Mardi Gras

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Has the Krewe of CHAD moved on to Trump National Golf Course?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 1:34 PM

Strange markings on the 13th hole of the Trump National Golf Course in Virginia.
  • Strange markings on the 13th hole of the Trump National Golf Course in Virginia.

Comes Lent, and the Krewe of CHAD packs up their lawn chairs and Angola walls of ladders and disappears back into society, ready to reappear, Brigadoon-like, at the first sign of Endymion.

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But the art of applying spray paint to grass in an aggressively passive-aggressive manner still is alive at the Trump National Golf Club n Potomac Falls, Virginia, where the word 'RESIST' (along with some anarchy symbols) was painted on the 13th fairway over the weekend.

Was it the work of CHAD? Unlikely, since space-saving didn't seem to be the ultimate goal, and President Donald Trump happened to be spending some time on the links with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, discussing health care policy. The Louisiana chapter of CHAD seems uninterested in such things, preferring to concentrate on suitcases of inexpensive beer, tarpaulins and leaving litter behind wherever they go. Given that Mardi Gras 2018 falls on Feb. 13, it seems likely we won't see them again until around New Year's, when the Endymion space-saving on Orleans Avenue once again kicks into gear.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Y@ Speak: #RexComus 2017

Posted By on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 6:55 PM


Only 305 days until Carnival 2018 begins. You will probably start making your costume in 343 days. We're now in that rare pre-festival season no man's land. Enjoy it while it lasts. Here are some #RexComus highlights (and a drinking game), plus a few other things people managed to write online after Tuesday.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Tales of the Cocktail co-founder steps down over blackface furor

Posted By on Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 7:55 PM

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When is blackface appropriate — if ever?

That's the question raised by a widely circulated image of a New Orleans entrepreneur — a white woman — being painted up to ride in the Krewe of Zulu parade, whose members (mostly African Americans) traditionally parade in blackface.

Ann and Paul Tuennerman — known in their professional roles as "Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail" for their founding of the New Orleans-based Tales of the Cocktail festival — were swept into a social media storm this week after Paul Tuennerman posted a photo of Ann in blackface as she prepared to ride in Tuesday's Zulu parade.

Since then, Paul Tuennerman has stepped down from the festival, and Ann Tuennerman has issued a formal apology and agreed to appear in a Facebook Live chat on Monday afternoon with Ashtin Berry, a bartender at the Ace Hotel New Orleans who had objected both to the image and to Ann Tuennerman's comment on the photo:
Paul G Tuennerman, interviewing me on Mardi Gras Morning from the Zulu Den. As he said "Throw a little Black Face on and you lose all your media skills." He did his best as the interviewer.

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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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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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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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Y@ Speak: peak Chad

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 6:22 PM

See that fading star in the night sky? Twinkling its last twinkle before sunrise? That's Chad. Every year it crashes down to earth, occupies too much public space and gets indignant when you enter it, passes out on your porch and listens to Journey before it ascends to the skies, only to return again the next year, and the next. So long, Chad. We fare thee well.

Happy Mardi Gras. Here's some stuff that happened online.

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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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