Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide contains 172 colorful pages of facts, photos, features, and fun, including more than 50 individual parade profiles and maps. The award-winning magazine includes a history of the event; answers to the 25 most frequently asked questions; an illustrated glossary of Mardi Gras terms; and articles on New Orleans personalities, traditions and happenings. For more than three decades, the city's top writers and photographers have worked together to create a publication that has achieved genuine collectible status. With more than two million copies sold, Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide is recognized as the program to the event.

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Hardy Media Watch
Posted: February 21, 2017

WWL Radio
Live Wednesday with Garland noon-1PM
Parade previews 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, Noon, 5:300 PM

Fox 8
Live Wednesday 815 AM, 400 PM, 500 PM newscasts
Live Thursday 400 PM, 500 PM newscasts
Live Friday Noon, 400 PM, 500 PM newscasts

During 9 PM Newscast Wednesday-feature on NOMTOC
During 9 PM Newscast Thursday-feature on Mid-City
During 9 PM Newscast Friday-feature on Iris

New Orleans Advocate
Daily parade previews plus features
Feb 22 Lydia and the Grand Duke-1872
Feb 23 Satire in parades dates to 1873
Feb 24 Modern Mardi Gras born160 years ago

Posted: February 16, 2017

Ready to roll! With the official parade season starting Friday, you will find me on radio, TV, in the newspaper and at the parades!


My parade preview reports start Friday and air daily at 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, noon and 5:30 PM


My annual Carnival season preview appears Thursday in Beaucoup. Each parade day my parade previews will run, as will my Carnival features. This weekend’s subjects are Twelfth Night, Metairie Cemetery and King Cakes. For those interested in my columns from 2014-2016, all 30 of them are archived at The Advocate Website. Click here To view.

Fox 8 News

Thursday during the 9PM news, catch my feature on Blaine Kern.

Friday I’m on live at 8:15AM and during the 4PM and 5PM newscasts.

During Friday’s 9PM newscast, check out my feature on doubloon collector and Mardi Gras crazy man - Iggy Christiana

Posted: February 07, 2017

Some 6,000 people who attended Endymion's Coronation Ball Saturday night at the Morial Convention Center saw five-year Endy member Dr. Parker A. Velargo selected by lottery as King Endymion LI.

The Krewe of Barkus has announced its 2017 theme, Pirates of the Crescent City: Barkus Tells Tales of Jean Lafleabag. The doggie parade is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Krewe of Tucks will honor its co-captain and co-founder Bobby Reichert, who passed away in January. His float will be riderless and the message displayed will be "still leading Tucks from above."

New Orleans icon Bunny Matthews will reign as King of Krewe du Vieux.

"Iris and the Goddesses of Carnival," an exhibit celebrating 100 years of Iris, as well as other female krewes, opens this Friday at the Louisiana State Museum at the Presbytere on Jackson Square.

According to parish ordinances the official parade calendar does not open until February 17, but that doesn’t mean we won't have parades this weekend, including five in Slidell and two very provocative ones in New Orleans.

On Saturday in Slidell, the Bilge boat parade sails at noon in Eden Isles.
Meanwhile traveling the standard Slidell parade route at 1 PM, it's the second annual Poseidon parade, which made a smashing debut last year. That evening the Krewe of Mona Lisa and Moon Pie walking club strolls through Olde Town at 7 PM.

Saturday night in the Marigny and the French Quarter, a double-header of adult-themes parades roll. Krewe duVieux takes to the street at 6:30, followed by Krewe delusion.

On Sunday, the Little Rascals parade in Metairie at noon. In Slidell starting at 1:00 PM the Krewe of Slidellians and Perseus parade back-to-back.

Posted: January 27, 2017

I will be signing Mardi Gras Guides this weekend at

10 AM-Noon 3030 Pontchartrain Drive Slidell
1 PM-3 PM 401 North Carrollton New Orleans

10AM-Noon 5400 Tchoupitoulas New Orleans
1 PM- 3 PM 1329 Veterans Metairie


Laissez les bons temps rouler! Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken, Parish President Michael S. Yenni, and Jefferson Parish Officials are thrilled to begin the 2017 Carnival Season with a Carnival Kickoff Celebration.

The event will take place this Friday, January 27, 2017, at Mardi Gras Plaza, located on the neutral ground of Veterans Boulevard at the corner of Severn Avenue in Metairie. The celebration kicks off at 6:00 p.m., and admission is free and open to the public.

Arthur Hardy, creator of The Mardi Gras Guide, will serve as Master of Ceremonies and introduce Metairie Mardi Gras royalty and captains, followed by a royal toast. We encourage you to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy a full evening of festivities, live music, and family fun.

Musical entertainment will be provided by local rock band REMEDY. Daiquiri, beer, and food truck vendors will be onsite, so we ask attendees not to bring outside food or beverages. There will be activities for the whole family, including free caricatures and balloon sculptures by Porta-Puppet Players and a meet-and-greet with mascots Boudreaux and Clotile of the New Orleans Baby Cakes!

