Carnival Coverage

Mardi Gras Season Begins in Acadiana

Sure, it looks like rain, but no rain can stop Mardi Gras. This weekend kicks off Mardi Gras in Acadiana with Krewe de Canaille’s parade without barricades! There are more Mardi Gras-related activities to follow, including the Krewe de Chien…

Krewe of Nyx Royal Toast and Second Line Set For Thursday

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) — The Mystic Krewe of Nyx will usher in this year’s festivities with its annual Royal Toast on Thursday, February 21. Nyx Captain Julie Lea and approximately 200 krewe members will toast Goddess Nyx VIII, Shelby…

The Krewe of Highland

  Mardi Gras weather can turn on a dime, one reason my mother used to create costumes that could easily be worn as is or slipped over long sleeves and long johns. That was the case in Shreveport last year…

Zulu And Blackface: A Perspective From The Pulpit

Last Sunday an ancient form of communication, a church homily, combined with a technique as modern as a podcast to deliver some sense to a sensitive issue. The homily, by Father Peter Finney III the pastor of St. Rita’s church…

Moon Pies Over New Orleans

  Moon Pies were not invented in New Orleans, but they should have been. The confection has a New Orleans quality to it – decadent and excessive. Because they are factory wrapped in cellophane the marshmallow sandwiches are legal to toss from carnival…

Love & Carnival Cocktails

  New Orleans is gearing up for Valentine's Day and Carnival, and what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail?  Flamingo A-Go-Go (869 Magazine St.) will host Galentine's Day on Friday, Feb. 15. They are celebrating women by showing chick flicks galore. You…

The Wild West At The Time Of Rex

  Feb. 13, 1872 – New Orleans For George Armstrong Custer the occasion of the first Rex parade on Feb. 13, 1872 was one of the few marches in his life in which he was a spectator and not a…

King Cake Cocktails

  If you are fortunate enough to live within a 100-mile radius of Jackson Square, you, no doubt, have multiple opportunities just about every day to enjoy a cherished and delicious Carnival custom, King Cake. The usual is still the…

Angela Hill Named Krewe of Nyx Grand Marshal

NEW ORLEANS (press release) — Angela Hill, a mainstay on the local television airwaves for nearly 40 years, will lead this year’s Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade.  “Angela Hill is New Orleans,” said Nyx founder and Captain Julie Lea. “She…

Foo Fighters And The Fillmore Announce "Krewe du Foo"

NEW ORLEANS (press release) — Foo Fighters and The Fillmore have assembled their Krewe du Foo, Broken Hearts Social Club Parade to roll Feb. 14 kicking off the grand opening weekend of The Fillmore at Harrah’s Casino making the band…

King Cake Festival Proceeds Help Families In Need

Kathleen McCulla is the Director of Special Events in the Department of Philanthropy at Ochsner Health System.  In this podcast, McCulla offers details about the hospital’s annual King Cake Festival. This year, 2019, is the sixth year for this popular…

Quintessential Carnival

  I once had a conversation with a man who was an official of the Knights of Hermes. He was effusive about the group’s upcoming parade. “It will be the most beautiful ever,” he exclaimed. He also mentioned the parade’s…

3 Years When Mardi Gras Helped Save the City

  This year marks the 40th anniversary of a season in which Carnival helped save the city from outside forces and general greed. What happened that year, 1979, was way beyond street level frivolity but a gritty example of civic…

Carnival Arrives

  Just when New Years passes us by and we think we might get a chance to catch our collective breath – the Carnival season arrives.  As usual, there are some great parties planned to mark the start of the…

Celebrate Carnival with Tank and The Bangas

Tank and The Bangas at One Eyed Jacks As we roll into the second weekend of Carnival, the shows just keep getting better. This weekend One Eyed Jacks has a great series of events. Tomorrow night Tank and The Bangas will be playing…