Mardi Gras

A Royal Affair

Lake Charles flaunts Carnival royalty at the Mardi Gras Royal Gala

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…

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…

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…

Mardi Gras Bound

  The Carnival season is in full swing in New Orleans, and now is the prime time to head to the Big Easy. The weekend before Mardi Gras is when parade-goers get to witness three of the most revered ‘super…

Bacchus Stories: An Anniversary for the Wine God

  Bacchus is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, leaving a legacy of more stories than there are beads dangling from the oaks along the avenue. Here are a few of its stories: What do you do when your star says he is…

When Saturday Night Live Came To Bacchus

Bacchus is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, that’s long enough for the group to have generated some sub-anniversaries including the 40th for an event that happened on February 20, 1977. And the nation was watching. That was the night…

A Guide to the St. Charles Parade Route

Porta-Potties The city of New Orleans offers free porta-potties (that I personally saw being cleaned twice on the Saturday before Mardi Gras 2017) on the neutral ground side of Napoleon Avenue, catty-corner to Superior Seafood, as well as on the…

Parade Schedule

Friday, Feb. 2 French Quarter Krewe of Cork 3:00 p.m. Uptown New Orleans Krewe of Oshun 6:00 p.m. Krewe of Cleopatra follows Metairie Krewe of Excalibur 7:30 p.m.   Saturday, Feb. 3 Slidell Krewe of Paws 10:00 a.m. Krewe of…

Morgan's Note

April may be my favorite month of the year in New Orleans. The weather, by and large, is still beautiful; the flowers and flowering trees are in bloom; the city is full of music and musicians; and, while Carnival and…

Bev's Note

We are thrilled to feature the 40th “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” and the 29th “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” presented by Tulane Pediatrics. These are spectacular parties, and this year both events will benefit the expansion of the Jaguar Jungle exhibit! Thanks so much…

2017 Courts of Carnival

St. Charles Avenue’s fifth annual Courts of Carnvial – the largest ever at more than double the size of last year – and reminds you that Mardi Gras really is the most wonderful time of year in New Orleans. Arranged in reverse…