Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cirque d'So-Lame is Saturday at Castillo Blanco

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 11:52 AM

The Krewe of the Mystic Inane parades with Krewe du Vieux.
  • The Krewe of the Mystic Inane parades with Krewe du Vieux.

The Krewe of the Mystick Inane, a subkrewe of the satirical Krewe du Vieux, holds its annual raunchy/creepy circus fundraiser Cirque d'So-Lame 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Castillo Blanco. The seventh annual installment is themed "The 7 Year Jock Itch," and it includes games like Bra Pong, tactile experiences such as The Birth Canal, and the second edition of Heave Starvey's Lil Inanities Pageant. Drag and burlesque duo Kitten N'Lou will serve on the judges panel and help name the Greatest Hoe on Earth.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Southern Decadence events and parties scheduled this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM


Southern Decadence, New Orleans' exuberant annual celebration of LGBT culture, returns this weekend. Once you've assembled your ensemble (your glitter makeup, your hot pants, your rainbow pasties, your leather-and-metal harness), here's a five-day calendar of official and unofficial parties, drag shows and events to attend — including the don't-miss-it bawdy parade that takes place in the French Quarter Sunday.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New Orleans social media users remember Deborah "Big Red" Cotton

Posted By on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 6:33 PM


The passing of longtime New Orleans writer, activist, culture bearer and Gambit contributor Deborah "Big Red" Cotton was being roundly mourned today by a wide cross-section of New Orleanians, from former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite to DJ Soul Sister and Mayor Mitch Landrieu. A sampling:

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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

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(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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