Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 3:43 pm
Rascally former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was once so confident about re-election that he declared "the only way I can lose is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy."
That was 30 years ago, when Edwards, 86, was a much younger man. It was long before the Democrat served eight years in prison for racketeering, conspiracy and extortion.
And it was a lifetime – or two — before a recent cringe-inducing reality television show about life with his young wife, her teenage sons and his own grandmother-aged daughters from a previous marriage.
Food writer Ian McNulty on the odd, annual rite of airborne produce as the city celebrates St. Patrick's Day along the parade route.
Long before we thought much about food culture, learned to crave complex flavors or even did our own ordering at restaurants, many of us began to fantasize about food thanks to one enduring classic of a book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Keeping New Orleans music alive for the next generation of our children means ensuring they have access to instruments, as well as to teachers who want to share the magic of melody with them. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with a couple of musicians who are doing just that.
In New Orleans, hundreds of school buses criss-cross the city every day, picking up and dropping off kids at school. The city’s schools rely on a dozen fleets of private buses that travel along hundreds of routes.
Last month, 6-year-old Shaud Wilson was crossing a busy street to meet his school bus when he was hit and killed by a car.
With the arrival of Lent, we’re all scaling down our appetites. No more sloth, lust or gluttony. After all, less is more. And good things, they say, come in small packages.
But when it comes to food? In New Orleans? I’m not so sure.
The small-plate trend seems to be, well, mushrooming. Baru, Booty's, Dominica, Salu, Three Muses — the list goes on and on. Even the owners of Finn McCool's, that Irish bastion of barbecue and beer, are jumping on the tasting bandwagon with the new Trèo on Tulane Avenue.
Food writer Ian McNulty on two off-the-radar cafes with healthy options on the menu and social service in the business plan.
As fun as Carnival can be in New Orleans, the end of this season of parades and parties and carrying on can come as something of a relief. Whatever Lent might mean to you, the aftermath of Mardi Gras is a time to regroup and get your priorities back in focus.
These days there’s lots of talk about preparing young people for real life occupations after college. But here in New Orleans, one unusual high school is having that conversation with their students now. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin goes to the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy to talk with one faculty member about what’s going on there.
Revelers dance on the street during a Carnival parade in the fishing village of Peniche, north of Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday.
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A reveler looks on at the Mardi Gras Day parade in rainy New Orleans, where there are many parades and marches throughout the city.
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Men with helmets are hit by oranges during the traditional "battle of the oranges," held during the carnival in Ivrea, Italy. During the event, which marks the people's rebellion against tyrannical lords who ruled the town in the Middle Ages, revelers parading on floats represent guards of the tyrant, while those on foot are the townsfolk.
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The "King" float parades during the Nice Carnival in southeastern France. The theme of this year's carnival, running from February 14 until March 4, is the "King of Gastronomy."
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Participants, known as Gilles, wear traditional costumes and hats made of white ostrich feathers during the carnival in the streets of Binche, Belgium. The Carnival de Binche has been proclaimed a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO for the past ten years.
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Revelers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome.
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A member of the Krewe of Zulu parades down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans.
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Participants of the Krewe of Zulu Parade hand out painted coconuts to spectators in New Orleans.
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A reveler parades through the French Quarter in New Orleans.
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Revelers dance on the street during a Carnival parade in the fishing village of Peniche, Portugal on Tuesday. Mardi Gras, Carnival and Fat Tuesday are different names for the traditional celebration marking the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
Revelers across the globe gathered to mark the day before Ash Wednesday, which is known by several names, such as Mardi Gras, Carnival and Fat Tuesday. While parades are the most common form of celebration, a few nations indulge in some twists.
The Carnival in Ivera, Italy, includes a large battle where participants throw oranges. Some revelers in the Carnival de Binche in Belgium dress as Gilles, wearing traditional outfits accented with ostrich feathers.