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Posted: March 05, 2014
Arthur Hardy's Annual Review of the 2014 Carnival Season
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MARDI GRAS NEWS
Posted: February 24, 2014
Eighteen major parades rolled this weekend in New Orleans, Metairie, St.Bernard and on the Northshore.
The only parade that I had the chance to see in its entirety was Oshun, which was bigger and prettier than ever, with a good theme and more krewe-logo items than ever. However, too many people were unmasked. And floats should be pulled by tractors, not pick-up trucks, as many Oshun floats were.
Too bad the bad weather hit Sunday's parades. Worse yet was two men falling from floats in the Alla parade. Thankfully both were released from the hospital in less than 24 hours. Neither was wearing a safety harness, which had been provided by the krewe. Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call for all riders.
From what I saw Friday and Saturday along Napoleon and St. Charles Avenues, most people were trying to obey the new "six feet from the curb" ladder rule. The test comes this week starting with Muses on Thursday night.
Several people observed that City Council candidate Jason Williams's sign on the side of his float announcing his kingship in Freret's parade looked more like a campaign sign than traditional krewe royalty signage.
Results are in for the Ryhthm on the Route Band Contest is Metairie:
1st place: Bonnabel High School
2nd place: East St. John High School
3rd place: Tara High School
1st place: Brother Martin High School
2nd place: Northshore High School
3rd place: Archbishop Rummel
My daily reports in the New Orleans Advocate will pick up again Wednesday, as will my Parade Previews on WWL radio at 6:30, 8: 30 AM, noon and 5:30 PM. You can see my interviews with representatives of 47 major parading krewes on the WDSU morning news 5:30-7:00 and 4:00-5:00 PM.
MARDI GRAS NEWS
Posted: February 21, 2014
The NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE will make history this year by producing old style "CARNIVAL BULLETINS" which depict each float in the parades of HERMES, ENDYMION, BACCHUS, PROTEUS, ORPHEUS, ZULU and REX. These double-page foldouts will be inserted in the newspaper on the day of each parade.
The WDSU PARADE TRACKER will be presenting updated locations of all 18 major parades this weekend. Highlights of the weekend include the first ever parade of the new Krewe of FRERET, and ALLA's switch from the west bank (and its alliance with the new LEGION OF MARS.)
My interviews with representatives of 47 major parading krewes are posted the day they air at www.wdsu.com under the "Carnival Central" video banner. The first 15 are available now.
The PYGMALION parade Saturday night starts at 6:15, not 6:45 as previously listed.
Sunday's ALLA parade feature two Channel 4 celebrities-SALLY ANN ROBERTS and ALEXANDA CRANSTON.
The LYONS CARNIVAL CLUB, a Fat Tuesday fixture since 1946, is staging its annual "Practice March" on Sunday February 23 throughout uptown New Orleans starting at 2 PM departing Grit's Bar.
This weekend, which features 18 major parades-10 on Saturday, also includes Family Gras and several "alternative" parades:
Friday Krewe of Cork
Saturday Krewe DePaws
Saturday Tit Rex
XAVIER UNIVERSITY is presenting "THE NEW ORLEANS BLACK MARDI GRAS TRADITIONS EXTRAVAGANZA" on Tuesday, February 25 at the University Center McCaffrey Ballroom 3rd floor AT 7PM. The event is free and open to the public.
"GREASING THE POLES FUN CLUB" is a group of Mardi Gras revelers, who are dressing up to a special theme to join the annual Greasing the Poles event held by the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans on Friday morning before Mardi Gras Day.
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