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Myer, Dixon reign over festivities in Community Carnival Parade

Photo provided by Tommy Comeaux -- New Roads Mayor Robert Myer and Kayla Alacia Dixon are the king and queen of the 2015 Community Center Carnival Parade in New Roads.

New Roads Mayor Robert Myer served as king and Kayla Alacia Dixon as queen of this year’s Community Center Carnival Parade in New Roads, which is said to be the state’s oldest Mardi Gras parade outside of New Orleans. It’s the first time a sitting New Roads mayor has served as the… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Argus parades through Metairie

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--   Captain Lawrence Chehardy throws beads from his float as 600 men, women and children rode in the Krewe of Argus on Mardi Gras in Metairie, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Parading under the theme "Argus Superheroes," the kreweÕs 20-float procession traveled the traditional Veterans route. Johnny Matesich and Madeline Cvitanovich reigned as king and queen this year.

600 men, women and children rode 20 floats as the Krewe of Argus paraded on Mardi Gras in Metairie Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The theme this year was “Argus Superheroes.” Johnny Matesich and Madeline Cvitanovich reigned as king and queen.… Continue reading →

Lundi Gras no longer a respite between weekend parades and Fat Tuesday

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Rex, King of Carnival, Christian T. Brown, addressed members of the press after his arrival by train at Spanish Plaza for Lundi Gras on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Lundi Gras used to be a day of rest for people in New Orleans who had spent the weekend partying and wanted to recharge for the final series of parades on Mardi Gras. However, that concept of Lundi Gras was a distant memory Monday, when a multitude of distractions meant revelers could while away the final hours… Continue reading →

The Ultimate Mardi Gras Survival Guide

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ ---  Revelers costume through out the French Quarter and Canal Street and William H. Hines as Rex parades with his krewe to the theme of , All Creatures Great and Small, on Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The Rex parade comes down St. Charles Avenue towards Canal Street. ‚??MAGS OUT / INTERNET  OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

We all do Mardi Gras in our own way, whether we’re ensconced along a parade route, hopping between house parties or wandering the festive streets with family and friends. However you do it, it’s not a normal day by any stretch and it calls for some special considerations before you leave the house.… Continue reading →

Photos: Uptown parade revelers turn out to party with Bacchus

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  The float Officers of Bacchus rides down St. Charles Avenue during the Krewe of Bacchus in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Parading under the theme "Children's Stories That Live Forever," the kreweÕs 31-float procession traveled the traditional Uptown route. John C. Reilly reigned as The King of Bacchus this year.

John C. Reilly reigned as Bacchus as the super krewe wound its massive floats down St. Charles Avenue Sunday, February 15, 2015. The theme was “Children’s Stories That Live Forever.”… Continue reading →

One of Baton Rouge’s biggest celebrations, Spanish Town parade wows Valentine’s Day crowd

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Parade-goers grapple for throws from riders as the Spanish Town Parade rolls down Spanish Town Road, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

The average American celebrates Valentine’s Day with chocolates and cards. In Baton Rouge, however, the holiday coincided with the annual Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade, calling for a strange hodgepodge of red hearts and pink flamingos, beer and beads, children and dogs. While the parade has earned a colorful reputation in its 35-year history,… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Okeanos

Advocate photo by ERIKA GOLDRING -- "Okeanos Parades the Kings" was the theme of this year's Krewe of Okeanos parade Sunday, February 15, 2015, in New Orleans. Wayne Ralph Wetzel reigned as Okeanos.

“Okeanos Parades the Kings” was the theme of this year’s Krewe of Okeanos parade Sunday, February 15, 2015. Wayne Ralph Wetzel reigned as Okeanos.… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Mid-City

Advocate photo by ERIKA GOLDRING --"Dey All Axed for You!" was the theme to this year's Krewe of Mid-City parade Sunday, February 15, 2015, in New Orleans. Marvin Kocian and Victoria Michelle Cambise reigned as king and queen.

“Dey All Axed for You!” was the theme to this year’s Krewe of Mid-City parade Sunday, February 15, 2015. Marvin Kocian and Victoria Michelle Cambise reigned as king and queen.… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Thoth

Advocate photo by ERIKA GOLDRING --1600 members paraded on 40 floats during the Krewe of Thoth parade Sunday, February 15, 2015, in New Orleans. "Thoth Says...Express Yourself" was the theme and Jesse M. "Buddy" Hartle, Jr. and Elizabeth Grace Noya reigned as king and queen.

