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April 20th

Gay Easter Parade

Armstrong Park (4:30 p.m.)

Official Gay Easter parade rolls through the French Quarter

 

Goodchildren Easter Parade

Press & St. Claude (1:30 p.m.)

The Social Aide & Pleasure Club throws their annual parade through the Bywater

 

Todd Snider 

Tipitina’s (7:30 p.m.)

Folk-rock and Americana 

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf (10:30 p.m.)

Krown, Batiste, and Washington every Sunday 

 

French Quarter Easter Parade

Canal & Bourbon St. (1 p.m.)

Chris Owens leads the charge            

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf- The Den (10 p.m.)

Premiere NOLA brass with hip-hop, R&B and more 

Grand Isle Tarball Rodeo

Four Years After Big Oozy, Oil Cleanup Continues on La. Beaches



Photos by Daniel Paschall 

April 20, 2014 -- In the parking lot of a nondescript office on Grand Isle, three petty officers stood over the gate of a pickup truck, and sifted through a pile of earthen clumps.


Grand Isle: 18 Lbs. of Pot Beached


The Gulf of Mexico is known for suspicious materials, but the most recent chemical discovery is legal to smoke in two states. Over 18 pounds of "suspected marijuana" washed ashore yesterday, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. The hefty bag of pot was recovered from the shoreline of the Grand Isle State Park.  


New Orleans, SoLa Communities Get Disaster Debt Relief


Debt relief came to a handful of New Orleans agencies on the front lines of disaster response this week. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced that she and other lawmakers had cancelled nearly $36 million in Community Disaster Loans (CDL) and adjusted the CDL formula so that $286.7 million in debt was canceled for South Louisiana communities.


Blowout at Natural Gas Rig in Gulf


Updated 1:40 p.m.

A natural gas rig had a blowout in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The blowout occurred about 9:30 a.m., about 55 miles offshore, south of Grand Isle, according to the feds. Forty seven workers were evacuated from the rig safely, Colclough said.


Ersters with Beaver, Crawfish and an App


With most of the weekend left to wait until the Super Bowl, New Orleanians will be doing what they do best to count down to the Big Game: sitting around and eating seafood. On Saturday, a pair of events bring new flavor and digital technology to shellfish. A block party-sized crawfish boil in Mid-City highlights a new app. In the Quarter, an oyster-eating contest brings in hot beaver.


Return to the Sheen: Latest Mystery Oil is Near Deepwater Horizon Site


by Chase Lowenstein

Once again, the U.S. Coast Guard is scrambling to make sense of recent releases of oil in the Gulf. The source of the latest sheen, which appeared near the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, remains a mystery. But the USCG is investigating the oil to attempt to determine the cause.


Fish Keep Getting Bigger at Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo


by E.J. Ruane

Stories of fish "this big" abound all over the Southeast this week, as fishermen who flocked from all over Louisiana, as well as Florida, Mississippi and Texas, for last weekend's Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo go home to tell all of their impressive catches. The annual event drew 25,000 people to the coastal city that has a year-round population of about 1,200. Asked about her own highlights of the weekend, director Angela Dorbin said, "Here's a highlight for you. The very first fish caught and weighed at the Rodeo was a 154-pound Tarpon!"  


Fishers Set to Tackle Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo


by E.J. Ruane

Tomorrow at daylight, it's Tarpon time on Grand Isle. The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is being held this weekend Grand Isle from July 26-28. According event organizer Angela Dorbin, tarpons "jump, they crash, they break tackle and bones." While this may sound like a reference to our beloved Saints, tarpons are one mean fish.


Copter Crash Claims 1 in the Gulf


The Coast Guard is crediting good samaritans with finding the remains of a helicopter pilot who crashed off Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend. On Monday, a team of divers found the pilot, whose helicopter was reported crashed Sunday about 35 miles off the coast. The pilot, who Houma Today is identifiying as Arturo LeBron, of Lafayette, was discovered in the cockpit of the aircraft, according to a Coast Guard news release. 


Tarpon Tamers Flock to Grand Isle


Tarpon are some of the toughest fish on the Gulf waters. What do you expect of a fish that belongs to the genus, Megalops? The fishers of the Gulf Coast have had their battles with these great beasts, but that's no reason not to celebrate. Starting today, the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo returns after the Big Oozy put the giant pole party on hiatus last year. Even if you don't want to trawl and tame, the festival features plenty of music, and there's a chance to watch the big ones get weighed in. Check out the full schedule here.


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