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Mardi Froid: Bars Feel Effects of Cold Weather Carnival

by Stacy Coco

A little freeze and rain wasn’t going stop New Orleanians from parading the streets during Mardi Gras this season. Despite frosty and wet conditions on Lundi and Mardi Gras, a few bars said business held up during the final days of carnival.

Route Redux: Bacchus (PHOTOS)

Photos by Daniel Paschall

Crowds filled both sides of St. Charles Avenue for Sunday Gras, where Bacchus rolled down the Avenue for the 46th year. Hugh Laurie reigned as this year's celebrity king of the super krewe. Click through for photos by Daniel Paschall. 

Parade Planner: Routes, Weather for Proteus & Orpheus

Skies are mostly clear for Lundi Gras, but parade goers should bring a fleece to the route for Proteus and Orpheus tonight. The cold front is moving in, with temperatures set to rise to the mid 50's this afternoon, before they drop down to the upper 40's. Click through for tonight's route, as well as a detailed weather forecast. 

Zulu Lundi Gras Fest Returns to Riverfront

Before they start slinging coconuts on Tuesday morning, the Krewe of Zulu is inviting potential parade goers to Woldenberg Park. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, March 3, the members of the historic krewe will be honoring their royalty with appearances from the Zulu characters, music, food, and more. 

Lube Behavior: Bourbon St. Greasing of the Poles Turns 44

Morning cocktails are not limited to Fat Tuesday, and crowds gathered and imbibed on Bourbon St. for this 44 th annual greasing of the poles this morning, at 10 a.m. The tradition dates back to 1970, when staff at the Royal Sonesta began lubing up the poles to prevent members of the crowd from shimmying up to the balcony from the street. 

Muse Views

Photos from Krewe of Muses, Chaos Parades

The Krewe of Muses became the first all-female night parade in 2000, and the 1000+ organization known for their coveted customized shoes did not disappoint in their 14th roll down the Avenue. Click through for more on the parades, with photos by Daniel Paschall and Brandon Robert.  

Chaos in Hell

Satirical Krewe Holds Public Officials, NOLA to the Fire

The Krewe of Muses remain Carnival's high fashion, but the Knights of Chaos offer also provide riposte on the route on Thursday (Feb. 27) night. Along with several floats once used by the Knights of Momus, the 14-year-old krewe keeps the tradition of satire alive on St. Charles. Take an early look at some of this year's floats:

Parade Planner: Weather, Route for Krewes of Druids, Nyx

The final epoch of parades has arrived once again, with Wednesday night's prime pairing kicking off the six-day marathon leading up to the grand finale of Mardi Gras. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Krewe of Ancient Druids and the Krewe of Nyx traverse the Uptown route. Nyx is hoping for clearer skies than their past two years, but the forecast is once again iffy.

Today in New Orleans 2.23.14

Today, New Orleans’ canine Carnival parade Barkus parades through the French Quarter before the humans roll on St. Charles Avenue. Later on St. Claude, a Dolefull Ball celebrates the late Edward Gorey. On this day in 1852, a new charter expanded the New Orleans city limits to include Lafayette City. Click through for parades, music, and more to do this Sunday. 

Parade Planner: Weather, Routes for Krewe of Freret, Sparta and More Uptown

Temperatures are moderate and rain chances are nil for Saturday’s parades, with the forecast featuring a zero percent chance of precipitation, a high of 72 degrees with sunny skies, and a low tonight of 57 degrees. On St. Charles Ave., the Krewe of Pontchartrain kicks off the day parades at 1 p.m., followed by Choctaw, and an inaugural Krewe of Freret roll. Krewe of Sparta begins the night parades at 6 p.m., followed by Pygmalion.

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