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Mardi Gras Day is on
February 28, 2017

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Friday, January 6th

Phunny Phorty Phellows
St. Charles Streetcar Line

2017 Pictures

Krewe de Jeanne D’Arc
French Quarter 6:00p.m.

Societé du Champs Elysées
Rampart - St. Claude
Streetcar Line

Saturday, February 11th

Krewe du Vieux
French Quarter 6:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

French Quarter 7:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Bilge
Slidell 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Poseidon
Slidell 1:00 p.m.

Mona Lisa & Moon Pie
Slidell 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 12th

Krewe of Little Rascals
Metairie 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Slidellians
Slidell 1:00 p.m.

Mystic Krewe of Perseus
Slidell follows Slidellians

Pearl River Lions Club
Pearl River 1:00 p.m.

Frriday, February 17th

Krewe of Cork
French Quarter 3:00 p.m.

Krewe of Oshun
Uptown 6:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Cleopatra
Uptown 6:30 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Knights of Excalibur
Metairie 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Athena
Metairie 7:30 p.m.

Krewe of Eve
Mandeville 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Hercules
Houma 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 18th

Krewe of Pontchartrain
Uptown 1:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Choctaw
Uptown 2:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Freret
Uptown 2:30 p.m.
2016 Pictures

'titRəx Parade
Faubourg Marginy 5:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures by Nick Christopher

Knights of Sparta
Uptown 6:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Pygmalion
Uptown 6:15 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Faubourg Marginy 7:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures
2016 Pictures by Nick Christopher
2016 Pictures by Harriet Cross

Mystic Knights of Adonis
Westbank 11:45 p.m.

Krewe of Caesar
Metairie 6:00 p.m.

Knights of Nemesis
St. Bernard 1:00 p.m.

Krewe De Paws
Slidell 10:00 a.m.

Krewe of Push Mow
Abita Springs 11:00 a.m.

Krewe of Olympia
Covington 6:00 p.m.

Mystic Krewe of Titans
Slidell 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Tee Caillou
Chauvin 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Aquarius
Houma 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 19th

Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale
Uptown 11:00 a.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Carrollton
Uptown 12:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of King Arthur
Uptown 1:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Alla
Uptown 1:30 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Mystic Krewe of Barkus
French Quarter 2:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures by Nick Christopher
2016 Pictures by Harriet Cross

Krewe of Dionysus
Slidell 1:00 p.m.

Krewe of Tchefuncte
Madisonville 2:00 p.m.

Krewe of Hyacinthians
Houma 12:30 p.m.

Krewe of Titans
Houma follows Hyacinthians

Monday, February 20th
2.2 Social Aid & Pleasure
Marching Club

Uptown 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22nd

Mystic Krewe of Druids
Uptown 6:30 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Mystic Krewe of Nyx
Uptown 7:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Thursday, February 23rd

Knights of Babylon
Uptown 5:30 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Knights of Chaos
Uptown 6:15 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Muses
Uptown 6:30 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Friday, February 24th

Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA
French Quarter 1:30 p.m.

Mystic Krewe of Hermes
Uptown 6:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Le Krewe d'Etat
Uptown 6:30 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Morpheus
Uptown 7:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Centurions
Metairie 7:00 p.m.

Original Krewe of Orpheus
Mandeville 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Selene
Slidell 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Aphrodite
Houma 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 25th

Krewe of Iris
Uptown 11:00 a.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Tucks
Uptown 12:00 p.m
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Endymion
Mid-City 4:15 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Isis
Metairie 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of NOMTOC
Westbank 10:45 a.m.

Krewe of Bush
Bush 9:00 a.m.

Krewe of Salt Bayou
Slidell 2:00 p.m.

Krewe of Mardi Gras
Houma 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 26th

Krewe of Okeanos
Uptown 11:00 a.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Mid-City
Uptown 11:45 a.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Thoth
Uptown 12:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Box of Wine
Uptown preceeds Bacchus
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Bacchus
Uptown 5:15 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Corps de Napoleon
Metairie 5:30 p.m.

Grand Isle Independent
Grand Isle 1:00 p.m.

Houma 12:30 p.m.

Krewe of Montegut
Montegut 2:00 p.m.

Monday February 27th

Krewe of Proteus
Uptown 5:15 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Orpheus
Uptown 6:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Cleopatra
Houma 6:30 p.m.

February 28, 2017

Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club
Uptown 8:00 a.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Rex
Uptown 10:00 a.m.
2016 Pictures

Mardi Gras Day
(Around and About...)

2016 Pictures

Krewe of Elks Orleans
Uptown follows Rex Organization

Krewe of Crescent City
Uptown follows Elks

Krewe of Argus
Metairie 10:00 a.m.

Krewe of Elks Jefferson
Metairie after Argus

Krewe of Jefferson
Metairie after Elks Jefferson

Covington Lions
Covington 10:00 a.m.

