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Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The Krewe of Oshun parades with the theme ÒCarnival Around the World" with the Sophie B. Wright Charter School Marching Band on the Uptown Route during Carnival in New Orleans, La. Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.

Sat, January 23, 2016 Krewe du Vieux (Mature themed) 6:30 p.m. French Quarter Sun, January 24, 2016 Little Rascals Noon Metairie Perseus 1:00 p.m. Slidell Fri, January 29, 2016 Cork 3:00 p.m. French Quarter… Continue reading →

New Orleans officially kicks off unusually short 2016 Carnival season

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Zulu Minister of Fun Larry Roy, in yellow coat, parades with fellow krewe members during the  King's Day celebration ceremonies marking the official beginning of Carnival Season in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. The event was held at Mardi Gras World and Blaine Kern Studios. The event had a gathering of members of various metro area Mardi Gras Krewes along with some of their throws. The official poster from the Rex and the Zulu organizations were also unveiled and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu cut the first King Cake for the season. Landrieu is seen marching right behind Roy.

On your marks. Get set. Throw! Kicking off a Carnival season that will be a sprint to this year’s early Mardi Gras, Mayor Mitch Landrieu held the city’s formal celebration of Kings Day on Wednesday with a ceremonial cutting of king cake, the unveiling of the official proclamations and posters from the… Continue reading →

Kicking off carnival revelry, what's going on around Louisiana before and after the Twelfth Night?

Photo provided by Monsours Photography -- Elaborate costumes are the order of the evening for the Twelfth Night  Celebration in Lake Charles.

The Carnival revelry officially starts Wednesday in the celebration’s epicenter, New Orleans, and across the state. It all leads up to an early Mardi Gras — Feb. 9 this year. Lake Charles does it up big for Twelfth Night. The party starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The 2015 royal courts… Continue reading →

Throw us something this carnival season: How to get your Mardi Gras photos, stories in The Advocate

Mardi Gras beads

The Advocate will publish Mardi Gras ball stories from Carnival krewes in and around the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas. Stories and photographs should be submitted by email to at least two weeks before the ball. If not possible, please contact features editor Karen Martin at or (225) 388-0378. Stories should… Continue reading →