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Posted: February 06, 2016

Today's Iris parade starts at South Claiborne and Napoleon, not at Carondelet and Napoleon as some sources have reported. (We had it right.)

This may be the driest 12-day parade season in recent memory. We will have a cold Fat Tuesday, but no rain is in sight.

Watch Fox 8 TV starting at 7PM tonight where we will provide wall-to-wall coverage of the Endymion parade and Extravaganza.


For the past week parade viewers have been able to stand on the tiny space on the neutral ground side between the curb and the construction site fencing on Napoleon Avenue between Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue. Not anymore. For safety reasons, the entire area is off limits, pushing those crowds to the "sidewalk side." This also means that float riders will not be able to throw to the neutral ground side on Napoleon Avenue.

Because of the fire that destroyed a building the 1000 block of Canal Street two weeks ago, Endymion will crossover to the downtown side of Canal at Basin then continue against traffic to Royal/St. Charles and make the wide right turn and continue to Lee Circle.

Zulu will cross over Canal at St. Charles/Royal and travel with traffic to Basin Street and make a right turn and continue on their traditional route.

The Truck parades will also cross over Canal at St. Charles/Royal and continue straight down Canal Street with traffic to their normal disband at Claiborne.

Posted: February 04, 2016

There's a great triple-header uptown that showcases krewes that represent parading traditions from three different centuries. The themes are supposed to be secret, but Babylon depicts "Enchantments and Transformations," "Chaos Theory" is the theme of the night's second parade, while Muses celebrates a special anniversary with its "Sweet Sixteen" parade. Among the regional politicians to be lampooned by Chaos are Bobby Jindal, Marlon Gusman, Mitch Landrieu, Les Miles, and the New Orleans City Council. Muses takes some shots at the Republican Party, Irving Mayfield, and the Benson family. The shoe-throwing club also presents Mardi Gras Indian queens on a special float, while Solange Knowles serves as the krewe's Honorary Muse for the 2016 parade.

Hardy Watch
Posted: February 04, 2016

My Carnival feature in today's New Orleans Advocate deals with Mardi Gras in the movies. Past features are also posted on line at

I will be doing live shots from Napoleon near Magazine at 4 PM and 5 PM today for the Fox 8 News. Tonight during the 9 PM Fox 8 News I take a look at the connection between Mardi Gras and the Metairie Cemetery. Earlier segments are available at

My radio interview on "The Reading Life" with Susan Larson is available at An encore showing of "Steppin' Out, It’s Carnival Time" on WYES airs Fat Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock. And the cover story on me in "Senior Living" can be found at

1 Week Away
Posted: February 02, 2016

It's hard to believe that Fat Tuesday is one week from today. Looks like the weather will change several times during the next seven days.

I will appear with Susan Larson today at 1:30 PM on WWNO (89.9 FM) on "The Reading Life."

My taped features on Fox 8’s news at 9 PM the next three evenings will profile Henri Schindler (tonight), Metairie Cemetery (Wednesday) and Antoine’s (Thursday).

I will be doing live shots from the starts of Druids, Babylon and Hermes this week during the Fox 8 newscasts and 4 PM and 5 PM and will be part of the live telecast of the Endymion 50th anniversary parade Saturday evening.

The Guggenmusik Kamikaze Marching Band from Switzerland performed at Mardi Gras in 2013 and is returning this year. You can catch them in a free concert Wednesday at 1 PM at Washington Artillery Park across from Jackson Square. The band will perform in the parades of Babylon, Morpheus, Tucks, Thoth, Proteus and Rex.

Parade Preview for Sunday, January 31, 2016
Posted: January 31, 2016

This year's reshuffled parade schedule in uptown New Orleans features the city's newest parade going first rather than last as it did in 2015. At 11 AM the African-American female club, Femme Fatale leads off a quartet of parades. The day's oldest parade, the Krewe of Carrollton follows with its largest membership ever-450 men. Krewe-emblemed throws include Fedora hats and decorated shrimp boots. The 610 Stompers and the Rolling Elvi will perform. King Arthur's band of 975 merry men and women, also its largest membership ever, follow with 34-floats with the theme King Arthur's Classified Information. Throws include selfie sticks and shield-shaped doubloons. The Krewe of Alla, which includes Legion of Mars members, follows with a 24-float parade entitled A Salute to American Icons. The Alla parade always features a large number of high quality marching bands. In Slidell the 31st Dionysus parade rolls with the theme Dionysus Tours the World. For the animal lovers of New Orleans, the 24th annual Krewe of Barkus parade strolls through the French Quarter Sunday afternoon commencing near Armstrong Park. This year's theme is From the Dog House to the White House. On the Northshore in Madisonville, the 43rd annual Krewe of Tchefuncte Boat Parade cruises up and down the riverfront starting at 1 PM. Because of Sunday's Super bowl, the Corps de Napoleon's parade rolls tonight instead of its regular spot next Sunday. This will help the crowds at Family Gras in Metairie. The 250 male and female member group presents a 21-float parade entitled Napoleon Jet Sets. The parade includes horse-drawn carriages and an appearance by the Mardi Gras Indians. Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni rides as guest grand marshal.

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