Krewe of Covington
follows Covington Lions

Krewe of Lyra
follows Covington

Krewe of Houmas
Houma 11:00 a.m.

Krewe of Kajuns
Houma follows Houmas

Krewe of Bonne Terre
Montegut 4:00 p.m.

Krewe of Skunks
Lacombe 1:00 p.m.

Krewe of Chahta-Ima
Lacombe 1:00 p.m.

Mardi Gras Day
Marching Clubs

Irish Channel Corner Club
Uptown 6:30 a.m.

Jefferson City Buzzards
Uptown 6:45 a.m.

Lyons Carnival Club
Uptown 7:00 a.m.

Pete Fountain's
Half-Fast Walking Club
Uptown 7:45 a.m.

Mondo Kayo
Social & Marching Club
Uptown 7:45 a.m.

Societé de Saint Anne
Marigney / Bywater
French Quarter 10:00 a.m.

French Quarter 10:15 a.m.

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Phunny Phorty Phellows Herald the arrival of the 2017 Carnival Season
Carnival Officially begins with the ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows on Twelfth Night.The Phunny Phorty Phellows will board at the RTA streetcar barn, located on Willow Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Twelfth Night, Friday, January 6th, 2017. The Phunny ride will begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Also look for the Krewe de Jeanne D’Arc marching in the French Quarter with a medieval, French and Joan of Arc theme. and on the Rampart-St. Claude .streetcar line look for newcomers SocietĂ© du Champs ElysĂ©es at 7:30 - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM -
Phunny Phorty Phellows 2017 Pictures

Krewe of Bacchus taps Jim Caviezel to reign as king in 2017 parade
The Krewe of Bacchus has announced its king for 2017.Actor Jim Caviezel has been tapped for the honor of Bacchus XLIX. He is known for his portrayal of Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ" in 2004 as well as his role in "Person of Interest," the CBS crime series. Caviezel, a native of Mount Vernon, Washington, has worked on multiple films in the New Orleans area, according to a release. The theme for the Bacchus parade will be "Salute to the Saints' 50th." It will include 21 Saints floats, fans, mascots and former players. The parade will be on Sunday, Feb. 25, beginning at 5:15 p.m. at Tchoupitoulas Street and Napoleon Avenue. - THEADVOCATE.COM

Napoleon Avenue streetwork will be complete before 2017 parades, Corps says
Napoleon Avenue paradegoers can get their “Neutral Ground Side” T-shirts out of mothballs for 2017's Carnival season. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, all major construction on the avenue will be complete before the first parades roll. “The project is scheduled to be complete early next year and the neutral ground will be available for paradegoers to stand on for Mardi Gras 2017!” said a celebratory post on the Facebook page for the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project. More specifically, all major construction on Napoleon Avenue will be finished by the time the first Uptown parade, the Krewe of Oshun, rolls at 6 p.m. Feb. 17, according to Corps spokesman Ricky Boyett’s office. Sod will be in place on the entire length of the Napoleon Avenue neutral ground, no areas will be fenced off and no holes will remain open in the ground because construction on the underground box culvert already is finished. If any work on the avenue is still unfinished by that point, it will be minor items like individual curb or sidewalk repairs, Boyett’s office said. Landscaping of the entire Napoleon Avenue neutral ground is then scheduled for the fall planting season in 2017, officials have said. - THEADVOCATE.COM

Krewe Du Vieux 2017 crowns cartoonist Bunny Matthews king
A representative of Krewe Du Vieux, that most politically rude and sexually risque of Mardi Gras parades, has confirmed that cartoonist Bunny Matthews will reign as king of this years' Feb. 11 procession. "To me, he fits the role of our monarch perfectly," said the Krewe du Vieux's Poobah of Publicity Keith Twitchell. "He's revered for what he's done to create one more little bizarre piece of New Orleans culture. - NOLA.COM

Krewe of Pandora to sit out 2017; no Lundi Gras parades in Metairie
One less Carnival krewe will roll next year in Jefferson Parish. Organizers with the Krewe of Pandora told WDSU that its parade will not return in 2017. Pandora was set to roll on Lundi Gras, the Monday before Mardi Gras, at 7 p.m. on the traditional Metairie route. WDSU reporter Aubry Killion said krewe members told him that the parade will return in 2018, but additional details about the decision to not roll next year were not released. Pandora first rolled last year after branching off from the Mystic Krewe of Nyx in New Orleans. It had 17 floats and was an all-female krewe. With Pandora's absence next year, Metairie will have no parades on Lundi Gras. The krewes of Orpheus and Proteus roll in neighboring Orleans Parish. Jefferson Parish officials have not released a statement about Pandora's decision. - WDSU.COM

