Mardi Gras 2013

It's Carnival time!

Read the latest stories from around the region as we celebrate Mardi Gras 2013.


Mardi Gras 2013
2:11 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Krewe of Zeus Cancels Parade?

WWL-TV has reported that the Krewe of Zeus has canceled its Lundi Gras parade.

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10:04 am
Wed January 30, 2013

A City Drenched in Sugar

Lead in text: 
Other cities might be trudging through cabbage season at this point in winter, but New Orleans is eating cake. From Twelfth Night to Mardi Gras, which is Feb. 12 this year, daily consumption of king cake — a round of sweet dough glazed with purple, gold and green sugar — is more or less compulsory.
"New Orleans is a sugar town, always has been," said Dwight Henry, the owner of the Buttermilk Drop Bakery and Cafe in the Seventh Ward, who has been baking here for more than 30 years.
Mardi Gras 2013
9:03 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Alabama Mardi Gras Off To Slow Start On Coast

Mardi Gras celebrations are off to a modest start on the Alabama coast.

The weather was nice in Mobile this weekend, but area businesses say the crowds were smaller than anticipated.

Downtown bar employee Dawn McAleer tells WALA-TV she hasn't seen business so slow in previous years of Mardi Gras.

McAleer thinks crowds may have been smaller this weekend because the Senior Bowl was held on Saturday at Mobile's Ladd Stadium.

Vendor Joshua Bear says people love Mardi Gras, but they also love football.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

From Boots to Pedicabs

Sal Palmisano of NOLA Pedicabs and Peter Ricchiuti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

New Orleans' once most-hated-man gets on his bike!

Sal Palmisano was New Orleans' Enemy Number One when he came up with the brilliant business plan to boot drivers’ questionably-parked cars.

Today he is the pioneer of a whole new set of wheels: NOLA Pedicabs.

Super Bowl XLVII
5:52 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

DOTD: No Lane Closures During 'Super Gras'

Because of the magnitude of special events surrounding Super Bowl and a full slate of parades associated with New Orleans' carnival season, state transportation officials say they are suspending lane closures on all bridges, freeways, expressways and arterial roadways near those activities.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says the suspension will be in place form 8 a.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Mardi Gras 2013
5:40 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

'Rex' Liquor Seller Says No Infringement Intended

An executive with a liquor distributor that brands its products with a name often associated with Mardi Gras says its trademark was registered without any intention of infringing on the trademarks of a famous New Orleans Carnival organization.

Last week, The Rex Organization filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Rex Spirits Inc. is unlawfully combining the Rex name with Mardi Gras images to market products under the name "King REX Spirits."

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Mardi Gras 2013
5:05 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

African-American Tradition Returns to Carnival

The "baby dolls," an on-again, off-again Mardi Gras tradition of New Orleans' African-American community, are on again.

The troupes of women strutting and prancing in bonnets, garters and skimpy or short, ruffled dresses on Fat Tuesday also are spotlighted in a new book and museum exhibit that trace their history and rebirth.

When the Zulu krewe hits the streets on Mardi Gras — Feb. 12 — its marchers will include the Baby Doll Ladies, a troupe formed after Hurricane Katrina.

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Mardi Gras 2013
9:45 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

2013 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Krewe du Vieux — 6:30 p.m. | French Quarter
Krewe Delusion — Follows Krewe du Vieux | French Quarter

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Little Rascals — Noon | Metairie

Friday, January 25, 2013

Cork — 3:00 p.m. | French Quarter
Oshun — 6:00 p.m. | Uptown
Cleopatra — 6:30 p.m. | Uptown

Saturday, January 26, 2013

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Mardi Gras 2013
10:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Seniors Ball set Feb. 6 in Thibodaux

The annual Thibodaux Senior Citizens Mardi Gras Ball is set for Feb. 6 at the Thibodaux Civic Center.

The Daily Comet reports the event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m.

Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the Peltier Park Recreation Department.

More details are available by calling 985-446-7235.

Mardi Gras 2013
10:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Children's Parade Planned in Houma

The Krewe of Aphrodite's annual children's Carnival parade is scheduled for Jan. 19. in Houma.

The Courier reports the parade will begin at 11 a.m. Children can decorate their own floats, but motorized floats will not be permitted.

Besides the parade, there will be entertainment and introduction of the Aphrodite court.

Children 12 and younger can participate. Awards will be given for first, second and third place in a variety of categories. Admission is free.