Krewe of Southdowns confronts ‘Phobias’

Photo by SHERRY WILKES -- King Paul Major and Queen Mary Jo Kelly

King Paul Major of the Western Territories and Barbarian Queen Mary Jo Kelly welcomed the Krewe of Southdowns to their 28th annual ball Jan. 24 at the Lyceum Ballroom. Ball Captain Sherry Wilkes announced this year’s parade theme of “Phobias.” Master of Ceremonies Mike Raborn opened the traditional tableau. Flambeaux Captains Gus Wilkes and Thom Harris and … Continue reading →

Krewe of Desk, Derrick goes ‘Under the Sea’

Photos by Rip's Photography -- King Joe Dilmon, Queen Connie Fabreand ball Captain Katharine Kirby

The American Legion Hall on Wooddale was transformed into an underwater kingdom on Jan. 24 as the Krewe of Desk and Derrick presented its 54thd annual Industry Appreciation Mardi Gras Ball. Depicting the theme “Under the Sea,” the stage was draped in shimmering blue and silver organza. Ribbons of green seaweed and hanging glass bubbles framed the … Continue reading →

Mystic Krewe of Achilles loves ‘Summer’

Photo by Fred Frey Photography  Queen Achilles LIX Dr. Carol Ridenour Dufilho, King Achilles LIX Claude Favrot Reynaud Jr. and Achilles LIX Ball Captain Andrew Adler as Pamela Anderson.

The 59th annual Mystic Krewe of Achilles Ball, “Summer Lovin’,” on the night of Jan. 24 lit up the Baton Rouge River Center, where towering palm trees, umbrellas and beach balls set the stage for the summer-themed tableau. The festivities started with the presentation of King Achilles LIX Claude Favrot Reynaud Jr. and her majesty Queen … Continue reading →

Couple leads Krewe of Denham Springs

Photograph by Debbie Medlock Photography-- King Michael Bienvenu and Queen Lynn Bickham Bienvenu

The Krewe of Denham Springs held their 35th annual Mardi Gras Ball Jan. 24 at the North Park Recreational Center. Michael and Lynn Bickham Bienvenu were crowned king and queen. The couple joined the Krewe of Denham Springs 12 years ago as members of the Krewe of Mystic Summer, later … Continue reading →

Horsing around at Scott Business Association ball

Photo by Butch Mouton Photography -- King Alexander XIX John Wayne Prejean Sr.

The Scott Business Association celebrated its annual Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Scott Event Center with the theme “Scott Derby — Horsing Racing at its Best.” Horseshoes, red roses and the winner’s circle in red, black, silver and gold decorated the center, along with images of jockeys on horseback. The evening … Continue reading →

Politics blog: Washington Mardi Gras slated for Jan. 24

The annual Washington, D.C., Mardi Gras celebration will draw elected leaders, lobbyists and others involved in Louisiana politics to the nation’s capital later this month. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s involvement level might be a bit tamped down again this year. Jindal was noticeably absent from festivities last year. To read the complete blog entry, please … Continue reading →

Freret crowns royals at black-tie benefit ball

Bobby Hjortsberg, king of Freret 2015

The Krewe of Freret held its coronation ball Friday at Festival Hall Theatre at a black-tie event benefiting a local philanthropy. Wearing the crowns as King and Queen Freret IV were Bobby and Allison Hjortsberg. Sticking with tradition, the founders chose the king and queen based their contributions to the krewe. The queen was … Continue reading →

King Arthur celebrates 38th year, with a ball in Camelot

Jordon Amanda Buccola, maid of King Arthur, 2015

The Krewe of King Arthur celebrated its 38th anniversary with a colorful salute to the magical kingdom of Camelot. The ball was held Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Frederick Sigur Center. Miss Mary Elizabeth LeBlanc reigned as Queen Guinevere XXXVIII. The queen wore a gown of decorative Jacquard imported brocade also emblazoned with a myriad of … Continue reading →

Photos: Lundi Gras

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Zulu King Garren Mims Sr., left, shakes the hand of Rex, King of Carnival, John P. 'Jack' Laborde, as they meet in Spanish Plaza during Lundi Gras festivities along the riverfront  in New Orleans, La., on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Zulu King Garren Mims, Sr. and Rex King of Carnival John P. ‘Jack’ Laborde meet in Spanish Plaza during Lundi Gras festivities along the riverfront in New Orleans on Monday. … Continue reading →