Societé du Champs Elysées planning inaugural Twelfth Night ride on Rampart streetcar line
A new krewe will be riding the rails come Twelfth Night in 2017, using the newly opened North Rampart streetcar line to provide an homage to the traditional Uptown heralds of Carnival.The streetcar will be filled with masked riders and a band for the inaugural ride of the Societé du Champs Elysées, disembarking at every stop for a toast and some bead throwing before continuing their route from Elysian Fields Avenue to the Union Passenger Terminal and back.The krewe was inspired by the completion of the new streetcar line and the investment it has brought to nearby neighborhoods below Canal Street, said David Roe, the founder and captain of the krewe. “Already the attitude in the neighborhood has changed,” said Roe, who said he can see the streetcar’s last stop from his porch on Elysian Fields. Roe was inspired to form the krewe on the first day of the new line, when the streetcar he was riding in was joined by a flash mob of accordionists. In an effort not to overshadow its forebears, the Societé du Champs Elysées won’t start its route until 7:30 p.m., giving the Phunny Phorty Phellows a half-hour head start. The members will get out at each stop for a champagne toast and to throw beads, something that Regional Transit Authority rules prevent them from doing while in the streetcar. Given the different route lengths, Roe said he hopes the timing means that both streetcar-riding krewes could find themselves on Canal Street at about the same time, separated by a few blocks. In fact, Roe said he hopes the idea spreads to other streetcar lines. He said he’s heard some Mid-City residents are considering forming a krewe of their own on the Canal Street route. “We want to bring the whole town into this thing,” Roe said.. - THEADVOCATE.COM

Mardi Gras season parade, Athena, seeks move from Metairie to Terrytown
The Krewe of Athena, a two-year-old Mardi Gras season organization, wants to move its parade from Metairie to Terrytown. In a letter to Jefferson Parish officials, Athena President Shonitra Vaughn said the parade's start time in Metairie, combined with cold weather, have left few spectators on its route. The Gretna route would begin at the old Kmart building on Belle Chasse Highway and end at Oakwood Shopping Center, Vaughn said in the letter. Athena wants to keep its Feb. 17 date for Carnival 2017. Moving Athena would be a blow to Metairie's Mardi Gras, which has struggled in the past 20 years. But it would boost Mardi Gras on the West Bank, which has struggled even more. Vaughn addressed her letter to Parish President Mike Yenni and Sheriff Newell Normand. Changing the route also would be subject to approval of Parish Councilman Ricky Templet, whose district includes Terrytown.. - NOLA.COM

Krewe Du Vieux 2017 crowns cartoonist Bunny Matthews king
A representative of Krewe Du Vieux, that most politically rude and sexually risqué of Mardi Gras parades, has confirmed that cartoonist Bunny Matthews will reign as king of this years' Feb. 11 procession. Mathews is much beloved by Big Easy baby boomers for his irreverently indigenous cartoons of 9th Ward barkeeps Vic and Nat'ly Broussard that appeared in The Times-Picayune, Offbeat and other publications from the 1970s into the 20-teens. Matthews' work is distinguished by his endearingly jittery drawing style, his acidic observations, his unaccountable affection for tiny Chihuahua dogs and enormous cockroaches, plus his devotion to old-time Crescent City culture and elocution.. - NOLA.COM

Zulu's 'Stop the Violence' theme for Mardi Gras 2017 parade tackles solemn civic issue, breaking from tradition
After three members lost their sons to violence in recent years, the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club has decided to do something very out of keeping for New Orleans Carnival: adopt a political message as its parade theme. Zulu will roll on Feb. 28 under the theme "Stop the Violence," marking what is thought to be the first time a major Carnival parade has tried to use its procession to address a civic or political issue solemnly as opposed to satirically, officials said Monday. Zulu President Naaman Craig Stewart said he anticipates more than 1 million people will view his krewe's parade on the route or watching on TV or online. The purpose of the theme is to challenge the audience to join the city's battle against perennially high rates in some crime categories, including homicides.. - THEADVOCATE.COM

Non-Flood Protection board approves Krewe of Nyx plaque at Mardi Gras Fountain
The board of the Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority (NFPAMA) approved a request by the Krewe of Nyx for a plaque at the Mardi Gras Fountain located on Lakeshore Drive. The Mardi Gras Fountain is an asset owned by the Orleans Levee District and is under the management of the Non-Flood Protection board. The Non-Flood Protection board unanimously approved the Krewe of Nyx plaque during the board’s last monthly public meeting on Sept. 22. According to an email from the NFPAMA, the Krewe of Nyx agreed to all the guidelines regarding tile placement and cost of the plaque. These guidelines are determined by the Orleans Levee District, and they dictate that the cost of a new plaque is $470, which covers the new stone base with color inlay. Decorative tiles are placed on a cast stone base about two feet high and two feet long and wide. The plaques are on a slope; their tile patterns can be a maximum of three colors, and the base of the tile can be a fourth. The Mardi Gras Fountain is located on the Lakefront, between General Haig and Amethyst Streets. - GENTILLYMESSENGER.COM

