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MARDI GRAS NEWS
Posted: February 09, 2015

On Monday, February 9, Loyola University New Orleans will host MARDI GRAS FORUM: THE WOMEN OF CARNIVAL, a forum featuring leaders from Carnival krewes such as Iris, Muses, DIVAs, and the Society of St. Anne. It will take place at 5 PM in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the third floor of Monroe Hall. It is free and open to the public.

On behalf of the non-profit Carnival Krewe Civic Foundation, Inc., which funded her study, Tulane Department of Economics Professor of Practice Toni Weiss and members of the Tulane business student-based Freeman Consulting Group will present key economic findings on 2014 Mardi Gras for the City New Orleans on Monday, February 9 at 5 PM. This is Professor Weiss’s fourth such study since 2007. Updated studies were also done in 2009 and 2011.

KREWE NEWS

From the Krewe of Orpheus

A refurbishment of the Krewe of Orpheus’' signature Leviathan float brings with it the most technologically advanced lighting and innovative special effects to be seen at a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade. New animation, smoke and fog effects, fiber optic lighting and a sophisticated LED lighting system are among the upgrades to the frequently photographed mythical sea creature float. “Thousands of pearls strewn throughout the float will each be illuminated and can be controlled individually or in sequence to create a spectacular light show,” said Krewe of Orpheus Artistic Director, Derek Franklin. “The vibrancy of this new display will be unrivaled in all of Carnival and promises parade goers the theatricality for which Orpheus is so well known.”

From the Krewe of Endymion

For the first time ever, many of the Endymion floats will be animated! Some will also generate huge plumes of smoke along the route. The club has made a large investment to upgrade float lighting and fiber-optics.

From the Krewes of Iris and Hermes

The captains of the Krewes of Iris and Hermes, along with royalty and some krewe members, will toast the kickoff to their parade weekend festivities on Friday, February 13th at 11:28 AM at the corner of St. Louis and Royal Streets, in front of the Rib Room in the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel.

From the Krewe of Nyx

Sisters from the Mystic Krewe of Nyx will make their annual trek to the grave of Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 10 AM, to invoke her powers for good weather when Nyx parades on the traditional uptown/downtown route on the evening of Wed., Feb. 11th. This is the fourth year the Krewe has visited the site. They will leave a Nyx purse at Marie Laveau's gravesite while asking for a fair weather favor.

Media, especially weather forecasters, are invited to join us to boost the blessing.

International House Carnival Exhibit

In collaboration with Henri Schindler, the internationally recognized cultural authority on Carnival, International House transforms its lobby with a display of artwork from Carnival 1896. On Friday evening, February 13, at 5 PM, International House on Camp Street, is honored to host Henri Schindler immediately preceding the Krewe of Hermes parade. Henri will be giving a special presentation on the "Golden Age of Carnival" to go along with a display in the hotel lobby from Carlotta Bonnecazze's designs of Proteus 1896.

FAT TUESDAY

The City of Gretna will be hosting a Mardi Gras Costume Contest on Mardi Gras day, before the Krewe of Grela parades rolls. Prizes will be awarded in three categories. Registration starts at 9:30 AM at the reviewing stands on the corner of Stumpf and Westbank Expressway.

MEDIA

I will do a Live Chat session today at Noon from the offices of the New Orleans Advocate.

My Mardi Gras Guide parade preview radio reports start up again Wednesday on WWL Radio at 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, Noon, and 5:30 PM.

Errol and Peggy Laborde and I appear on WYES's "Steppin' Out-Carnival Edition." We have done this show every year since 1986.

Monday, Feb. 9 10:30 PM
Friday, Feb. 13 7:30 and 11 PM
Tuesday, Feb. 17 9 AM

The New Orleans Advocate is publishing Carnival Bulletins again year. Later this week you can collect Babylon, Bacchus, Chaos, d'Etat, Endymion, Hermes, Muses, Orpheus, Proteus, Rex, Tucks, and Zulu.

