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Metairie Hot Spots for Mardi Gras

Metairie Hot Spots for Mardi Gras 1. Clearview Mall 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504.885.0202 clearviewmall.com 2. Houston's 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504.899.2301 3. Acropolis Cuisine 3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504.888.9046 4. Lager's International Ale House 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504.887.9923 lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com 5. Lakeside Mall 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504.835.8000 lakesideshopping.com 6. Carretta's 2320 Veterans Memorial […]

New Orleans Hot Spots for Mardi Gras

New Orleans Hot Spots for Mardi Gras 1. Fleur D'Orleans 3701 A Magazine Street 504.899.5585 fleurdorleans.com Come to Fleur D'Orleans for a one-of-a-kind art and architectural inspired jewelry. Wear the beautiful memory of your city. 2. Superior Grill 3636 St. Charles Avenue 504.899.4200 neworleans.superiorgrill.com 3. The Irish House 1432 St. Charles Avenue 504.595.6755 theirishhouseneworleans.com 4. […]

Fleur de List

Day Parades 1. Rex. “Lore of the Ancient Americas” is this year’s Rex theme. Providing something that’s totally fresh in parade themes, the tableau will speak of native mythology, legends and images. The krewe works hard at developing an original theme and displaying it brilliantly on its floats. Among its regular “signature floats,” look for […]

Mardi Gras: My Personal Tour

Every Mardi Gras I walk from Canal Street to Frenchmen Street and then back again. That seems sane enough, except that I make the round trip, with deviations to Bourbon Street and Jackson Square, maybe four times that day. I am obsessed. I have to see it all. 
 Were it not for Rex, I […]


Q&A: Doctor to Doctor



Streetcar: Iris, Endymion and the Rain

Only one person was standing at Gallier Hall when the Iris parade rolled by on the Saturday before Mardi Gras last year. The man would get drenched, first with the rain that was playing havoc with the day and then with beads from the grateful riders who had no one else to whom to throw. […]

The Passing Carnivals

Our readers reminisce

Waiting for Ste. Anne

Herein Lies the True Spirit of Carnival

Play to Win

It isn’t about flashing lights, fast action and sound effects, a true pinball wizard understands how to push the limits, avoid a tilt, set the high score and win the grand prize.

Restaurant Insider: Candy, Carmo, Cafes

On the 29th of this month (yes, that’s a thing that’s happening) Southern Candymakers will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The business, which is owned by locals Chuck Williams and Peter Tompkins, opened its first shop at 334 Decatur St. on Feb. 29, 1992, and its second shop at 1010 Decatur St. in August of 2001. […]

Table Talk: Sweet Dreams

Confections from the little guy

Food: Guests’ Requests

Dishing out their favorites

Charlie Farmer: Piano Man

A life in rondo

Read + Spin

ALBUM New Orleans rockers MuteMath have re-released their third studio album (their first full-length effort without original guitarist Greg Hill), Odd Soul, as a vinyl LP. This most recent effort is noticeably more bluesy. Paul Meany’s vocals are just as raw and cutting as ever. Roy Mitchell-Cardénas and Darren King remain with the band; Todd […]

Music: The World of Keith Spera

A music writer with stories to tell

Newsbeat: Cosimo Matassa

Hall of Famer

Modine's New Orleans: Bead Catching

The vacuum cleaner strategy

A House of Whimsy

Visions from a condo on the Avenue

Hot to Trot: Carnival’s Horses

From mounted parade riders to mules pulling floats, Mardi Gras is still running on horsepower!

The Scoop: Mardi Grapalypse

How to survive Carnival

Newsbeat: Stadium Plan Looks “Back to the Future”

Before the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, gathering for a big football game in the Crescent City meant a trip to the Tulane Stadium. It was the site for many years of the Sugar Bowl, three Super Bowls and the home field for a time for both Tulane’s Green Wave team and the New Orleans Saints. Parts of […]

Crime Fighting: Remembering James Darby

The tragedy of a prophetic letter


Last month, Experimental Biology and Medicine published results from a Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center study, which found that a cellular defensive system called the ISG15 pathway – involved in fighting bacterial and viral infection – is triggered during a stage in breast cancer. The pathway disrupts cytoskeletal function and increases the possibility that […]

Newsbeat: “Joy” Proves Resilient

When Canal Street was in its glory, New Orleanians of all walks of life converged here for shopping and entertainment. The Joy Theater was part of that scene, and now with a revitalization revving up along Canal Street, the Joy is back, too. This time, however, the historic movie theater has been redeveloped as a […]

Education’s New Model City

Yes, we’re talking about New Orleans

Biz: Art of the Disguise

There’s a new costumer in town

Persona: Elroy A. James, King Zulu 2012

It was the afternoon of Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, 2012, and the elegant Gallier Hall – New Orleans’ former City Hall – was filled with Carnival krewe captains and members, city officials and the press to kick off the beginning of Carnival season at the mayor’s King Cake party. Among those at the gathering, one man […]

Creating a Costume: The adventure

For all of my admiration of the Carnival season, I’m not a very good costumer. In fact, I’m rather pathetic at it. I am so helpless that a friend, Jolie, who’s a seasoned costume-maker, offered to help me for this Carnival. Early on I decided that I would be Bienville since he founded the city […]



Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot


Speaking Out

Parade Quality: Taking a stand in Jefferson

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