Mardi Gras

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret paraded Saturday in Uptown

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 11:16 AM

Xavier Prep marched in the Krewe of Pontchartrain parade. - ZACH BRIEN/UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • ZACH BRIEN/UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • Xavier Prep marched in the Krewe of Pontchartrain parade.

The Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret paraded in Uptown on Saturday afternoon.

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’tit Rex parades in Marigny

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 10:46 AM

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New Orleans' smallest parade may not have had many tiny hands clapping. The krewe of ”tit Rex chose a theme about taking a nap, but many floats depicted nightmares, many of them featuring President Donald Trump. In one dark vision, Lady Liberty slept with her head in an oven. In another, titled "Tyrant-asaurus Wrex," an orange dinosaur stood atop the White House next to a massive crane with a swinging wrecking ball. The float creators distributed as throws: free tickets to the future, tiny flags and orange golf balls with a yellow mop of hair combed over the top.

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Oshun and Cleopatra parades roll in Uptown

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 1:52 AM

The Krewe of Cleopatra rolls in Uptown.
  • The Krewe of Cleopatra rolls in Uptown.
The Krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra paraded Friday night in Uptown on a rainy kickoff to Carnival. Both Metairie krewes scheduled to parade Friday were postponed.

Both parades moved their start times up by 30 minutes. The bands of St Mary's Academy, Martin Luther King Jr. Charter High School, Langston Hughes Academy and Cohen High School all were able to get on the route and play a song before it started to rain on the Oshun parade. Many groups donned plastic ponchos as the rain became heavier, and at least one band decided not to continue with the parade,

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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
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  • 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

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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
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  • 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
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  • 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.

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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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