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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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Rex paraded in Uptown on Fat Tuesday

Posted By and on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 2:22 PM

Rex's Royal Barge float on Fat Tuesday. - ROBERT MORRIS / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • ROBERT MORRIS / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • Rex's Royal Barge float on Fat Tuesday.

Under gorgeous springtime skies — a welcome break from the frigid or rainy Fat Tuesdays of the past few years — the King of Carnival greeted spectators with a parade celebrating the very idea of celebration. Rex reliably fields beautiful floats, and 2017's theme of “Carnival Fetes and Feasts” did not disappoint.

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Chance The Rapper joins 2017 Essence lineup

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 9:12 AM

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Grammy Award-winning Chicago rapper Chance The Rapper is headed back to New Orleans for 2017's Essence Festival, joining a lineup with previously announced artists Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Solange, among others. The 23rd annual festival returns to the Superdome June 29-July 2.

Also joining the lineup are No Limit Records alums Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk the Shocker as well as BJ the Chicago Kid, Daley, Elle Varner, Emily Estefan, Gallant, Kelly Price, Leela James and Rhonda Ross.

Chance recently was awarded Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance (for "No Problem," featuring 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne) and Best Rap Album for his jubilant, self-released 2016 LP Coloring Book.

Tickets begin at $126.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Proteus and Orpheus paraded Monday night in Uptown

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 11:28 PM

The Krewe of Proteus' theme recounted Wagner's Ring Cycle. - WILL COVIELLO
  • WILL COVIELLO
  • The Krewe of Proteus' theme recounted Wagner's Ring Cycle.
The Krewes of Proteus and Orpheus presented visually stunning parades full of traditional elements including paper flowers and other 3-D adornments on floats, many flambeaux carriers, horseback riders and marching bands.

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Krewe of Bacchus paraded Sunday in Uptown

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 3:51 PM

John Gilliam returned the kick-off for a touchdown in the New Orleans Saints' first game at Tulane Stadium in 1967. - ZACH BRIEN / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • ZACH BRIEN / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • John Gilliam returned the kick-off for a touchdown in the New Orleans Saints' first game at Tulane Stadium in 1967.

Bacchus paraded Sunday in Uptown with a theme saluting the New Orleans Saints' 50th anniversary. Floats depicted famous players and milestones, as well as The Aints years, when fans wore bags over their heads.

One float that took a shot at the Atlanta Falcons was titled "Dirty Bird Gumbo." Each ingredient in the gumbo was identified as a victory in the Saints' recent season.


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Endymion rolls in Mid-City

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 12:35 PM

His Majesty, Endymion LI, Parker Velargo. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • Katherine M. Johnson
  • His Majesty, Endymion LI, Parker Velargo.

The Krewe of Endymion drew huge crowds along its Mid-City route Saturday evening, which were disturbed when a drunk driver drove into a group of onlookers near Carrollton and Orleans avenues, sending 28 people to the hospital. According tothe New Orleans Police Department, the driver's blood alcohol level was .232, nearly three times the legal limit. After a delay, the super krewe continued its annual procession.

The stars were out  — literally and figuratively — for the the parade's "Endymion's Constellations"-themed ride, and throws included star-shaped pillows embroidered with the group's logo, a smiling, curly-haired man wearing a Greco-Roman toga and sash. The crowd was as enthusiastic and numerous as the riders — 20 to 30 people deep in some areas —  and many revelers remained undaunted despite few details at the time of the incident.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

N.O.M.T.O.C. paraded in Algiers

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 11:39 AM

The Queen of NO.M.T.O.C. waves to parade-watchers. - WILL COVIELLO
  • WILL COVIELLO
  • The Queen of NO.M.T.O.C. waves to parade-watchers.

N.O.M.T.O.C. (New Orleans Most Talked of Club) paraded in Algiers Saturday. The procession included Treme actor Lance Nichols and WDSU-TV anchor Casey Ferrand as guests and there were many local and visiting marching bands, as well as dance groups and horse riding clubs.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hermes, D'Etat and Morpheus paraded Friday in Uptown

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Hermes' "Miscellany" parade featured its "Full fathoms five" float from last year's theme about Shakespeare's The  Tempest. - WILL COVIELLO
  • WILL COVIELLO
  • Hermes' "Miscellany" parade featured its "Full fathoms five" float from last year's theme about Shakespeare's The Tempest.

The Krewe of Hermes reprised pretty floats from past parades, Le Krewe D'Etat satirized President Donald Trump' and other politicians and current events, and the Krewe of Morpheus celebrated Las Vegas in their respective Friday night parades in Uptown.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

A peek at the Tucks parade Saturday in Uptown

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 3:36 PM

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The Krewe of Tucks lets it all hang out in a fun, irreverent way. The krewe revels in potty humor, and its parade "Tucks Happens," beginning at noon Saturday on the Uptown route, celebrates local landmarks and institutions. A peek at its poo emoji, decorated plungers and other throws is after the jump.

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A peek at the Krewe d'Etat parade Friday night in Uptown

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 3:20 PM

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Krewe d'Etat parades at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Uptown. The satirical krewe takes aim at a wide array of local and national political targets in its 2017 procession. The krewe's two dancing groups also get in on the jokes. There are more float and throw pictures after the jump.

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