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MARDI GRAS NEWS
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.
New Orleans Mardi Gras News
Posted: July 29, 2015
* 2016 Parade Routes - Due to on-going construction, there is a chance that the intersection of Napoleon and Magazine will be impassable for the 2016 parade season, disrupting almost all of the uptown parade routes. This could cause nearly two-dozen parades to start on the South Claiborne and Napoleon.
* The annual fundraiser, Krewes for Kops will be held at Fulton Alley, September 24 at 7PM. For details, visit www.krewesforkops.com
* The Mayor's Mardi Gras Advisory Committee has recommended that age restrictions for parade marchers to be moved from 12 to 11 years old and be enforced this coming parade season. The matter now goes before the City Council.
Metairie Mardi Gras News
Posted: July 29, 2015
* 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 and is not affiliated with the Gentilly-based club by the same name that paraded from 1968-1993.
* Three of Metairie' oldest krewes, Atlas, Thor and Zeus, did not apply for 2016 parades permits by the deadline.
SEVEN MONTHS UNTIL FAT TUESDAY
Posted: July 09, 2015
It's hard to think about Carnival parades in the heat of summer, bu the 2016 parade season is shaping up. We may see the addition of two parades in St. Tammany Parish. The "Original Orpheus" in Mandeville is trying to mount a comeback after a three-year hiatus. The club has 100 members signed up, half of what it needs by October to parade on Friday, February 5, 2016.
The Krewe of Poseidon (no connection to the club by the same name which paraded on the West Bank from 1959-2002), claims a co-ed membership of nearly 350, and plans to parade at 1 PM on Sunday, January 10, following the Krewe of Calude parade. Also in Slidell, the City put the krewes of Claude, Dionysus, Perseus and the Slidell Women's Civic Club on probation for 2015 parade violations, including too few floats, too few riders, moving too slowly and inappropriate recorded music and inappropriate dancing.
Amid rumors that Grela will not parade in 2016, krewe officials have not been able to confirm the club’s status for the upcoming season.
The summertime meeting of the New Orleans Mayor's Mardi Gras Advisory Committee is set for July 23. One of the likely items on the agenda is the newly announced "improvements" on Napoleon Avenue. A few weeks ago the Corps of Engineers unveiled plans to reduce the Napoleon Avenue neutral ground and adding landscaping that will create a wall of trees and shrubs the length of the neutral ground hindering parade viewing.
Two high profile individuals have been announced as 2016 royalty. Longtime Zulu member Jay Banks won the election for 2016 king and promises to set a new standard for royalty in the city's oldest African-American parading club. Attorney Stephen Rue will reign as king of the Alla parade.
ELEVEN MONTHS FROM FAT TUESDAY
Posted: March 09, 2015
EARLY MARDI GRAS
It is hard to believe that although Mardi Gras is only twenty days behind us, next year’s Fat Tuesday is eleven months from today.
MAJOR OPPS A reader found a serious mistake in the 2015 Mardi Gras Guide.We listed the date of Fat Tuesday in 2017 as February 26, which is a Sunday! The correct date is February 28.
DID YOU NOTICE?
Bacchus produced a t-shirt this year that featured illustrations of past kings-all 46 of them.
According to postings on FaceBook, long time Zulu member Jay Banks has launched his campaign to be king in 2016. Attorney Stephen Rue has hinted that he is also considering a run for the position.
MAYOR'S MG MEETING
The first post-Mardi Gras meeting of the Mayor's Mardi Gras Advisory Committee is set for March 19.
The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council has announced March 15 as the date for the annual procession of Indian tribes of New Orleans, starting at the A.L. Davis Park on LaSalle at 11 AM.
What do these parading krewes have in common-Zulu, Thoth, Orpheus, Tucks, Muses? Each is more than 15 years old; each parades with more than 1,000 riders, and none have published books of their history. Clubs that have published history books include Comus, Rex, Momus, Proteus, Alla, Hermes, Bacchus, Endymion and the ball krewe, Athenians. The krewes of d'Etat and Iris will be publishing their histories within in next two years.
ST. PAT'S LEADER DIES
John "Johnny" Marchese, who founded the St. Patrick's Day parade in Metairie in 1970, died last week at 97 years old. A special tribute will be paid to him in this year's parade, set for March 15.
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