Program to show pomp, pageantry of Rex, Comus

The pomp and pageantry of the Rex Ball and the meeting of the courts of Rex and Comus in New Orleans will air Tuesday on LPB2 (cable Channel 122) in Baton Rouge and on WYES, Channel 12 (cable Channel 12) in New Orleans. LPB2’s coverage will start at 9 p.m., while WYES will begin airing the Carnival … Continue reading →

Plaquemine’s Le Krewe du Roi celebrates 50 years

Photos provided by Aaron Cormier Photography --- Krewe du Roi Ball Captain Karla Courtade, King Scott G. Courtade, Queen Nealey Laine LeBlanc and Ball Captains Sherry Lambert and Monty Dugas.

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Watch Spanish Town live online; share your photos

Can’t attend this year’s Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade? Join at the start of the parade and the epicenter of the party ­– Spanish Town Road – with live video and commentary from Advocate society columnist Pam Bordelon and Advocate contributor Farren Davis. Check back at noon Saturday, and enjoy the show. … Continue reading →

Le Krewe du Roi celebrates its Golden Anniversary

Le Krewe du Roi celebrated its Golden Anniversary Saturday at the Carl F. Grant Center in Plaquemine. The ballroom entrance was decorated with pictures of past kings and queens and memorabilia from the past 50 years Also on display were the king and queen’s costume from that first 1965 Carnival Ball. Reigning over the festivities were King … Continue reading →

True BR: Spanish Town hosts annual Carnival event (Video)

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Members of the Babycakes strut their stuff down Spanish Town Road during the 2014 Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Revelers turned out in droves this year as the annual Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade took to the streets. “True BR” is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas. By looking at the music, events and food that are loved by those in the city, one can … Continue reading →

Krewe of Xanadu represents Zodiac

Photos by Ed Broussard Photography and Layne Photography -- King Xanadu XXIV Darryl Joseph Myers, ball Captain Sandy Huval, Queen Xanadu XXIV Lori LeBlanc Landry.

The Krewe of Xanadu held its 24th annual ball Friday in the Cajundome Convention Center. The ball was dedicated to Liz Trahan, King Xanadu II George Rodrigue, Mark Rosenzweig and David Henry. The theme of the ball was “Xanadu’s Celestial Calendar,” and the royal court represented various aspects of the Zodiac. … Continue reading →

Watch Spanish Town live online; share your photos

Can’t attend this year’s Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade? Join at the start of the parade and the epicenter of the party ­– Spanish Town Road – with live video and commentary from Advocate society columnist Pam Bordelon and Advocate contributor Farren Davis. Check back at noon Saturday, and enjoy the show. … Continue reading →

Arthur Hardy: Druids, Nyx kick off Carnival’s final week

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Riders throw beads at the Mystic Krewe of Druids parade Feb. 6, 2013. The theme of the parade was

Druids and Nyx, the two parades that kick off Carnival’s final week on Wednesday night, couldn’t be more different, yet both are examples of how Mardi Gras accommodates new ideas. The Druids debuted in 1998 to fill an empty slot on the Tuesday parade calendar (but later moved to Wednesday). Organized by Carnival veterans, members … Continue reading →

The very best Monday of the year is here

AP photo -- Orpheus rules the streets with a brightly lit monster parade on Lundi Gras, including the Leviathan float, shown.

If you thought you could squeeze in a few zzzs before Mardi Gras, think again. Lundi Gras celebrations are planned all over town — at festivals, markets and a fundraiser. And don’t forget the parades that just keep on rolling down St. Charles Avenue. Whether you want to … Continue reading →

Mid-City will greet a bigger and brighter Endymion

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- The super krewe of Endymion rolls, drawing throngs along North Carrollton Avenue as the more than 2,650 float riders toss beads and favors on Saturday, February 9, 2013.  Endymion gets its name from the figure of Greek mythology, the most handsome of men and the god of youth and fertility. This year's theme is 'Ancient  Mysteries.'