I will be doing live parade reports Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from the uptown parade routes at 5 PM and 6 PM on WDSU-TV Channel 6.

MARDI GRAS NEWS
Posted: February 04, 2015

To keep the residents and visitors fully informed this Mardi Gras season, the City has launched a Mardi Gras Information and Updates website at www.nola.gov/mardigras. The City has compiled updates on safety regulations, enforcement policies, permitting information, and helpful suggestions, including interactive parade maps in one location so that residents and visitors can be better prepared before heading out to the parades.

The Krewe of Muses announced that Sue Zemanick, Executive Chef at Gautreau's and Ivy, will serve as the Krewe's Honorary Muse.

New Orleans's own legendary American pop music "girl group," the Dixie Cups, will ride as Grand Marshals in the Mystic Krewe of Nyx when it parades on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.

This year's Alla parade features floats dedicated to each branch of military service. A group of World War II era fighter planes will fly over as the parade travels down St. Charles Avenue. Red, white, and blue smoke will be released.

Noted artist Michael Hunt has released a unique, limited edition Mardi Gras print that includes an actual diamond embedded within the artwork. The Diamond Masquerade is the most exclusive Mardi Gras print ever created. Only 100 are available.
http://www.nolafineart.com/the-diamond-masquerade/

The Krewe of Barkus announced, "His Majesty XXIII, King Andouille Lemarie and Her Majesty XXIII, Queen Ashley Renaudin will have their traditional Friday lunch dressed in royal attire at historic Galatoire's Restaurant, complete with champagne toasts and canine sniffs. The royals will be served appropriately by Galatoire’s staff with the pomp and circumstance befitting the occasion."

The New Orleans Advocate is publishing Carnival Bulletins again year, this time for Alla, Babylon, Bacchus, Caesar, Chaos, d'Etat, Endymion, Hermes, Muses, Orpheus, Proteus, Rex, Tucks, and Zulu.

Next week the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club will unveil a landmark plaque in front of their headquarters on North Broad at Orleans.

Staged Mardi Gras scenes have appeared in recent commercials for Toyota Camry and Turbo Tax. Look for a few Rex floats in an upcoming episode of NCIS New Orleans.

Because of Family Gras it will be hard to see them, but Jefferson Parish has added several concrete plaques to its Mardi Gras Plaza on Veterans Boulevard at Causeway. The circular display commemorates parading krewes of the past and present.

Just a reminder that the Krewe of Tchefuncte will sail down the Tchefuncte River at 2 PM on Sunday. Boats will parade and then dock at Water Street on both sides of Hwy 22 for riders to throw to spectators. Signature throws include krewe cups, doubloons and anchor beads in addition to other traditional Mardi Gras throws. Ashley Rodrigue from WWL-TV will serve as Grand Marshal.

The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation has announced the 4th annual Horses, Hops and Cops Fundraiser featuring the World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales taking place Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the N.O.P.D. Mounted Division horse stables in New Orleans City Park. The event is free for all ages to attend and will be held rain or shine.

Southern Eagle Sales and Service, the New Orleans-area Budweiser distributor, has partnered with the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation to co-produce the event, which will raise money for the N.O.P.D. Mounted Division.

The City of New Orleans has released the schedule for the first annual Carnival in the Square concert series.

CARNIVAL IN THE SQUARE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015
4 PM to 7 PM CARNIVAL IN THE SQUARE

FREE AGENTS BRASS BAND 4 PM to 5 PM
BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION 5:15 PM to 7 PM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2015
11 AM to 2 PM CARNIVAL IN THE SQUARE

PINETTES BRASS BAND 11 AM to 12 PM
BIG CHIEF MONK BOUDREAUX & THE GOLDEN EAGLES 12:15 PM to 2 PM
TANK & THE BANGAS 6 PM to 8 PM

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015
11 AM to 2 PM CARNIVAL IN THE SQUARE

NEW BREED BRASS BAND 11 AM to 12 PM
COLIN LAKE BAND 12:15 PM to 2 PM

ARTHUR HARDY NEWS
Posted: February 04, 2015

Thursday I will join Errol Laborde on the Angela Hill show on WWL Radio 870 AM at 3 PM. Friday morning my Mardi Gras Guide parade previews begin on the station.

