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SW La. Mardi Gras Association holds Grand Ball

Photo by Jay Faugot Photography -- King Gabriel LXXVI P.J. Voorhies III and Queen Evangeline LXXVI Ann-Riley Lane

Gabriel LXXVI P.J. Voorhies and Evangeline LXXVI Ann-Riley Lane, daughter of Clif and Marianne Louise Excuriex Lane, reigned over the Grand Ball of the Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association Mardi Gras evening. The Heymann Performing Arts and Convention Center stage, depicting a palace ballroom, provided the backdrop as members of the Royal… Continue reading →

‘Bonaparte Works the Arts’ at ‘Le Bal Du Couronnement’

Photos by JAY FAUGOT -- Krewe of Bonaparte LEmpereur  Napoleon XXXIX Robert Edwin Torian, Marquise de Lafayette 'The Artist' Kimberly Michelle Landry and LImperatrice Josephine XXXIX Denise Vidrine Torian

The Krewe of Bonaparte held its 43rd annual “Le Bal Du Couronnement” Feb. 16 in the Lafayette Cajundome Convention Center. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Bonaparte Works the Arts.” L’Empereur Napoleon XXXIX Robert Edwin Torian and L’Imperatrice Josephine XXXIX Denise Vidrine Torian ruled over the festivities. The American flag… Continue reading →

Couple rules over Krewe of Maringouin’s ball, parade

Photos by RG James Photography -- Members of the Krewe of Maringouin Mardi Gras, established in 1987 are, seated from left, President Emeritus Albert Anderson Jr., Annie B. Vaughan, Co-ball Captain Charles F. Dotson, Sergeant-at-arms Florida Oliver and Guy Thomas; and, standing from left, Georgia Scott, Henry Harris Jr., President Verbie Dotson-Parker, Vice President Allison Hicks, Freddie Davis, Cassandra Thompson, Michael Thompson, Co-ball Captain Anita Dotson, Michael Oliver, Sylvia Noel-Sterling, Janie Gilbert, Althea Littles, Felicia Thomas, James Louis, Lizzie Johnese and Shirley Tillman.

King James Gerard Lewis and Queen Afton Joylyn Bessix reigned over the Krewe of Maringouin’s Mardi Gras Ball on Feb. 7 at the Erwinville Community Center. The couple also ruled over the parade on Feb. 14 in Maringouin. Lewis is a native of New Roads and a resident of Bueche. He is… Continue reading →

Basile puts a traditional Cajun stamp on Mardi Gras celebration

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Potic Rider, President of the Basile Mardi Gras Association, leads masked revellers through the streets of Basile during the Courir De Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday 2015.

Except for the constant flow of booze and acts of foolish mischief, Mardi Gras revelers in Basile seemed to have it backward. Instead of jumping and hollering for beads and trinkets, they knelt and sang for food and money. Rather than parading to a cacophony of marching bands… Continue reading →

Basile Courir De Mardi Gras photo gallery

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Potic Rider, President of the Basile Mardi Gras Association, gives orders to masked revellers in Basile during the Courir De Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday 2015.

Scenes from the Basile Courir De Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday… Continue reading →

Photos: Rex, King of Carnival presents its 134th Mardi Gras procession

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Rex, Christian

“Wars That Shaped Early America” was the theme of Rex. Led down St. Charles Aveue by the U.S. Marine Corps Band, the parade features floats like “Beuf Gras” and “Jester” and “Butterfly King.” Rex is the city’s oldest parading organization.… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Zulu features quirky floats and highly sought after throws

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A member of the Tramps leads the way at the start of  the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade on Jackson Avenue. 50 floats and 100 marching units comprised this year's Zulu parade Tuesday, February 17, 2015, Mardi Gras. Featuring signature character floats like

50 floats and 100 marching units comprised this year’s Krewe of Zulu parade Tuesday, February 17, 2015, Mardi Gras. Featuring signature character floats like “The Big Shot,” “The Witch Doctor,” “Ambassador” and “Governor,” Zulu throws perhaps the most sought after throw in carnival, the coconut.… Continue reading →

Photos: Pete Fountain and his Half-Fast Walking krewe one of the many parades across south Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club parades down St. Charles Ave. for their 55th year on Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, in New Orleans, La., Feb. 17, 2015.

From the Bywater to Riverbend, from the river to the lake, New Orleans marked 2015 Mardi Gras with costumes, revelry and the sort of party that can only happen in the city that care forgot.… 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

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 →

Photos: Krewe of Orpheus conjures up its magic

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  The Krewe of Orpheus Parades down Napoleon Ave. Monday, February 16, 2015. Founded in 1993, the Krewe of Orpheus takes its name from the musically inclined son of Zeus and Calliope. Founding members included Harry Connick, both the junior and senior.

“The Magic of an Ordinary Day” was the theme of this year’s Krewe of Orpheus parade Monday, February 16, 2015. 1200 male and female riders rode 36 floats including super floats like “Smokey Mary” which carried 230 riders.… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Proteus entertains revelers with its venerable traditions

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  The Krewe of Proteus Parades down Napoleon Ave. Monday, February 16, 2015. Founded in 1882, the Krewe of Proteus is the second-oldest krewe in Carnival history. Their floats still use the original chassis from the 1880's.

