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Monday, February 27, 2017

Krewe of Bacchus paraded Sunday in Uptown

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 3:51 PM

John Gilliam returned the kick-off for a touchdown in the New Orleans Saints' first game at Tulane Stadium in 1967. - ZACH BRIEN / UPTOWN MESSENGER
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  • John Gilliam returned the kick-off for a touchdown in the New Orleans Saints' first game at Tulane Stadium in 1967.

Bacchus paraded Sunday in Uptown with a theme saluting the New Orleans Saints' 50th anniversary. Floats depicted famous players and milestones, as well as The Aints years, when fans wore bags over their heads.

One float that took a shot at the Atlanta Falcons was titled "Dirty Bird Gumbo." Each ingredient in the gumbo was identified as a victory in the Saints' recent season.


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Endymion rolls in Mid-City

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 12:35 PM

His Majesty, Endymion LI, Parker Velargo. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
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  • His Majesty, Endymion LI, Parker Velargo.

The Krewe of Endymion drew huge crowds along its Mid-City route Saturday evening, which were disturbed when a drunk driver drove into a group of onlookers near Carrollton and Orleans avenues, sending 28 people to the hospital. According tothe New Orleans Police Department, the driver's blood alcohol level was .232, nearly three times the legal limit. After a delay, the super krewe continued its annual procession.

The stars were out  — literally and figuratively — for the the parade's "Endymion's Constellations"-themed ride, and throws included star-shaped pillows embroidered with the group's logo, a smiling, curly-haired man wearing a Greco-Roman toga and sash. The crowd was as enthusiastic and numerous as the riders — 20 to 30 people deep in some areas —  and many revelers remained undaunted despite few details at the time of the incident.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Thoth, Mid-City roll in Uptown

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 6:03 PM

Thoth rolled with the theme "Thoth's Cookin'" Feb. 26.
  • Thoth rolled with the theme "Thoth's Cookin'" Feb. 26.

The Krewe of Thoth celebrated its 70th anniversary milestone not with pomp and circumstance, nor refined pageantry, but by doing what it does best: throwing a massive party. Known for its generous and diverse throws and amiable attitude on a typically gorgeous Sunday before Mardi Gras, the krewe — decked out in coordinated chef hats — kept it simple with "Thoth's Cookin'" for its 2017 procession. Floats featured food-centric themes, from the opener "French Wine and Cheese," featuring a large cartoonish French waiter and a float adorned with Parisian locales, to a float dedicated to "Pizza," featuring a huge slice guiding the float up the route.

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N.O.M.T.O.C. paraded in Algiers

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 11:39 AM

The Queen of NO.M.T.O.C. waves to parade-watchers. - WILL COVIELLO
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  • The Queen of NO.M.T.O.C. waves to parade-watchers.

N.O.M.T.O.C. (New Orleans Most Talked of Club) paraded in Algiers Saturday. The procession included Treme actor Lance Nichols and WDSU-TV anchor Casey Ferrand as guests and there were many local and visiting marching bands, as well as dance groups and horse riding clubs.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hermes, D'Etat and Morpheus paraded Friday in Uptown

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Hermes' "Miscellany" parade featured its "Full fathoms five" float from last year's theme about Shakespeare's The  Tempest. - WILL COVIELLO
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  • Hermes' "Miscellany" parade featured its "Full fathoms five" float from last year's theme about Shakespeare's The Tempest.

The Krewe of Hermes reprised pretty floats from past parades, Le Krewe D'Etat satirized President Donald Trump' and other politicians and current events, and the Krewe of Morpheus celebrated Las Vegas in their respective Friday night parades in Uptown.

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Krewes of Iris and Tucks parade in Uptown

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Krewe of Tucks' "Crop Duster" float.
  • Krewe of Tucks' "Crop Duster" float.

A joyful celebration of Krewe of Iris' centennial hit a snag Saturday when a float broke down at the turn from Napoleon Avenue to St. Charles Avenue with just a few floats remaining in the parade. Word-of-mouth on the route reported that the problem may have been a broken axle, but whatever the delay, it dragged on for almost an hour, hobbling the end of the parade and delaying Krewe of Tucks, which follows Iris.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

A peek at the Tucks parade Saturday in Uptown

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 3:36 PM

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The Krewe of Tucks lets it all hang out in a fun, irreverent way. The krewe revels in potty humor, and its parade "Tucks Happens," beginning at noon Saturday on the Uptown route, celebrates local landmarks and institutions. A peek at its poo emoji, decorated plungers and other throws is after the jump.

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A peek at the Krewe d'Etat parade Friday night in Uptown

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 3:20 PM

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Krewe d'Etat parades at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Uptown. The satirical krewe takes aim at a wide array of local and national political targets in its 2017 procession. The krewe's two dancing groups also get in on the jokes. There are more float and throw pictures after the jump.

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Backstreet Cultural Museum hosting Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras events

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 12:55 PM

Big Chief Bruce Sunpie Barnes & Northside Skull & Bone masker Ronald Lewis
  • Zada Johnson
  • Big Chief Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes & Northside Skull & Bone masker Ronald Lewis


Come out and celebrate Lundi Gras AND Mardi Gras in the Treme with events sponsored by the Backstreet Cultural Museum. They've got a second line (natch) as well as breakfast cocktails, food, music and revelry with the Northside Skull & Bone Gang, Indians and Baby Dolls.

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Muses and Chaos parades roll Uptown

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 12:50 PM

Muses' Dr. Seuss-inspired theme included "Mayor McShiney McSheen and His Resilience Machine."
  • Muses' Dr. Seuss-inspired theme included "Mayor McShiney McSheen and His Resilience Machine."

As the Knights of Babylon's typically gorgeous, floral-covered renderings of its mythical pantheon floated down St. Charles Avenue, the Knights of Chaos were not far behind, sending its satirical shrapnel in every direction.

Each float played on New Orleans street names for its "Chaos in the Streets" theme. The krewe delights in skewering elected (and unelected) officials, from the New Orleans City Council-as-egotistical muses to a bloodbath-y "Blue Dog"-led float covered in the faces of Democrats (Blue Dog wore a sticker: "I Voted For Trump"). On "Skid Row," Hillary Clinton was the "guest speaker" at a homeless shelter, bombarded with emails as she held a "will speak for food" sign. Irvin Mayfield's jazz market fiasco ("Music Street") and Mike Yenni's sexting scandal ("Desire Street") — presented on a float with a pole dancer in a Jesuit unfiorm — also were targets.

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