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.
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.
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.
Much Mardi Gras revelry takes the form of parody, poking fun, and being what you’re not. The four year old krewe, ‘tit Rex (pronounced: T-Rex), is a parade in miniature, whose name plays on both it’s French translation – little king – and also what it literally sounds like: the abbreviation for the huge predator dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus-rex.