Proteus is carnival’s second oldest parading organization, founded in 1881. It’s theme this year was “Nature of the Beasts.” 230 members paraded on 20 floats, including those built on vintage chassis from the 19th century.… 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 →

Mardi Gras: City or Country: How you celebrate is all about where you celebrate

Advocate file photo --- Tyrone Casby, Big Chief of the Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians tribe, parades in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans in 2014.

When it comes to Mardi Gras, there’s a city party and a country party. Feathers can fly in either. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Creole folklore Professor Barry Ancelet explained the differences between the two. “In Louisiana, we inherited two models of Mardi Gras,” said Ancelet. “One urban… 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

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 →

Photos: Courir de Mardi Gras

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Mardi Gras riders from Basile chant their traditional song after a re-creation of a Courir de Mardi Gras at Vermilionville in Lafayette Sunday Feb. 1, 2015.

Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville brings a traditional country Mardi Gras run to the city for its annual Courir de Mardi Gras with the Basile Mardi Gras Association. “This is our heritage, culture and tradition. This is us. This is how we’ve always done it – to go out and beg, sing, dance and hopefully get everything we… Continue reading →

King Gabriel and Queen Evangeline to reign over Lafayette Mardi Gras

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Queen Evangeline 76 Ann-Riley Louise Lane and King Gabriel 76 P.J. Voorhies III.

It’s official — Pothier Jean Voorhies III (better known as PJ) and Ann-Riley Louise Lane will reign over Lafayette Mardi Gras 2015 as King Gabriel LXXVI (76th) and Queen Evangeline LXXVI. Lafayette’s Mardi Gras celebration is Louisiana’s second largest, behind only New Orleans. It’s an intense five-day event that begins with a Friday night kick… 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. 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. 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.

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 →

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

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

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 →

Photos: Mystic Krewe of Nyx offers carnival-goers a 35 float procession of goddesses

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- People reached for bead on a balcony on St. Charles Avenue. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx, named after the Greek goddess of the night, rolled Wednesday, February 11, 2015 with 35 floats and a 1500 member female krewe. Jenna Frazier reigned as Goddess Nyx.

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx, named after the Greek goddess of the night, rolled Wednesday, February 11, 2015 with 35 floats and a 1500 member female krewe. Jenna Frazier reigned as Goddess Nyx. The satirical parade keeps its theme secret till parade time.… 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 →

Walt Handelsman animation: Mardi Gras 2015 the 'Wonderful World of Make-Believe'

Image from animation

Walt Handelsman, Mardi Gras 2015 and the 'Wonderful World of Make-Believe' is rolling !… 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 →

Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--   The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale rides down Magazine St. in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale all-female parade organization followed the Krewe of Alla parade. The theme of the inaugural parade was

New Orleans’ newest carnival parade, Femme Fatale rolled out 14 floats and 300 riders. Femme Fatale is an all woman krewe.… 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

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 →

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

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 →

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

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 →

Lafayette’s pooch parade proves a family-friendly crowd pleaser

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Gracie, a golden retriever, is led by her masked owners during the Krewe des Chiens Mardi Gras parade for dogs in downtown Lafayette Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

There were no shortages of elaborate costumes, doggie treats and proud pups at the annual Krewe des Chiens parade on Saturday in downtown Lafayette. From family pets and service dogs to adoptable pups and rescue pets, more than 200 animals paraded in front of hundreds of area residents lining Lafayette… Continue reading →

Lafayette prepares for busy weekend of Mardi Gras parades

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Kendrick Benoit, a member of the Krewe of Apollo, works the crowd during the Kickoff Parade held Friday night in Lafayette. The parade consists of several different krewes from around Lafayette.

Mardi Gras gets underway this weekend in Lafayette, and the Lafayette Police Department says this is what you need to know about where to go and what to do to avoid traffic congestion, stay safe and enjoy Carnival this year. Traffic was reduced to two lanes Friday on Johnston Street from Vermilion… Continue reading →

Olympus goes back to ‘Roaring Twenties’

Photo by Butch Mouton Photography - Queen Athena XXVII Pamela Bergeron

The Krewe of Olympus celebrated its 27th annual Carnival ball and pageant Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Cajun Dome Convention Center Ballroom. The krewe’s historical roots were brought “Back in Time — the Roaring Twenties” for this year’s theme. The mood was set with a 1934 Chevy Coupe car and 1920s’ décor.… Continue reading →

Heymann holds Order of the Troubadours Ball

Photos by Brent LeBlanc/Allen Breaux Studio and Gallery Inc. -- Richard Coeur de Lion LXIII Dr. Donald Gene Johnson and Queen Berengaria of Navarre LXIII Oakley Neyland Montgomery and their attendants, front row from left, Nicholas Joseph Blanchard, Jacques Emile Picard, Juliet Elizabeth Cieslak and Delaney Corrine Bourg.

