Feb 272017

Carnival revelers in the streets of New Orleans, 2012.


When I moved to New Orleans at the tail-end of the 20th century, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Despite a couple brief visits in my youth, the city was a virtual blind spot for me. I was sadly ignorant of even the most iconic aesthetics of New Orleans culture. The filigreed ironwork in the Quarter, the second-line parasol, oysters on the half shell — these were all revelations to me.

But the biggest revelation was surely Carnival. I wonder if native New Orleanians can ever truly appreciate the shock of this discovery. To encounter a new holiday at age 33 is bracing, to say the least.

And not just a new holiday — a whole new holiday season. What fun.

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Feb 252017

The “Musco Andromena” float rolls down Canal street on Saturday, Feb. 25 2017. Endymion rolled with the theme “Endymion’s Constellations” this year. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Endymion rolled on Saturday night in Mid City. Each float was themed with one of the 88 Constellations. New Orleans-based surgeon Parker Velargo reigned as the Krewe’s 51st King.

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Feb 242017

Friends of Lafitte Greenway will present the 11th Annual Hike the Lafitte Greenway on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The family-friendly hiking event will begin at Congo Square at 9:30 a.m. and end with a block party at Second Line Brewing at 12 p.m.

The Hike will include a guided 3-mile walking tour featuring live entertainment by To Be Continued Brass Band, Washitaw Nation, the Congo Square Preservation Society Drummers, Secondhand Street Band, and more. Continue reading »

Feb 232017

(via Choice Foundation)

In a vote on Tuesday, February 21, the Choice Foundation Board of Directors opted to transfer oversight of two schools to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) ahead of the 2018 legal mandate. The OPSB’s oversight of Lafayette Academy in Uptown and Esperanza Charter in Mid-City will begin in the 2017-18 school year. Continue reading »

Feb 232017

Mardi Gras is here again! This season is full of parades, revelry, and costumes, but Fat Tuesday is about more than just partying all day long. In fact, Mardi Gras marks the end of the Epiphany season and the beginning of the Lenten season.

We invite you to come celebrate Lent with Mid-City’s newest church, St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church: St. Peter’s is hosting an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 10, at 6pm at 1222 N. Dorgenois Street (at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, in Gaudet Hall). Continue reading »

Feb 232017

The Libertarian Party of Orleans Parish is looking to gain notoriety with a few local government seats, but they’re still searching for locals who want to get involved.

“We’re not going to start winning offices right off the bat,” Kirk Coco, party member, said. “But if people see more of us running they’ll see us as a legitimate party.” Continue reading »

Feb 232017

Patrick Armstrong

There’s an old political science phrase called the “tragedy of the commons.” This is a dynamic that states any public resource that can be used by everyone will be overused until it is exhausted and no longer has value. Way back in college, a professor described it in terms of cows. There was a field of grass owned by the townspeople and anyone could graze their cows there until their cows became too fat and ate all the grass. Or something. It was always a difficult concept for me to grasp when put in a bovine context, because what town has a bunch of people who own individual cows? Continue reading »

Feb 232017

A local treasure is all set to perform at the annual Samedi Gras block party Saturday, a Mid-City family’s porch celebration during Endymion.

Dubbed “a house party New Orleans style,” the Samedi Gras tradition is hosted by Scott Colomb and Major League Baseball player Johnny Giavotella Jr. at 4214 Orleans Avenue on Feb. 25th beginning at noon and will feature music by Cowboy Mouth, as well as The Anteeks. Continue reading »

Feb 222017

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We understand that there are a few more entertainment options available for you than normal this weekend. With a little thing called Mardi Gras taking up most of the week, we are offering three news films (GET OUTELLE, and THE RED TURTLE) so that you have options that don’t involve the procurement of beads.

GET OUT might just be the most talked about film of the spring. Directed by Jordan Peele it is the tale of a boyfriend doing the most horrible thing he can imagine, meeting the girlfriend’s parents. Only thing is, it gets worse. We will be hosting a few sneak preview screenings on Thursday in case you just can’t wait to see what happens next.
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