mardi gras

StoryCorps

Conversation by conversation, interview by interview, StoryCorps collects the stories and voices of our time. This week, Littdell “Queen B” Banister and Mary Jones give us a snapshot into the lives of the Mardi Gras Indians, where personal pride is sewn into every stitch of their annual suits.

The Krewe of 'tit Rǝx — the Mardi Gras "microkrewe" made up of tiny, shoebox-sized floats — will roll through the Marigny on Feb. 7.

Pronounced TEET-Rex (as in "petite," the French word for "small"), the krewe will reprise their 2014 route, beginning at 5 p.m. behind the St. Roch Market on St. Claude Ave., then proceeding through the streets of the Marigny before arriving at the Allways Lounge for the organization's annual Ping Pong Ball.

A trial date has been set for a civil rights case against state police who tackled two young African American men during last year’s Mardi Gras.

The federal case drew claims of excessive force and criticism of the troopers involved.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the incident was captured on surveillance video two days before Mardi Gras.

It prompted an internal State Police investigation that cleared all the officers involved.

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The Advocate reports that a federal hearing Monday may show who’s legally entitled to use the Zulu Mardi Gras krewe’s name on Facebook.

Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club Inc. filed suit against a former associate member for trademark infringement. The lawsuit says the man set up a “Zulu Mardi Gras” Facebook page, and used club trademarks without permission in an attempt to sell invitations to the Zulu Mardi Gras ball, spots on a Zulu float, and one of the club’s coveted coconut throws.

Passover Seder, New Orleans Style

Mar 29, 2013
Maureen McMurray / WWNO

This weekend churches in New Orleans will be packed for Easter services, but that’s not the only religious holiday being observed this week. It is also Passover, the eight-day Jewish festival that marks the liberation of enslaved Israelites from ancient Egypt over 3000 years ago.

Passover is the most widely celebrated Jewish holiday, and in New Orleans, celebrations take on their own flair.

Ian McNulty / WWNO

As parades roll and people hit the streets for Carnival revelry, street food blossoms everywhere.

The Super Bowl is costing a Mardi Gras parade krewe on New Orleans' west bank its usual floats and its usual route.

There won't be any Carnival parades during Super Bowl weekend. That's the weekend The Krewe of Choctaw usually rolls.

Krewe captain Chuck Favrot tells The Times-Picayune that Choctaw usually shares floats and themes with a Baton Rouge group, the Krewe of Jupiter. But moving Choctaw's parade puts both on the same day — Jan. 26.

A museum in Kenner clears its archives for auction; Trinity Episcopal Church revives a 900 year old tradition; and architect Lake Douglas profiles his profession.

New Orleans officials are giving high marks for the city’s performance in this year’s Mardi Gras. Work is already starting on making sure next year’s carnival season goes well, even with a Super Bowl in the middle of the party.

New Orleans officials will be crunching numbers to determine the success of the 2012 Mardi Gras. Some early indications are promising.

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