Carnival Coverage

Getting Wild for Mardi Gras

It is impossible to overstate the importance of music to the experience of Mardi Gras. There is no aspect of Carnival that is not colored and deepened by the rich, longstanding relationship between the musical culture of New Orleans and the heritage…

A Chewbacchus Diary

I was in The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade last Saturday (for my second year) walking with the "Party Elves of Mirkwood," of Hobbit fame. Last year, I learned a lot. This year, I learned even more – so I think…

King Cakes Level The Field

       King Cake is a topic that I usually write about at least once each Carnival season, not because I want to, but because I feel I should. Other than to point out the obvious – there has been a growth in…

Don't be that guy

So have you ever seen the movie PCU? It's an awesome movie. I love it because, while exaggerated, it's a pretty accurate portrayal of many a college experience. Watching it reminds me so much of my time at Ohio University that…

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 coffee-roll taste. The purple, green and gold sugar added more to…

Endymion - The Triumph of Bling

      Ed Muniz was pointing to some of the subtle fine points on the Endymion King’s float, a parade not known for its subtly. On the second unit of the tandem float were two dancing butterfly sculptures once seen in Comus, the krewe…

Carnival captains earn no recognition, but nice whistle

The following is an excerpt from Errol Laborde's book Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival (Pelican Publishing). Read more of Laborde's Carnival coverage in New Orleans Magazine or at www.myneworleans.com and look for more Carnival stories from him…

Revisiting Rex's birthplace and early leaders

The following is an excerpt from Errol Laborde's book Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival (Pelican Publishing). Read more of Laborde's Carnival coverage in New Orleans Magazine or at www.myneworleans.com and look for more Carnival stories from him…

Grand Duke Alexis a Carnival catalyst

The following is an excerpt from Errol Laborde's book Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival (Pelican Publishing). Read more of Laborde's Carnival coverage in New Orleans Magazine or at www.myneworleans.com and look for more Carnival stories from him…