1600 members paraded on 40 floats during the Krewe of Thoth parade Sunday, February 15, 2015. “Thoth Says...Express Yourself” was the theme and Jesse M. “Buddy” Hartle, Jr. and Elizabeth Grace Noya reigned as king and queen.… Continue reading →

Special king Shelby Holmes reigns over this year’s Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU fans stand in silence to pay respects to Shelby Holmes, who was murdered.

The Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade is perhaps best-known for its biting sarcasm, lewd innuendo and endless homages to pink flamingoes. But there’s an unusually earnest aspect to this year’s parade on Saturday. The parade’s king, Shelby Holmes, 38, was shot and killed more than a year ago in a perplexing case with no named… Continue reading →

Arthur Hardy: Thursday parades feature Babylon and satirical favorites Chaos and Muses

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- The Bathing Muses float parades the all-female Krewe of Muses parade on Jefferson Ave in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The all-female Krewe paraded with the theme "Ready-to-wear you out."

For most people, “Mardi Gras weekend” actually begins on Thursday with a wonderful trio of parades that represent three centuries of parading lineage. Led by their captain in a carriage and 12 lieutenants on horseback, the 250 Knights of Babylon will present a 21-float procession titled “Babylonian Pantheon.” King Sargon LXIX’s float… Continue reading →

Krewe of Muses

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The Krewe of Muses Bathing Muses float heads down St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

The Krewe of Muses rolled with over 1000 women on 26 floats throwing the krewe’s signiture throw, the decorated shoe. The theme is kept secret till parade time.… Continue reading →

Photos: The Mystic Krewe of Ancient Druids roll

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The float "Jacknor Beer" turns onto St. Charles Avenue at Napoleon during the Druids parade. Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The Mystic Krewe of Druids a satirical club which reclaimed the name of an earlier organization founded in 1921. The name of the king, the "Arch Druid," is never revealed. Even the theme is kept secret till parade time.The parade rolled 20 floats, some from the original Druids processions of 90 years ago.

The Mystic Krewe of Druids a satirical club which reclaimed the name of an earlier organization founded in 1921. The name of the king, the “Arch Druid,” is never revealed. Even the theme is kept secret till parade time. The Druids rolled 20 floats, some from the original Druids processions of 90 years ago.… Continue reading →

Arthur Hardy: 1970s a defining decade for New Orleans Mardi Gras

Parading in the French Quarter was banned in 1973. Photo courtesy Arthur Hardy

A compelling argument can be made for declaring the 1970s the defining decade of 20th century Mardi Gras. During that decade, Carnival grew in size, old traditions ended and new customs were born that endure today. The top stories included the permanent ban on Mardi Gras parades in the French Quarter, the police strike that canceled… Continue reading →

Downtown goes to the dogs as canine superheroes strut their stuff in Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade Sunday

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -Maltese pups, Sparky, left and Putt-Putt, right are on full alert as Terry Price, right, pulls their Captain America float during the CAAWs Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade in downtown Baton Rouge Sunday.

As thousands crammed into downtown Baton Rouge on Sunday morning, the air was filled with barking, yapping and the sound of bagpipes. The occasion was the 16th annual CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade, which featured hundreds of dogs marching or gathering on both sides of downtown city streets to watch, from towering Great Danes to a… Continue reading →

Oh those krewes of Carnival: Throw your hands up!

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Krewe of Orpheus 2015 throws.

Carnival krewe members are loading floats with an arsenal of throws they hope will make you channel your inner Tony Williams, snatching them from the clutches of fellow paradegoers like a football from a Bengals fan. Whether it’s a plush bear from Endymion’s Valentine’s Day theme, one of Bacchus’ kids games or a purple… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Carrollton

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  St. Paul's School band marches down St. Charles Ave. during the Krewe of Carrollton in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Parading under the theme "A Night at the Opera," the kreweâs 25-float procession traveled the traditional Uptown route. Mark Terral and Kathleen Garitty White reigned as king and queen this year.

