AirPnP by searching for it in the app store.

Whatever you do, don't pee on the street, between cars, in someone's flowers, into a mailbox — just don't.


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Has this been a particularly rude Mardi Gras?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 4:53 PM

"Mardi Gras is so rude this year," a friend told me a few days ago.

Really?

I hadn't thought much about it except for the usual tent cities that go up in Mid-City on the neutral grounds in the days before Endymion rolls. On Friday morning, though, walking down Canal Street, it struck me that no other city in America would let people set up living rooms on the streetcar tracks 30 hours before a parade was set to roll:

Canal Street neutral ground, on the Friday morning before the Krewe of Endymion was set to roll Saturday afternoon. The city was routing buses up and down Canal Street, as the streetcar tracks were impassable. - KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Canal Street neutral ground, on the Friday morning before the Krewe of Endymion was set to roll Saturday afternoon. The city was routing buses up and down Canal Street, as the streetcar tracks were impassable.


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Celebrate Mardi Gras with a David Vitter koozie

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 2:13 PM

If you didn't happen to catch a koozie on the parade route last weekend — or if you're the only person in Louisiana who doesn't have a Cool Whip container full of old koozies shoved into the back of a cabinet — Sen. David Vitter (and presumptive gubernatorial frontrunner) has just the thing for you. For a $10 donation to David Vitter for Louisiana, you can get your own Vitter coozie in pale purple:

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That's cutting it close — Mardi Gras is less than 10 hours away — but maybe if you hurry...

Vitter's fundraising letter under the jump.

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Y@ Speak: Mardi Gras 2015, Week 2

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 12:11 PM

Happy Lundi Gras, friends. Before Fat Tuesday, let us reflect on a week of traffic, tourists, shootings, brawls, controversial floats, beads, and, of course, parades — and much, much more. See you next week after we have slept for 10,000 years.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Proteus, Orpheus to roll early on Lundi Gras; bad weather expected late Monday

Posted By on Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 4:21 PM

2014's Fat Tuesday was a wet, miserable affair — and 2015's Lundi Gras night is shaping up to be the same if current forecasts prove true. - CREATIVE COMMONS/INFROGMATION
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  • 2014's Fat Tuesday was a wet, miserable affair — and 2015's Lundi Gras night is shaping up to be the same if current forecasts prove true.

The CIty of New Orleans announced this afternoon that both the Krewe of Proteus and the Krewe of Orpheus are moving up the start times for their Lundi Gras parades in anticipation of bad weather later in the evening. Proteus now will roll at 4 p.m., with Orpheus following at 4:45 p.m.

UPDATE: The city has announced a slight route change; both parades will turn right at Canal Street from St. Charles Avenue, then continue their normal route.

The ceremonial arrivals of Rex and Zulu at Spanish Plaza haven't been altered — yet. But check tomorrow before heading to Spanish Plaza. No one wants a wet, miserable Lundi Gras like last year's wet, miserable Mardi Gras, and current forecasts for Monday night include 37-degree temperatures with a 90 percent chance of rain in metro New Orleans.

For the most recent news, check the City of New Orleans' Mardi Gras website.

The city's press release under the jump...

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