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Where to Look for Costumes Mardi Gras 2017



With Mardi Gras 2017 less than a week away, there is not much time to get your ensemble together. So, while you’re waiting for that glue gun to heat up, NoDef offers our annual list of destinations for decoration whether you want your costume pret-a-porter or if you're more of the DIY variety. 

 


2017 Carnival Parade Schedule



What is a more fitting way for NoDef to come back than with our annual guide to Carnival parades? Here is the 2017 schedule for all the walking krewes, float parades, and throws in Orleans Parish, all leading up to the revelry of Mardi Gras Day.


Craig's Lust

The Best of Carnival's "Missed Connections"



The confetti has been swept from the streets and the bleachers and port-a-potties are almost all down. Mardi Gras is over. Many locals are already thinking about next year, but a few people are looking back at lost opportunities during the 2016 festivities. Those souls can be found on CraigsList’s “Missed Connections” section. NoDef offers our CL Carnival wrap.


Smokin' Gras

City Releases Carnival Wrap, Declares 2016 a Success



After Ash Wednesday comes the City’s official Mardi Gras report. On Thursday (2.11), Mayor Mitch lauded the 2016 Mardi Gras as a "huge success" and released a slew of stats.


All Tomorrow's Parties


With the the coconuts and the shoes displayed on the mantle, it is time to de-Mardi Gras our apartments. You’re on your own with all that glitter, but Uber is helping locals donate their beads to a good cause. The ride-sharing service announced that they will pick up your extra beads and deliver them to Arc of Greater New Orleans’ “Beads by the Pound” program.


Glyphs from the Gras

Carnival Photo Recap



On Monday (2.08) the party started and contunuedd through into Mardi Gras. There really is no way to do justice to New Orleans' Carnival celebration. Fat Tuesday simply must be experienced for yourself. However, NoDef's  Paulo Steven Diniz sacrificed safety and liver alike to embed amongst the crowds and bring y'all some snapshots of the big fete.


NOPD Makes 30 Gun Arrests During Carnival


There is no question that Carnival season is the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD)’s busiest time of the year. While much of the emphasis is on crowd control, confiscation of illegal firearms ranks high on the priority list. During the 12 days of the official 2016 season, the NOPD reported seizures of 30 guns on or near the parade routes.


Parade Planner: Mardi Gras Day


After weeks of parades, it all comes to a peak today, Mardi Gras Day. The iconic Zulu and Rex will roll down St. Charles Ave. However, in addition to these giants and neighborhood micro-krewes, several other walking parades will keep the city busy on Fat Tuesday.


Today in NOLA: 2.09.16


 

Mardi Gras Day is finally here. After the major parades Rex and Zulu roll, be on the lookout for some micro krewes marching behind them. Lyons Carnival Club follows Zulu making stops at bars and waking up Uptown beforehand. Mondo Kayo dances down the route ending on Frenchmen for an all day dance party. Fat Tueesday has not fallen on February 9th in over 75 years. Now more info on Fat Tuesday.


Music Gras

NoDef's Annual Mardi Gras Playlist



Fat Tuesday is upon us! The hours are slipping away before New Orleanians must once again pack their favorite Carnival albums and wait a year. If you don't feel like strolling down Bourbon St. in the interim, NoDef has put together a playlist for you with all the classics from Dr. John to Al "Carnival Time" Johnson. Very few cities have music for every season, and none have better music in any season than New Orleans.

Click through to listen to our annual playlist.


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