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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. 


New Suit

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. 


New Suit

Where to Find the Prettiest Costumes

An early Mardi Gras in 2016 has sparked a bit of a costume crunch. Fat Tuesday (2.09) is only a few weeks away and 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 prete-a-porter or the components to stitch it yourself.

Boo-k Bash

Photos From the Library's Spooktacular Saturday

Halloween is a week long celebration in New Orleans. On Saturday (10.24), the New Orleans Public Library Foundation kicked off the festivities with their annual Spooktacular Fall Fest. Costumed kids and parents descended on the Algiers Regional Library for entertainment by the Uptown Music Theater, magic, games, and even some books. 

Fright Night: NOLA Celebrates Halfway to Halloween

Mardi Gras is so popular in New Orleans that we celebrate the halfway point. Now, a group of ambitious filmmakers and actors are applying the same formula to the City’s other favorite holiday: Halloween. Friday (4.01) night, the Halfway to Halloween party is coming to Spirits on Bourbon (615 Bourbon St.)

Heading for Home (Nyx's Unique Hats in Photos)

by Ashley Rouen

Costumes make the season for both bead grabbers and float riders. If you braved the parade scene last night, you may have noticed the elaborate headdresses draping the skulls of Nyx krewe members as their parade rolled Uptown and through the CBD. (Apparently these ladies excel at decorating accessories besides purses.) Before mounting their floats, the all female Mystic Krewe of Nyx gathered to vote on the float with the best headdress design at the Sugar Mill. 2015's theme was dedicated to the King of Rock N' Roll himself, none other than Elvis Presley. As the members paraded their creatively tweaked head gear and got pumped for the parade, NoDef was on site to catch the scene. 

Shopping List: Costume Shops for Carnival

Krewe du Vieux is less than a week away, which means that it’s time to start taking Carnival seriously. No Mardi Gras is complete without a costume. But, NOLA has superior sartorial sensibilities and that vampire kit in a bag just won’t do. A good suit can take weeks to assemble. To get you started, NODef put together a list of our favorite shops to start.


Cree McCree's Annual Mardi Gras Costume Bazaar Moves to St. Claude

Nothing makes a good Mardi Gras like a frosty beer in your hand and a costume on your back. The latter, though, is always more difficult to come by. Unless, of course, you know where to look. Cree McCree’s 22nd Annual Nola Designer Costume Bazaar sets up shop in the New Orleans Healing Center to solve your costume needs and turn that classic trifecta of green, gold and purple into funky carnival clothes.  

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