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.
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.
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 yell mop of hair combed over the top.
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,
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.
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.
By Rex Duke
on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM
The first big weekend of Mardi Gras parades starts Friday night, and Gambit's Rex Duke has something for you to do while waiting for the first float to pass: play Mardi Gras Bingo.
Download the attached PDFs (each card is different) and print them out (or tear them out of this Sunday's edition of Gambit). Then take them to the parade route and see who is first to call "Bingo!" having captured many of these familiar sights on the parade route.
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.