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ONE MONTH FROM TODAY THE OFFICIAL PARADE SEASON OPENS!
Posted: January 17, 2017

While some pretty good parades are presented within the next 30 days, January 17 marks one month from start of the official parade season. In Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, a whole different set of rules and regulations kick in on Friday, February 17 when Mardi Gars parades start.

MARDI GRAS NEWS

Carnival lost another key player with last week's death of Mardi Gras veteran ADAM MEHN, who was the founder and captain of the Metairie-based Krewe of Aquila, which paraded from 1977 until 2008.

Jefferson Parish's annual CARNIVAL KICK OFF PARTY is set for Friday, January 27 from 6-8 PM at Mardi Gras Plaza on the neutral ground of Veterans at Severn by the Blue Dog statue. Details will be announced soon.

Several captains have complained about the negative impact the NBA ALL-STAR GAME is having on Carnival. Airline and hotel room availability and rates have kept some out-of-town riders from being able to participate in some parades this year. Limousines and police escorts will also be in short supply.

Concerns about construction on Jefferson Avenue and Napoleon Avenue affecting parades are evaporating as parade time nears.

FROM PRESS RELEASES TO THE MARDI GRAS GUIDE

The 4th ANNUAL KING CAKE FESTIVAL, a FREE event benefiting Ochsner Hospital for Children, will take place Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Champions Square (Mercedes-Benz Superdome). Celebrity judges will award "best of" in several categories and one lucky bakery will be named the People's Choice by fest-goers. Before King Cake Festival opens, attendees can work off the king cake calories with the 4.5k 'Rep Run' (2.8 mile run plus nine unique workout stations with 25 reps each) & the Family Fun Run/Walk (1 mile around the Superdome). Prizes awarded to top male and female finishers, best costumes and best-decorated stroller. Proceeds from the event benefit Ochsner Hospital for Children.

On January 29, the morning opens at 8:00 a.m. with pre-registration for the Rep Run (9:00 start) and Fun Run (9:45 start). King Cake Fest itself begins at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, to purchase tasting tickets, or to register for the pre-Fest Rep Run and Fun Run, visit http://kingcakefestival.org/ or call 504-842-7113.

MYSTIC KREWE OF NYX PRESENTS "CORSETS AND COWBOYS" TO BENEFIT AUTISM SOCIETY OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS
A mechanical bull, a bourbon tasting, a silent auction and good times are on the program for "Corsets and Cowboys," a fundraising party sponsored by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx to benefit The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans on Saturday, January 21 from 7 PM to 10:30 PM at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive in New Orleans.

Single tickets are $75; $135 per couple and are available at this link.
Tables are available for purchase. For more info: Cheryl Braud, Cheryl@kreweofnyx.org or call 504-261-5905. Attendees must be 21 & over. ID is required for entry. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and food are included. Other liquors are available for purchase at the event.

VIRTUAL KREWE OF VAPORWAVE ANNOUNCES

2017 PARADE THEME, THROWS AND SCHEDULE


PARADE INFO: Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave's (VKV) Second Virtual Parade rolls at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.

PARADE THEME: "Tomorrow, The Future." Eighteen floats will be themed by year from 1983 to 2001, each float representing VKV's vision for the future, as imagined from 1983.

PARADE FORMAT: This year's parade is a multiplayer video game. Users will download the game for Mac or PC, create a character, observe the parade, chat with other users and collect throws. The game will be available for download at www.kreweofvaporwave.com. at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. The parade will roll at 8 p.m.

PARADE THROWS: Game-players can collect throws that will be launched from floats within the game environment, manage the throws in an inventory system, and choose which throws they would like their characters to wear. Of the hundreds of throws that will be distributed, 32 may be exchanged for real-life 3D printed keepsakes that can be redeemed at local businesses the day after the parade.

KREWE INFO: VKV is a pseudonymous collective of artists, coders and culture hackers from New Orleans and the internet. VKV debuted Tuesday, February 2, 2016, streaming its First Annual Virtual Parade on Twitch. The Virtual Parade -- the first of its kind -- was an Official Selection at the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival, where its three-day run was projection-mapped on the May Gallery's exterior as part of Cinema Reset. It was also screened at NOizefest 2016.

ARTHUR HARDY'S TWELFTH NIGHT REVIEW
Posted: January 09, 2017

The day started with the MAYOR'S ANNUAL CARNIVAL KICK-OFF PARTY and king cake cutting ceremony at Mardi Gras World. Representatives from Rex and Zulu presented His Honor with their official posters. Rex saluted the ST. AUGUSTINE BAND on the 50th anniversary of their first appearance in the Rex parade.

