Carnival Coverage

Iconic Louisiana Brands Team Up for Countdown to Carnival 2022

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – To celebrate one year until Mardi Gras Day and what’s anticipated to be a return to pre-coronavirus festivities, Camellia Brand, TABASCO Brand Pepper Sauce, Cajun Country Rice and the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute…

Carnival '21: Oaks, Floats and a Joke

  Last week, on Ash Wednesday, we had lunch at Venezia’s on North Carrollton Ave. I was fortunate to be seated in such a way that I could see through the front window across the restaurant. Somewhere between the fettucine…

When Rex Met Zulu: A Lundi Gras Evening

  Lundi Gras 1999 had extra excitement to it, at least for those gathered at Riverwalk near the stage at Spanish Plaza where Rex, King of Carnival, and his entourage would soon be arriving. What was different that year was…

Visual Tales of Carnival Season

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – While Mardi Gras might look a little different this year, we can still pay homage to our beloved Carnival traditions. To honor the great city of New Orleans and our community’s love for Mardi Gras,…

2021 Hidden Treasures: Virtual Carnival Edition

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – For all you hardcore Carnival fanatics, join the Friends of the Cabildo and the Louisiana State Museum for one night only as they open the impressive Carnival Collection for an exclusive behind-the-scenes viewing of historic…

Can't Take New Orleans Out Of Carnival

  It turns out, you can take the Carnival out of New Orleans, but you can't take the New Orleans out of Carnival. It seemed inevitable that when Mardi Gras was officially “canceled” this year (good luck with that), folks…

The Best of Carnival

  This weekend would have been the march of the Krewe du Vieux. The rowdy krewe’s theme brilliantly matched the world of COVID:“We’ve got no taste.” No group maximizes tasteless as much as KduV. For all of us who do…

Antoine's Unveils New Mardi Gras Dinner Menu

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Antoine’s is excited to share with its new Four Course Prix Fixe Mardi Gras DINNER Menu! From Snails en Croute to Rabbit Rillettes to Veal Francese and even King Cake Baked Alaska, the menu is…

A Modern COVID Carnival

  One of the last happy memories I have of The Before Times was hitting all the parades with my older daughter, Ruby, a true Carnival die-hard. This kid attended her first parade at 9 weeks old (that may have…

Some Good News About Carnival – Finally

  So far this season, finding good news about Carnival has been about as easy as trying to catch a Zulu coconut in a crowd, but every so often circumstances take a fortunate bounce in our direction. Challenging situations sometimes…

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…