Chewbacchus parade 2017: Route to change as nerds expand sideways
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade, which takes place Feb. 18, 2017, will be eliminating some of the narrower streets along its route, according to krewe captain Ryan Ballard. Last years' walking parade was unexpectedly long, in part because the crowd-sandwiched streets of the Marigny and Bywater caused paraders to follow one another in what sometimes became a single file procession, Ballard said. A wider path will also allow more breathing room for the motorized art cars that became part of the spectacle last year. If all goes as planned, the 2017 parade will line up on Press Street and follow St. Peter Street to Frenchmen Street as usual. Last year, the already attenuated parade hung a right on narrow Dauphine Street. But in 2017, the parade will stay on Frenchmen Street all the way to spacious St. Claude Avenue, where it will turn downriver and proceed straight to the krewe den near Poland Avenue, sans bottlenecks. Adding breadth to the last major part of the route will presumably allow several paraders to walk abreast, thereby shortening the parade in the long run. Or, as Ballard put it, "the wider streets can accommodate the nerds expanding sidewise." - NOLA.COM

Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale announces royalty, theme for Carnival 2017
Krewe officials said Dawn R. Bentley-Johnson will reign as queen-select in 2017. Femme Fatale will parade under the theme "MKFF Hosts Game Day." "Once New Orleans was in the running for the 2017 NBA All-Star game, I never dreamed our theme would coincide with the event," said Femme Fatale president and founder Gwendolyn V. Rainey. "Knowing the game would be held the same day as our annual parade, it seemed only fitting and we are going to have an exciting fun-filled weekend." - WDSU.COM

NBA All-Star Game will not affect first weekend of Mardi Gras parades, city officials say.
Lost in the news that New Orleans has been awarded the 2017 NBA All-Star Game is the significance of the game's date, Sun. Feb. 19, 2017 — which also happens to be the first Sunday of major Mardi Gras parades on St. Charles Avenue, with the krewes of Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla rolling one after another. Those parades, of course, come within blocks of the Smoothie King Center, where the All-Star Game will be played. Unlike 2013, however, when the city of New Orleans moved the first weekend of parades up a week earlier to accommodate crowds for Super Bowl XLVII, the parade dates and route largely are set and will not be changed to any great degree, according to Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. "It's going to be one of the most interesting and complicated weekends we've ever had," Perry said. "In addition to the All-Star Game, we have two citywide conventions that weekend, we have a lot of corporate meetings and associations in hotels, and, of course, Mardi Gras. We're going to have a sold-out city." Asked for comment, C. Hayne Rainey, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu, told Gambit, "We anticipate the All-Star Game events having a minimal impact on Mardi Gras parades and all All-Star events will occur at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center." "We've got a lot of work to do," Perry said, adding that there is a possibility that krewes will roll earlier than usual that Sunday in order to keep downtown congestion to a minimum. - BESTOFNEWORLEANS.COM

New Orleans jazz clarinet legend Pete Fountain dies at 86; jazz funeral being planned
Pete Fountain, the iconic traditional jazz clarinetist whose sweet sound and merry spirit personified New Orleans for millions of fans, died early Saturday after a decade of declining health. He was 86. For more than half a century, Fountain loomed large over the city's cultural landscape, from music to Mardi Gras to Bourbon Street. His lush, swinging clarinet tone instantly evoked his hometown. His recordings of “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” and “Basin Street Blues” are widely considered to be among the quintessential versions. At least three of his dozens of albums sold more than a half-million copies apiece. He represented Dixieland jazz on an international stage, thanks in part to a high-profile role on “The Lawrence Welk Show” and 59 appearances on “The Tonight Show” during the Johnny Carson era. He performed for four presidents and a pope. Despite his fame, his fondness for fun never waned. An abundance of self-deprecating one-liners and wisecracks -- “My wife should have left me on the honeymoon” was a favorite, as was “I used to be taller” -- were part of his irrepressible character. Along the way, he hung out with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Dolly Parton to Hank Williams Jr. In general, he lived life large as Mr. New Orleans, the unofficial ambassador of good-time New Orleans jazz. "It snuck up on me," Fountain once said of fame. "I didn't look for it. I never did strive for anything. Through the years I just wanted to play. I enjoy playing. When you enjoy playing, and your clarinet is singing, it's stealing. You feel like, 'They give me money to do this?' "But some nights when it's not working, you say, 'Boy, I wish I had taken over my daddy's beer route.'" . - THEADVOCATE.COM

Krewe of Eve gets new leadership
Christi Fair has been chosen as captain of Mandeville’s Krewe of Eve, succeeding Joycelyn Nash, who led the krewe for 20 years. Nash and officers Glenda Dobson, Judy Frentz and Susan Grantham jointly decided to retire from the Krewe of Eve board. Fair was previously the krewe’s secretary and coordinator of krewe royalty. Serving with Fair are returning officers Valerie Dupont as president and Christine Tadlock as treasurer/secretary, as well as new board member Amanda Jones, who will serve as vice president in charge of membership and publicity. With a 2017 Theme of “Eve of Broadway,” membership is at 400 and continues to grow. “This is a very exciting time for us as we design costumes and select our throws that are sure to entertain parade-goers of all ages,” Fair said. Eve is set to roll through the streets of Mandeville on Friday, Feb. 17.. - THEADVOCATE.COM

