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Lundi Gras Photo Essay!

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I take a fair amount of photos for my blog, almost 100% are with my smart phone. These mostly were taken the last weekend of the 2017 Carnival season.

 

Hermes 2017 Light Ups

 

Mid City’s Foil Floats

 

Krewe of Iris House Banner

 

Lit Up Endymion Beads

 

Dance Troupe

Endymion Cups 2017

 

Muses 2017

 

Chaos Cards

 

Babylon Light Ups

Mardi Gras 2917 Parade Schedule!

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2017 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

 

Friday, January 6, 2017
Joan of Arc 7:00 p.m. French Quarter Walking Parade
Phunny Phorty Phellows 7:00 p.m. Uptown Streetcar Ride
Société Du Champs Elysée 7:30 p.m. French Quarter Streetcar Ride
Saturday, January 7, 2017
St. John’s Fool of Misrule 6:00 p.m. Covington Walking Parade
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Poseidon 1:00 p.m. Slidell
Krewe du Vieux 6:30 p.m. French Quarter Mature Themed
Krewe Delusion Follows French Quarter Walking Parade
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Little Rascals Noon Metairie
Slidellians 1:00 p.m. Slidell
Perseus 2:00 p.m. Slidell
Friday, February 17, 2017
Krewe of Cork 3:00 p.m. French Quarter Walking Parade
Oshun 6:00 p.m. Uptown
Cleopatra 6:30 p.m. Uptown
Eve 7:00 p.m. Mandeville
Excalibur 7:00 p.m. Metairie
Atlas 7:30 p.m. Metairie
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Adonis 11:45 a.m. Westbank
Nemesis 1:00 p.m. St. Bernard
Pontchartrain 1:00 p.m. Uptown
Choctaw 2:00 p.m. Uptown
Freret 3:00 p.m. Uptown
Sparta 6:00 p.m. Uptown
Pygmallion 6:45 p.m. Uptown
Caesar 6:00 p.m. Metairie
‘tit Rex 5:00 p.m. Marigny Walking Parade
Olympia 6:00 p.m. Covington
Chewbacchus 7:00 p.m. Marigny Walking Parade
Titans 6:30 p.m. Slidell
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Carrollton Noon Uptown
King Arthur Follows Uptown
Alla Follows Uptown
Dionysus 1:00 p.m. Slidell
Barkus 2:00 p.m. French Quarter Dog Walking Parade
Tchefuncte 2:00 p.m. Madisonville
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Druids 6:15 p.m. Uptown
Nyx 6:45 p.m. Uptown
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Knights of Babylon 5:40 p.m. Uptown
Chaos 6:15 p.m. Uptown
Muses 6:30 p.m. Uptown
Friday, February 24, 2017
Orpheus 6:00 p.m. Mandeville
Hermes 6:00 p.m. Uptown
Le Krewe D’etat 6:30 p.m. Uptown
Selene 6:30 p.m. Slidell
Morpheus 7:00 p.m. Uptown
Centurions 7:00 p.m. Metairie
Saturday, February 25, 2017
NOMTOC 10:45 a.m. Westbank
Iris 11:00 a.m. Uptown
Tucks Noon Uptown
Endymion 4:15 p.m. Mid-City Superkrewe
Isis 6:30 p.m. Metairie
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Okeanos 11:00 a.m. Uptown
Mid-City 11:45 a.m. Uptown
Thoth Noon Uptown
Napoleon 5:00 p.m. Metairie
Bacchus 5:15 p.m. Uptown Superkrewe
Monday, February 27, 2017
Proteus 5:15 p.m. Uptown
Orpheus 6:00 p.m. Uptown Superkrewe
Cleopatra 6:30 p.m. Houma
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Zulu 8:00 a.m. Uptown Throw Zulu Coconuts
Rex 10:00 a.m. Uptown King of Carnival
Elks Orleanians Follows Uptown Truck Parade
Crescent City Follows Uptown Truck Parade
Argus 10:00 a.m. Metairie
Krewe of Elks Jefferson Follows Metairie Truck Parade
Krewe of Jefferson Follows Metairie Truck Parade
Lyra 10:00 a.m. Covington

 

Skirting Parade Regulations and Other Negative Carnival Trends!!!

