arts, books and music events Mardi Gras

Pop-up exhibit shows house floats you may have missed

A pop-up exhibition of the House Float art installations that dotted New Orleans’ neighborhoods during the 2021 Carnival season is on display for the next two weekends at the Contemporary Art Center, while the pieces are auctioned off online. These are the “Hire a Mardi Gras Artist” floats co-sponsored by the Krewe of Red Beans. Read More…

Mardi Gras

Big Chief’s suit takes place of honor where Jefferson Davis statue was toppled

A Mardi Gras Indian suit appeared Mardi Gras morning on the pedestal once occupied by a bronze statue of the president of the Confederacy at Norman Francis Parkway and Canal Street. Demond Melancon, Big Chief of the Young Seminole Hunter tribe, told Doug MacCash of NOLA.com that he and some helpers put up the display, Read More…

Featured Mardi Gras neighborhood groups

Yardi Gras stories: House float craze draws neighbors together in Mid-City

Mid-City knows what it means to lose parades; it was a major route before the parading krewes were all sent Uptown. All, that is, except Endymion. This year, Mid-City house floats along the parade’s route are displaying their Endymion pride. Three adjacent homes along Orleans Avenue, for example, got together to make a strong statement Read More…

fundraisers Mardi Gras parks and greenspace

Classic floats take their place among the oaks in City Park

A multi-krewe Carnival parade — without the bands, dance troupes or the riders — rolled into City Park on Tuesday for the “Floats in the Oaks” fundraiser event that began Thursday and will run through Sunday, Feb. 14. “Floats in the Oaks” lets visitors to view iconic floats from their favorite Mardi Gras krewes all Read More…

business Mardi Gras

Ginaware opening for weekend ‘Carnival Costume Lite’ sale

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger This weekend, Ginaware will hold its Carnival Collection sale. In the times of COVID-19, it will be a bit more chill than in the past. But fans can still expect all the tutus, corsets, vintage float rider costumes, robes and capes — everything shiny, frothy and colorful and ready to Read More…

Featured Mardi Gras neighborhood groups

Yardi Gras stories: From sun to sun, they have big fun on the bayou

Spend enough time around Bayou St. John and you might have a story about an alligator sighting — or a near sighting anyway, or a friend who saw one. Normally, the sightings are rare. From now until Mardi Gras, however, alligators are everywhere in the Bayou St. John neighborhood. There are dancing gators, saxophone-playing gators Read More…

COVID-19 Mardi Gras opinion

Viewpoint: Sealing off the French Quarter won’t stop COVID-19 infections during Carnival

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Mayor LaToya Cantrell is caught between a rock and a hard spot.   By her own admission, the citizens and businesses of New Orleans have done a pretty good job of following the city’s ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions. Tourists, on the other hand, come to New Orleans to party — and party Read More…

business Mardi Gras

With beads and stuffed throws languishing on the shelves, Mardi Gras Spot gets creative

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger As a company that supplies Carnival parade riders with their throws, Mardi Gras Spot, also known as Plush Appeal, on Toulouse Street had to pivot and get creative to serve customers this unique Carnival season. The Mid-City warehouse-like shop has found alternative ways to help Carnival krewes celebrate Mardi Gras Read More…

business Featured Mardi Gras

Home Malone’s ‘Ice Cream Truck’ float a sweet spot on North Carrollton

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger Home Malone has installed its storefront float, “Ice Cream Truck,” in keeping with the Mid-City Krewe of House Floats’ theme “Truck Parades.”  Kristin Malone created this “Ice Cream Truck” float with some help from another Mid-City business, Stronghold Studios. Stronghold fabricated the silhouette “revelers,” also popularly known as “Throw Me Read More…