Famed photographer’s archive is donated to the Historic New Orleans Collection
The photographic treasures of Harold Baquet, whose work spans three decades and captured the flavor and culture of Black New Orleans and chronicled important events in the history of Black America, were recently donated to The Historic New Orleans Collection. The colossal donation of the New Orleans native’s life’s work reportedly includes thousands of photographic images, contact sheets, slides, negatives and other items. Baquet died at the age of 56 on June 18, 2015 after a lengthy battle with colon cancer. The donation, which includes Baquet’s photos depicting Black life and culture in the Crescent City, represents a major acquisition for The Historic New Orleans Collection which announced the donation last week. The 7th Ward native’s work has appeared in The Louisiana Weekly and many other local publications as well as national publications like Ebony, Jet, Essence, Time and Rolling Stone magazines. Included in the photojournalist’s collection are seminal images of Black Mardi Gras Indians, jazz musicians, second lines, Mardi Gras traditions, social aid and pleasure clubs, jazz funeral processions, various activities in the French Quarter, local elected officials and community leaders. His photos also captured the heart and soul of daily Black life in the Big Easy, especially in the 7th Ward and the Faubourg Tremé. - LOUISIANAWEEKLY.COM

Dat Dog to dedicate courtyard to Krewe of Freret
Dat Dog is announcing the dedication of their Freret Street restaurant’s outdoor courtyard in honor of the Krewe of Freret parade, her members, and the incredible Freret community that have assisted the remarkable revitalization of the parading organization. The momentous dedication will be hosted by Jason Williams, New Orleans City Council President and past King of Freret, on June 16th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at 5030 Freret Street. Members of the New Orleans community are invited to this free public ceremony, where they may also take advantage of discounted riding membership offers for the upcoming February 18th, 2017 parade. The dedication will consist of a proclamation and sign reveal at 7:00 PM, along with a raffle give-away at 7:45 PM and happy hour prices along with Freret freebies throughout the evening. Long-term, the venue will be utilized as the official Krewe meeting space in the heart of the Freret community, allowing a daily visible presence and playing host to a variety of events including new member meetings and throw-decoration parties. - UPTOWNMESSENGER.COM

Bacchus to salute the Saints' 50th season in 2017 parade
It looks like the Krewe of Bacchus is jumping on the Saints bandwagon. Next Mardi Gras, Bacchus will salute the Saints' 50th season for its 2017 parade theme, which the krewe unveiled Friday (June 3) on Facebook. The Saints officially turn 50 on Nov. 1, 2016. Fans of the black and gold will see 21 Saints-themed floats during Bacchus' parade, according to the post, including individual float themes like "Saints Fans, Saints Mascots, Da Zebras, 2009 World Champions, All Saints Day-Nov. 1, 1966, Dirty Bird Gumbo, Rebirth, When the Saints Go Marching In and others." The parade rolls on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. And -- because we know you're wondering -- Super Bowl Sunday will have already passed with its scheduled Feb. 5, 2017, date in Houston.. - NOLA.COM

Krewe of Nyx finances called into question
Rhesa Clay said growing up in New Orleans she always wanted to be part of a Mardi Gras Krewe."I had a fabulous time riding on my float and riding in Nyx," she said.She was excited to put on a costume and parade as a member of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx. That's until she got a letter back February informing her that she was no longer part of the organization. "I did not get an explanation. I was simply sent an email by the co-captain saying that my membership would not be renewed," Clay said. That's when she started to do some digging into how the Krewe is run and its captain Julie Lea. While Nyx is the goddess of night, Clay believes there should be some daylight shown on the group's finances. Especially when it comes to how member dues and other fees are being spent. "The fees were $650,” she said. With more than 2,200 members that amounts to more than $1.4 million. When we pulled the most recent tax records on file that covered April 2014 to March 2015 the documents showed the group had a $106,164 deficit. "That concerns me as a Mardi Gras krewe. As the first all-female super-krewe, that's the kind of thing you don't want," Clay said."Where is the money actually going? Just be transparent," she said.. - WDSU.COM

