New Orleans Magazine - December 2007

A Royal Artist

Float No. 2 in the 2006 parade of Mobile’s Mystics of Time depicted a serpent winding down the street. The float was gorgeous with radiant colors spotting the monster’s trunk and blasts of fiery yellow radiating from its mouth.Carnivals in…

RICK PUSTANIO

And you thought Vincent van Gogh had it tough! At least the post-Impressionist genius gave up only an ear in pursuit of his kaleidoscopic world of color.Rick Pustanio? That’s another story altogether. Pustanio has the same aspirations as van Gogh.…

Who Created the Big Easy?

Sometimes a nickname is so apt, so perfect, that it fits like a glove: the way the “The Big Easy” has become synonymous with New Orleans. Tracking the term “The Big Easy” provides a happy, if rambling, stroll through New Orleans…

Modine's New Orleans

What do you do if your car has a honking problem? I ask you that.I am driving my mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, to Rouse’s in Metairie for her New Year’s resolution supply of Weight Watchers food.We stop at the McDonald’s for…

Last Call

Party GrasBloody Marys for the morning afterWhat an interesting state of affairs the calendar has presented to us in the first month of the new year.New Orleans will be celebrating Carnival as usual starting on Twelfth Night, Jan. 6. But…

Libations

Bacardi comes to CarnivalBacardi rum is planning to have a high presence in Carnival this year. “Our consumers are those who seek a great time and great taste, drinking responsibly,” says Brian Shaifer, a brand manager for the company. “In the…

Parade Rest

For a relatively short stretch of road, the blocks from Napoleon Avenue to Lee Circle are teeming with bars and restaurants perfectly suited for Mardi Gras revelers. These hangouts run the gamut from classic, such as Cannon’s and Emeril’s Delmonico,…

Get into the Spirit!

Through Jan. 13. “Classic! A Celebration of Sugar Bowl Memories;” The Historic New Orleans Collection. Information, 523-4662, www.hnoc.org.Through Feb. 17. “Blue Winds Dancing: The Whitecloud Collection of Native American Art;” New Orleans Museum of Art. Information, 658-4100, www.noma.org.Jan 3-20. MacBeth…

Fleur de Lists

1913Last time Mardi Gras was earlier than it is this year.Back then it fell on Feb. 4, the earliest date it can possibly be. 3Number of Carnivals since a ball was last held in the Municipal Auditorium. 0Indications that the…

A Parade of One's Own

There can be only one king of Carnival. But while Rex reigns supreme on Mardi Gras, his kingdom is peopled with a dizzying array of grassroots Carnival groups marching to the beat of their own drummers.Sometimes found on the parade…

The Turn of the Krewe

Like a lot of krewe members, the mischievous soldiers of Le Krewe d’Etat marched back into the city of New Orleans in October 2005, along with most everyone else (who could) to learn some brutal truths. By the time they…

Rex Themes

Parade-goers paying close attention to “The Lunar Realm” theme of the 2007 Rex parade as it rolled by might have been more than a little perplexed by float No. 22. Entitled “Independent Order of the Moon,” the float depicted a…

New Orleans Homes - On Course

When your backyard offers a panoramic view of a lush golf course it makes you feel like you are living on a beautiful country estate,” Celia Ward explains as she opens the glass doors that lead from the family room…

When the Parade Passes By

Years ago we lived one house off St. Charles Avenue when Carnival’s Uptown parade route started at Louisiana Avenue. We hosted a Monday night party when the only parade passing our house was the Krewe of Freret. Then the route…

Baghdad Dispatch

Ed. Note: This is one of a series of columns written by a New Orleanian stationed in Baghdad. Because of military regulations he cannot be identified. We can say that he is a Navy pilot and that he is from…

Healthbeat

Medic alert bracelets can save lives but can also draw unwanted attention, especially to young people with illnesses. Hope Paige Designs has found a way to rectify this problem with stylized versions of the ordinarily bulky bracelets. The Hope Paige…

Maladies with Carnival Colors

Like Mardi Gras, medicine is vivid with seasonal colors of Carnival – the golden glow of jaundice, the green discharge of gonorrhea and the purple hue of hemorrhagic skin lesions.Carnival’s colors have medical significance. Many Carnival revelers have memories of…

Wax-Tournillon Wedding

Thérèse Marie Wax and Jonathan Brady Tournillon were joined in Holy Matrimony on the evening of March 3, 2007, at the Chapel of the Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans, where Reverend Norman O’Neal, S.J., officiated the ceremony.The bride…

Finlay-Steudlein

Elizabeth Ashely Finlay and Jonathan Michael Steudlein were united in marriage on October 13, 2007, during a candlelight ceremony at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Jefferson. Deacon Andrea Capaci officiated the ceremony during which, in true Spanish tradition, the groom…

Daigle-Markiewicz Wedding

Melissa Leigh Daigle and Anthony Joseph Markiewicz were united in marriage Oct. 27, 2008, in a 1 p.m. ceremony at Annadele's Plantation in Covington. The ceremony was officiated by the Honorable Charles Cusimano, II.The bride is the daughter of Mr.…

Dvornak-Mackey Wedding

In the presence of their family and close friends, Jaime Michelle Dvornak and Patrick Ryan Mackey were joined in marriage on June 22, 2007 on Santa Rosa Beach at sunset. Reverend William Russell officiated. Patrick and Jaime have always loved…

Bourgeois-Vincent Wedding

Bethany Marie Bourgeois and Ryan Paul Vincent were united in Holy Matrimony at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church on Loyola University’s campus on September 22, 2007. The Reverend Monsignor Martin Van der Werff officiated. The bride’s father gave her…

Bridal Registry

All the BestGive a gift for the special couple to always remember their special day! A special plaque with their wedding invitation inscribed! It can be hung as a wall piece or placed in a decorative easel to display on…

Taking the Cake

It’s an iconic image: The bride in white laughing as she and her just-made-official-moments-ago husband attempt to cut into a tiered wedding cake covered with white icing. Though that primarily monochromatic image will always remain the epitome of the traditional…

Take a Sip!

In a city that’s constantly celebrating, a wedding is no small occasion. There are countless details to plan – the budget, the band, the location, the guest list, the dress. And there’s one guest who’s no longer hanging out in…

Belle Couture

Brides today have more choices than ever before; there are destination weddings, pre-honeymoon getaways, eco-friendly invitations and even couture gowns to fit the unique wishes of a bride-to-be.Ladies looking to have a dress made just for them can visit a…

Crimefighting

In the waning weeks of Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s administration, a convicted killer makes a live teleconference appearance before the state Pardon Board at a local courthouse.John David Floyd, 58, has served 26 years of a life sentence. A model prisoner…

Have You Noticed

The New Orleans business community isn’t what it used to be. Just ask around. Talk with local business leaders and what you hear in their voices is the intensity and determination of people who are hyper-focused. They exude confidence and…

When Mardi Gras Saved the City

Three yearsMardi Gras in New Orleans, for all the joy it brings and economic good it does for the city, also creates its own vulnerability. Carnival’s contrasts, while not original, are all too tempting: grandeur in a city where there…

Throw Me a Trick or Treat

In its very first year of operation, Blaine Kern’s Haunted Fun House at Mardi Gras World in Algiers was ranked as the No. 2 Halloween attraction in the nation by the Travel Channel. It was a headline-grabbing accolade for the…