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Parade Calendar
Posted: January 21, 2016

This weekend's lineup of Carnival events is an example of the diversity and variety in Mardi Gras. For grown-ups only, the Krewe du Vieux and krewedelusion parade Saturday from the Marigny through the French Quarter starting at 6PM. In Slidell Saturday, the popular Krewe of Bilge boat parade sails at noon, while the walking cub Mona Lisa & Moonpie begins at 6 PM. Sunday at 1PM in Metairie, the Little Rascals roll for the 33rd time, while the 13-float Perseus parade steps off at the same time in Slidell. And don’t forget the Pearl River Lions Club parade at 1 PM Sunday.

NEW FOR 2016 - THE MARDI GRAS GUIDE MOBILE APP!
Posted: January 17, 2016

Get connected to the best of Mardi Gras with the new Mardi Gras Guide app! Maps and parade info for 50 parading krewes with links to their official krewe websites. Shop for King Cakes, Carnival supplies, restaurants and more. Happenings and events in and around town. Updates with new announcements and parade changes. Available now at the Apple App Store and Google Play for phone or tablet. The complete resource for Mardi Gras on the go! $4.99

Breaking News
Posted: January 15, 2016

Warren Easton grad Anthony Mackie will reign as the first black Bacchus.

MAGAZINE SIGNINGS
Posted: January 15, 2016

Saturday, January 16, I will be signing my 40th annual Mardi Gras Guide at two Winn Dixie stores; from 11 AM-1 PM uptown at 5400 Tchoupitoulas and from 2 PM-4 PM at 401 N. Carrollton in Mid City.

MARDI GRAS CELEBRITIES
Posted: January 14, 2016

As we await announcements from Bacchus and Orpheus about their celebrity monarchs, the Krewe of Argus announced last night on the 9 PM newscast on Fox 8 that retiring weatherman Bob Breck will ride as the club's grand marshall in 2016.

The Krewe of Muses announced that New Orleans resident, Solange Knowles, the singer/songwriter, founder of Saint Records and noted creative director will serve as the Krewe's Honorary Muse for the 2016 parade. As the Honorary Muse, Solange will lead the carnival organization's sixteenth parade, on February 4, 2016. Solange will ride in the Krewe of Muses's iconic shoe float, a 17-foot tall fiber optic encrusted red pump.

2016 Krewe of Tucks Captains Bobby Reichert and Lloyd Frischhertz announced the 2016 grand marshall's, reality star and fashionista, NOLA born Stassi Schroeder and WGNO "News With A Twist" anchors LBJ, Susan Roesgen, Wild Bill Wood, Curt Sprang, Martha Spencer, and Kenny Lopez. These local celebrities all have New Orleans ties which fit perfectly into our 2016 theme, "TUCKS IN THE HOOD" celebrating the local neighborhoods of the Greater New Orleans Area.

CHARITY EVENTS
Bidding on Muses' 2016 Annual Parade Ride eBay Auction ends January 15. 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.

The Krewe of Freret is hosting its annual coronation ball at the People's Health New Orleans Jazz Market this Saturday. Tickets sales offset the cost of the float and beads costs for Son of Saints Boys who ride the club's parade on January 30. For tickets or to make a donation, visit the Son of a Saint Clubhouse at 3427 Palmyra Street.

New Orleans Musicians' Clinic Fund Raiser
Each year on the Thursday before Krewe du Vieux, Friends of the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic gather to raise awareness and much needed funding for the 501(c)3 nonprofit's mission. Providing health care and support services to local performers keeps New Orleans music and culture ALIVE, and who better to spread the word than Naughty Nurses? Led by New Orleans' own ‘Empress of the Insane,' Ms. Trixie Minx, several teams of Naughty Nurses make special visits throughout the evening to collect donations from businesses, bars and restaurants in and around the parade route.

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