Founders of New Orleans gay Carnival krewes share memories of early, elaborate balls
When New Orleans’ gay Carnival krewes were first formed in the late 1950s, they operated in almost complete secrecy. Because of discriminatory laws, some of which banned people from cross-dressing, many of the krewes’ balls and members were being targeted by law enforcement and even by private Citizens. Still, the gay community persisted, and over the decades the popularity of the krewes and their extravagant, often outlandish balls ballooned, until there were as many as 13 organizations in the 1980s. By then, invitations were highly sought after by members of all factions of society, according to Bill Woolley, founder of the Mystic Krewe of Celestial Knights and a founding member of Petronius, the oldest surviving gay krewe. “I thought we were doing more than just having a Mardi Gras ball,” Woolley said Sunday. “I thought we were showing the world that the gay community was talented, and creative, and that we could do it.” Woolley was among a dozen speakers during a panel discussion on “Pioneers of Gay Carnival: A Conversation with the Legends,” presented by the Louisiana State Museum before a packed audience at the Old U.S. Mint on Esplanade Avenue. The event was moderated by Howard Smith, a writer, photographer and Fulbright scholar whose work has been featured in the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Contemporary Arts Center. Smith has spent 15 years on a research project that will culminate in a book, “Unveiling the Muse: Gay Carnival in New Orleans,” to be published in 2017 by the University Press of Mississippi.. - THEADVOCATE.COM

Producing carnival throws in New Orleans instead of China, could bring $500M to the Crescent City
Each year we send $500 million to China to manufacture the throws and products that enable us to put on the greatest free show: Mardi Gras. One New Orleans group begs the question, "what if we fed the goose that laid the golden egg?" New Orleanians create an intriguing culture that attracts tourists from around the world while our own artists, musicians, and lower/middle class continue to struggle."Estimates show that the bead manufacturing industry is about $500,000,000 world wide," said Jade Brown Russell, a member of the Welcome Table New Orleans, a group of business and civic leaders who are suggesting we could create the capacity to manufacture Mardi Gras beads in New Orleans and keep that money right here. The Welcome Table is a collaborative project between Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. It aims to address issues of race and social injustice, bringing a group of people together who might not have much in common. However in New Orleans, there is a common denominator everyone loves carnival no matter what your race or class may be. - WGNO.COM

Neighbors hear loud 'booms' before fire erupts at krewe's float den in Kenner
Residents in Kenner said they heard a loud "boom" noise before a building erupted in flames Tuesday morning. Billowing black smoke was seen near the area of Toledano and Oxley streets about 7 a.m. Tuesday. A woman and her husband who lived nearby told WDSU that they heard two loud booms between 5 - 5:30 a.m. The building that was on fire is used to house parade floats, residents and officials told WDSU reporter Kelsey Davis. Officials with the Krewe of Iris said the floats are used in an number of parades, including Iris.. - WDSU.COM

3-alarm fire at Kenner Mardi Gras float den under control
Fire crews battling a three-alarm fire at a Mardi Gras float den in Kenner have managed to get the blaze under control. As of 8:30 a.m., firefighters were still attempting to extinguish hot spots in the building, located at 711 Oxley St., Kenner Fire Chief John Hellmers said.A door on the metal warehouse bears the phrase, "Her majesty, Queen of Iris," indicating the float is part of the Krewe of Iris parade. But other floats outside the den say "Jefferson Parish Irish-Italian Parade." It wasn't immediately clear which krewes are storing floats at the den.The fire was first reported about 5:47 a.m.. - NOLA.COM

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2016 Carnival Royalty Announced

New Orleans businessman and civic leader Michael W. Kearney will reign as King of Carnival on Tuesday, February 9. The Queen of Carnival is Yale University student Adelaide Dabezies Goodyear. On Tuesday Miss Goodyear will greet Rex and watch the Rex procession from the reviewing stand at the Hotel Intercontinental, and Mardi Gras evening Carnival's Monarchs will greet their subjects at the Rex ball. Michael W. Kearney (“Mike") is Chairman / CEO of The Kearney Companies, Inc., a New Orleans based company providing essential services to importers and exporters using the Port of New Orleans. Mr. Kearney has extensive experience in the global shipping industry, and has been involved in the development of trade and commerce in the Port of New Orleans for over forty years. Over those years his companies have provided warehousing, stevedoring, commodity storage, rail trans-loading and import/export freight forwarding. His work with the Port of New Orleans has also been an important part of his civic life. In 2012 he was appointed to a five-year term as a Commissioner of the Port of New Orleans and was elected Vice-Chairman of its Board of Governors. Mr. Kearney has served on the State of Louisiana's Maritime Commission and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the World Trade Center. He is a past President and serves on the Executive Committee of the New Orleans Board of Trade. In 2015, Mr. Kearney received the C. Alvin Bertel award in recognition of his contributions to the Louisiana Maritime Community. Mr. Kearney graduated from De La Salle High School in New Orleans. He attended Louisiana State University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University. He has served as a trustee of Trinity Episcopal School and as trustee and Board Chairman of St. George's Episcopal School. Mr. Kearney served on the Super Bowl Task Force Commission that brought the first Super Bowl to New Orleans, and subsequently chaired the Mayor's Sports Advisory Committee for the City of New Orleans. He was an officer and director of the New Orleans YMCA for eight years, and currently serves on the boards of the New Orleans Louisiana Business Alliance and Ochsner Baptist Hospital. Mr. Kearney is married to Suzanne Wilkins Kearney (“Susu") and has four children: Michael, David, Wilkins and Niquette (who reigned as Queen of Carnival in 2001), and three grandchildren. Mr. Kearney is an accomplished and competitive tennis player and avid sports fan..