That evening, because of freezing rains, ST. JOAN OF ARC wisely pushed their parade to Saturday. The annual TWELFTH NIGHT REVELERS walking parade from Antoine's on the way to their ball at the Ritz did take place. Only a handful of people gathered to ask for doubloons and to see the Lord of Misrule on his white horse. The PHUNNY PHORTY PHELLOWS PARADE did roll as scheduled, but not from Willow Street as usual, but from the Jeannette Street exit of the uptown car barn.

The NOT SO SECRET SOCIETY OF THE ELYSIAN FIELDS rolled at 7:30 PM on the new Rampart-St. Claude line.

The KREWE OF STARS hosted the Twelfth Night Mardi Gras Extravaganza and the grand opening of THE MARDI GRAS MUSEUM OF COSTUMES AND CULTURE, at 1010 Conti in the French Quarter.

The following evening, Saturday, January 7, on the Northshore in downtown Covington, the ST. JOHN'S FOOLS OF MISRULE marched.

NEW EVENTS & NEWSY NEWS

Carnival lost two important figures this past week-Krewe of Tucks co-founder and co-captain BOBBY REICHERT and long-time Jefferson Parish Parade Coordinator HENRY TRAPANI.

On January 12, 2017, 7 PM, at the NEW ORLEANS ART CENTER, 3330 St. Claude Avenue, a special new event will be staged-an art installation imagining an interaction between Alexander the Great and the Carnival culture of New Orleans with a preview party, (black tie, toga or costume), honoring the Royalty of the Courts of the Krewes and marching clubs, primarily of Downtown New Orleans, and benefiting the Creative Alliance of New Orleans. (The Creative Alliance is a non-profit benefitting local artists.) Tickets are $35 in advance or $50 at the door, and at www.eventbrite.com

The HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION will once again offer a Carnival-themed tour of its Louisiana History Galleries at 533 Royal St. "Rites, Rituals and Revelry" tours began on Friday, Jan. 6, the first official day of the Carnival season. Each tour lasts approximately one hour and is available at 11 A.M. Tuesday-Sunday, until Feb. 24. Admission is $5 or free for THNOC members. Free self-guided tours of THNOC's Louisiana History Galleries are available Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M., and Sunday, 10:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

According to their press release, the VIRTUAL KREWE OF VAPORWAVE announces its 2017 court and IRL Ball which will be held Saturday, February 4, at Daiquiri Lounge (4201 Washington Ave.) Cover is $10. Doors open at 9 P.M. The Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave (VKV), a pseudonymous collective of artists, musicians, coders, and culture hackers from New Orleans and the Internet, is New Orleans's first and only virtual Mardi Gras krewe.

It was my pleasure to serves as one of the judges for the KREWE OF CARROLLTON'S DECORATED SHRIMP BOOT CONTEST. Some 6,000 boots will be handed out at this year's parade.

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, the MYSTIC KREWE OF NYX will host Corsets & Cowboys, a fundraiser benefiting the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans. The event will be at Generations Hall from 7:00 P.M.-10:30 P.M. Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com.

IT’S CARNIVAL TIME!
Posted: January 04, 2017

On Friday look for me live on Fox 8 in studio during the 8 AM morning show, and during the 4 PM and 5 PM newscasts at the start of the Phunny Phorty Phellows parade at the Willow Street car barn.

I’ll also be live on FaceBook with @The New Orleans Advocate at the Carnival kickoff at Mardi Gras World (9:50 a.m.) and the annual PPP streetcar ride (6:30 p.m.). Follow along for behind-the-scenes coverage!

TWELFTH NIGHT PREVIEW

In addition to the very private ball of the TWELFTH NIGHT REVELERS, several public events mark the official opening of the Carnival Season-King's Day- January 6.

PizzaNola at 141 West Harrison Avenue is hosting a King Cake Party 7-9 AM with live music from Benny Grunch and the Bunch, free breakfast from BAWK, coffee from Coast Roast, and the grand arrival of the King Cake from Dong Phuong Bakery.

At 10 AM at Mardi Gras World, MAYOR MITCH LANDRIEU, along with officials from all 34 Orleans Parish parading krewes, will kick off the Carnival season with a press conference and king cake cutting ceremony. The Mayor will be presented official posters from Rex and Zulu, and the St. Aug Marching 100 will perform.

The PHUNNY PHORTY PHELLOWS roll along the St. Charles line in a vintage green Perley Thomas streetcar on Friday, January 6, at 7 P.M., accompanied by the Storyville Stompers Brass Band. The ride is scheduled to run from the Willow Street Car Barn, just off South Carrollton Avenue, and go all the way downtown to Canal Street and back.

On that same Twelfth Night evening, also at 7 PM, the JOAN OF ARC walking parade will begin in the French Quarter at Toulouse and Decatur, ending at Washington Artillery Park, just across from Jackson Square. The procession includes krewe members in medieval costumes and armor, horse- back riders, dance troupes and angels, all recounting the story of the saint’s brief but eventful life.