At 7 PM Errol and Peggy Laborde and I appear on WYES's "Steppin' Out, Carnival Edition." We have done this show every year since 1986.

Look for my daily parade preview stories and historical features starting Thursday in the New Orleans Advocate.

Our Carnival Central interviews with parading captains of nearly 50 krewes in a four-parish area have begun airing on WDSU-TV Channel 6 during the morning and afternoon newscasts. They are also posted online at WDSU.com after the air.

I will have my final book and magazine signing of the season Thursday at West Jefferson Medical Center in Harvey from 11:30-1:30 in the gift shop.

I will be joined by Kweilyn Murphy Friday and Casey Ferrand Saturday for live shots from Napoleon Avenue during the 5 PM news on WDSU TV Channel 6.

2015 Mardi Gras Guide Sold Out
Posted: February 01, 2015

For the first time ever, we are out of magazines before the parades have started!
We are no longer able to accept orders on this site since our distributor is out of stock.

However, hundreds of copies are still available in retail outlets throughout the metro area, including Walgreens, Winn Dixie, Rouses, Rite Aid, CVS, and Barnes & Noble.

MARDI GRAS NEWS
Posted: January 29, 2015

Tonight, the popular HIDDEN TREASURES-CARNIVAL EDITION continues at the Louisiana State Museum's Collection Storage Facility as rare Carnival artifacts are pulled from storage just for the occasion. Tours are Thursday, January 29, at either 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. at 1000 Chartres Street in the French Quarter. You can also visit www.friendsofthecabildo.org to make a reservation and for more information.

On Monday, Feb. 9, Loyola University New Orleans will host MARDI GRAS FORUM: THE WOMEN OF CARNIVAL, a forum featuring leaders from Carnival krewes such as Iris, Muses, DIVAs, and the Society of St. Anne. It will take place at 5 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the third floor of Monroe Hall. It is free and open to the public.

WYES has announced that its annual telecast of the REX BALL AND THE MEETING OF THE COURTS will be streamed live for the first time.

Congratulations to my friend and fellow Mardi Gras expert ERROL LABORDE. In partnership with New Orleans Magazine, WWL-TV Channel 4 will present daily "Eye on Carnival" features on parade days with Carnival historian Errol Laborde. The segments on Carnival history will premiere Feb. 6 and air each parade day during the station's morning and 6 p.m. newscasts.

A large collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia is being offered this Sunday starting at 11 AM at NEAL AUCTIONS, 3923 Carondelet St., New Orleans.

Do not look for REX to arrive by boat on Lundi Gras in 2015. This year the King of Carnival will enter Spanish Plaza aboard a vintage railroad car.

The KREWE OF CAESAR added SPIDERMAN and IRON MAN to its parade lineup. Some 1,500 holographic Spiderman cards will be thrown.

According to Offbeat magazine, "Funeral arrangements for BIG CHIEF THEODORE "BO" DOLLIS, who died this week at the age of 71, have been set for this weekend. A visitation and music tribute will be held at the Carver Theater on Friday, January 30. The visitation, which will begin at 4 p.m. and last until 7 p.m., will be free and open to the public.

The HAPPENINGS section of this year's Mardi Gras Guide outlines many of this weekend's events, including the KREWE DU VIEUX and KREWE DELUSION parades on Saturday night.

And don't forget SLIDELL's triple-header with the BILGE boat parade Saturday mid-day, MONA LISA & MOON PIE Saturday night, and the PERSEUS parade on Sunday.

The KREWE OF CHOCTAW is honoring JIMMY CLARK as Grand Marshal of the 2015 Choctaw parade. Jimmy is a Mardi Gras historian and former throw manufacturer. He has also contributed many stories to the Mardi Gras Guide and is himself the subject of a story in this year’s magazine.

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