Miss Adelaide D. Goodyear, will reign as Queen of Carnival, 2016. Born in New Orleans, Miss Goodyear has lived in Australia, China and England, and is almost surely the first Queen of Carnival to speak fluent Mandarin. Miss Goodyear's primary school years were spent in Melbourne, Australia, and she subsequently attended schools in China (Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin). Before enrolling at Yale, Miss Goodyear attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire, England, and graduated from Westminster School in London. At Yale University Miss Goodyear has been active both on the campus and in the community. She is a Founding Member of Alpha Phi at Yale and has served as a Board Member and Chairwoman of the Social Council of the Yale European Undergraduates. She is a member of the Yale China Economic Forum, the Freshman College Council, and the Yale College Council. She has also served as a Board Member and Social Chair of the Yale European Horizons Conference. As a Yale University Art Gallery Tour Guide Miss Goodyear has drawn on her interest and studies in art history. She has also been a Staff Reporter for the Yale Herald, an online and print newspaper. Working in the New Haven community, Miss Goodyear has volunteered as a tutor for children with learning disabilities. At Westminster College, in London, Miss Goodyear co-founded and chaired the Westminster School Charity Think Tank and led a team teaching Art History to underclassmen. She also supervised an after-school club for disadvantaged children. Miss Goodyear's work experience has been as varied as her education. She has been an intern with Freeport-Mc-MoRan in Arizona, Intralox in Shanghai, and the Brunswick Group in London. She was a Mandarin-speaking guide at Shanghai World Exposition in 2010. When not engaged in her education and volunteer pursuits, Miss Goodyear enjoys skiing, scuba diving, running, art and music. The 2016 Queen of Carnival is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Waterhouse Goodyear IV. Her brother, Charles, is in his Senior year at Yale University.. - REXORGANIZATION.COM

Mardi Gras Parades for Monday, February 8, 2016 Lundi Gras
The Krewe of Proteus will kick off Lundi Gras with astart time of 5:15 and the Krewe of Orpheus will follow rolling on the uptown route in New Orleans. In Metairie look for the brand new all womens Krewe of Pandora to roll for 7:00. - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Proteus 2016 Pictures Krewe of Orpheus 2016 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Sunday February 7, 2016
MARDI GRAS VERSION OF SUPER SUNDAY! The Krewe of Okeanos will start the day a 11:00am . They are followed by the only all foil floats of the Krewe of Mid-City at 11:45 They are then followed by the by The Krewe of Thoth 12:00pm. The evening promises to be Super with the Krewe of Bacchus a 5:15pm..- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Okeanos 2016 Pictures Krewe of Mid City 2016 Pictures Krewe of Thoth 2016 Pictures Box of Wine 2016 Pictures Krewe of Bacchus 2016 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Saturday February 6, 2016
The Krewe of Iris begins the day in New Orleans at 11am with the theme "IrisJust Wants to have Fun ". Following Iris is the Krewe of Tucks with the theme "Tucks visits the Hood ". NOMTOC rolls on the Westbank at 10:45 am its theme is "The best things in Life ". The evening parades include the SuperKrewe of Endymion on it's traditional Mid-City route with the theme "Endymion through the Years " and the Krewe of Isis closes the evening in Metairie with the theme "Isis Celebrates all Seasons "- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Iris 2016 Pictures Krewe of Tucks 2016 Pictures Krewe of Endymion 2016 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Friday February 5, 2016
3 Parades hit the streets of New Orleans Today as the Krewe of Hermes starts the night off. Followed by the satirical Le Krewe d'Etat. Then look for the Krewe of Morpheus. In Metairie the Krewe of Centurions will take to the streets with the Krewe of Selene in Slidell.- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Hermes 2016 Pictures Le Krewe d'État 2016 Pictures Krewe of Morpheus 2016 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Thursday February 4, 2016
Big night Uptown as The Knights of Babylon, Knights of Chaos and the Krewe of Muses hits the streetsthe themes for all krewes remain a secret until they roll .- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Knights of Babylon 2016 Pictures Knights of Chaos 2016 Pictures Krewe of Muses 2016 Pictures

