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 →

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 →

Woman center of neighborhood celebration

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK --

Queen Dolly will reign again this year over “The Mardi Gras” — the masked revelers whose self-made and self-adorned costumes draw fans and tourists to the Fat Tuesday celebration that began decades ago in the McComb neighborhood. Clark Field is the focal point in the north Lafayette neighborhood for the annual Continue reading →

Children special at Le Krewe Des Jeunes Amis

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Katelyn Sorlie, 7, spots a familiar face in the crowd while the Children's Parade begins to roll through downtown Lafayette on Saturday. The parade rolled from the Federal Courthouse to Cajunfield.

The children were front and center for Le Krewe Des Jeunes Amis’ Children’s Parade on Saturday afternoon. Getting away from the debauchery of some parades is what drew Diana Del Torro and her twin daughters to get involved in the Children’s Parade, which ran from the U.S. Courthouse on Lafayette Street to Cajun … 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 TheAdvocate.com 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 →

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 →

Troubadours have a ball

Photos by BRENT LEBLANC/Allen Breaux Studio and Gallery -- King Richard Coeur de Lion LXII Peter Michael John, along with his Queen Berengaria of Navarre LXII, Francesca Anne Piccione, with their attendants, front row from left, Matthew Thomas Broussard, Lucy Michael John, Briley Elizabeth Herpin and Madeleine Burts Justus.

The Order of the Troubadours Ball was held on Saturday in the Frem Boustany Ballroom of the Heymann Performing Arts and Convention Center. Reigning as King Richard Coeur de Lion LXII was Peter Michael John, along with his Queen Berengaria of Navarre LXII, Francesca Anne Piccione. The king’s attendants were Matthew … Continue reading →

Krewe of Roux set to sail Thursday

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Candace Lantier, left, and Tyler Dunphy ride in the Krewe of Roux student parade in 2013 on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.

Arthur Hardy: 10 — count ’em, 10 — parades to roll on Saturday

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ ---The Krewe of Choctaw rolls along the uptown route with 17 floats with the theme of Avenue of the Americas on Saturday, January 26, 2013 with John Beninate II as Chief waving his tomahawk over the crowd

In the history of Mardi Gras, there has never been a day with more major parades than this Saturday. Ten parades roll in four parishes, in addition to the alternative parades of Petit Rex and Chewbacchus. On the West Bank, the 16th annual parade of the Mystic Knights of Adonis rolls through Orleans and Jefferson parishes … Continue reading →

Arthur Hardy: ‘Carrollton Sunday’ triple-header of fun

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ ---The Krewe of Carrollton rolled at noon on the uptown route with 25 floats to the theme of Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler. This year's king was John Louis Echeverri and the queen was Alexandra Elizabeth Pfefferle.

Sunday’s parade calendar features a triple-header in Uptown New Orleans. Historically, “Carrollton Sunday” usually features wonderful parade weather and more manageable crowds than those that gather on Mardi Gras weekend. Led by the captain and lieutenants on horseback, the 375-member, all-male Krewe of Carrollton presents one of the most popular parades of the season. The … Continue reading →

Mayor Landrieu details Mardi Gras preparations

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A shotgun house in the French Quarter is all decked out and ready for Mardi Gras Tuesday, February 19, 2014.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared the city ready for Mardi Gras on Wednesday, promising extra police officers, an army of cleanup crews and as much space for revelers on the city’s neutral grounds as possible, given the major construction projects taking place along some of the parade routes this year. At a morning news conference, surrounded by … Continue reading →

Morgan City’s Krewe of Galatea shows off fashions

Queen Galatea XLV Fay Richard

The Morgan City Municipal Auditorium was the scene of the tableau and ball for the ladies of the Krewe of Galatea Saturday night. A theme of “Galatea: VOGUE” set the scene for the elaborate fashion show that celebrated the krewe’s 45th year. Queen Galatea XLV Fay Richard portrayed Coco Chanel. Craig … Continue reading →

City Council passes new rules for Carnival parades

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  The crowd on ladders on St. Charles Avenue greet Rex, King of Carnival, William H. Hines Tuesday February 12, 2013.  New rules will restrict the placement of ladders as well as the practice of roping off areas on the parade route.

So decreed the New Orleans City Council on Thursday: Thou shalt not Rope off any portion of a neutral ground, street or sidewalk along a Carnival parade route. Place ladders, tents or grills within 6 feet of a curb during a parade. Position a portable toilet on public property along a parade … Continue reading →

Our Views: A tweak on parades

There’s nothing in the world like Carnival in New Orleans, but a little bit of common sense shouldn’t be banned along parade routes. The new rules before the City Council would push back against some of what most parade-goers think of as abuses by the regulars, including the chaining of ladders together to … Continue reading →

Lafayette Women’s krewe dons ‘Ceremonial Robes’

Krewe of Attakapas Robe of the Crane, Bradford Lane Cohen, Dr. Henry Joseph Kaufman IV, Robe of the Fish.

The Krewe of Attakapas, the first women’s carnival krewe in Lafayette, held its 46th annual carnival ball, “Ceremonial Robes,” on Saturday night at Frem Boustany Convention Center. Reigning over the festivities were Queen Karakondye XLVI and King Lacassine XLVI, Noble Chieftain of the Attakapas, Patrick Dennis McCarthy. McCarthy, a Certified … Continue reading →

Lafayette krewe takes trip ‘Where the West Begins

Photo by Mouton Photography -- Krewe of Olympus King Area XXVI Robert F. Richard and Queen Athena XXVI Melina Mouton.

The Krewe of Olympus celebrated its 26th annual carnival ball and pageant Saturday at the Cajun Dome Convention Center Ballroom. With the krewe’s historical roots centered around the city of Scott, the entrance was decorated to resemble a trip down the Old Spanish Trail in keeping with the ball’s theme of “It’s Where … Continue reading →

Krewe of Olympus goes ‘Where West Begins’

Photos by Mouton Photography -- Krewe of Olympus King Ares XXVI Robert F. Richard.

The Krewe of Olympus celebrated its 26th annual carnival ball and pageant Saturday nightat the CajunDome Convention Center Ballroom. With the krewe’s roots centered around the city of Scott, the ballroom’s entrance resembled the Old Spanish Trail to portray the theme of this year’s ball, “It’s Where the West Begins.” Reigning over the … Continue reading →