Mardi Gras

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 10:10 AM


The Mystic Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown.
  • The Mystic Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown.

The Mystic Krewe of Druids doesn't announce its theme in advance of the parade, and typically it offers dry wit or wry commentary on theme floats, but the group also can't help but grind a few axes and it's always amusing to see what it'll do.

"Druids' Olympics" had some entertaining takes on local icons and recurring grievances. One of the early theme floats featured the "SWB Discus Throw" with a sculpture of the city's iconic water meter plates. There also was a "Crime Camera Dash," with a replica of one of the city's growing number of cameras on the front of the float. There also was a "Po-boy Eating Contest" float with a giant po-boy on front.

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Interview: Reginald Buck, Mutual UFO Network state director

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 9:27 AM

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  • JONAS BENGTSSON (CREATIVE COMMONS)

Earlier this week, we brought you reports of an alien's plans to land a UFO on Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday. Should you happen to spot the alien — or a UFO at any other time — Reginald Buck, Louisiana's state director of Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), is ready to document your sighting.

Buck has been involved in UFO investigation since 2009, when a mysterious object appeared outside his window on a flight from Laredo, Texas, to Houston.

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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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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Report: Alien to land UFO on Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 12:59 PM

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Lost in the hurlyburly of the first weekend of Mardi Gras, the first month of Donald Trump's presidency and the firehose of "fake news" comes this definitely-not-fake-news from Weekly World News, the former supermarket tabloid that now seems to be an online-only affair.

Billed (rightly) as a "Mardi Gras STUNNER!," the WWN seems to be the only media outlet to report an alien vows: "I'LL LAND MY UFO ON BOURBON STREET — ON FAT TUESDAY!"

The alien from Planet Zeeba, we are told, "wants to paint New Orleans red!"

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It's been a busy year for the Alien, according to the Weekly World Newsit met with Trump before the presidential election and endorsed him, despite the fact that Trump's Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton, had earlier adopted an alien baby in a naked grasp for the extraterrestrial vote:
But Alien, who is from Planet Zeeba, the most friendly planet in our galaxy, says that he wanted to endorse Hillary Clinton but felt that she was not fit for office. Apparently, everybody on Planet Zeeba has read Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails and… “they make us sick. She compromised the safety of her country and of earth.”

Aliens from Zeeba predict that there is a 95.6% chance of a Trump victory and a 100% chance of an alien invasion.
That prediction was more accurate than most of our terrestrial poll-takers ... so it seems a certainty that an alien will indeed land its UFO on Bourbon Street one week from today, which surprisingly is not included in the city's official and exhaustive list of Mardi Gras planning.

Interestingly, the alien did not choose to attend the Krewe of Chewbacchus last weekend, where it might have felt more at home — raising the question: Is this a 'bro' alien? Does the alien want to "earn some beads"? Catch a bit of the Bourbon Street Awards? Split a "federally trademarked" Hand Grenade with Earl and Pam? We'll just have to find out.
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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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Endymion space-saving: 6 days and counting

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 3:42 PM

RESERVED FOR SEMINARIANS who need a lot of room.
  • RESERVED FOR SEMINARIANS who need a lot of room.

Ahoy! It's six days until the Krewe of Endymion rolls, and over the weekend Endymion-goers calculated enfilade and defilade, established new bunkers and laid claim to even more space on the Mid-City route.

What's new since last we checked? A major spread of operations to prime real estate on N. Carrollton Avenue (by the Lafitte Greenway) and the deployment of stakes, tape, tarps and other instruments of engagement on the public right-of-way. ...
No parking on this stretch of Orleans Avenue — all week.
  • No parking on this stretch of Orleans Avenue — all week.

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Royalty in a glass: A Q&A with Russ Bergeron of The Roosevelt New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 3:12 PM

The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans features Carnival-inspired cocktails fit for a king or queen.
  • The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans features Carnival-inspired cocktails fit for a king or queen.

Russ Bergeron, beverage manager and sommelier at The Roosevelt New Orleans, shares his favorite Carnival cocktails and two drink recipes to get readers into the Mardi Gras groove.

Gambit: What do you do at the Roosevelt (other than taste booze all day)?

Bergeron: I’m in charge of beverage selection at the Sazerac Bar, the Fountain Lounge Teddy’s Cafe, the Rooftop Bar and in-room dining. I’m in charge of the beverage menus and of training staff on wines and spirits.

When you come up with drinks or design cocktail menus, what is your idea flavor palate?

It depends on the season. I consider the season first, then gravitate to spirits. For spring, I turn to clear liquors. Gin is really popular right now, along with mescal and tequila. We pair them with bright flavors like citrus, herbs like basil and mint, and cucumbers. I start by choosing a base spirit and then pick a backup spirit or cordial based on the flavor profile. I’m on a gin kick myself right now — on a recent trip to (Alameda,) California, I brought back St. George (Spirits) gin, which has replaced Hendrix on our menu. This gin is great — it’s distilled in an old airplane hangar. We put it in a (seasonal) specialty cocktail called The Rose, and it’s so popular it may have to stay on our regular menu. We’re selling so much of it the distillery in Alameda can’t keep up with our demand for their gin.

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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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Ahoy, Barkus: pups parade the French Quarter Feb. 19

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 5:30 PM

A drum major with the "St. Pawgustine Marching Band."
  • A drum major with the "St. Pawgustine Marching Band."

King Maximilian and Queen Athena led a procession of dukes, maids and past royalty — all of them dogs — as the Krewe of Barkus presented its 2017 parade in the French Quarter Feb. 19.

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