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Mardi Gras News

January 26, 2018

Saturdays Bilge Parade on Slidell has been move to Sunday.

The Krewe of Muses announced that City of New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell will serve as the Krewe's Honorary Muse for the 2018 parade.

As Honorary Muse, Mayor-elect Cantrell will lead the Carnival organization's eighteenth parade, on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Cantrell will ride in the iconic Krewe of Muse shoe float, a 17-foot tall fiber optic encrusted red pump.

MARDI GRAS NEWS

January 23, 2018

January 26, 2018 Update

Krewe du Vieux, with Richard Campanella as king, takes a different route this Saturday, staging in the Marigny and parading around the French Quarter before ending at the old Ralph & Kacoo's (519 Toulouse St.). This year’s theme is Bienville’s Wet Dream. The krewe's annual ball will be held there, with entertainment by Khris Royal and the Big Booty Express with guests Big Sam and Erica and the Morning 40 Federation. Doors open at 10 PM and tickets are $50. www.kreweduvieux.org


According to their website, “On the Night of Delusion, January 27, 2018, at approximately 7:00 PM, krewedelusion, New Orleans’ hottest and most inclusive, surrealist & satirical Carnival parade, will once again roll through the streets of the Marigny and French Quarter. The TrySinTennial Bedlam Ball shall follow at 10 PM at the Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet Street. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.” Washboard Chaz Leary reigns as king. www.Krewedelusion.org

Four parades roll in Slidell this weekend, starting Saturday with the Krewe of Bilge boat parade at 11 AM. The Krewe of Poseidon rolls Saturday night at 6 PM. On Sunday Slidellians and Perseus roll back-to-back starting at 1 PM.

In Metairie, Little Rascals parades at noon on Sunday.

The Pearl River Lions Club rolls at 1PM Sunday.

Two other non-parading events are scheduled on Sunday.

The annual Carnival Costume Bazzar starts at 11AM at the New Orleans Healing Center at 2372 St. Claude Avenue.

Ochsner’s King Cake Festival will be held at Champions Square 10AM

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Original Post

Fat Tuesday is three weeks from today!

THE FIRST WEEKEND


Friday, January 26 brings the Krewe of Stars Mardi Gras Tableaux Ball at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center on Airline Dive in Metairie. Irma Thomas and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson reign as queen and king. The mission of the Krewe of Stars is to encourage, nurture and promote the talents of the New Orleans performance arts community. Advance tickets $50. www.kreweofstars.com

Four parades roll in Slidell this weekend, starting Saturday with the Krewe of Bilge boat parade at 11 AM, The Krewe of Poseidon rolls Saturday night at 6 PM. On Sunday Slidellians and Perseus roll back-to-back starting at 1 PM. In Metairie, Little Rascals parades at noon.

The latest long-range weather forecast predicts the possibility of rain for this Saturday and for the start of the official parade season on Friday February 2.

Krewe du Vieux, with Richard Campanella as king, takes a different route this Saturday, staging in the Marigny and parading around the French Quarter before ending at the old Ralph & Kacoo's (519 Toulouse St.). The krewe's annual ball will be held there, with entertainment by Khris Royal and the Big Booty Express with guests Big Sam and Erica and the Morning 40 Federation. Doors open at 10 PM and tickets are $50. www.kreweduvieux.org

According to their website, “On the Night of Delusion, January 27, 2018, at approximately 7:00 PM, krewedelusion, New Orleans’ hottest and most inclusive, surrealist & satirical Carnival parade, will once again roll through the streets of the Marigny and French Quarter. The TrySinTennial Bedlam Ball shall follow at 10 PM at the Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet Street. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.” Washboard Chaz Leary reigns as king. www.Krewedelusion.org

Three parades roll in Slidell this weekend, starting with Poseidon on Saturday night at 7 PM. On Sunday Slidellians and Perseus roll back-to-back starting at 1 PM. In Metairie, Little Rascals parades at noon.

Nyx News
The Krewe of Nyx announced that Amanda Shaw will ride as their grand marshal for their 2018 parade.

Endymion News
At Saturday’s Endymion Coronation ball Captain and founder Ed Muniz was surprised when the krewe honored him for 52 years of service with a larger-than-life size, bronze-like statue of him with the Endymion man. A permanent home for the statue will found along the parade route.

Krewe member Jacob Winfield was selected as King LII in a blind drawing. Endymion also announced that Jon Batiste will serve as Grand Marshal and that Saints players Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore will ride in the parade.

MARDI GRAS INDIANS


The public is invited to attend a free event on Thursday, February 1 at 7 PM at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave in Metairie. Author Al Kennedy will speak about “The Life of Big Chief Robbe” in celebration of the publication of his new book “Chief of Chiefs: Robert Nathaniel Lee and the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, 1915 – 2001”.

On Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, the Amistad Research Center will honor the life and legacy of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. ARC will celebrate with family, friends, song, dance and food as the Harrison Family and Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Collections are now archived at ARC. Donald Harrison, Sr. (1933-1998), was a longtime Mardi Gras Indian and founder of the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians. The event will take place at The George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center 1225 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Hardy Media Watch


My 32nd annual appearance on WYES’s “Steppin’ Out—It’s Carnival Time” (with Errol and Peggy Scott Laborde) will air this Thursday, January 25, at 7 PM and 10 PM. On Wednesday, January 31, I will appear on the Fox 8 morning show around 8 AM. On February 1 my 2018 Carnival Season Preview will appear in the New Orleans Advocate. The next day my Carnival features and parade previews will begin in the daily paper and my parade preview reports start on WWL Radio.

MARDI GRAS NEWS, PRESS RELEASES

January 14, 2018

Corps de Napoleon founder and captain Irvy Cosse passed away last Friday, January 12.

The Rex organization once again donated $1 million in grants to 63 organizations involved in education in New Orleans.

Cyndi Lauper, Michael McDonald, and John Oates will perform at this year’s annual Family Gras concert series during the first weekend of February.

Zulu has announced that Spike Lee will ride as its celebrity guest in its 2018 parade, which will salute the Tricentennial.

Join Peggy Scott and Errol Laborde for King Cake and Conversation on January 20 at 10 AM at the studios of WYES. Tickets at wyes.org

The Historic New Orleans Collection will present "The History of the Baby Dolls" on January 17 at 6 PM. Reservations at wrc@hnoc.org or 504 523-4662.

Keegan-Michael Key, an American actor, writer, and producer, star of Key & Peele, Why Him, Netflix’s Friend’s From College, and the upcoming feature The Predator, will ride atop the Monarch float of the Krewe of Orpheus.

Theme of this year’s Krewe duVieux parade is Bienville’s Wet Dream.

The Mystic Krewe of Barkus, the only officially licensed Mardi Gras krewe for canines, will transform the French Quarter into doggie parade central with the theme, Game of Bones: Barkus Marks Its Territory, Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 2 PM.

The Krewe of Muses 2018 Parade Ride eBay Auction is underway. Join the Goddesses for a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a woman (over 18 years of age) to ride in the all-female Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Join the Friends of the Cabildo and the Louisiana State Museum for two nights only as they open the impressive Carnival Collection for an exclusive behind-the-scenes viewing of historic costumes and other rarely seen artifacts:
Wayne Phillips, Curator of Costumes and Textiles for the Louisiana State Museum, will guide you through an in-depth, first-hand look at Carnivals of years past through a tour of the storage rooms of the State Museum, usually off limits to the general public. Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $20 for Friends of the Cabildo and Louisiana Museum Foundation members. Tickets are limited. Only 20 guests per showing. For tickets click here or call the Friends of the Cabildo at 504-523-3939 to reserve your place.

PPP route change

January 06, 2018

Tonight’s PPP parade will u turn at Lee Circle because of electrical problems on the track near Canal Street.

TWELFTH NIGHT PREVIEW

January 04, 2018

From 7-9 AM PizzaNola at 141 West Harrison Avenue is hosting a King Cake Party with live music from Benny Grunch and the Bunch, free breakfast from BAWK, coffee from Coast Roast, and the grand arrival of the King Cake from Dong Phuong Bakery.

At 10 AM at Mardi Gras World, MAYOR MITCH LANDRIEU, along with officials from all 35 Orleans Parish parading krewes, will kick off the Carnival season with a press conference and king cake cutting ceremony. The Mayor will be presented official posters from Rex and Zulu.

At 2 PM in front of Lakeside Shopping Center, JEFFERSON PARISH will hold a Carnival Kick Off event at Mardi Gras Plaza.

The PHUNNY PHORTY PHELLOWS roll along the St. Charles line in a vintage green streetcar at 7 PM, accompanied by the Storyville Stompers Brass Band. The ride is scheduled to run from the Willow Street Car Barn, just off South Carrollton Avenue, and go all the way downtown to Canal Street and back.

CHRIS OWENS hosts a Twelfth Night Party from 6-8 PM at the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 1010 Conti Street (by $30 admission).

At 7 PM, the JOAN OF ARC walking parade will begin in the French Quarter at Toulouse and Decatur, ending at Washington Artillery Park, just across from Jackson Square. The procession includes krewe members in medieval costumes and armor, horse-back riders, dance troupes and angels, all recounting the story of the saint’s brief but eventful life.

The NOT SO SECRET SOCIETY OF THE ELYSIAN FIELDS rolls at 7:30 PM on the new Rampart-St. Claude line. They will leave the Elysian Fields Station at Elysian Fields and St. Claude, and go to Union Station and back again.

NEW—Fireworks on the river at 9 PM.

On the Northshore in downtown Covington, the ST. JOHN’S FOOLS OF MISRULE will march at 6 PM down E. Lockwood Street to the Covington Trailhead. Accompanied by the Big Fun Jazz Band, the costumed maskers will include flambeaux carriers and fire breathers and will also celebrate the group’s favorite fermented beverage, beer. www.foolsofmisrule.com

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