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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Mardi Gras Indians announce Super Sunday 2016

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 4:45 PM

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

New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indian tribes will parade Uptown Sunday, March 20 for their annual Super Sunday gathering.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council Chief Howard Miller announced the Super Sunday festival begins at 11 a.m. at A.L. Davis Park at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street. The parade begins at 1 p.m. There also are performances from Hot 8, Troop, Stooges and TBC brass bands, DJ Jubilee, BRW, DJ Captain Charles and Dave Lemon as well as the Young Men Olympians, Lady Buckjumpers and Step Up/Step Out, among others.

The parade begins at Washington and Lasalle and continues to Simon Bolivar Avenue, turns left on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, left on Claiborne Avenue and left at Washington back to the park.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Second line Sunday: Original C.T.C. Steppers parade

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 2:49 PM

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ORIGINAL C.T.C. STEPPERS PARADE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016 12-4pm

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Second line Sunday: Treme Sidewalk Steppers

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Treme Sidewalk Steppers
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TREME SIDEWALK STEPPERS' ANNUAL SECOND LINE PARADE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016 12-4pm

"Treme Valentine's Day Massacre Breaking Hearts & Blowing Minds"


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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Arcade Fire shares footage of the band's David Bowie parade

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 12:05 PM

Members of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pinettes Brass Band and Arcade Fire paraded through the French Quarter to pay tribute to Davie Bowie last month. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Members of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pinettes Brass Band and Arcade Fire paraded through the French Quarter to pay tribute to Davie Bowie last month.

Following the death of David Bowie last month, new New Orleanians Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire memorialized the artist with a parade through the French Quarter, attracting thousands of fans parading alongside members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Pinettes Brass Band, and dancing strangers, confused tourists and painted faces masking as their favorite Bowie.

Arcade Fire filmed the whole thing — a short video set to the band's take on "Oh! You Pretty Things" as the dirge-like kickoff transforms into a traditionally buoyant, New Orleans brass take on "Heroes." The long afternoon began outside Pres Hall, trekked to the Mississippi River and ended at One Eyed Jacks, where Butler played a Bowie and Bowie-inspired DJ set as Toulouse Street filled with fans and fireworks. Watch below:

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Y@ Speak: everywhere else it's also Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Mardi Gras 2016 is in the books. Here's a XXL-sized edition of your very serious Twitter report from the last week of Carnival. Krewe of Chad gets dumped on, Beyonce conjures New Orleans in "Formation" while her sister Solange gets a key to the city, and Indians, costumers, drunkards, Confederate monuments, giant octopi, shirtless weathermen and Ted Cruz as a Rex page take to the streets and your local public access station.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: Krewe of Vaporwave's virtual Mardi Gras parade

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 1:47 PM

A snapshot of "A Tribute to War Not Being the Answer," one of the vkv floats.
  • A snapshot of "A Tribute to War Not Being the Answer," one of the vkv floats.
Last night the first annual Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave rolled. Theirs was a virtual parade, viewed via popular streaming service Twitch. To be clear, the parade, a series of video/music collaborations by pseudonymous artists, was entirely online.

It would be easy to dismiss this as a symptom of alienation, but watching it was the opposite of alienating. So many of us do already consume so much of life through screens, whether we're streaming ParadeCam, a small bright rectangle of noise and spectacle in the corner of our workstation at some geographically remote office, or scrolling numbly through Carnival-soaked social media, the documentation of other people's good times. The Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave positioned itself as a joke about this tendency — “This is something to be experienced alone on your computer in the dark,” the Krewe's founder, Merely Synecdoche, told Michael Patrick Welch — but functioned as both a critical commentary on it and, by bringing viewers together at a set time to watch it, even a partial remedy.

Whereas some react to the malign influences of digital technology on our daily lives by mindlessly celebrating technology, fetishizing it, or hailing it as a magical force that can rescue us from our problems, Synecdoche says Vaporwave is about "the loneliness and pointlessness of the Internet."

Vaporwave as a genre is internationally influenced, built of broken pieces of the past, born of a sense of loss, and according to Synecdoche, "on the Internet it’s already been declared dead many times over,” making it a good genre fit for 2016 New Orleans. This first year's theme was "Vaporwave is Dead: Long Live Vaporwave." So: elegiac, fatalistic and unshakably fixated on itself... any of these characteristics sound familiar?

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Y@ Speak: The #Chad Awakens

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:40 PM

It's Carnival time — you know what that means: watching buildings burn, spray-painting public spaces, catching Confederate flag beads and sleeping on strangers' stoops. Plus: a look at some of the DIY floats from 'tit Rex, Chewbacchus and Barkus.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Y@ Speak: RIP Twitter

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Facebook destroyed Twitter this week. RIP Y@ Speak. See y'all at the second line. I'll bring the Hand Grenades.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Second line Sunday: Ladies & Men of Unity

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 4:53 PM

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LADIES & MEN OF UNITY 10TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE

NOON-4 P.M. SUNDAY, JAN. 24, 2016

featuring The Hot 8 Brass Band

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Y@ Speak: Oh! You pretty things

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 1:15 PM


A David Bowie memorial parade and several streets-sized block party made the French Quarter on Saturday night look like the bottom of the box where you keep your glittery Christmas ornaments. Also: Everyone turns into a Powerball goblin, President Barack Obama visits New Orleans Baton Rouge, and Gov. John Bel Edwards is pope of Louisiana.

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