Mardi Gras 2013 en The 'Baby Dolls' Of Mardi Gras A Fun Tradition With A Serious Side Just inside a room on the second floor of the Louisiana State Museum's Presbytere, there's a large baby doll dress, big enough for a woman to wear. And one did.<p>The costume and the baby bottle next to it belonged to 85-year-old Miriam Batiste Reed, who was known as a baby doll and one of the first women to parade in Mardi Gras. The bottle and the dress are part of a new exhibition, <em>They Call Me Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition</em>.<p>"The baby dolls are a group of African-American men and women carnival maskers," says Kim Vaz, dean at Xavier University. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:16:00 +0000 TINA ANTOLINI 29398 at Pink Chicken Feet Honor Spanish Town Parade Mainstay Pink plastic chicken feet were tossed from several floats at the 33rd Spanish Town parade. The unusual throws were an homage to a board member of the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana who knew how to be creative with limited resources. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:39:00 +0000 Jarondakie Patrick 29269 at Mardi Gras Parades Roll As Planned Uptown <p>Heavy rain that forecasters worried could wash out Fat Tuesday parades did&nbsp;not appear as feared. And parade-goers Uptown came prepared. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 29122 at 'The Street Parade Of Life:' Mardi Gras Rolls On Despite Rain Threat There was a threat of rain in New Orleans, today. But revelry doesn't stop for dark clouds.<p>In fact, as <em>The New Orleans Times-Picayune</em> reports, "this weather actually is perfect" was a refrain repeated over and over:<p><blockquote><p>"Many people were overheard to bless the overcast skies, cool temperatures — and in many cases, gratitude for the smaller crowds. Because in the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday, it's not about the scheduled street parades like Zulu and Rex. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:55:00 +0000 editor 29110 at Mardi Gras Merriment Beyond Bourbon Street Festivities It's Fat Tuesday, the final day of indulgence before the fasting and penance of Lent begins. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:53:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 29095 at Meet The Calas, A New Orleans Treat That Helped Free Slaves It's Mardi Gras, and down in New Orleans, the King Cakes, beignets and other gustatory delights are flowing freely. But if you prefer your culinary temptations with a side of history, allow me to introduce you to the calas, a Creole rice fritter with a storied past.<p>Never heard of a calas? Neither had I, until I listened to New Orleans food expert <a href="">Poppy Tooker</a> rhapsodize about their virtues on public radio <a href="">last fall</a>. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:30:00 +0000 editor 29083 at High School Marching Bands Lay Down The Beat Of Mardi Gras In less than an hour, the McDonogh 35 High School marching band — including the flag girls, the dance team, the majorettes, the color guard and the actual band — needs to be on the parade route five miles away. It's the peak of Carnival season in New Orleans, and high school marching bands form the backbeat of Mardi Gras.<p>But some kids can't find their uniforms. In the parking lot outside, the color guard is all out of sync. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:23:10 +0000 editor 29046 at Lundi Gras Parade Time Updates <p>The Orpheus parade will start 30 minutes earlier today, following Proteus, the New Orleans Police Department announced today. The 5:30 p.m. start is 30 minutes earlier than normal, and due to expected inclement weather.</p><p>Orpheus will make a hard right onto the riverbound side of Canal Street, turn onto Tchoupitoulas and take a left onto Henderson to the disband area.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:10:49 +0000 Jason Saul 29017 at Bust Out The Beads <p></p><p class="p1">In <em>Out to Lunch</em>’s first Annual Commander's 25-cent martini (x7) Mardi Gras business lunch, Peter Ricchiutti abandons all hope of a serious Mardi Gras conversation and goes for dancers and beads with&nbsp;Bustout Burlesque&nbsp;creator Rick Delaup and&nbsp;Zombeads&nbsp;founder Anne Rolfes<span class="s1">.</span></p> <p><iframe height="54" scrolling="no" src="" width="492"></iframe></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:50:32 +0000 Peter Ricchiuti 28999 at Marching Bands Battle Before Parades Roll <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p><a href="">Eve Abrams </a>visited two of New Orleans’ rival high school marching bands: MacDonough 35 and Warren Easton.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 02:54:20 +0000 Eve Abrams 28960 at