Snow patrol: diving into New Orleans snowballs

Chatting – and eating – with the author of a guide to snowball stands
It's a muggy spring afternoon in early March, and the temperature gauge on my dashboard is inching toward 90 degrees. Even with the windows rolled down, the broken air conditioner in my rickety Subaru seems to be quietly laughing at me, while the sweat trickling down my forehead is a palpable reminder that a New Orleans summer is near.

Megan Braden-Perry's favorite snowballs

And where to find them
Rodney's Snowball Stand9231 Lake Forest Blvd., (504) 241-2035What to get: Creamy butterscotch snowball, cotton candy cream snowball, chili cheese nachos topped with jalapenos Just Chillin3799 Highway 22, Mandeville, 985-778-0373What to get: Homemade ice cream, the Hummingbird (nectar snowball stuffed with honeycomb ice cream)

Judges clear path for Confederate monuments to come down

The city will move four statues into a warehouse
New Orleans has permission to take down three monuments to the Confederacy and one statue honoring a white supremacist revolt, after decades of debate over their presence, message and the reasons they were made — and nearly two years after city officials voted to have them removed.   Now the city hopes to move relatively quickly, following last week's rulings from federal court judges that sided with the city in a pair of lawsuits that had delayed the removal.

Louisiana immigrants face an uncertain future under the Trump administration

Immigration policies could impact thousands of families
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Feb. 1 address at First Grace United Methodist Church touched on familiar themes from his tenure. He reminded the crowd of the city's multinational history as it approaches its 300th anniversary.

Rex Duke™ reviews Carnival 2017

The world's first and foremost Carnival critic revisits 2017's parades
Hail, loyal subjects! As I put away my mask and dab the ashes from my forehead, I ponder not only my eternal fate but also the Mardi Gras season just ended.

A blueprint for murder reduction in New Orleans

Crime analyst Jeff Asher offers a four-point prescription to curb the violence
Murder in New Orleans is worse per capita than it is in Chicago — and statistics from the first two months of the year suggest 2017 will be bloodier than 2016. A New Orleans-based crime analyst offers a four-point prescription to curb the violence.

Mardi Gras 2017: week two

Rex Duke™'s guide to the final week of parades
Gambit's Carnival expert Rex Duke™ previews the final weekend of parades Mardi Gras is A true sharing economy, as krewes, high school marching bands and walking groups all pitch in to entertain us.

Rex unveils its 2017 parade bulletin

A history of the Rex bulletin
In the mid-1870s, newspaper coverage of Carnival season began to augment descriptions of the pageants with small, black-and-white engravings of the float designs. The evolution of these printed images magically paralleled the increasing grandeur of their subjects, and in 1882, the first "broadside" sheets appeared.

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Wednesday, Feb. 22

Druids and Nyx roll Uptown
Druids6:15 p.m.UptownTheme: announced day of paradeFloats: 19Archdruid: secretThrows: Druid wands and hats, cups, doubloons and medallion beadsThe Mystic Krewe of Druids' themes typically feature the group's dry and sometimes cryptic wit. The organization is secretive: The identity of the Archdruid is not revealed and the group has no court or ball.

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Thursday, Feb. 23

Babylon, Chaos and Muses roll Uptown
Babylon5:30 p.m.UptownTheme: announced day of paradeFloats: 24Sargon: secretQueen: announced day of paradeThrows: theme T-shirts, headbands, doubloons and lighted krewe crests, streetcars and medallionsThe krewe doesn't announce its theme until the day of the parade, but floats titled "Golden Buddha" and "Golden Calf" promise a rich vision of iconic figures. Signature floats include the "Babylonian Barge" and the "Hanging Gardens of Babylon."

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Friday, Feb. 24

Hermes, d'Etat and Morpheus roll Uptown, and Centurions and Excalibur are in Metairie
Hermes6 p.m.UptownTheme: announced day of paradeFloats: 30King: secretQueen: announced at krewe ballThrows: plush spears, pillows, cups, doubloons and beadsThe krewe often chooses a theme from the ancient world or literature and doesn't announce it until the day of the parade. The krewe introduces a new signature float depicting St. George the dragon slayer.

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Saturday, Feb. 25

N.O.M.T.O.C., Iris, Tucks, Endymion and Isis
N.O.M.T.O.C. 10:45 a.m.West BankTheme: N.O.M.T.O.C. Salutes Icons of the SeventiesFloats: 29King: Wilfred Dennis Jr.Queen: Jada Cymone WashingtonThrows: Jug Man, lighted Jug Man and krewe crest beadsThe parade theme celebrates icons and iconic pop culture from the 1970s, including Jimi Hendrix, Thelma Houston, ABBA and Soul Train. The procession also honors the state championship football teams from Edna Karr and L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker high schools.

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