Monday, April 17, 2017

Y@ Speak: end of Lent

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 5:40 PM

Louisiana follows its Lenten fast with Easter candy, crawfish boils, declaring John Wayne Day, twerking in the streets. and continuing the relentless tradition of roasting the Falcons.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

French Quarter Easter parades (slideshow)

Posted By on Sun, Apr 16, 2017 at 10:45 PM

Is there any holiday New Orleans can't turn into a bewigged, costumed, mascara-d, glittery bacchanal? One hopes not. Sunday's afternoon parades — the Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade and the Gay Easter Parade — were true to typical form, with riders in delightfully immoderate hats stacked with a Hobby Lobby's worth of plastic eggs, faux butterflies, bird's nests, carrots, stuffed bunnies and more. There also were plenty of rabbit ears, yards of seersucker and armloads of fake diamonds worn by riders in drag, which winked in the last rays of sunlight as the day became more overcast.

A few photos from Sunday are above.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Second line Sunday: Downtown Super Sunday and New Orleans Bayou Steppers

Posted By on Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 11:03 AM





(route info for both parades both)

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Second Line Sunday and Uptown Super Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 8:53 PM

Uptown Super Sunday, St. Joseph’s Night


Single Men SAPC Second Line Parade

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This Sunday is the second of five annual events featuring Mardi Gras Indians that happen each year in New Orleans: Mardi Gras Day, Super Sunday Uptown, St. Joseph’s Night, Super Sunday Downtown and Super Sunday Westbank. On Sunday, March 19, Black Mardi Gras Indians from all parts of New Orleans will come together along with the city’s top brass bands and several social aid and pleasure clubs in an incredible show of unity and artistry to be followed by a festival full of live music, food, children's activities, and more.

Coincidentally, Uptown Super Sunday falls on St. Joseph’s Day this year. Sunday night around sunset, Indians from both Uptown and Downtown tribes will return to the streets dressed in their finery to roam their neighborhood followed by admiring fans and followers. They can usually be spotted at Second and Dryades streets uptown and around St. Bernard Ave. and N. Claiborne Ave. downtown. Westbank Super Sunday and Downtown Super Sunday will follow in the coming months this Spring, dates to be announced as they are made available.

And finally, the Single Men’s Social Aid and Pleasure Club are having their annual parade Uptown Sunday as well, rolling in the general vicinity as the Indians around Central City. The Stooges Brass Band will be providing music for this four hour second line happening 2p.m.-6 p.m.

Routes and other details for Super Sunday and the Single Men’s second line listed below:

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Luck of the Irish keeps rain away at Irish Channel parade (slideshow)

Posted By on Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 6:57 PM

A rainy forecast caused organizers to push back the start time for Saturday's Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day parade, but there were only a few sprinkles as marchers made their annual stumble down Magazine Street.

Featured this year: seemingly half the city's men in kilts and ill-fitting tailcoats, obligatory bagpipes, Irish dancers, a Braveheart-themed marching group and floats that loosely honored movies and pop culture; plus the usual medley of absurd handouts and throws (lacy panties, Irish Spring soap, St. Patrick's Day beads, boxes of Lucky Charms, instant ramen noodles, Cheetos, potatoes, red bell peppers, carrots and cabbage).

If you missed today's parade, don't worry — another week of St. Patrick's Day events is in store in the city.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Second line Sunday: Keep-N-It Real parade

Posted By on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Keep N It Real second line
  • Keep N It Real second line


1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017

Theme: This Club On Fire

(route details below)

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Irish Channel parade to start earlier March 11

Posted By on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 2:03 PM


Due to the prospect of severe weather, the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day parade will start a little bit early on Saturday, according to information posted on its social media accounts. The new start time is 12:30 p.m.

The parade has a new route this year.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Second line Sunday: VIP Ladies and Kids parade

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 3:59 PM

VIP Kids
  • VIP Kids


12:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017

"We March for Cancer Victims/Survivors, Women with a Purpose"

"God is always in control; Trust him. He will never leave or forsake you"

(route details below)

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday is March 19

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Indians parade in 2016's Super Sunday procession. This year's event is March 19.
  • Indians parade in 2016's Super Sunday procession. This year's event is March 19.

The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council announced the date and lineup for 2017's Super Sunday procession, featuring tribes, brass bands and a festival at A.L. Davis Park. The festival opens at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 19 at the park at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street with a parade beginning at 1 p.m. This year's event also falls on St. Joseph's Day, another important masking and parading day for the Indians.

The city's many Indian groups will parade in their 2017 suits, beginning at Washington and continuing to Simon Bolivar Avenue, then left to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, left on Claiborne Avenue, then left on Washington for performances inside the park. There typically are dozens of food and drink vendors surrounding the park and route.

There also are performances from the Hot 8, Young Pinstripe and To Be Continued brass bands, as well as Big Al Carson, DJ Captain Charles, DJ Jubilee, and the Young Men Olympian and Lady Buckjumpers social aid and pleasure clubs, among others.

This year's event is in honor of the late Big Chief Bo Dollis Sr., Big Chief Larry Bannock and Jo "Cool" Davis.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Zulu rolled uptown on Fat Tuesday

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 4:25 PM

King Zulu 2017, Adonis Expose, toasts Mayor Landrieu at Gallier Hall. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • Katherine M. Johnson
  • King Zulu 2017, Adonis Expose, toasts Mayor Landrieu at Gallier Hall.

Zulu began its revelry promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Mardi Gras morning, and made its feathered and fro'd way from Jackson and Claiborne to its triumphant end at the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club at Broad and Orleans, with only a relatively short halt due to a float breakdown. It was a rain-free (albeit exceptionally warm) day for the krewe's uptown jaunt. The Witch Doctor — whose job it is to keep the rain away — did his due diligence this year.

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