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The Music Box Village's Grand Re-Opening



New Orleans Airlift's Music Box Village has become not only one of the most important arts venues in the Bywater neighborhood, but in NOLA overall. In 2017 alone, the Village saw everything from Martin Quintron's orchestral interpretation of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" along with top NOLA musicians and the weather-responsive analog synth Weather Warlock, to Aurora Nealand's The Monocle, to seasonal solstice parties, to Tank and the Bangas recording their entry for their now award-winning NPR Tiny Desk video. On Saturday, the team celebrated its official fall reopening. Brandon Robert was on hand to capture the night's proceedings. 


Dance of Decadence

Photo Recap of 2017 Southern Decadence Parade



Southern Decadence is winding down after a long weekend of glitter, sweat, and costumes both elaborately glamorous and sinfully scantily-clad. Photographer Brandon Robert was on scene to document the celebration's main event, the annual Southern Decadence Parade through the French Quarter. 

 


Rollin' in Hot

Krewe of OAK's Mid Summer Mardi Gras (Photos)



In their annual refusal to let frivolous calendars prevent the spread of Mardi Gras cheer, the Krewe of Oak spearheaded a commemoration open to one and all of the halfway point between annual carnivals on Saturday. Though usually held the last weekend of August, the 31st annual Mid Summer Mardi Gras rolled through the city a bit early to align with the solar eclipse. For the uninitiated, the uptown parade is like a warm weather taste of Carnival except a bit more outrageous—literally. This year's theme was "Dirty One XXXI Coming In Hot." Scroll on for Brandon Robert's photos from the event. 


Well Red

Red Dress Run 2017 in Photos



On Saturday, the streets of New Orleans ran red as thousands took part in a race for a cause. The Hash House Harriers presented their annual run, which shifted from Armstrong Park in the French Quarter to the Marigny's Crescent Park this year. Not divergent from tradition is the event's signature red-hot fun in the sun, which included drinks, food, and live music. NoDef's Brandon Robert was on hand to capture all of the debauchery (and a little bit of the fitness.)


France Dance

Photos from NOMA's Annual Bastille Day Bash



Friday (or le quatorze juillet) marked La Fête Nationale, a celebration of the French holiday Bastille Day, which honored the 1789 storming for the fortress prison that ignited the French Revolution. One of the stand-out events during NOLA’s edition of the holiday was held at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Scroll on for Brandon Robert's photographs to see how New Orleanians laissez les bons temps rouler. 

 


Fashiona-Bull

Running of the Bulls in Photos



This weekend, NOLA held its annual less bloody (but still as red) version of the Running of the Bulls. San Fermin en Nueva Orleans ran red through the streets of the CBD and French Quarter on Saturday (7.8). The horned and bat-toting Big Easy Roller Girls were again on hand to bring the mayhem. Photographer Brandon Robert was on hand to capture all the action. 

 


Free Style

The Fourth of July in Photos



This past weekend, Americans from sea to shining sea celebrated the beauty of the red, white, and blue. We already know that NOLA is one of the best places in the country to throw down in the name of being free, and this year the city did not disappoint. Photographer Brandon Robert captured some of the star-spangled celebrations, from Monday's 3rd of July party in City Park featuring the Marine Corps Band to the main event on Tuesday, shot around Bayou St. John. 

 


The Greatest Swing

Uptown Swingers Social Aid & Pleasure Club



Photos by Brandon Robert

 

The Uptown Swingers Social Aid & Pleasure Club stepped out on Sunday, marking one of the final walks as the annual second line season winds down. The procession wound around Central City, hit part of Uptown proper, and saw the group strut back to the hallowed second line ground along Washington Ave., Dryades St., and ultimately disbanded on Eden St. 


Second Line Alert: Perfect Gentlemen and Dignified Achievable Men & Women


Father's Day is time for all men to shine. In Central City, it also means it's time for the Perfect Gentlemen to step out for their annual parade. On Sunday afternoon, the club heads out to the streets, wishing all a Happy Father's Day. 

 


Best of the Fest: JazzFest Saturday (Photos)


Photos by Brandon Robert

As this year's Jazz Fest comes to a close, NoDef's Brandon Robert offers a photo review of Saturday, May 3, on the Fair Grounds. Click through for some of the dancing, face painting, live music, and Mardi Gras Indians that graced the fest this year. 


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