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Mardi Gras 2015 is February 17, 2015!


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Posted: January 29, 2015

Tonight, the popular HIDDEN TREASURES-CARNIVAL EDITION continues at the Louisiana State Museum's Collection Storage Facility as rare Carnival artifacts are pulled from storage just for the occasion. Tours are Thursday, January 29, at either 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. at 1000 Chartres Street in the French Quarter. You can also visit to make a reservation and for more information.

On Monday, Feb. 9, Loyola University New Orleans will host MARDI GRAS FORUM: THE WOMEN OF CARNIVAL, a forum featuring leaders from Carnival krewes such as Iris, Muses, DIVAs, and the Society of St. Anne. It will take place at 5 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the third floor of Monroe Hall. It is free and open to the public.

WYES has announced that its annual telecast of the REX BALL AND THE MEETING OF THE COURTS will be streamed live for the first time.

Congratulations to my friend and fellow Mardi Gras expert ERROL LABORDE. In partnership with New Orleans Magazine, WWL-TV Channel 4 will present daily "Eye on Carnival" features on parade days with Carnival historian Errol Laborde. The segments on Carnival history will premiere Feb. 6 and air each parade day during the station's morning and 6 p.m. newscasts.

A large collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia is being offered this Sunday starting at 11 AM at NEAL AUCTIONS, 3923 Carondelet St., New Orleans.

Do not look for REX to arrive by boat on Lundi Gras in 2015. This year the King of Carnival will enter Spanish Plaza aboard a vintage railroad car.

The KREWE OF CAESAR added SPIDERMAN and IRON MAN to its parade lineup. Some 1,500 holographic Spiderman cards will be thrown.

According to Offbeat magazine, "Funeral arrangements for BIG CHIEF THEODORE "BO" DOLLIS, who died this week at the age of 71, have been set for this weekend. A visitation and music tribute will be held at the Carver Theater on Friday, January 30. The visitation, which will begin at 4 p.m. and last until 7 p.m., will be free and open to the public.

The HAPPENINGS section of this year's Mardi Gras Guide outlines many of this weekend's events, including the KREWE DU VIEUX and KREWE DELUSION parades on Saturday night.

And don't forget SLIDELL's triple-header with the BILGE boat parade Saturday mid-day, MONA LISA & MOON PIE Saturday night, and the PERSEUS parade on Sunday.

The KREWE OF CHOCTAW is honoring JIMMY CLARK as Grand Marshal of the 2015 Choctaw parade. Jimmy is a Mardi Gras historian and former throw manufacturer. He has also contributed many stories to the Mardi Gras Guide and is himself the subject of a story in this year’s magazine.

Posted: January 29, 2015

I will be signing magazines and books this Saturday from 11 AM-1 PM at Winn Dixie 401 N. Carrollton Avenue, and from 2-4 PM at Winn Dixie 211 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie.

Next Wednesday from Noon-1 PM we will be doing a live chat from the office of the NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE. The daily paper is featuring an "Ask Arthur" campaign. And speaking of the Advocate, look for my daily parade previews and feature stories starting next week.

My Mardi Gras Guide daily reports on WWL RADIO start Friday, February 6.

Next Thursday on WYES, the first of several airings of STEPPIN OUT - IT'S CARNIVAL TIME is scheduled for 7 PM. PEGGY SCOTT and ERROL LABORDE and I have been a part of this program every year since 1986.

This week WDSU cameraman Kevin Duckworth and I finished our interviews with captains of 48 parading krewes in a four-parish area. These parade previews will air starting next week during the morning and afternoon newscasts on WDSU TV. The station's PARADE TRACKER will also appear in each of these parades.

Arthur Hardy Book & Magazine Signings This Week
Posted: January 20, 2015

Thursday January 22
Maple Street Books 6-7 pm

Saturday January 24
Winn Dixie 3030 Ponchartrain Drive, Slidell 11 am- 1pm

Tubby & Coo's Book Shop 631 N Carrollton 2 - 4 pm

Sunday January 25
Morning Call City Park Casino Noon - 2 pm

Posted: January 19, 2015

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Mardi Gras News
Posted: January 15, 2015

The KREWE OF SLIDELLIANS will parade on January 25, as stated in the 2015 Mardi Gras Guide, and not on the 18th, which this website incorrectly posted. We apologize for the error.

Carnival's oldest gay club, the KREWE OF PERTONIUS announced the cancellation of its ball for 2015. The group hopes to return in 2016.

At the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Advisory Committee meeting yesterday, NOPD once again stated that no parade routes will be affected by construction on Jefferson or Napoleon Avenues. However, parade-goers on the neutral ground along Napoleon will have only about five feet to stand between the street and the fenced-off construction zone. No ladders will be permitted.

Posted: January 15, 2015

Arthur Hardy will be signing this Saturday at Winn Dixie, 8601 Jefferson Hwy, in River Ridge from 11 AM-1 PM and from 2-4 PM at Winn Dixie at 5400 Tchoupitoulas.

Mardi Gras News
Posted: January 14, 2015

The Krewe of Petronius, with heartfelt regret, has made the most difficult decision to forego our Bal Masque LIV. This was a collaborative decision, made by the current membership, in order to put our current funds toward the presentation of our 55th anniversary ball next year.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all our family, friends, patrons and supporters. Your continued patronage into 2015-2016 will allow us to continue our preservation of Gay Carnival well beyond 2016.

We will shortly be planning and announcing our 2015-2016 Membership Rush Party and many other events. We hope to have your continued support in this coming year and for many years into the future.

To keep informed of all future Petronius events, please "Like" us on Facebook at, visit our "official" website at or email us at

Posted: January 12, 2015

Arthur Hardy will be speaking about Carnival in New Orleans and signing his 2015 Mardi Gras Guide and the fifth edition of his coffee table book, Mardi Gras In New Orleans, An Illustrated History at the East Jefferson Library, 4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie,LA 70001 at 7PM on Wednesday, January 14. Copies will be for sale on site.

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