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Posted: February 04, 2015

Thursday I will join Errol Laborde on the Angela Hill show on WWL Radio 870 AM at 3 PM. Friday morning my Mardi Gras Guide parade previews begin on the station.

At 7 PM Errol and Peggy Laborde and I appear on WYES's "Steppin' Out, Carnival Edition." We have done this show every year since 1986.

Look for my daily parade preview stories and historical features starting Thursday in the New Orleans Advocate.

Our Carnival Central interviews with parading captains of nearly 50 krewes in a four-parish area have begun airing on WDSU-TV Channel 6 during the morning and afternoon newscasts. They are also posted online at after the air.

I will have my final book and magazine signing of the season Thursday at West Jefferson Medical Center in Harvey from 11:30-1:30 in the gift shop.

I will be joined by Kweilyn Murphy Friday and Casey Ferrand Saturday for live shots from Napoleon Avenue during the 5 PM news on WDSU TV Channel 6.

2015 Mardi Gras Guide Sold Out
Posted: February 01, 2015

For the first time ever, we are out of magazines before the parades have started!
We are no longer able to accept orders on this site since our distributor is out of stock.

However, hundreds of copies are still available in retail outlets throughout the metro area, including Walgreens, Winn Dixie, Rouses, Rite Aid, CVS, and Barnes & Noble.

Posted: January 29, 2015

Tonight, the popular HIDDEN TREASURES-CARNIVAL EDITION continues at the Louisiana State Museum's Collection Storage Facility as rare Carnival artifacts are pulled from storage just for the occasion. Tours are Thursday, January 29, at either 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. at 1000 Chartres Street in the French Quarter. You can also visit to make a reservation and for more information.

On Monday, Feb. 9, Loyola University New Orleans will host MARDI GRAS FORUM: THE WOMEN OF CARNIVAL, a forum featuring leaders from Carnival krewes such as Iris, Muses, DIVAs, and the Society of St. Anne. It will take place at 5 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the third floor of Monroe Hall. It is free and open to the public.

WYES has announced that its annual telecast of the REX BALL AND THE MEETING OF THE COURTS will be streamed live for the first time.

Congratulations to my friend and fellow Mardi Gras expert ERROL LABORDE. In partnership with New Orleans Magazine, WWL-TV Channel 4 will present daily "Eye on Carnival" features on parade days with Carnival historian Errol Laborde. The segments on Carnival history will premiere Feb. 6 and air each parade day during the station's morning and 6 p.m. newscasts.

A large collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia is being offered this Sunday starting at 11 AM at NEAL AUCTIONS, 3923 Carondelet St., New Orleans.

Do not look for REX to arrive by boat on Lundi Gras in 2015. This year the King of Carnival will enter Spanish Plaza aboard a vintage railroad car.

The KREWE OF CAESAR added SPIDERMAN and IRON MAN to its parade lineup. Some 1,500 holographic Spiderman cards will be thrown.

According to Offbeat magazine, "Funeral arrangements for BIG CHIEF THEODORE "BO" DOLLIS, who died this week at the age of 71, have been set for this weekend. A visitation and music tribute will be held at the Carver Theater on Friday, January 30. The visitation, which will begin at 4 p.m. and last until 7 p.m., will be free and open to the public.

The HAPPENINGS section of this year's Mardi Gras Guide outlines many of this weekend's events, including the KREWE DU VIEUX and KREWE DELUSION parades on Saturday night.

And don't forget SLIDELL's triple-header with the BILGE boat parade Saturday mid-day, MONA LISA & MOON PIE Saturday night, and the PERSEUS parade on Sunday.

The KREWE OF CHOCTAW is honoring JIMMY CLARK as Grand Marshal of the 2015 Choctaw parade. Jimmy is a Mardi Gras historian and former throw manufacturer. He has also contributed many stories to the Mardi Gras Guide and is himself the subject of a story in this year’s magazine.

Posted: January 29, 2015

I will be signing magazines and books this Saturday from 11 AM-1 PM at Winn Dixie 401 N. Carrollton Avenue, and from 2-4 PM at Winn Dixie 211 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie.

Next Wednesday from Noon-1 PM we will be doing a live chat from the office of the NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE. The daily paper is featuring an "Ask Arthur" campaign. And speaking of the Advocate, look for my daily parade previews and feature stories starting next week.

My Mardi Gras Guide daily reports on WWL RADIO start Friday, February 6.

Next Thursday on WYES, the first of several airings of STEPPIN OUT - IT'S CARNIVAL TIME is scheduled for 7 PM. PEGGY SCOTT and ERROL LABORDE and I have been a part of this program every year since 1986.

This week WDSU cameraman Kevin Duckworth and I finished our interviews with captains of 48 parading krewes in a four-parish area. These parade previews will air starting next week during the morning and afternoon newscasts on WDSU TV. The station's PARADE TRACKER will also appear in each of these parades.

Arthur Hardy Book & Magazine Signings This Week
Posted: January 20, 2015

Thursday January 22
Maple Street Books 6-7 pm

Saturday January 24
Winn Dixie 3030 Ponchartrain Drive, Slidell 11 am- 1pm

Tubby & Coo's Book Shop 631 N Carrollton 2 - 4 pm

Sunday January 25
Morning Call City Park Casino Noon - 2 pm

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