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2018 MARDI GRAS GUIDE cover released
Posted: September 25, 2017

Publisher Arthur Hardy announced today that the 42nd annual edition of the Mardi Gras Guide will go on sale in 90 days-on Christmas Eve. Artist David Johnson, for the 27th year, has created an original piece of artwork for the cover, which will feature more than two dozen familiar local characters and businesses from the 1950s. Pre-orders for the 2018 edition are being accepted now in our store.

Posted: August 13, 2017

In the heat of summer it's hard to find news about Mardi Gras, but Fat Tuesday is actually six months from today! We polled all parading captains looking for news and received very little information about the individual parades. In fact, more than half have not even updated their websites since last year. But there is some news to share.

In Orleans Parish, after 42 years as founder and captain of the Krewe of Pontchartrain, Sam Scandiliato turns over the reigns to his son.

Both Sparta and Hermes will start their parades on Jefferson and Magazine to extend their parade routes now that the Canal Street loop has been taken away from all parades (as first reported on this site March 23). Sparta has also moved its parade up 30 minutes.

The Krewe of Carrollton has teamed up with the ARC organization to decorate some of its shrimp boots (especially for out of town riders). Each boot that they decorate has a card with the name of the ARC artist who did the design work. The krewe will make a donation to ARC from the sale of these boots. Last year 6,000 Krewe of Carrollton shrimp boots were handed out.

The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club suffered damage to its headquarters on North Board during last week's floods but plans to fully recover.

Float builder Barry Kern of Kern Artists reports his company is fully rebuilding ten Endymion floats, building three new signature floats for Bacchus, two for Orpheus and Tucks, and one each for Hermes and Muses.

The Mayor's Mardi Gras Advisory Committee is studying the number of units in each parade and between floats to see if some of the auxiliary elements should be eliminated to shorten parades. The group is also working on a recommendation to get the issue of tents on Neutral Grounds under control.

The Krewe of Choctaw claims a first as three students from the same school-Belle Chasse High-will ride as maids in 2018.

Two intriguing items in the local press that beg for more explanation-At the Antiques Roadshow taping in July at the Morial Convention Center, "Comus paintings" were appraised at $1000; and, as part of the city's Tricentennial Celebration there will be a "fireworks display on Twelfth Night."

Neal Auctions on September 10 is offering Mardi Gras memorabilia from the collection of Carnival historian, author and parade designer (Rex, Endymion, Hermes, Babylon) Henri Schindler.

This year's Krewe fundraiser for First Responders is set for Thursday, Sept. 21, at Fulton Alley.

Will construction in the back of the Clearview Shopping Center finally cause a change in the standard Metairie parade route? Probably so. Three variations are being considered, including eliminating the Bonnabel loop for all parades except Argus on Fat Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Krewe of Pandora, which paraded in 2016 then took a break last year, returns, but not in its Lundi Gras slot but as part of a triple-header on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday, where the Corps de Napoleon traditionally paraded alone. Joining these krewes will be the Krewe of Athena, which had earlier announced plans to move to the West Bank in 2018. The female club had followed the Krewe of Excalibur for the past three years on the opening Friday night of the parade season. The Sunday schedule will be Napoleon 4:30, Athena 5:30, Pandora, 6:30.

Big news in St. Tammany's largest city. The Krewe of Poseidon is becoming a night parade with a 6 PM starting time on Saturday, January 27, 2018. And the fun-loving Mona Lisa & Moon Pie moves to a post-Carnival season date of March 10.

Da Floats was purchased by Mardi Gras Decorators earlier this year. They provide floats to the north shore parades of Poseidon, Selene, Dionysus, and the Original Orpheus.

Be on the lookout for a new walking club in Covington, the Krewe of Bananas Fosters, which will raise awareness of children in the foster care system.

85 years Mid City
50 years Bacchus
50 years Tucks
45 years Cleopatra
35 years Rascals
25 years Orpheus

Posted: August 06, 2017

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2018 Parade Changes
Posted: March 23, 2017

At today's meeting of the Mayor's Mardi Gras Advisory Council it was announced that the "Canal Street Loop," will be eliminated for the 2018 parade season. The twenty parades that had used this part of their route will now take a right hand turn off of St. Charles Avenue onto Canal Street.

Posted: March 07, 2017

So what kind of Carnival season was the 2017 edition? On balance, a fairly ordinary one once we subtract the horrible drunk driving incident that happened during the Endymion parade. The NOPD, EMS and the media deserve a lot of credit for how well they handled the incident.

This was a very healthy Carnival season, but not a record setting one. Crowds were generally good. The weather was good except for Twelfth Night (Joan of Arc postponed 24 hours) and on the first Friday of the official parade season as Oshun, Cleopatra and Eve rolled in the rain, while in Metairie Excalibur and Athena pushed their parades to the second weekend. Near record high temperatures greeted Fat Tuesday revelers.

The NBA All-Star game had a negligible affect on parades.

New Orleans parading krewe captains report in general that the NOPD, under the new leadership of Sgt. Andrew Palumbo, did a commendable job keeping the parades moving, without rushing them. However, float and tractor breakdowns continue to plague some parades.

It was a decent year for celebrities with Bret Micheals leading Orpheus, Kiss in Endymion and Jim Caviezel as Bacchus.

The addition of the baby duck floats in Muses was a big hit.

The tribute paid by the Rex organization to the St. Augustine Marching Band on the fiftieth anniversary of their first participation in their parade was very well received, as was the first appearance of the Half-Fast Walking Club without its leader and founder, Pete Fountain, who passed away last year.

The New Orleans Sanitation Department did an outstanding job again this year.

The growing popularity of alternative krewes is siphoning audiences and media attention from traditional parades that roll at the same time.

Family Gras needs a parade on Sunday afternoon in Metairie.

Satire was again a hot topic of conversation as d'Etat and Chaos hit local and national figures hard with their equal opportunity lampooning.

Riders (especially royalty) need to get off their cell phones once the parades roll.

Underage children are still marching in New Orleans parades.

Ladder restrictions are not being enforced.

The City made a lot of money and pissed off a lot of citizens and visitors by issuing 29,561 tickets, booting 397 vehicles and towing 729 vehicles on parade days.

If the City permits four day parades to roll on the first Sunday of the parade season, it would make sense to allow the krewes to select their starting time based upon seniority. None of these are supposed to be night parades but for the second consecutive year the 84 year-old Krewe of Alla paraded well into the dark. All the krewes could help by working harder to avoid breakdowns and by eliminating the number of extra units between floats, especially the dancing schools with the sound trucks.

Coming Attractions
Fat Tuesday is early next year-February 13.
How many parades will feature tricentennial themes?
Will construction in the Clearview Shopping Center parking lot move all Metairie parades to a new starting point?
Will the Athena parade move from Metairie to Terrytown?
Stay tuned.

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