The Order of the Troubadours Ball was held Feb. 7 in the Frem Boustany Ballroom of the Heymann Performing Arts and Convention Center. Reigning as Richard Couer de Lion LXIII was Dr. Donald Gene Johnson along with his Queen Berengaria of Navarre LXIII Oakley Neyland Montgomery. The king’s attendants were Nicholas… Continue reading →

Royal canines meet muzzle to muzzle ahead of Barkus parade

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- King Andouille Lemarie, a wire-haired dachshund, gets dressed out in his royal garments as the King and Queen meet for the first time before the Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans, La. Thursday, on Jan. 29, 2015. The Krewe Of Barkus isnÕt like your other Mardi Gras Parade, this one has gone to the dogs. Their theme this year is a fun one,

It was an idyllic setting for the blind date of the 2015 Mystic Krewe of Barkus’ king and queen: a French Quarter showplace patio, old brick with tropical plants, a wall niche with a stone water sprite. Though truth be told, the participants weren’t nearly as eager as their humans about this first royal meet-and-greet… Continue reading →

Tit Rex, Chewbacchus to roll on downtown routes

Photo provided -- Spectators and marchers in 'tit Rex 2012 admire a procession of miniature floats.

In the beginning, or closer to the beginning, there was Bacchus. When the Krewe of Bacchus was founded in 1968, it launched the era of the “superkrewe,” whose enormous floats, flashy throws and celebrity captains still define the epitome of Carnival parades for many people. But not for everyone. Nearly five decades after Bacchus first… Continue reading →

10 parades to catch the St. Aug Marching 100 this Carnival

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  Starting from Jefferson and Magazine, the krewe of Pygmalion, with the St. Augustine High School Marching 100 Band leading the way, rolls towards Napoleon Avenue  in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The 20 float parade featured the theme of A few of My Favorite Songs tossing favors like stuffed jesters and Pygmammoths. This year king and queen were Ed Robinson and Ella Marie Workman.

St. Augustine High School has released the schedule of Carnival parades that will feature the sounds of the Marching 100, the school’s reknowned marching band. The Purple Knights will march in 10 parades beginning Friday, Feb. 6, with Cleopatra, and concluding with Rex along St. Charles Avenue on Fat Tuesday. The powerhouse band… Continue reading →

BR Mardi Gras krewe decides to sit season out as ranks dwindle

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Paradegoers are silhouetted by a lighted float in the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno parade last year on River Road in Baton Rouge.

If Mardi Gras seems to be getting a late start in Baton Rouge this year, there’s a reason. The krewe that usually rolls first downtown sat it out this year. Four parades will ramble through downtown Baton Rouge this weekend, but the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno is missing from the festivities… Continue reading →

Streets, drainage work to present challenges during 2015 parades

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu talks about police staffing during Carnival next to NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison, left, and Louisiana State Police Colonel Michael D. Edmonson, right, in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.

Be safe, park only in designated areas and act courteously for a successful Carnival, New Orleans officials urged residents and visitors Tuesday. Oh, and no matter how tempting it might be, don’t chase errant throws into the construction ditch dominating the neutral ground of Napoleon Avenue. With the major Uptown parades just days away,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Triton queen holds luncheon

Donna Lyon, Lorinda Chavez, Rocha Alemany

There were mimosas and more as Triton Queen Kelly Ortego feted her ladies and a few gentlemen with a private Sunday luncheon at Joey’s. Although predominantly a ladies’ affair, His Majesty Troy Knight was there along with the queen’s husband, Craig Ortego. Among those dancing attendance on her majesty were Pat Liebert, Donna Lyon, pretty Rocha Alemany, Julaine… Continue reading →

Photos: Courir de Mardi Gras

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Mardi Gras riders from Basile chant their traditional song after a re-creation of a Courir de Mardi Gras at Vermilionville in Lafayette Sunday Feb. 1, 2015.

Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville brings a traditional country Mardi Gras run to the city for its annual Courir de Mardi Gras with the Basile Mardi Gras Association. “This is our heritage, culture and tradition. This is us. This is how we’ve always done it – to go out and beg, sing, dance and hopefully get everything we… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: When in Rome, do as the Romans do

Attakapas Maids

A woman complained recently within earshot about a new, nationally known store whose service fell short of expectations. She’d called the manager, who explained the offending employee was just visiting and the unfortunate scenario would likely not recur. Unmoved, the lady replied, “Well, she needs to learn how to visit in Cajun country.” The woman was right.… Continue reading →

Krewe of Galatea women celebrate festivals of Louisiana

Queen Bonnie Leonard

The Ladies’ Krewe of Galatea celebrated “La Fest,” festivals of Louisiana, at its 46th annual ball and tableau Jan. 31 at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium. Queen Galatea XLVI Bonnie Leonard was presented as Mardi Gras. Accompanying her were pages Leyla C. Birriel, granddaughter of Drs. Thomás and Jane Birriel;… Continue reading →