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King's Day is tomorrow!
Posted: January 05, 2016

Carnival begins for real Wednesday as the Mayor and representatives of all New Orleans krewes gather at Mardi Gras World to kick off the 2016 season.

In the evening St. Joan or Arc march in the French Quarter, while the Phunny Phorty Phellows ride the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to usher in the festive season.

The Mystic Krewe of Satyricon’s Twelfth Night Ball will be held that night at Cafe Istabul, 2372 St. Claude Avenue. Admission by $20 donation.

On Sunday, this year's first two-preseason parades roll in Slidell as the 30-year old Krewe of Claude rolls at 1 PM followed by the new Krewe of Posiedon, which promises more than 400 members.

Hardy news

I will appear on the Fox 8 Morning News show January 6 at 8:15 AM and on the 4 PM and 5 PM newscasts as we preview the Phunny Phorty Phellows parade.

I will serve as master of ceremonies this Friday at the Jefferson Parish Inaugural King's Day Carnival Kickoff Event at Lafreniere Park at 6 PM. The public is invited to the free event where krewe captains and royalty will be introduced.

2016 Happenings
Posted: January 02, 2016

Here's s look at some miscellaneous Carnival events.

See 2016 calendar at right for major parades.

Wednesday, January 6
Phunny Phorty Phellows, Joan of Arc
Satyricon 12th Night Ball, Zulu exhibits open

Saturday, January 9
Fools of Misrule in Covington

Tuesday, January 12
Hidden Treasures Carnival Edition at LSM

Thursday, January 14
Hidden Treasures Carnival Edition at LSM

Thursday, January 21
LPO Carnaval at Orpheum

Friday, January 22
LPO Carnaval at First Baptist in Covington

Saturday, January 23
Krewe du Vieux, krewedelusion,

Friday, January 29
Family Gras, Cork

Saturday, January 30
Family Gras, ‘tit Rex, Chewbacchus

Sunday, January 31
Family Gras, King Cake Festival, Barkus

Friday, February 5
Mask Market, Greasing of Poles, DIVAs

Saturday, February 6
Mask Market, Endymion Samedi Gras

Sunday, February 7
Mask Market

Monday, February 8
Mask Market, Lundi Gras in Kenner,
Zulu Lundi Gras in Woldenberg Park,
Rex Lundi Gras at Riverwalk

Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 9
Krewe of St. Anne, KOE,
Zulu Parade
Rex Parade
Bourbon Street Costume Contest,
Meeting of the Courts of Rex and Comus

Wednesday, February 10
Ash Wednesday

Sunday, February 14
Mardi Paws in Mandeville

Fat Tuesday Is Six Weeks Away
Posted: December 29, 2015

It's hard to believe that Fat Tuesday is six weeks from today!

* Our 40th annual magazine has begun distribution
* All pre-orders from this site have been shipped or will be by December 31
* Soon we will be updating this site with 2016 information
* Our new Mardi Gras Guide APP will be available shortly


Look for an announcement next week about celebrity monarchs for Orpheus.

If Bacchus has a king, the krewe is keeping it a secret.

Next week the fun begins for real with much activity on Twelfth Night.

Stay tuned.

Mardi Gras News
Posted: November 11, 2015

* The 40th annual Mardi Gras Guide goes to press in 30 days.

* Fat Tuesday is three months from today.

* Some media outlets are treating as "Breaking News" an announcement we made on this site on September 3 - the Krewe of Grela will not parade in 2016.

Krewe of Caesar Press Release
Darth Vader and the Star Wars Group of the 501st Legion has been chosen as Grand Marshal of the Krewe of Caesar Parade, which rolls Saturday, January 30, 2016 in Metairie at 6:00 pm. This chapter of the world wide Star Wars Group is known as the 501st Legion of Louisiana. The world wide group has over 10,000 members. They have partnered with Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation and several other charitable groups to aid in their fund raising efforts.

Posted: September 04, 2015

On September 3, 2015 I joined the Fox 8 News Team and will provide Carnival coverage for the 2016 season for WVUE. After 16 years at WDSU, I leave with fond memories and treasured friendships. The extended news format at Fox 8 allows for better use of my creative talents. I look forward to a fresh start and the new challenges that come with it. I am particularly excited about being a part of the broadcast of the Endymion parade and ball as the club celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016.

West Bank Mardi Gras News
On September 3, the captain of the Krewe of Grela confirmed that the club will not parade on Fat Tuesday in 2016. The West Bank is left with two parades-Adonis and NOMTOC. In 1994, fourteen parades rolled on that side of the river.

New Orleans Mardi Gras News
2016 Parade Routes - Sgt. Sabrina Richardson of the NOPD last night reported that the construction along Napoleon Avenue should not affect the starting locations of any uptown parades in 2016.

Endymion will announce its celebrity grand marshal next Tuesday.

Metairie Mardi Gras News
The Corps de Napoleon will move its parade to the first weekend of the parade season-Sunday, January 31 at 5:30 PM.

Metairie gains the new female Krewe of Pandora on Lundi Gras at 7 PM. The club is a spin-off of the highly successful Krewe of Nyx in New Orleans

St. Tammany Mardi Gras News
We will see the addition of two parades in St. Tammany Parish. The "Original Orpheus" in Mandeville plans a comeback after a three-year hiatus. The club has 150 members signed up and, pending approval from city officials, will roll on Friday, February 5, 2016.

The Krewe of Poseidon claims a co-ed membership of 400, and plans to parade in Slidell at 1 PM on Sunday, January 10, following the Krewe of Claude parade.

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