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Bagged Throws

Bagged Throws

 

I have always loved Carnival, from the first parade I ever saw to the last one last night. Really looking forward to my new costume wrinkles for 2016 and the fact that I’ll be heading to the French Quarter for the first time in a decade. I’ll be meeting up with my girlfriend Sue at Molly’s at the Market.

When I first came to New Orleans, the only real throws were short beads that had little plastic connectors. The photo below, Muses Rice Beads, shows the type of beads that were all in vogue at the time minus the Muses metal ‘M’. Medallions were timid little things, not the garish giants of today. There were also a number of Czechoslovakian glass beads.

Now, throws are very diversified. Blankets, light up beads of all description, koozies of all description, mini soccer balls and footballs galore, small stuffed animals of all ilk and variety, are just a sampling of the endless variety. Most come in it’s own plastic bag.

So all this junk made of oil is now wrapped in a bag made from oil?  Mardi Gras is getting grosser on an environmental level on an exponential level, and that’s a depressing and negative trend. How this came to pass is easy to explain. As throws got more expensive and complex, they warranted individual wrapping for ease of throwing.

Muses Rice Beads

Muses Rice Beads

 

In Orleans Parish, there are parade regulations passed by the City Council. Here’s the section on ladders-

Sec. 34-33. – Ladders and portable toilets.

All ladders used by parade spectators shall be structurally sound. No ladder, chairs, ice chests, chaise lounges, barbecue grills, and other similar personal effects shall be placed in intersections or between curbs of public streets during the pendency of a parade. Ladders, tents, grills, and other personal effects shall be placed six feet back from the street curb. Additionally, the practice of fastening two or more ladders together shall be prohibited. It shall be prohibited to use ropes or other similar items to create a barricade or otherwise obstruct passage along public property, unless otherwise specifically authorized.

When I used to see parades on Napoleon Avenue around Prytania Street, where they often line up, the police used to make sure all ladders were 6 feet back from the curb. Around town on Canal Street for Endymion and on St. Charles Avenue, it doesn’t appear the police enforce these rule anymore.

 

Ladders Too Close to Curb 2

Ladders Too Close to Curb

 

Ladders under six feet from curb

Ladders under six feet from curb

Empty Freret Float

Empty Freret Float

 

Most floats were full, but some, earlier in the season, were not. Paying for a float and not having any riders on it isn’t the best use of a krewe’s money. I am sure float riders are required to keep their masks on, and the vast majority do. Some parade captains feature less lax enforcement.

No masking in Orleans Parish parade

No masking in Orleans Parish parade

NYX Membership Growing By Leaps and Bounds!

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NYX Bag!

NYX Bag!

When a Carnival krewe’s membership grows by roughly 50% last year (actually this year), you might say they have captured the public’s imagination. It takes a big effort, ridership and budget to make a real splash on the St. Charles parade route. We have Bacchus, Muses, Orpheus, and Thoth with well over 1,000 members, and the biggest of all, Endymion, has just over 3,000 members. Now NYX has 2,232, making them the second biggest krewe. A super krewe is measured by more than membership. The parade counts a lot. They have a very original throw, the decorated, logoed woman’s purse. But they have no original floats yet, as they are building their first for 2016. You need super floats for super krewe status, so NYX won’t arrive on that level until they have a handful of icon, original floats owned by the krewe, and not just rented ones.

NYX, Greek Goddess of the NIght

NYX, Greek Goddess of the NIght

 

When you see the Bacchagator or the Jester Float, it’s exciting because you are witnessing two of the icon floats of all of Carnival around the world.

 

No Wonder They Are Growing- Their Purses Are Sublime!

No Wonder They Are Growing- Their Purses Are Sublime!

 

 

Rex Jester Float

Rex Jester Float

 

Blaine Kern Artists Created the Bacchagator

Blaine Kern Artists Created the Bacchagator

 

In Greek mythology NYX was the Goddess of Night. NYX stood at or near the beginning of creation and was one of the first elements emerging from Chaos along with day, fire, and water. Her appearances in mythology are sparse, but reveal her as a figure of exceptional power and beauty. NYX had prophetic powers, and gave oracles from her home at the edge of the cosmos. She mothered other personified deities such as Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death), with Erebus. She was older and more powerful than Zeus, who deferred to her wishes.

Each year the krewe visits the tomb of Marie Laveau, legendary Voodoo priestess, to ask for good weather for their parade. Laveau is buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

Marie Laveau Mausoleum in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Marie Laveau Mausoleum in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

 

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