The 400 member Krewe of Carrollton presented the largest parade in its history Sunday, February 8, 2015, 25 floats rolled with the theme “Night at the Opera.”… Continue reading →

Knights of King Arthur

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Amith Kamadh of Boston holds niece, Laurel Pane, 5, as floats  ride down St. Charles Ave. during the Krewe of King Arthur in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Parading under the theme " It's in the Mail,"  the kreweÕs 27-float procession traveled the traditional Uptown route. Thomas Adams Bourgeois and Mary LeBlanc reigned as king and queen.

The Knights of King Arthur paraded on 27 floats under theme “It’s in the Mail.” Thomas Adams Bourgeois and Mary Elizabeth LeBanc reigned as King Arthur and Queen Guinevere… Continue reading →

Krewe of Alla

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  The float ÒSheriff Newell Normand Salutes the Sunshine KidsÓ rides down Magazine St. during the Krewe of Alla in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Parading under the theme "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, " the kreweÕs 20-float procession traveled the traditional Uptown route.

The Krewe of Alla rolled Sunday with 20 floats and 450 riders to the theme “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.” Les Falgout and Gabrielle Lynn Taylor were king and queen.… Continue reading →

Krewe of Tucumcari presents ‘Camelot’ ball

Tucumcari's Ball Captain Michael Hale Sr.

Founded in 1947, Baton Rouge’s oldest continuous running Carnival organization, the men’s Krewe of Tucumcari, staged its 68th annual ball, “Camelot,” Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Baton Rouge River Center Ballroom. Red velvet curtains trimmed in gold, and two columns of stonework with hanging stained glass windows framed center stage, creating a castle-like appearance. A fire-breathing… Continue reading →

Assumption’s Krewe of Elks takes ‘Tour’

Photo by Crawford Photography -- Krewe of Elks Exalted Ruler Micah Crochet, Queen Bailey Adams Walker and King Jolly Goodfellow LXXXII Robert T. Walker

The Assumption Parish Community Center was the backdrop of a “Magical Mystery Tour” Saturday, Feb. 7, as Donaldsonville’s Krewe of Elks held its 82nd annual Mardi Gras Ball. Serving as ball captain for the evening was Micah Crochet with Brandy and P.L. “Kip” Viallon V as ball chairmen. The evening opened with… Continue reading →

Okeanos takes journey through millennium

Photo by AARON CORMIER -- Kaley Christena Davis, Austin James Boudreaux, Brandon Joseph D'Albor, Kennedy Marie Dupree, Harlan Matthew Bezet and Malori Elizabeth Bezet

The Krewe of Okeanos celebrated its 36th annual Mardi Gras ball on Feb. 7 in the Carl F. Grant Civic Center by taking members on a journey through the millennium of light. Master of Ceremonies Risley St. Germain opened the tableau with the presentation of the 2014 royal court and the 2015… Continue reading →

Krewe of Romany goes back to Broadway for ball

Photos by Barclell Studio -- Queen Romany LXVI Mallory Anne Breaux, ball Captain Melissa Beshears Tolson and King Romany LXVI John McDonald Ratelle

The Krewe of Romany, Baton Rouge’s oldest ladies’ Carnival krewe, partied to a theme of “Romany Goes Back to Broadway” for its 66th annual Mardi Gras Ball Feb. 7. Queen Romany LXVI Mallory Anne Breaux and her king, John “Jay” McDonald Ratelle, reigned over the event at the Baton Rouge River Center. The Broadway-themed tableau began… Continue reading →

Arthur Hardy Preview Day 1: Twenty parades to roll during first big Carnival weekend

Advocate staff file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Krewe of Oshun parade on Napoleon Avenue in February 2014

With Fat Tuesday falling on Feb. 17 this year, the opening of the official parade schedule arrives 16 days earlier than in 2014. Twenty parades are set to roll this weekend in a four-parish area, an all-time record. Friday night offers the first chance to see how construction on Napoleon Avenue will… Continue reading →

CAAWS promotes pet projects with parade of pooches

Advocate file photo by John Oubre -- Joey Langley, right, along with Codi Blacklock, pulls Banner, an English Bulldog, in front of the judges table for a first place finish in best group competition during CAAWS' Mystic Krewe of Mutts day of fun in dowtown Baton Rouge in 2014. The team also won second place for best float.

The dogs of Baton Rouge will come out in their Mardi Gras best on Sunday for the 16th annual Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade presented by Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS). This year’s theme, “Marvelous Mutts,” boasts a lengthened parade route to accommodate the growing hundreds of dogs and owners who participate each year. It will… Continue reading →