Druids & Nyx tonight Wednesday February 3, 2016
Mystic Krewe of Druids takes to the streets in New Orleans at 6:30pm followed by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx which parades at 7:00pm. - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Mystic Krewe of Druids 2016 Pictures Mystic Krewe of Nyx 2016 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Sunday January 31, 2016
Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale. They hit the streets Uptown starting at 11 Krewe of Carrollton rolls followed by the, Krewe of King Arthur. Followed by the Krewe of Alla . In the French Quarter the iconic Dog Parade Mystic Krewe of Barkus will be sniffing the streets again with this years.".In Slidell the Krewe of Dionysus in Slidell - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale 2016 Pictures Krewe of Carrollton 2016 Pictures Krewe of King Arthur 2016 Pictures Krewe of Alla 2016 Pictures Mystic Krewe of Barkus 2016 Pictures by Nick Christopher Mystic Krewe of Barkus 2016 Pictures by Harriet Cross

Mardi Gras parades for Saturday January 30, 2016
Krewe of Pontchartrain, starts the Uptown parade day with the theme "Can You "State" My Nickname?" Following them will be the venerable Krewe of Choctaw with the theme "Alphabet Soup" and following them will be the Krewe of Freret with the theme "Third Time's the Charm!".The Knights of Sparta, with the theme "A Knight At The Tonys" and Krewe of Pygmalion with it's theme "The Gods Of Carnival" are set to hit the streets of Uptown New Orleans in the evening., The westbank features the always enjoyable Mystic Knights of Adonis and look for the Krewe of Caesar in Metairie with the theme "Caesars Storybook ".Look for the Krewe of Titans in Slidell and the Krewe of Olympia in Covington as well. .- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Pontchartrain 2016 Pictures Krewe of Choctaw 2016 Pictures Krewe of Freret 2016 Pictures Knights of Sparta 2016 Pictures Krewe of Pygmalion 2016 Pictures 'titRəx Parade 2016 Pictures by Nick Christopher Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus 2016 Pictures Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus 2016 Pictures by Nick Christopher Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus 2016 Pictures by Harriet Cross

Mardi Gras parades for Friday January 29, 2016
Krewe of Oshun set to roll with the theme "Sea Of Beauty" followed by the Krewe of Cleopatra with the theme "Cleopatra Rocks The Big Easy" While the Krewe of Excalibur is set to roll in Metairie with the theme "A Knight Remembers " and. look for the premier of the new Krewe of Athena to roll with it's theme "Krewe Of Athena Tops Daty". The Krewe of Eve will light up the Northshore with it's theme "30 Years Of Fun And Games" - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Oshun 2016 Pictures Krewe of Cleopatra 2016 Pictures

Krewe du Vieux hits the streets tonight @ 6:00
Krewe du Vieux takes to the streets of Marigny and the French Quarter this evening at 6:00 pm followed by krewedelusion at 7:00pm. - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM - Krewe du Vieux 2016 Pictureskrewedelusion 2016 Pictures

Bacchus names 'Avengers' actor Anthony Mackie as celebrity monarch
The Krewe of Bacchus' announcement of this year's monarch came down to the wire, with just a month until their parade, but in the end they'll make history, with the parade's first African-American monarch: "Avengers" actor and New Orleans native Anthony Mackie.The announcement of this year's celebrity king had been delayed later than ever, but on Friday the krewe announced that Mackie will reign as Bacchus XLVIII when the parade rolls on February 7, which is also Super Bowl Sunday this year. A native of the city and NOCCA and Warren Easton alumnus, Mackie is perhaps best known for his heroic turn in the Marvel franchise films "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Antman," and the anticipated "Captain America: Civil War" as avian Avenger “The Falcon. “ He can soon be seen starring opposite Kate Winslet and Woody Harrelson in "Triple 9.". - WWLTV.COM

Solange Knowles to ride in Muses Mardi Gras parade Feb. 4
Recording artist Solange Knowles will ride in the all-female Krewe of Muses' signature two-story shimmering shoe during the 2016 parade on Feb. 4, according to Muses Captain Staci Rosenberg.In a written statement, Rosenberg said that Solange will serve as the krewe's honorary Muse, a position "selected annually to honor a female role model who inspires the women of Muses by contributing to the arts in extraordinary ways and embodying the creative spirit of the nine original muses of Greek mythology. "In a subsequent telephone conversation, Rosenberg said she thought Knowles would be the perfect honorary Muse considering her devotion to music, fashion, charity and New Orleans. Muses, Rosenberg said, first approached the singer more than a year ago. "It is a true and incredible honor to be the 2016 Honorary Muse," Knowles said, in a written statement, "I am immensely humbled to join such an inspiring organization that celebrates such diversity, leadership, and philanthropy."The Krewe of Muses and I share the same passion for rejoicing in the overall magic and bad ass-ness of girlhood and all of the many ways we are able to express and embody being women!," she continued. - NOLA.COM

Phunny Phorty Phellows Herald the arrival of the 2016 Carnival Season
Carnival Officially begins with the ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows on Twelfth Night.The Phunny Phorty Phellows will board at the RTA streetcar barn, located on Willow Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Twelfth Night, Wednesday, January 6th, 2016. The Phunny ride will begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Also look for the Krewe de Jeanne D’Arc marching in the French Quarter with a medieval, French and Joan of Arc theme. - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM -
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