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NoDef's Ultimate King Cake Guide

The Gooey Details on 23 Carnival Confections



When ordering a King Cake, Crescent City sweet seekers can no longer uniformly expect the standard braided cinammon twist with more or less the same flavor profile. King Cakes have become a creative canvass for adventurous bakers across New Orleans. Allow NoDef to help you choose which will satisfy your palette. We combined three years of King Cake coverage for one ultimate guide. After reading these diverse offerings, you may even want the baby:


Endymion Crash Suspect Faces 22 Additional Charges


The NOPD Traffic Fatality Team charged Neilson Rizzuto, the driver behind the crash at the Endymion parade this weekend, with 22 additional charges on Wednesday, stated the Police Department

 


Parade Planner: Mardi Gras Day


After weeks of parades, it all comes to a peak today, Mardi Gras 2017. The iconic Zulu and Rex will roll down St. Charles Ave. In addition to these giants and neighborhood micro-krewes, several other walking parades will keep the city busy on Fat Tuesday.


Today in NOLA 2.28.17 (Mardi Gras)


Well folks, we made it. Happy Mardi Gras! The city is waking up early, with parades and parties beginning at sunrise. Following the krewe marches and the Bourbon Street Awards, some NOLA all-stars will play on Frenchmen. Looking for good food? Hit up Northside Skull & Bone Gang's breakfast and then grab lunch at Bar Redux's annual Fat Tuesday fry. On this day in 1985, then Governor Edwin Edwards was indicted by a federal grand jury on 51 counts of racketeering. Now, more Mardi Gras happenings. 

 


Music of Mardi Gras

NoDef's Annual Carnival Playlist



Fat Tuesday is upon us! The hours are slipping away before New Orleanians must once again pack their favorite Carnival albums and wait a year. If you don't feel like strolling down Bourbon St. in the interim, NoDef has put together a playlist for you with all the classics from Dr. John and Professor Longhair to Al "Carnival Time" Johnson. Very few cities have music for every season, and none have better music in any season than New Orleans.

Click through to listen to our annual playlist.

 


Parade Planner: Proteus & Orpheus


Skies are mostly clear this afternoon for Lundi Gras, but parade goers should bring an umbrella to the route for Proteus and Orpheus tonight. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms before 8PM. Temperatures are set to rise to the high 70's this afternoon, before they drop down to the upper 60's. Click through for tonight's route.


Parade Planner: Okeanos, Mid-City, Thoth, Bacchus


Today begins the final parade stretch. The day kicks off at 11AM with the Krewe of Okeanos, followed by Mid-City, and then Thoth rolls along their signature Uptown route at noon. After the break in the parades, actor Jim Caviezel reigns over Bacchus at 5:15PM. 

 


Parade Planner: Iris, Tucks, Endymion


A pair of daytime parades Uptown give way to Mid-City's time to shine on Saturday night. Iris and Tucks preserve elegance and satire, respectively. Then, Endymion once again tests whether there's any limit to the size of a Carnival parade. 


TODAY in NOLA 2.25.17


Iris, Tucks, and Endymion all roll today. Follow the Endymion krewe to the Superdome for their epic after-party — there will be something for everyone there, with performances by the painted-face rockers KISS and rapper FloRida, and put on your boogie shoes for KC & the Sunshine Band. On this day in history, Hattie Caraway (D-Ark) was elected as the first female senator with the help of Louisiana's Huey P. Long. Now, more to do this Saturday. 


Parade Planner: d'Etat, Hermes, Morpheus


After a year of preparation, Carnival 2017 is nearing critical mass. Tonight, the big parades continue to roll as Mardi Gras grows closer. Hermes, d'Etat, and Morpheus are all set to march down the Uptown route tonight. Keep reading for full details, weather, and routes. 


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