Carnival Coverage

S2, Episode 2: COVID Carnival

In this episode, Errol Laborde and Rich Collins take a look at how the coronavirus has impacted Carnival in 2021 and what this means for the future of Carnival in New Orleans.

NOCCA and Cake Cafe are Baking THREE King Cakes for Carnival

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Carnival looks a little different this year, but it tastes as sweet as ever. That's because NOCCA's Culinary Arts department has teamed up with Cake Cafe's Chef Steve Himelfarband locally owned French Truck Coffee to…

King Cakes Now Available at Galatoire’s Restaurant

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Galatoire’s is excited to announce the restaurant will now offer King Cakes this Mardi Gras season, available by pre-order. Each cake serves 12-14. “As we continue to once again shift our services in an ever-changing…

Krewe of Orpheus Offers Coveted Float Artwork

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Krewe of Orpheus is offering their signature floral works of art after years of requests by krewe members and the public alike. By engaging local artists, funds raised from the sale of the papier-mâché…

King Cakes in the COVID Era

  I suspect that this is going to be a good year for king cake sales, BUT there is also going to be a major crisis over the allocation of responsibility: In other words, who gets the baby now? To…

King Cakes by Brennan's Now on Sale

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Celebrate the Carnival season with these three kingly newcomer cakes in Traditional, Chocolate 'Black & Gold' and 'Pink Parade' Strawberry Cream Cheese are destined to become true New Orleans royalty. Cakes are 10” X 12” and…

The Best: The Set Up for a Safe Carnival Season

  As we do in my household every year at this time, this past weekend we dismantled Christmas, stowed it in the attic, and hauled out Mardi Gras. This year more than ever we will make our home look like…

The Northshore’s Krewe Du Pooch Is Going Virtual for 2021!

MANDEVILLE, La (press release) – The Northshore’s Krewe Du Pooch, co-hosted by the Old Mandeville Business Association (OMBA) and the City of Mandeville, is going virtual in 2021 with a Costume Contest, Fun Run/Walk and 5K Race! This year’s event…

A Bad Year for the Mystic Krewe of Nyx

  I think we can all agree that 2020 has not been a very good year. But it's been a really bad year for the Mystic Krewe of Nyx. (And in what other city do people get to write a…

Why Carnival Should Persevere

  During the immediate post-Katrina days of 2005 Mayor Ray Nagin went to the Northshore one Sunday evening to talk to a group of displaced New Orleanians. They wanted to know about the condition of the city and when they…

Mardi Gras Marriage Mambo

This Carnival season has considerable tragedy in New Orleanians with two fatalities involving tandem floats during the Nyx and Endymion parades, two riders injured after falling from floats in Thoth and two people requiring medical attention after falling from a…

NOPSI Hotel Hosts Mardi Gras

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – As one of the most exciting times to visit New Orleans, NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans — known as the historic headquarters of the former New Orleans Public Service Inc. (NOPSI) — is gearing up for…

Barracuda Offers Fun To-Go Options During Mardi Gras

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Neighborhood taco stand, Barracuda, which is just three blocks off the Uptown parade route, is offering fun to-go options during Mardi Gras. This year, Barracuda will be offering 32 oz. take-out jugs of their signature…

Lyft's 2020 Mardi Gras Transportation Plan

NEW ORLEANS (press release) –  Lyft, whose mission is to improve people's lives with the world's best transportation, wants to help New Orleans residents and out-of-town visitors navigate the Crescent City during Carnival season with tips to maximize their experience:…

The Best Places to Seek Shelter During Mardi Gras

  Few things are more valuable than a friend with a home and a working bathroom on a parade route. Hell, even a parade-side portable toilet with crowds bumping into its side and water sloshing about can be a blessing…