Mardi Gras

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Today: Big Chief Robbe Centennial Celebration

Posted By on Sat, May 23, 2015 at 9:49 AM

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Big Chief Robbe Centennial Celebration

Members of the Mardi Gras Indian community and the Young Men’s Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association will gather today Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, to honor the memory of Big Chief Robbe, the first Chief of Chiefs of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council. The late Big Chief Robbe (Robert Nathaniel Lee) would have celebrated his 100th birthday on May 21, 2015.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Gay Krewe of Krewes parades Saturday, May 2

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 5:29 PM

The Krewe of Amon-Ra
  • The Krewe of Amon-Ra

Since the late 1950s, gay men have been parading as Mardi Gras krewes in New Orleans, and on Saturday, May 2 an homage and celebration to that tradition is in full order.

The first annual Gay Krewe of Krewes rolls at 7 p.m. starting at North Rampart Street and Elysian Fields Avenue. The parade will roll all the way down Decatur Street to Canal Street, then up Bourbon Street to Ursulines Avenue. It's a mega-Krewe formed of the existing gay krewes The Krewe of Amon-Ra (which is celebrating its 51st anniversary), Lords of Leather and the Mystic Krewe of Satyricon.

The New Orleans City Council is sponsoring the event, along with Harrah's, the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation and a handful of French Quarter bars and hotels. 

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Saturday: Big Chief Victor Harris 50th anniversary of masking celebration

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 12:55 PM


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The Anniversary Committee and the Backstreet Cultural Museum welcome all to celebrate Big Chief Victor Harris of the Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi 50 years of masking Indian and service to his community. The event is free and will include commendations, music and dance.

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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
  • 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.

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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
  • 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

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.


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
  • 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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