Carnival Coverage

The Color of Bacchus

For most of this Carnival season the whispering had been that Bacchus still had not found a monarch. True, the task has gotten increasingly difficult each year, but even by recent standards the timeframe was getting tight. When Bacchus made…

Origins of Carnival and New Orleans Traditions

John Magill is a local historian and expert on New Orleans’ many unique historical facts. In this podcast, Magill explains the origins of our Carnival celebration. Locals and others will find his information fascinating. According to Magill, the earliest Carnival celebrations…

Queen Reesie and the Mardi Gras Indians Hall of Fame

Cherice Harrison-Nelson is curator of the Mardi Gras Indians Hall of Fame. Mardi Gras Indians and their followers also know her as Queen Reesie of the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians. In this podcast, Cherice explains that each…

Endymion Makes the Turn

Mardi Gras 2013 was still a month or so away, but a never-before-seen maneuver took place along Canal Street that diverted eyes and stopped traffic along the route. Endymion, master krewe of all things big – including its number of riders – was preparing to reveal a…

2015 Courts of Carnival

St. Charles Avenue’s third annual Courts of Carnival brings you the gleaming jewels and lavish crowns and reminds us that Mardi Gras is really the most wonderful time of the year in New Orleans. Arranged in reverse chronological order from…

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…