Mardi Gras 2014

Food
4:35 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Following Your Nose For Mardi Gras Meals

Street food will rule as Carnival parades roll in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

Looking for memorable meals during Carnival in New Orleans? Food writer Ian McNulty says the answer may come courtesy of "entrepreneurial home cooking" near the parade routes. 

Conventional wisdom holds that Carnival is a lousy time to go looking for the celebrated food culture of New Orleans, that the season of parades and balls and late-night parties is when our town's intense fixation on food takes a breather.

I disagree. In my experience, the focus just shifts a bit, and this new look can be rewarding and memorable in its own right.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Out To Lunch: Look Like A Million Bucks

Betsie Gambel, Josh Mayer and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Eric Murrell / It's New Orleans

Would you like an article about yourself in the New York Times? Betsie Gambel can make that happen. Would you like to own Mardi Gras? Josh Mayer will take care of that for you.

Peter, Josh, and Betsie delve into PR, branding, marketing, advertising, NOLA Mad Men & Women, and lend their substantial skills to startup business Clear the Clutter.

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Food
11:11 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Fat Tuesday: The Many Different Doughnuts Of Mardi Gras

Emily Hilliard for NPR

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 10:02 am

The history of doughnuts is intrinsically linked to the celebration of Mardi Gras. "Fat Tuesday" — the Christian day of revelry and indulgence before the austere season of Lent — features dough deep-fried in fat as its main staple.

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Mardi Gras
9:07 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Combined Landry-Walker High School Marching Into Mardi Gras

Landry–Walker High School students practicing for their first combined Mardi Gras parading season.
Nina Feldman WWNO

In August of last year, O. Perry Walker and L.B. Landry High Schools combined to form one larger school in a state-of-the-art facility.

The merger of the two Algiers high schools, now called L.B. Landry–O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School, was controversial among residents and alumni: public debate raged over everything from student uniforms to the school's official name.

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Education
8:15 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes And Trumpeters: 'Gritty City' Triumphs With Child-Centered Perspective

A scene from The Whole Gritty City, a new documentary on New Orleans school marching bands.
CBS

A new documentary called The Whole Gritty City zeroes in on New Orleans’ youngest musicians, many of whom haven’t yet lost all of their baby teeth. The film follows three school marching bands as they prepare to perform during Mardi Gras.

In this commentary, education writer Sarah Carr argues that The Whole Gritty City offers us a different kind of look at New Orleans schoolchildren.

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Inside the Arts
6:06 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Music Legend's Home Renovated; Dr. Michael White Jazzes Up Worship Service; Leslie Castay Unscripted

Dr. Michael White.
Courtesty of the artist.

This week on Inside the Arts, the family home of music legend Professor Longhair gets a facelift.

St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church is gearing up for a packed house with a unique Mardi Gras tradition, as it celebrates the 20th Annual Jazz Service with renowned clarinetist Dr. Michael White and The Original Liberty Jazz Band.

And Broadway veteran and Big Easy Award-winner Leslie Castay reprises her acclaimed cabaret show, Leslie Castay, Unscripted.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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NolaVie
4:19 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Cascade Stables And The Horses Of Mardi Gras

A horse at Cascade Stables, in its stall for the night.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

When you’re watching a Mardi Gras parade, what gets you most excited? The floats? The throws? The marching bands? One New Orleans native has loved Carnival since she was a little girl, but not for any of these reasons. She loves it for the horses. 

Over at Cascade Stables horses are busy getting "shoed" by their blacksmiths, a brief, yet apparently uncomfortable process. It is one of a few necessary steps the staff goes through in preparing their horses for Mardi Gras season. Assistant trainer Scooter Sherrik explains.

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Out To Lunch
12:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Out To Lunch: Paper Or Plastic

Jonathan Bertuccelli and Jonthan Schudmak.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

New Orleans is a city torn between upholding traditions and embracing change. In this Tale of Two Jonathans, Jonathan Bertuccelli's Studio 3 creates centuries old papier mâché art in the form of elegant Mardi Gras floats, while Jonathan Schudmak's NOLA 3D Printing creates our plastic future. 

In the Pay It Forward segment of the show Peter, Paper Jonathan and Plastic Jonathan weigh in on how best to expand the already successful promotional product company Safeguard.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:30 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Mardi Gras Celebrations Around Louisiana

No matter where they are, Louisianans love a celebration.
Credit Brian Lin / Flickr

Click here to listen to this week's show.

We're getting ready for da Mardi Gras! This week on Louisiana Eats! we'll hear about New Orleans' Mardi Gras traditions from Errol Laborde, and speak with experts from Lafayette about their food customs and celebrations. Plus, we visit Cake Café for a peek at how they make their famous King Cake. 

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Politics
4:42 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

House Budget Hearings Delayed By Mardi Gras

The Mardi Gras calendar is disrupting lawmakers' review of Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal.

Rep. Jim Fannin, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said he wanted to start combing through the governor's spending recommendations during the first week of March. But he says he couldn't compete with Fat Tuesday, which also falls that week.

Fannin says he didn't think it was a good idea to hold budget hearings if many of the committee members were absent, attending Mardi Gras parades.

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