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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Krewe of Muses introduces rubber duck floats

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:37 PM

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Members of the Krewe of Muses have tossed rubber ducks to parade spectators for years. The krewe hopes to supersize the ducks' popularity with a new signature float, which will debut on the Uptown parade route Thursday night.

"The rubber ducks have been really popular," said krewe captain Staci Rosenberg. "So many women (in the krewe) have young kids, we thought this would be popular with families."

Muses joins a small group of superkrewes that field multi-trailer floats in their parades. Orpheus has the Smokey Mary train float and Leviathan. Endymion introduced its nine-trailer Pontchartrain Beach float in 2013. Muses' ducks feature one larger mother duck and three smaller ducks. They will be hitched to the krewe's signature bathtub float, and the entire chain is 160 feet long. The mother duck will carry 14 riders, and each of the smaller ducks will carry 10.

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Wednesday at the Square announces 2017 dates, lineup

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Irma Thomas will perform at the 2017 Wednesday at the Square concert series March 15. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • Irma Thomas will perform at the 2017 Wednesday at the Square concert series March 15.

The Young Leadership Council's annual Wednesday at the Square concert series in Lafayette Square returns March 15-May 24. Admission is free.

Irma Thomas and Jamal Batiste open the series on March 15. The concerts run 11 weeks every Wednesday through May 24, and there also will be an event on Tuesday, May 2 with the Christian Scott Quintet.

The events run 5 p.m.-8 p.m. See the full lineup below.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Y@ Speak: Hey now, you're an all star. Guy Fieri? Pa-rades.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 4:32 PM

As the corporate-branded fog over the French Quarter begins to clear, we find a graveyard of Popeyes boxes, broken beads and daiquiri-clutching partiers waking from the peaceful slumber that follows a week of near-belligerence to news that Boogie is coming to New Orleans. Also this week: The Hoy Boys reunite... with Guy Fieri, and Master P transcends incredible levels of petty over the Falcons' loss in the Super Bowl.

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Krewes of Sparta and Pygmalion paraded Saturday night in Uptown

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 9:39 AM

The Landry-Walker High School band marches in the Krewe of Pygmalion parade. - ZACH BRIEN/UPTOWN MESSENGER
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  • The Landry-Walker High School band marches in the Krewe of Pygmalion parade.

The krewes of Sparta and Pygmalion paraded in Uptown Saturday night.

The Knights of Sparta's theme celebrated Cirque du Soleil. Some of the Knights’ floats illustrated acts from the Cirque du Soleil, including “Mystere (Hope you have a VeNice night)” and “Kooza (Who are those masked men),” with 3-D sculptures at the front of the floats.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla parade in Uptown

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 8:18 PM

The St. Augustine Marching 100 led the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale parade.
  • The St. Augustine Marching 100 led the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale parade.

Sunday was busy on the Uptown parade route, as floats, themes and guests included everything from Monty Python quotes to guest riding nuns and NBA moms to military veterans and many of the area's school marching bands. The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale kicked off the procession on Napoleon Avenue at 11 a.m. and was followed by the krewes of Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla on the slightly longer route starting at Jefferson Avenue and Magazine Street.

Mothers of NBA all-stars, in town for the league's all-star game Sunday night, rode on one of the first floats in the Femme Fatale parade. They were soon followed by nuns from the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, who each wore a T-shirt with an inspirational message or statement of devotion.

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Chewbacchus paraded Saturday in Marigny and Bywater

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 12:58 AM

A krewe of space vikings pushed a massive bull in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade.
  • A krewe of space vikings pushed a massive bull in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade.

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus' Revel Alliance parade was a big tent for science fiction fans and Carnival and costuming enthusiasts. A seemingly endless stream of subkrewes celebrated all things Star Wars, especially Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, in a two-hour long procession snaking around Frenchmen Street and down St. Claude Avenue.

There were Star Wars marching groups including the Leijorettes, Death Star Steppers, a galactic senate contingent and the "Sith Happens Jedi Council." The Krewe of Bon Tauntaun Roule featured three men riding plush versions of the snow lizards from the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back.

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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
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  • 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

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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