Also on Twelfth Night, the new "NOT SO SECRET SOCIETY OF THE ELYSIAN FIELDS" rolls at 7:30 PM on the new Rampart-St. Claude line, with King Charles Rogers reigning. They will leave the Elysian Fields Station at Elysian Fields and St. Claude, and go to Union Station and back again. Riding as special guest will be the perennial symbol of the season, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, who will also perform at the ball, joining the Davis Rogan Band for dancing and dining in the Back Room at Buffa’s following the street car ride.

The KREWE OF STARS hosts the Twelfth Night Mardi Gras Extravaganza and the grand opening of the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 7-10 PM at 1010 Conti in the French Quarter.

The following evening, Saturday, January 7, on the Northshore in downtown Covington, the ST. JOHN’S FOOLS OF MISRULE will march at 6 PM down E. Lockwood Street to the Covington Trailhead. Accompanied by the Big Fun Jazz Band, the costumed maskers will include flambeaux carriers and fire breathers and will also celebrate the group’s favorite fermented beverage, beer. www.foolsofmisrule.com.

NEW EVENT

On January 12, 2017, 7 PM, at the NEW ORLEANS ART CENTER, 3330 St. Claude Avenue, a special new event will be staged-an art installation imagining an interaction between Alexander the Great and the Carnival culture of New Orleans with a preview party, (black tie, toga or costume), honoring the Royalty of the Courts of the Krewes and marching clubs, primarily of Downtown New Orleans, and benefiting the Creative Alliance of New Orleans. (The Creative Alliance is a non-profit benefitting local artists.) Tickets are $35 in advance or $50 at the door, www.eventbrite.com/e/alexander-the-great-visits-new-orleans-tickets-29657450232

Happy New Year!
Posted: January 01, 2017

Now let real the celebration begin-It’s Carnival Time!

I will soon post my annual Twelfth Night preview.

The 2017 Mardi Gras Guide began distribution on December 21 and all pre-orders have been mailed. We try to ship all PayPal orders the same day they are received and single copies are shipped via first class mail

Within the next ten days, our new MARDI GRAS GUIDE APP will launch. Available on iPhone and GooglePlay for only 99 cents, the 2017 App will allow Mardi Gras fans to bring the magazine to the parades on their tablets and smart phones. The new App includes up-the-the-minute updates and also provides live links to nearly 100 krewes and advertisers.

Stay tuned!

Arthur Hardy

MARDI GRAS NEWS
Posted: September 22, 2016

FUND RAISER

This year's annual Krewes for KOPs Gala has taken on a new identity. It is now the Krewes for Karnival's First Responders, and will benefit not only the NOPD, but the NOFD and NOEMS, too.

The Gala this year will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Fulton Alley Lanes, 600 Fulton Street, NOLA, 70130. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 day of the event. They will have beer, wine, food, live music and bowling! http://krewesforkarnival.com/about-us/

NEW CARNIVAL CLUB

A new Mardi Gras organization, tie "Krewe of Stars," held a press conference this week and announced the following:

KREWE OF STARS www.KreweOfStars.com
BALL FEB. 18, 2017 JEFFERSON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
KING DENNIS ASSAF
QUEEN ANGELA HILL
GRAND DUCHESS BECKY ALLEN
CAPTAIN CARL MACK

History

Impresario and entertainer Marshall Harris with musician, costumer and talent agent Carl Mack have created an all-new Mardi Gras Krewe that will celebrate, showcase and support the New Orleans performing arts community throughout the year. All involved in the entertainment field, including actors, singers, dancers, musicians, costume designers, hairdressers, make-up artists, set designers, acrobats, burlesque artists, directors, producers, cabaret singers, comedians, television & radio personalities, lighting designers, sound techs, photographers, and all those who support them it are encouraged to become members.

HERMES PHILANTHROPY

Hermes Beyond the Parade Foundation (Hermes BTP) hosted members of the New Orleans Police Department on September 9 with a luncheon at the Hermes den.

Hermes BTP and NOPJF board member Tom Winingder said "We are thrilled to try and do something nice for our police officers after a very difficult summer. Although it is a small gesture it allows Hermes BTP and the Police and Justice Foundation to say thank you to NOPD for their service to our community."

Hermes BTP is primarily supported by the 700+ members of the Hermes carnival organization. Members hail from professions ranging from law and medicine to commerce and trade who live and work within the community.

In addition to supporting first responders, Hermes BTP also is working on long-term solutions that address our region's ongoing struggles with violent crime. Early childhood education, workforce development and mentorship opportunities are areas of particular interest to the organization.

ENDYMION SUPER STARS

The Krewe of Endymion has announced its entertainment lineup for its February 25, 2017 Extravaganza at the Superdome.

Kiss, FloRida, KC & the Sunshine Band will headline the event, along with Dian Diaz, Groovy 7, and the Wise Guys. For tickets, call 504-736-0160

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