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Vieux to a Thrill

Krewe du Vieux Details Emerge

Krewe du Vieux is less than a week away. While last year’s “Disneylandrieu” float will be hard to top, the first big parade of the season rarely disappoints. Now, some details of the parade along with many of the sub-krewe’s individual themes are out.

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.

Clutch Cakes

Haydel’s king cakes are a Carnival Season tradition, but that doesn’t mean the fabled bakery is opposed to throwing in a new touch every now and then. This year, Haydel’s new touch will be a throw. Their cakes will include a miniature version of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx’s signature throw—a decorated purse.

Somebody'll Show You the Zulu King

In much of the nation, Thanksgiving means that it is time to look ahead to Christmas. However, in New Orleans, Thanksgiving means that is time to look ahead to Mardi Gras. (Especially this year with an early, February 9th date). Zulu took advantage of the holiday week to announce details of their Coronation Ball and even roll out a television spot.

Chewbacchus Awakens: 2016 Route Released

Who is Kylo Ren really? Where is Luke? What's up with the new lightsabers? There are a lot of questions in the sci-fi world these days. However, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus answered a few of their own this morning. The science fiction (and fantasy) themed carnival organization announced a new route and time today.

Nyx Moves the Sticks

Carnival season boasts its own lexicon with terms like “bead pigeon” and “deja krewe.” Perhaps the most popular (and ambiguous) phrase of this specialized rhetoric is the “super-krewe” designation. After breaking the 2K mark on membership, the Mystic Krewe of Nyxis offering some clarification and declaring themselves elevated to super-krewe status.

Fourth Field: Chewbacchus' MiniParade Shoeboxus

It may not be Carnival season yet, but something familiar is happening in the Marigny on Monday (5.04) night. Simply put, Chewie, we’re home. In honor of May the Fourth, International Star Wars Day, the intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus will be rolling through the Triangle with a miniature parade, Shoeboxus.

Krewe View

Ancient Druids vs. Mystic Nyx (Photos)

Both Druids and Nyx kept their themes secret until parade time. Last night, the back-to-back krewes vied to see which had the best floats, costumes, and throws. "Druid Dilemmas" rolled with satirical displays aimed at the all female krewe, whose membership has grown exponentially. This year the krewe rolled with a whopping 36 floats total. Nyx featured a Vegas theme and Elvis as their star. 

App & Ye Shall Receive

The Krewe of Alla is one of Carnival’s oldest organizations, but they are no stranger to the new. In 2014, their parade moved from its historic West Bank route to Uptown New Orleans. In 2015, the krewe is pioneering the use of mobile apps during parades.

Shoe Krewe Taps Zemanick

After multiple award nominations, Chef Sue Zemanick of Ivy netted a coveted James Beard Award, winning for the Best Chef: South category last May. Now, she has netted another honor. Zemanick will reign as “Honorary Muse” during the all-female krewe’s parade on February 12.

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