Carnival Coverage

King Cakes In The Post-Katrina Era

  There was a time when there was no debate about King Cake. There was, for the most part, only one brand, McKenzie's, and only one flavor, Mckenzie’s- style – which had a slight cinnamon coffeeroll taste. The purple green…

How Carnival Got Its Colors

  Ed. Note: This has become an annual obsession with me. Several years ago, I was involved in a project in which we discovered the true origins of Carnival’s colors; purple, green and gold. It was not justice, power and…

Chaos Organized

What is about to unfold here over the next seven weeks is mind-boggling, except that we’ve done it before many times. Every year is better, more elaborate, grander and in some cases unstoppable, until the following year. The Carnival Season…

French Truck Releases 2020 Mardi Gras Blend

NEW ORLEANS (press release) –Geoffrey Meeker, owner of French Truck Coffee headquartered in New Orleans, announced the release of the Mardi Gras blend for the 2020 carnival season. Big Chief, a unique blend of naturally processed coffees from El Salvador,…

King Cake Conundrum

  You know you’re getting old when you get excited about a new calendar, but here I am. I got a brightly colored calendar for 2020 that features hand-drawn pictures of food with hand-lettered recipes (this month is borscht!), and…

2020 Parade Season Preview

Carnival Historian and New Orleans Magazine editor Errol Laborde shows WWLTV's Eye On Carnival what is in store as the city anticipates Carnival season 2020.    

Thoughts for Recovering on the Day After

  So, today we experience a community funk because of what happened in the Superdome yesterday. Fate is good to us, however, because our big disappointment happens to be followed the next day by Twelfth Night and the beginning of…

Groovy Gras

As we move from the holiday season to Carnival season, there are a lot of great things to do around town. As usual, the Radiators will be at Tipitina’s for their annual winter anniversary reunion. This year the shows run…

2020 Carnival Calendar

While New Orleans is the most well-known place in Louisiana to celebrate Mardi Gras, Louisianians know there are lively parades and events for weeks all over the state. From Shreveport to Eunice and everywhere in between, here's your guide to…

Carnival in New Roads

By the time the 2020 Carnival season reaches its climax on Mardi Gras, Feb. 25, numerous Louisiana cities and towns will have wrapped up their perennial schedules of pre-Lenten parades, balls and other festivities. In one community, however, all proverbial…

Pelican Briefs: Da Kings of Cakes

Chef Nathan Richard of DTB (dtbnola.com) was crowned the 2019 King of American Seafood for his luscious crawfish and goat cheese king cake with cream cheese pepper jelly and Cajun caviar. “I’m serving it at DTB with optional caviar during…

From the Editor: Galloping Through the Decades

Hardly anyone knows it, but this year the Cajun Courir De Mardi Gras approaches the 70th anniversary of its revival. Had it not been for a few men wanting to rescue a lost ritual there would be no customs to…

Bywater Bakery's 4th Annual King's Day King Cake Kick-Off

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Following the sold-out success of 2019, Bywater Bakery announces the return of its annual King’s Day Block Party on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Officially kicking off Carnival Season, which culminates Feb. 25 at Midnight on…

Willa Jean's King Cake – A Mardi Gras 2020 Essential

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Since Willa Jean opened nearly five years ago, the staple New Orleans restaurant has been serving their version of King Cake with great fanfare. Back by popular demand, Kelly Fields is once again serving her…

Parade Unrest: Making Moves in Jefferson Parish

  There were two revealing news stories about Carnival coming out of Jefferson Parish last week. One came from a report in The Times-Picayune based on a public records request. The report gave results of the Mike Yenni administration’s review…

Nyx On Parade

  Last week, the Krewe of Nyx announced that it would break Carnival tradition by staging a summer version of its parade to be held in July in addition to its regular Carnival season march. This was supposed to be…

Ash Wednesday

  I once worked in an office where on the day after Mardi Gras I noticed the two girls at the front desk each had ashen crosses on their forehead. At first I thought it was touching that they had gone…

Mardi Gras at Willa Jean

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Chef Kelly Fields, the culinary genius behind Willa Jean in the Central Business District, will keep her doors open for locals and visitors alike during the party, to enjoy a cocktail, festive brunch or delicious Caramel…

Mardi Gras Parties in Acadiana

  The weekend leading up to Mardi Gras is one of the most fun times of year in our extremely festive region, and area venues and establishments are making the most of it! Some of our favorite performers will come…

Mardi Gras Time

  It is Carnival in New Orleans and many of us are feeling very well, thank you for asking! So far it’s been a hit or miss affair where the weather is concerned, but we’ve seen worse. We’ll put on…

It’s Mardi Gras Time…Hope You’re Well Rested

  This is one of my favorite weeks of the year.  It’s fun to watch everyone’s orbit slowly shift into the overwhelming pull of Mardi Gras.  There is music everywhere and the hits keep on coming.  Here are some can’t…