Author: Photos by Sydney Byrd

A Parade of One's Own

There can be only one king of Carnival. But while Rex reigns supreme on Mardi Gras, his kingdom is peopled with a dizzying array of grassroots Carnival groups marching to the beat of their own drummers.Sometimes found on the parade…

The Race is On

Nothing is quite as exciting as a horse race. The Triple Crown—Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes—are often edge-on-the-seat TV watching experiences. For those lucky enough to attend one of these races, the thrill lasts a lifetime.It’s…

Earl Turbinton, Willie Tee and John Scott

Funeral Procession of Willie TeeThe weeks leading up to the cool breath of fall carried messages of continuity about the music laced with appreciations for artists who had died. As New Orleans moved beyond the second-year mark of damages furnished…

Social Aid and Lots of Pleasure

“It’s my life and I love it,” declares Alfred Carter, better known by all simply as “Bucket.” A member of the Young Men Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association for 68 of his 73 years, he isn’t exaggerating his assessment of what…

Fleur de Lists

Carnival’s Hottest Krewes• Muses. Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. This all-female krewe does good satire on its floats and good deeds in its community life. Muses’ throws are some of Carnival’s most creative. Bonus points: This krewe has actually put…

NEWS BEAT: Jazz Fest boosts black heritage

When the Zulu parade rolls this year, it will be doing so with a little help from its friends. Ditto for Mardi Gras Indians who enliven the Carnival scene and other holidays, the second line parades that keep a distinct…

EDIBLE SCHOOL YARDS

Donna Cavato, Program Director for the new Edible Schoolyard at the K-8 Green Charter School, gestures across a barren schoolyard covered with a layer of mulch. “It’s perfect. It’s full sun. There’s not a whole lot of concrete that we…

MUSIC: Seasoned Greetings with GREGG STAFFORD

By the second week of December I start rummaging through the stacks of CDs not shelved – the ones stored in a cabinet under the bookcase, a knee-high closet so stuffed that I recoil from the loss of order. The…