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Storyville
4:56 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Storyville: When Jesters Have Their Day

Lundi Gras Bayou Boat parade.
Credit Adam Karlin

The guy next to me is wearing an orange fur coat and a red feather boa; his wife is dressed as a giant grape. Someone playing the trumpet looks like a cross between a post office employee and a Mad Max road warrior. I'm wearing an inflatable alligator on my head.

This is the Bayou Boat parade, which happens on Lundi Gras, the Monday before Fat Tuesday. It's simple: folks get in boats and have an aquatic second line up Bayou St John. Anyone can join, as long as they have a floatable water craft. Or not so floatable; the trombone player's kayak is starting to list.

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NolaVie
4:44 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Voices From The French Market

Horse-drawn wagons line the narrow street in front of New Orleans' French Market, Jan. 1915.
Credit National Archives

The French Market may seem like one big urban flea market — with everything from tee-shirts to Mardi Gras masks, alligator heads to shot glasses. And tourists… lots of tourists. But upon closer inspection, you discover that this outdoor shopping plaza is full of individuals who couldn’t be more different from one another.

NolaVie's Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Renée Peck met some of these local vendors who make the French Market another unique corner of the city.

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Food
4:31 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Tradition And Expression In The Land Of The King Cake

Goat cheese and apples fill this king cake from Cake Café & Bakery.
Ian McNulty

As the king cake joins a long line of New Orleans food traditions up for reinterpretation, bakers and shoppers alike have decisions to make.

King cakes used to be easy. You waited — usually — until the start of Carnival season to get one, you argued about your favorites through the season and eventually you’d groan when yet another cake materialized in the office break room. You had one last slice on Fat Tuesday and that was that.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve; Photography At NOMA; William Pittman Andrews; Joan Of Arc Parade

Joan of Arc Parade

This week on Inside the Arts: New Year's Eve suggestions. We look at photos of years gone by at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Then, we talk with arts leader William Pittman Andrews, and we gear up for Joan of Arc's birthday on Twelfth Night.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Features
8:54 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Marching Bands Battle Before Parades Roll

Justing Smothers is one of 17 trumpet players in Warren Easton's marching band.
Eugenia Uhl

High school marching bands have two main seasons: football and Carnival. But unlike football season, where bands briefly entertain sports fans during half time shows, Carnival season is a marathon of long songs, marching, and discipline. It’s also a time when the musicians, not the athletes, compete.

Eve Abrams visited two of New Orleans’ rival high school marching bands: MacDonough 35 and Warren Easton.

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Mardi Gras 2013
5:05 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Slidell Krewe Cancels 2013 Parade

The Krewe of Claude has canceled its ball and parade for the 2013 Carnival season, citing a shortage of members.

Krewe officials tell The Times-Picayune the Slidell organization was down to 12 members.

Organization president Mary Ann Hicks blamed bad economic times, and said the krewe will focus on rebounding for the 2014 Carnival season.

12:55 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Krewe of Freret continues push to be added to 2013 parade schedule

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Organizers of the new Krewe of Freret are pushing ahead with plans to roll their first parade during the coming Carnival season, remaining optimistic even though a recently-approved 2013 parade calendar does not yet include them.
Article by Craig Giesecke, for UptownMessenger.com Organizers of the new Krewe of Freret are pushing ahead with plans to roll their first parade during the coming Carnival season, remaining optimistic even though a recently-approved 2013 parade calendar does not yet include them.
Carnival 2013
12:31 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Jefferson gets new parade on Lundi Gras

Lundi Gras in Metairie is poised for a makeover, thanks to a new all-female krewe set to parade before the Krewe of Zeus on the night before Fat Tuesday.

The Times-Picayune reports little information is being shared about the Krewe of Hera.

But Brian Landry, spokesman for the krewe, said it will have "cool elements that Metairie hasn't seen before."

Hera is the first group to join the Jefferson Parish parade lineup since Hurricane Katrina and one of only two female krewes parading in East Jefferson. The other is the Krewe of Isis.

Carnival 2013
9:58 am
Fri September 7, 2012

With Super Bowl coming, parades moved up a weekend

The first big parade weekend of the 2013 Carnival season is being moved up a weekend to avoid parades rolling during the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl is scheduled to be played on Feb. 3 in New Orleans — right when the Carnival season starts getting into high gear.

The Times-Picayune reports that the City Council unanimously approved the change Thursday.

Mardi Gras
4:05 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Rex Marks End of 2012 Major Krewe Parades

New Orleans is marking Fat Tuesday with traditional parades and parties in the French Quarter. Tourism officials are estimating a million people are attending the annual celebration.

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