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TODAY in NOLA 2.27.17


Rain or shine, Lundi Gras celebrations are happening all day, from Proteus and Orpheus taking their parade down St. Charles to Red Beans marching in the Marigny. Big Chief Alfred Doucette is playing Bar Redux. Washboard Chaz headlines the Carver's Lundi Gras event. On this day in 1827, New Orleans kicked off her first ever Mardi Gras. 


2017 Carnival Parade Schedule



What is a more fitting way for NoDef to come back than with our annual guide to Carnival parades? Here is the 2017 schedule for all the walking krewes, float parades, and throws in Orleans Parish, all leading up to the revelry of Mardi Gras Day.


Shooting in the East


On Lundi Gras (2.08) afternoon, detectives are investigating another Carnival shooting. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) reported that a teenager was shot at the intersection of Crowder Boulevard and Dwyer Street.


Mardi Gras Weather Outlook


There is only one reason to turn on a television during Lundi Gras: the weather report. However, there is no reason to mess with middling meteorologists. Straight form the National Weather Service (NWS), NODef brings you the outlook for the big day. (And, that outlook is looking good!)


Parade Planner: Proteus & Orpheus

Weather, Routes, Details



Skies are mostly clear for Lundi Gras, but parade goers should bring a fleece to the route for Proteus and Orpheus tonight. The cold front is moving in, with temperatures set to rise to the mid 50's this afternoon, before they drop down to the upper 40's. Click through for tonight's route, as well as a detailed weather forecast. 


Rex Books Another Lundi Gras Train Trip


It is widely known that annually Rex reigns as King of Carnival on Mardi Gras. However, Rex does not simply declare himself King. (That would be a coup). No, the momentary monarch arrives with great pomp and circumstance, meets his counterpart in Zulu, and then the Mayor formally hands over the keys to the City. Today, the details were released for Rex’s arrival on Lundi Gras (2.08) Day.


Tis' The Season

2016 Carnival Parade Schedule



In most years, the day after of the Epiphany is a little early to worry about parade schedules, but Mardi Gras comes early in 2015. So, the floats will be rolling in a couple of weeks. Even with a fairly fixed schedule, the dozens of options (combined with the seasonal libations) can make it all a little confusing. So, NoDef offers our annaul guide to the Carnival parades.


Répéter Gras

Photo Recap of Carnival



Just like every year, the city of New Orleans survived another Mardi Gras. While today some might be thanking the heavens that the hectic two plus weeks of indulgent masquerades, parades, balls and parties are over, there's still time to reminisce. Below we've compiled a thread of our favorite moments captured this season. 


Grip of Fools

Street Performers March on Lundi Gras



On any given day, the streets of the French Quarter will be peppered with dozens of street performers. The asphalt entertainers generate much of the character that is the Quarter. However, on Lundi Gras, the performers will leave their regular spots and march in their own procession, the Krewe of Fools. On Monday (2.16), the procession will be led by 2015’s king, Grandpa Elliot.


Rex Takes the Train


The King of Carnival does nothing without aplomb. That includes Rex’s arrival in New Orleans on Lundi Gras (2.16). However, this year, His Majesty will mix up the traditional arrival at Spanish Plaza.


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