Archive for October, 2009
Three college pals, depressed with their current social situation, decide to venture to New Orleans, a magical place where a man and his beverage can walk the streets undisturbed in pursuit of the happiness that has thus far eluded them.
Starring: Carmen Electra, Nicholas D’Agosto, Bret Harrison, Arielle Kebbel, Regina Hall, Josh Gad, Danneel Harris. Director: Phil Dornfeld; Studio: Screen Gems; Genre: Comedy; Rating: NR; Release Date: TBA 2010
Posted in: International Daily News
By GayNZ.cpm Daily News Staff
Sydney’s legendary Mardi Gras Parade and Party, traditionally held on the same night, are now planned on different weekends for 2010.
The Parade is scheduled for Saturday 27 February, then the Party will happen the following weekend – Saturday 6 March.
“In a move designed to make Mardi Gras an even more attractive event in the calendar of Sydneysiders and the world’s gay travelers, New Mardi Gras plans a more concentrated two-week festival, curated in tandem with its many arts partners,” explains Festival executive producer Danielle Harvey.
“A review of major arts festivals around the world showed they were typically two week festivals. By moving to two weeks we will be able to create a much more impactful experience for both local and international audiences.”
As part of the shorter festival, Sydney’s popular Fair Day will be held on Sunday 21 February, and the Harbour Party by the Opera House will be on the day after the Parade, on Sunday 28 February.
The Festival’s official 2010 theme will be ‘Mardi Gras’ History of the World’, aiming to incorporate LGBT people’s stories through the ages and provide a gay take on some of the great moments and figures of history.
The New Orleans Hornets plan a Mardi Gras Krewe Night on January 20th 2010 versus the Memphis Grizzlies and another “Mardi Gras Night at the Hive” in February. The January event will offer Carnival clubs the opportunity to win prizes based upon their attendance and participation. The Mardi Gras Night at the Hive will feature a full Mardi Gras-themed game with a Hornets Mardi Gras parade at halftime.
from Susan Edwards / Eyewitness News, firstname.lastname@example.org
METAIRIE, La. – Call it the thrill of the ride or a chance of a lifetime, but joining your favorite krewe and riding along during carnival season may no longer be as difficult or as exclusive as you may think.
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Mardi Gras expert Errol Laborde said the times are changing.
“I think the image to a lot of people is it’s a big, exclusive deal, but that’s hardly the case,” Laborde said.
While some parading organizations are invitation only, there are several who are scrambling to attract anyone interested in membership and an unforgettable experience.
“With some of the krewes, you’re seeing more of an effort to find riders and it may or may not be totally related to the economy,” Laborde said.
Because of financial hardships, some krewes have feared 2010 could be a tough year to keep old members and attract new ones. Laborde said it’s simply too soon to tell if that’s the case; however, there are some unusual advertising techniques seeking the attention of interested riders.
Krewe of Argus in Jefferson Parish has been rolling on Fat Tuesday for more than three decades. Co-Captain Lawrence Chehardy said membership is at 400 right now, which is average for this time of year. They’re hoping that mass mailers will only boost interest and membership for the upcoming carnival season.
“Argus is a business, it’s a Mardi Gras krewe, but it’s a business. We have to watch how we spend money and certainly in these economic times it impacts everybody, but that said, we’re always looking for new members and new blood,” Chehardy said.
Chehardy said that over the years their website has contributed to successful parades, but the flyers were sent to residents along the Veterans Memorial Boulevard corridor as an added way to generate interest.
“We’ve gotten riders from outside Jefferson Parish, from out of country who have gone to the internet, did a search and found the Krewe of Argus and we’ve had them ride with us,” Chehardy said.