This event is sponsored by Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken, Jefferson Parish, Jefferson Financial Credit Union, and Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.

Posted: January 20, 2017

My Q&A segments for FOX 8 TV can now be seen at

According to the Louisiana SPCA, there have been many reports of dog bites along parade routes in recent years. Though few people seem to know,
dogs are not allowed at Mardi Gras parades.

Ordinance 17271 MCS 18-14 section (e) states "no dogs are allowed within 200 yards of any parade route one hour before, during, or one hour after a scheduled parade." Exceptions are "dogs in parades in which dogs are the main attraction or sole participants (BARKUS), dogs confined on the property of their owners, dogs assigned to law enforcement canine units, seeing-eye dogs and/or dogs assisting physically challenged individuals."

The Times-Picayune reported today that a decision is expected soon on the amount of funding FEMA will provide for repairs to the Municipal Auditorium, which has been closed since Hurricane Katrina. From 1931-2005, the building was the site of countless Carnival balls.

The Pussyfooters Blush Ball to benefit the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children will be held Friday January 20 at 9 PM at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. Blush Ball tickets are currently available from your favorite Pussyfooter or on-line at

Homeland Security of New Orleans will be carefully monitoring any use of drones flying over parades this Carnival season, making certain that any such devices are duly licensed and obey all rules.

The Choctaw River Parade will now embark from the Creole Queen terminal near the foot of Canal St. at Spanish Plaza. The boarding time remains at 10:00 AM. This event is open to the public by paid admission.


Family Gras-Carnival Music Festival Celebrates 10 Year Milestone
Multiplatinum award winning pop group Fifth Harmony, country-music chart topper Lee Brice, iconic entertainer Tony Orlando, and country music singer/songwriter and style entrepreneur Jessie James Decker will rock Family Gras' 10th anniversary concert this February.

Fifth Harmony, an American girl group comprised of Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui, achieved rapid success. In their short five-year history, the group has won some of the industry’s biggest honors including an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, an iHeartRadio Music Award, seven Teen Choice Awards, and three MTV Video Music Awards. One of the members of Fifth Harmony, Normani Kordei, grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, before being forced by Hurricane Katrina to move to Texas in 2005. Said event producer Greg Buisson, "This is Fifth Harmony's first New Orleans-area concert ever. Their loyal army of Harmonizers will electrify Family Gras. We are excited to host them this Carnival."
Family Gras will open on Friday February 17 with swamp/pop locals Creole String Beans followed by two national Billboard top bands from the 60s, The Cowsills and The Association. Saturday’s stage will feature former Disney rockers Imagination Movers, followed by energetic punk/pop foursome Paris Avenue, trombone powerhouse Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and returning to the Family Gras stage will be Grammy-nominated singer Tony Orlando, who was a part of the inaugural festival, and Fifth Harmony. Sunday is country music day at Family Gras with local rock band Rougarou, Louisiana singer/songwriter Jenna Hunts, Epic Records (Sony) recording artist Jessie James Decker, and Billboard chart-topper Lee Brice.
The 10th edition of Family Gras will begin at 5:30 PM on Friday, February 17th and end on Sunday, February 19th. According to Violet Peters, CEO of the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, "We are expecting one of our largest crowds to date. Our talent lineup is always unique and varied. …Family Gras has a very diverse and devoted fan base that appeals to any age."

Family Gras is a three-day festival of Carnival, cuisine, and concerts that is free to the public. Family Gras has revolutionized the first weekend of Carnival in Metairie and helped brand the Jefferson Carnival experience as a family event. The festival, produced by the tourism bureau, has attracted as many as 100,000 festivalgoers over its three-day weekend with an economic impact of more than $6.8 million. The event is presented in part by First NBC.

Krewe of Muses Fund Raiser
The Krewe of Muses kicked off its 2017 Annual Parade Ride eBay Auction. Join the Goddesses for a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a woman (over 18 years of age) to ride in the all-female Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Muses' past auctions have attracted tremendous internet attention and bidding wars. "The mission of our Krewe has always been to share the Muses Mardi Gras and philanthropic spirit with New Orleanians and lovers of New Orleans - near and far," said Krewe Captain Staci Rosenberg.
Bypass the 100+ women who have been waiting for years to ride in New Orleans' most popular parade, while raising money for a worthy cause. Prize includes a priceless ride and an unforgettable experience, plus costume, mask, entry to the riding-member-only pre-party beginning at 2:00 PM and post-parade AMUSEment party. Throws, which cost approximately $1,000, must be purchased separately. Select 2017 Muses throws are still available.
Bidding begins Tuesday, January 17, and ends Friday, January 27 at 7 PM. To go directly to the auction, click here.

Proceeds from the auction go to the Gleason Initiative Foundation (aka Team Gleason), founded by former Saints' football player Steve Gleason after his diagnosis of ALS. The Gleason Initiative Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with the mission to help provide individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with leading edge technology, equipment and services and to assist sufferers pursue extraordinary life adventures despite their illness.

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