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Today in NOLA: 1.31.16

Today in New Orleans, celebrate the end of January with one of many Sunday events. The King Cake Festival will be providing delicious treats all day in Champions Square, and Krewe of Barkus will roll as always in the Quarter. Lupe Fiasco will perform at Republic, and the Maple Leaf will host the Joe Krown Trio. On this day in 1988, Grambling graduate Doug Williams was named MVP of the Super Bowl XXII during his time on the Washington Redskins. He was the first black quarterback ever to start in a Super Bowl Championship game. Now, more on what to do locally this Sunday.

Tis' The Season

2016 Carnival Parade Schedule

In most years, the day after of the Epiphany is a little early to worry about parade schedules, but Mardi Gras comes early in 2015. So, the floats will be rolling in a couple of weeks. Even with a fairly fixed schedule, the dozens of options (combined with the seasonal libations) can make it all a little confusing. So, NoDef offers our annaul guide to the Carnival parades.

Bark Wars (Barkus Photos)

Bark Nice or Leave

The dogs of Barkus, the parade designed for our canine pals, walked 15 blocks through the French Quarter on Sunday (2.8.) Favorite costumes included a bulldog dressed as Mr. Okra, the Snoball Dachshund and the pups of Dog Dynasty. The theme this year, "BARK WARS: The Return of the K9," spawned many Star Wars inspired outfits featuring doggie Yodas, Princess Leias, and Obie Dog Kanobis to help awaken the Carnival force of the only puppy parade. 


Barking Up the Right Tree

By Sharon Pye

On Sunday (2.09), the canine krewe Barkus rolled throught the French Quarter. The parade is a perennial favorite. The only thing more fascinating than the dogs in costumes are the spectators out to watch the pageant of puppies. NoDef dispatched two photographers to capture all of the action. Check out part one of the piece below.

Today in NOLA: 2.8.15

The first weekend of Carnival is coming to a close but not before going out with a bang. Before noon, costume enthusiasts have an opportunity to shop at the NOLA Designer Costume Bazaar. The Uptown parades begin rolling around noon, and Barkus starts its pawmenade through the Quarter at 2p.m. In 1922, ground was broken for the Notre Dame Seminary on Carrollton. And now, back to what’s going on today in NOLA.


Mardi Gras 2013 Parade Schedule

The Super Bowl and an early Mardi Gras are pushing Carnival parades up earlier than ever before in 2013. But New Orleans is no less ready for the extended period of partying and, of course, parades. Here's the 2013 schedule for Carnival marches in Orleans Parish, all leading up to the explosion of excess on Mardi Gras Day:

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