For years, Mardi Gras was a human-only event. But in 1992 New Orleans dog lovers formed the Krewe of Barkus, and every year since they've held the city's only dog-centric Mardi Gras parade.
Each year's parade has a theme. Past favorites include "Jurassic Bark" and "Titanic: Dogs and Children First." Owners dress their dogs accordingly and construct miniature floats to haul the canine royalty around the French Quarter parade route.
New Orleans celebrity chef Susan Spicer will reign as Grand Marshal for the Mystic Krewe of Nyx when the all-female krewe rolls at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, on the city's traditional Uptown parade route.
The French Market may seem like one big urban flea market — with everything from tee-shirts to Mardi Gras masks, alligator heads to shot glasses. And tourists… lots of tourists. But upon closer inspection, you discover that this outdoor shopping plaza is full of individuals who couldn’t be more different from one another.
NolaVie's Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Renée Peck met some of these local vendors who make the French Market another unique corner of the city.
We all know what it takes to get a shoe at Muses: a good costume and lots of racket.
Between the marching bands, crowd noise and curbside speakers blasting "The Wobble," Mardi Gras is noisy. Dogs can hear high pitched frequencies at a greater range than humans. The barrage of Mardi Gras noise can leave them overwhelmed and over stimulated.
As the king cake joins a long line of New Orleans food traditions up for reinterpretation, bakers and shoppers alike have decisions to make.
King cakes used to be easy. You waited — usually — until the start of Carnival season to get one, you argued about your favorites through the season and eventually you’d groan when yet another cake materialized in the office break room. You had one last slice on Fat Tuesday and that was that.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of former President Lyndon Johnson's declaration of war on poverty. A non-profit is trying a new approach in New Orleans to lessen the persistently high poverty rate in the city.