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Cat Krewe

Endymeow 2016

Look out Barkus! There’s a new big dog in town, and that dog might just be a cat. The Cat Practice (1809 Magazine Street) is gearing up for Endymeow 2016. The feline Carnival krewe is accepting applications to find the purr-fect cats for their court.

Spook Shops

Where to Find a Costume in a Clutch

Halloween is only a couple of days away. Many locals plugged in their glue gun in July and haven't stopped since. However, for the rest of us, NoDef offers our annual list of costume shops. Below are some last minute options for both those looking for something prete-a-porter and the brave souls planning to pull an all night costume build.

Beaucoup BUKU

Pics and Highlights from the Fest

Why do you Buku? The festival gets most of it's appeal from bringing that bass to New Orleans, but it has some other things to offer as well. Yesterday, people traveled to catch a melange of performances ranging from hip-hop, to instrumental electronic, to heavy dub beats including A$AP Rocky, STS9, Empire of the Sun, RL Grime, Boosie Badazz, Run the Jewels and Die Antwoord. Today, Bassnectar headlines at the Power Plant stage. 

Bizarre Bazaar

Carnival is in full swing which means that the countdown for costumes is on.  But for those who want to get a jumpstart, Cree McCree and the Threadhead Cultural Foundation, a non-profit organization, are hosting their 24rd Annual NOLA Designer Costume Bazaar today at the New Orleans Healing Center.

Faces of the Dead: The Bywater Celebrates All Souls Day

By Ashley Rouen

As theFoo Fighters took center stage during the final hours of Voodoo Fest Sunday (10.02), a different kind of voodoo ritual continued downtown. New Orleans residents once again celebrated All Soul’s Day with an annual “underground” walking parade in the Bywater. The face painted krewe stomped to the End of the World located at the edge of the canal on the levee. 

Confessions of a Costume-aholic: DIY Headpieces

By Amanda Thompson

The clock is counting down to the witching hour. Literally. However, if you still don't have a Halloween costume, don't despair! There's still time to find something to wear. Fire up your glue guns, and make yourself a unique headpiece for the big night.

Confessions of a Costume-aholic: DIY Skeleton Shoes & Party Plans

By Amanda Thompson

Everyone has skeletons in their closet just waiting to come out and dance. Today, I walk you through a simple DIY project for skeleton shoes. They are affordable and perfect for a last minute costume. In addition, I offer up five tips to spice up your Halloween night party.

Confessions of a Costume-aholic: Five Easy Pieces & a DIY

By Amanda Thompson

It's never too late to pull together a KILLER Halloween costume! Get your sheets together and stock up on supplies for last-minute transformations. Today, I offer a few tips on costume creations plus a quick DIY mask. Inspiration lurks around every corner in this City. So, get out and assemble your ensemble.

Eyes for Disguise: Halloween Shopping in the Quarter

By Amanda Thompson

Costume shopping makes for a great day in the Quarter. You can find everything you need for a unique look by foraging these top 10 shops. Start on lower Decatur, and work your way up towards Canal, veering over to Royal and Dauphine via St Ann. For lagniappe, grab a drink at Pirate's Alley or Lafitte's Blacksmith shop to get your juices flowing and spirits soaring!

Confessions of a Costume-aholic

By Amanda Thompson

Hello everybody. My name is Amanda, and I'm a costume-aholic. Sound familiar? Do not fear! I am not here to push for abstinence from dressing up. To the contrary, New Orleans encourages us all to costume or mask (the only place you'll hear that word used as a verb!) at the drop of a hat or handkerchief.

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