Your guide to tricentennial events

Your guide to tricentennial events

A citywide celebration meets marketing opportunity

 

New Orleans and the bicentennial that wasn't

The 100-year celebration didn't go so well
"New Orleans will conduct a celebration that will send its echoes around the world," runs the lead of a 1917 Times-Picayune story announcing plans for...

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Blakeview: The Greater New Orleans Bridge

The bridge that became the Crescent City Connection opened in 1958
This week we travel back 60 years to the opening of the first span of what we now call the Crescent City Connection, the bridge...

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Commentary: West Jefferson flood millage

We recommend voting 'yes' on this proposition
Early voting began this week and continues through Saturday, April 21, in several parts of metro New Orleans. Voters on the West Bank of Jefferson...

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Rohan Padmakumar, a Lusher Charter School student, will travel to New York City April 23 to participate in the English in Action National Shakespeare Competition at...

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The Blake Pontchartrain tricentennial quiz answers

French Quarter 1. C. French Market Place — Gallatin Street was only two blocks long but had a reputation as a headquarters of vice, prostitution...

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6 from 300: overlooked people and events from New Orleans history

New Orleans is gearing up this week for its official tricentennial events, which include a commemorative interfaith prayer service at St. Louis Cathedral (April 17), NOLA...

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The count: how much Louisiana has to put toward Medicaid vs. how much it receives from the feds

6 cents/94 cents
Louisiana's Medicaid expansion, which began in 2016 under Gov. John Bel Edwards, is predicated on the state ponying up a small amount of money to...

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Commentary: A letter to our readers

For the past 27-plus years, we had the great honor of owning Gambit. Throughout that time, we strived always to keep Gambit true to its...

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The Blake Pontchartrain tricentennial quiz

How well do you know New Orleans history?
How much do you know about the Crescent City’s 300-year history? Blake Pontchartrain, the New Orleans N.O.-It-All, has constructed a 20-question quiz that should...

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Blake Pontchartrain: NOPSI

New Orleans Public Service Inc. was founded in 1922
Hey Blake, I see NOPSI manhole covers all over town, and now there's the NOPSI Hotel downtown. I know it was once the city's utility...

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Clancy DuBos: Would a constitutional convention change much?

The forces that favor various aspects of the status quo will do all they can to make sure nothing changes
Talk of holding a constitutional convention to address Louisiana's structural deficit has gained momentum. The idea has merit on several fronts, but it's also an...

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What to know in New Orleans this week (April 17 - 23, 2018)

'JUSTICE FOR LOUISIANA WOMEN' DAYAT STATE CAPITOLMore than 100 women — many of them affiliated with women's advocacy groups including Lift Louisiana, Planned Parenthood Gulf...

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Blakeview: Nash Roberts

The weather legend was born April 13, 1918
This week we remember a local legend who used a simple felt-tip marker to write his way into history: Nash Roberts, born in New Orleans...

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The count: how much Louisiana taxpayers spent since 2004 to settle harassment claims involving state employees

$3.9 million
The state Senate Governmental Affairs Committee last week approved anti-sexual harassment bills sponsored by three female legislators — Rep. Barbara Carpenter and Sen. Regina Barrow,...

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Mirya Holman and J. Celeste Lay, political science associate professors at Tulane University, received the 2018 Elsie Hillman Prize from the Pennsylvania Center for Women and...

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Blake Pontchartrain: the statues inside St. Louis Cathedral

Three figures represent hope, faith and charity
Hey Blake, There are three statues above the altar at St. Louis Cathedral of saints or figures that I don't recognize. Can you enlighten me?...

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Commentary: The real 'fake news' is Sinclair Broadcast Group

Sinclair’s approach smacks of state-run TV — and that’s the most dangerous “fake news” of all
By now you've probably seen the video of dozens of local news anchors around the country robotically reciting the same canned script warning viewers against...

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Clancy DuBos: Chickening out on criminal justice

Lawmakers were intoxicated with locking up criminals. Now we spend millions jailing nonviolent offenders
Criminal justice reform was among the few bright spots in last year's dispiriting legislative session. Lawmakers adopted far-reaching laws that traded "tough on crime" grandstanding...

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What to know in New Orleans this week (April 10 - 16, 2018)

FOUR MAYORS AT LOYOLAThree of New Orleans' five living mayors, as well as Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, appeared April 5 at Loyola University's Roussel Hall to...

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The Gambit interview: LaToya Cantrell

The mayor-elect on the Sewerage & Water Board, short-term rentals, Confederate monuments and more
As New Orleans celebrates its tricentennial, it also will inaugurate its first female mayor: LaToya Cantrell. A Los Angeles-born community organizer, Cantrell led the recovery...

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Blakeview: Wayne Mack

From Vernis McGlinn to The Great McNutt
Twenty-five years ago this week, one of New Orleans' best and most beloved voices went silent when broadcaster Wayne Mack died. Mack, an Illinois native...

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Cantrell's transition team: 'passionate, diverse'

A look inside the people behind the mayor-elect's transition to City Hall
Mayoral transitions are times of great anticipation and intense political speculation. Who will be the new mayor's top advisors? Who will be police chief, chief...

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Commentary: Holding Entergy accountable

Two motions represent the regulatory equivalent of a nuclear option
In the past month, New Orleans City Council members took several critically important steps as regulators of Entergy New Orleans (ENO), the utility that...

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Blake Pontchartrain: The namesake of Gov. Nicholls Street

Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls was Louisiana's first governor after Reconstruction
Hey Blake, While walking through the French Quarter, I noticed a plaque that referred to Governor Nicholls Street as Hospital Street. What's the history...

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The count: cost of running for the Office of Inspector General in 2017

$3.9 million
According to the annual report released last week by OIG Derry Harper, the OIG cost the city $3.9 million last year, while identifying potential savings...

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  • Tricentennial Dog Parade in City Park on Sunday canceled due to weather forecast

    Tricentennial Dog Parade in City Park on Sunday canceled due to weather forecast

    A makeup event is being scheduled.
    • Apr 21, 2018
  • Bayou Boogaloo to charge entry fee for first time this year — but only after 3 p.m.

    Bayou Boogaloo to charge entry fee for first time this year — but only after 3 p.m.

    The fee will be $5 on Friday, May 18 and $10 on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20.
    • Apr 20, 2018
  • Uber, Lyft and the 'snake bill' in the Louisiana legislature

    Uber, Lyft and the 'snake bill' in the Louisiana legislature

    A careful reading of the bill shows that HB 749’s true intent is to protect and promote Uber and Lyft, not the residents of Louisiana.
    • Apr 20, 2018
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    C'est What?

    Bringing up former First Lady Barbara Bush’s comments about Hurricane Katrina refugees in the Houston Astrodome …

    • Appropriate; it’s part of her legacy, for better or worse
    • Remember, but forgive; she did a lot of good work
    • Tacky to even bring it up so close to her death

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    Popular Events

    • The Better Than Ezra Fun-Raiser @ Tipitina's

      • Sat., April 21, 7:45 p.m.
    • Tails but No Black Tie @ Equest Farm

      • Sat., April 21, 4 p.m.
    • Kenner's Italian Heritage Festival @ Williams Boulevard

      • Through April 22
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    • Crawfish for Cancer @ Mardi Gras World

      • Sat., April 21, 12-5 p.m.
    • New Orleans Poetry Festival @ Citywide

      • Through April 22

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