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In the Service of the King: Bartender Michael Norris at Grand Pre Talks Preparations

by Ashley Rouen

The world's most decadent party would amount to nothing without the service industry professionals guarding the drinking halls and restaurants lining local city streets. Some servers and bartenders have been doing it for years. Others are just getting started. As part of a running series, NoDef has been asking the people that punch the clock on Fat Tuesday five questions about their experiences. Today, we talk with Grand Pre bartender Michael Norris, who will take on the Carnival crowd for the first time this year. 


Bourbon Street Awards Set to Confer Carnival Costuming Crowns

by Sarah Esenwein

Flamboyance, excess and grandeur hardly describe the scene of fabulousness in the most extreme sense that is preparing to saturate Bourbon St. on Fat Tuesday for the 49th Annual Bourbon St. Awards. The costume contest of the Gay Mardi Gras is one of the best spots to find elaborate costumes on Mardi Gras Day, and doesn't fall short in the people-watching category, either.

Jefferson City Buzzards Practice Parade Through Uptown Sunday

If you plan to sleep in on Mardi Gras Day, then this Sunday might be your best chance to catch New Orleans’ oldest marching club, the Jefferson City Buzzards.  The group traditionally marches early on Fat Tuesday, starting uptown on Laurel Street near the zoo before 7 a.m.  While the costumed krewe is a familiar sight to early birds, late risers can get in on the fun this weekend as the Jefferson City Buzzards take to the streets for their annual Practice Parade this Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00pm. 

The Characters of Mardi Gras: A Photo Essay

During Carnival time, it's the floats, throws and groups with archaic names that set the table. But for many, the characters you can see just by walking down the street are enough entertainment by themselves. NoDef photographer Kat Arnold was out this weekend to capture the unique blend of creative spirit, limitless energy, and - since he always seems to be everywhere - Mayor Mitch. We're already looking forward to next year! Click through for a slideshow.

Top of the Mountain

An Interview With King Zulu 2011

With his coronation looming, longtime Zulu member Tony Barker talks about his committment to his club, and the ins and outs of ascending to the throne.

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