Everything about Endymion and Samedi Gras is extravagant. The captain and founder, Ed Muniz, and his super krewe know how to throw a party. More than 12 hours of nonstop festivities will take over Mid-City beginning at noon with Endymion’s annual Samedi Gras Festival. “It is a free party that we put on for the residents … Continue reading →

Mardi Gras parades feature youths

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jesuits Marching band marches during the 90th Anniversar of Krewe of Carrollton in Uptown, New Orleans, La. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. This year's parade theme was

From afar, people may think Mardi Gras happens from balconies, is for those with a crown and scepter or is all lights and big floats. But throughout the New Orleans metro area, thousands of young people dance, march, perform and shout, ‘Throw me somethin’ ’’ at the community event we call … Continue reading →

La Vie de Ville: Canines Rule Over Soggy Day

Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE - Volunteers took shelter during the Barkus parade. From left are Ann Sealey of the D.C. area and Rosemary Arriaga of New Orleans.

The weather gods were just not kind to members of the Mystic Krewe of Barkus, which rolled through the streets of the French Quarter on Sunday despite frequent and unrelenting downpours. With an army of hardworking volunteers along with a dedicated team of organizers, the dogs did indeed have their way and their day of celebration demonstrating for … Continue reading →

Mardi Gras in St. Tammany rolls and floats along

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Ava Mastromatteo, left, and Ellen Gilson toss trinkets as the Krewe of Tchefuncte parades Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, on the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville. The crews of 16 boats  paraded to the theme,'Krewe of Tchefuncte Sails to a Tropical Paradise.'

Mardi Gras in St. Tammany rolled and floated along as residents alternated between sunshine and showers for a busy Carnival weekend. The Krewe of Eve rolled Friday with this year’s theme of ‘Under the Big Top.’ Decorated boats floated to the theme ‘Krewe of Tchefuncte Sails to a Tropical Paradise’ … Continue reading →

Mardi Gras in Addis

Addis Volunteer Fire Department Parade

The Addis Volunteer Fire Department Parade rolled an hour later because of threatening weather, but the procession soon passed through the Addis community without a hitch. … Continue reading →

Krewe of Romany offers ‘Night at the Cabaret’

Photos provided by Barclell Studio --- Queen Romany LXV Kaci Jordyn Yoder,  Ball Captain Toni Accardo Richard and King Romany LXV Mitchell Wayne Kimble.

“A Night at the Cabaret” was the theme for the Krewe of Romany’s 65th annual Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday at the Baton Rouge River Center. Reigning over the festivities were Queen Romany LXV Kaci Jordyn Yoder and King Mitchell Wayne Kimble. Yoder is the daughter of Belinda and Pete Yoder and represented “Rhythm.” … Continue reading →

Tucumcari roars back to ‘Twenties’

Photo by DARIA DOYLE, Renaissance Gallery -- Queen Tucumcari LXVII Megan Elizabeth Johnson, ball Captain Carter Gresham Dean, King Tucumcari LXVII Neal Johnson.

Founded in 1947, one of Baton Rouge’s oldest continuous running Carnival organizations, the all-male Krewe of Tucumcari, staged its 67th annual ball on Saturday. “The Roaring Twenties,” complete with an elegant ballroom set, was the theme for the ball held at the Baton Rouge River Center Ballroom. Amanda Jane Ourso sang … Continue reading →

Okeanos celebrates Beatles magic

Photo by Kleinpeter Photography -- King Okeanos XXXV Curtis Robert Bobby Pitre Jr. and his daughter, Queen Tethys XXXV Kellie Rayne Pitre.

The Krewe of Okeanos celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America with a Magical Mystery Tour of some of the Beatles greatest hits Saturday night. The evening’s festivities began with the entrance of Ball Captains Thommy and Pam Boesch with their daughter Carrie Grace Boesch representing “Royal … Continue reading →

King and Queen Orion XVI roll through downtown BR

Photos by Eric Frank Photography --- Krewe of Orion King and Queen XVI Christopher and Tammie Cappo with, from left, Pages Dylan Rousselle, Colin Coates, Connor Cappo, Madison Calandro, Alex Babin and Alexis Harvey.

Christopher and Tammie Cappo reigned as King and Queen Orion XVI as the krewe’s 16th annual parade rolled Saturday through downtown Baton Rouge and through the River Center Exhibition Hall kicking off its Masquerade . The black-tie gala opened with the appearance of krewe Captain Darren Coates and krewe President Charles Harvey. The … Continue reading →