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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.

Parade Preview for Sunday, January 31, 2016
Posted: January 31, 2016

This year's reshuffled parade schedule in uptown New Orleans features the city's newest parade going first rather than last as it did in 2015. At 11 AM the African-American female club, Femme Fatale leads off a quartet of parades. The day's oldest parade, the Krewe of Carrollton follows with its largest membership ever-450 men. Krewe-emblemed throws include Fedora hats and decorated shrimp boots. The 610 Stompers and the Rolling Elvi will perform. King Arthur's band of 975 merry men and women, also its largest membership ever, follow with 34-floats with the theme King Arthur's Classified Information. Throws include selfie sticks and shield-shaped doubloons. The Krewe of Alla, which includes Legion of Mars members, follows with a 24-float parade entitled A Salute to American Icons. The Alla parade always features a large number of high quality marching bands. In Slidell the 31st Dionysus parade rolls with the theme Dionysus Tours the World. For the animal lovers of New Orleans, the 24th annual Krewe of Barkus parade strolls through the French Quarter Sunday afternoon commencing near Armstrong Park. This year's theme is From the Dog House to the White House. On the Northshore in Madisonville, the 43rd annual Krewe of Tchefuncte Boat Parade cruises up and down the riverfront starting at 1 PM. Because of Sunday's Super bowl, the Corps de Napoleon's parade rolls tonight instead of its regular spot next Sunday. This will help the crowds at Family Gras in Metairie. The 250 male and female member group presents a 21-float parade entitled Napoleon Jet Sets. The parade includes horse-drawn carriages and an appearance by the Mardi Gras Indians. Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni rides as guest grand marshal.

Friday Night preview
Posted: January 29, 2016

The official parade season starts tonight and there are more parades on this weekend than next-21 major float parades in a four parish area, not including the "alternative parades" of Cork, Barkus, tit Rex, Chewbacchus, and the boat parade of Tchefuncte.

Friday night features a double-header uptown with Oshun and Cleopatra, while Eve rolls in Mandeville. In Metairie you'll see Excalibur and Athena.

And don't forget the free concert at Carnival on the Square across from Gallier Hall, and Family Gras in Metairie.

Posted: January 28, 2016

The official start of the Mardi Gras Parade Season is Friday, January 29.

The weather should be terrific this weekend, so join me at the parades.

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