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Voodoo's big days

 This Tuesday, June 23, is St. John's Eve, which is a high holy day in the world of Voodoo - a celebration of the summer solstice. By tradition Voodoo dancers have gathered along Bayou St. John (which by happy coincidence…

The Mayor

3 Things That I Wish the Mayor was Doing Last Week Instead of Being Quarantined in China and Speaking About Global Warming in Australia

What to do about the flag?

Flag Day is this week. That was always a very special occasion for my late father, who was decorated in World War II, and who very much loved that flag. To his generation, the flag was quite lovable. In World…

D-DAY, 2000

 I found myself feeling more emotional than I expected when I walked alongside the staging area for the D-Day parade, especially when I saw a military truck carrying veterans from the 101st Airborne. The date was June 6, 2000, opening…

Errol Laborde: Michelangelo and e-mail insanity

While on vacation last week I sent an e-mail to the gang at the office. Toward the end, I added a line saying, in an attempt at inside-the-industry whimsy, that that day I had seen Michelangelo's David but that I…

Errol Laborde: Twenty-five years ago, and all was fair

During the first weekend of the 1984 world's fair I glanced up at the gondola system that was stretched from the fair's grounds across the river to a point near Blaine Kern's Algiers float dens. Riding in a capsule dangling…

Errol Laborde: Cracklings Considered, or Chewing the Fat

We'll assume that the operator of a particular booth at the Jazz Fest did not consult one of those fancy Madison Avenue marketing firms to come up with the name for his business, "Fatty's Cracklings."        Properly made, cracklings (or cracklin's-…

Errol Laborde: Top 5 from New Orleans' Early R&B Legacy

Ernie K-Doe once gushed to the crowd at Jazz Fest that he was, “the best thing that ever happened to New Orleans – in all its history.” He wasn’t totally wrong, although other contenders might include fellow New Orleans rhythm…

Errol Laborde: How to redefine hurricane season

April is one of New Orleans’ best months – unfortunately it has also become a sign-post for one of the city’s most dreaded months. As this week ends, we are only a bit more than a month away from June…

Errol Laborde: Nellie Fox and Life's Curveballs

Baseball season, having begun anew, brings to mind Nellie Fox, who once played second base for the Chicago White Sox. Fox was distinguished for the wad of tobacco that puffed one of his cheeks. I know, because as a kid,…

Errol Laborde: End of the Bunny Trail

I suspect that each new generation, increasingly used to action that is "virtual," rather than actual, was getting less enchanted about the site of live bunnies quietly snuggling or performing an occasion hop en route to a piece of lettuce.There…

Race Baiting: Guess Where it's Being Stirred Up

As late as the 1960s some (but not all) white politicians used race-baiting as a way of trying to obtain or cling to power. Until the mid-'60s state elections often centered on racial issue.       There were some notable exceptions. In…

4 Answers to the Argument:

"Why do whites want reform now that blacks are in power, yet they never worried about it when they were in power?"

How the Crawfish Became a Star

After the waters began to recede from the great flood of 1927, some refugees who had spent time at a Red Cross camp began to return to their homes in rural central Louisiana. When they got to their houses, everything…

Notes From Carnival ’09

We came really close to having a perfect Carnival. The krewes did their part (Zulu even ran a little ahead of time). The weather was great. The crowds were large. The parade quality was improved. Police and sanitation did their…

Four signs that the Carnival spirit survives

Carnival is a fragile season that is often threatened, though I am amazed at how the spirit seems to survive. There are signs that people really do care and really want the season to have class, significance and style. They…

Morgus’ Solution: How To Keep The Quarter Clean

 I got to interview Morgus the Magnificent this past week. During the 1960s Morgus was the rage in local television when, on Saturday nights, he would introduce horror movies on television. Between segments, he would have skits featuring his mummy…

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Errol Laborde holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans. He also serves as executive editor of  New Orleans Magazine and Louisiana Life magazine.

Errol is also a producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12. Errol is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the Press Club of New Orleans. He also received the National and City Regional Magazine Association Award for Best Column for his New Orleans Magazine column, beating out 76 city magazines across the country. In 2013, Errol received the award for the "Best News Affiliated Blog," awarded by the Press Club of New Orleans.

Errol’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Peggy, to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.

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