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Mardi Gras News
Posted: February 07, 2016

My apologies for insisting that the starting point of Saturday’s Iris parade was on South Claiborne and Napoleon. This was confirmed to me personally by the captain on Thursday. But the parade actually started at Carondolet and Napoleon. If Rex can start on South Claiborne, why can't Iris as they wanted to and had announced and confirmed?

I enjoyed the Endymion parade and Extravaganza inside the dome last night as part of the Fox 8 News telecast. I plan to catch Bacchus tonight inside the Convention Center and perhaps meet fellow Warren Easton alum Anthony Mackey, who reigns as Bacchus.

The final three days of the parade season will be blessed with incredible weather.

I plan to enjoy every minute of it as Ash Wednesday approaches!

Posted: February 06, 2016

Today's Iris parade starts at South Claiborne and Napoleon, not at Carondelet and Napoleon as some sources have reported. (We had it right.)

This may be the driest 12-day parade season in recent memory. We will have a cold Fat Tuesday, but no rain is in sight.

Watch Fox 8 TV starting at 7PM tonight where we will provide wall-to-wall coverage of the Endymion parade and Extravaganza.


For the past week parade viewers have been able to stand on the tiny space on the neutral ground side between the curb and the construction site fencing on Napoleon Avenue between Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue. Not anymore. For safety reasons, the entire area is off limits, pushing those crowds to the "sidewalk side." This also means that float riders will not be able to throw to the neutral ground side on Napoleon Avenue.

Because of the fire that destroyed a building the 1000 block of Canal Street two weeks ago, Endymion will crossover to the downtown side of Canal at Basin then continue against traffic to Royal/St. Charles and make the wide right turn and continue to Lee Circle.

Zulu will cross over Canal at St. Charles/Royal and travel with traffic to Basin Street and make a right turn and continue on their traditional route.

The Truck parades will also cross over Canal at St. Charles/Royal and continue straight down Canal Street with traffic to their normal disband at Claiborne.

Posted: February 04, 2016

There's a great triple-header uptown that showcases krewes that represent parading traditions from three different centuries. The themes are supposed to be secret, but Babylon depicts "Enchantments and Transformations," "Chaos Theory" is the theme of the night's second parade, while Muses celebrates a special anniversary with its "Sweet Sixteen" parade. Among the regional politicians to be lampooned by Chaos are Bobby Jindal, Marlon Gusman, Mitch Landrieu, Les Miles, and the New Orleans City Council. Muses takes some shots at the Republican Party, Irving Mayfield, and the Benson family. The shoe-throwing club also presents Mardi Gras Indian queens on a special float, while Solange Knowles serves as the krewe's Honorary Muse for the 2016 parade.

Hardy Watch
Posted: February 04, 2016

My Carnival feature in today's New Orleans Advocate deals with Mardi Gras in the movies. Past features are also posted on line at

I will be doing live shots from Napoleon near Magazine at 4 PM and 5 PM today for the Fox 8 News. Tonight during the 9 PM Fox 8 News I take a look at the connection between Mardi Gras and the Metairie Cemetery. Earlier segments are available at

My radio interview on "The Reading Life" with Susan Larson is available at An encore showing of "Steppin' Out, It’s Carnival Time" on WYES airs Fat Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock. And the cover story on me in "Senior Living" can be found at

1 Week Away
Posted: February 02, 2016

It's hard to believe that Fat Tuesday is one week from today. Looks like the weather will change several times during the next seven days.

I will appear with Susan Larson today at 1:30 PM on WWNO (89.9 FM) on "The Reading Life."

My taped features on Fox 8’s news at 9 PM the next three evenings will profile Henri Schindler (tonight), Metairie Cemetery (Wednesday) and Antoine’s (Thursday).

I will be doing live shots from the starts of Druids, Babylon and Hermes this week during the Fox 8 newscasts and 4 PM and 5 PM and will be part of the live telecast of the Endymion 50th anniversary parade Saturday evening.

The Guggenmusik Kamikaze Marching Band from Switzerland performed at Mardi Gras in 2013 and is returning this year. You can catch them in a free concert Wednesday at 1 PM at Washington Artillery Park across from Jackson Square. The band will perform in the parades of Babylon, Morpheus, Tucks, Thoth, Proteus and Rex.

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