Mardi Gras 2014

Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Animal Life: Dogs Get Into Mardi Gras Spirit At The Barkus Parade

Mark Gstohl Flickr

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. 

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Latest News
9:24 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Chef Susan Spicer To Reign As Grand Marshal Of Nyx

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 New Orleans Advocate reports Spicer will lead the krewe's 1,230 members in its third annual parade.

Spicer owns Bayona in the French Quarter and Mondo in Lakeview. She was inducted into James Beard's "Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America" in 2010 and is the author of "Crescent City Cooking."

NolaVie
4:44 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Voices From The French Market

Horse-drawn wagons line the narrow street in front of New Orleans' French Market, Jan. 1915.
Credit National Archives

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.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Animal Life: Protecting Your Pets From Mardi Gras Noise

Carnival revelers enjoying the Thoth parade on Magazine Street. Dogs are prohibited from parade routes (except Barkus, of course).
Jason Saul WWNO

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.

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Food
4:31 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Tradition And Expression In The Land Of The King Cake

Goat cheese and apples fill this king cake from Cake Café & Bakery.
Ian McNulty

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.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Non-Profit Trying To End Poverty Without Government Social Programs

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.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve; Photography At NOMA; William Pittman Andrews; Joan Of Arc Parade

Joan of Arc Parade

This week on Inside the Arts: New Year's Eve suggestions. We look at photos of years gone by at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Then, we talk with arts leader William Pittman Andrews, and we gear up for Joan of Arc's birthday on Twelfth Night.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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