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Lundi Gras 2.11.13

It’s the last night of night parades! Don’t let rain get in the way of your Lundi Gras. Once the parades pass, there’s live music everywhere in the city, from uptown to the Marigny. On this day in 1932, the late Uncle Lionel (Lionel Paul Batiste, Sr.) was born. Now, more to do this magical Monday.  

Off Route: Mardi Gras Pre-Parade Pics

by Sarah Esenwein

Even before parades, festive folks hit the streets in costume. We've shown you a lot of floats and throws, but the best part of Mardi Gras is the people.  Check out these pictures from Friday afternoon in the French Quarter.

Up-to-Date Weather: Rain Ahead for Bacchus

The parades have been pushed up and flood warnings issued, and it looks like a wet night on the route. There's an 80 chance of rain, so pack accordingly for Bacchus. Stay with NoDef for your up-to-date weather forecasts.

Hagar's House Costume Carnival Combats Parade Withdrawal

by Samantha Hilsenrod
Every New Orleanian knows that your Mardi Gras is only as good as your costume.  For those that want to keep the Carnival spirit alive even as the Super Bowl plays to the masses, an alternative with a cause will be happening at the First Grace United Methodist Church (3401 Canal St.) on Saturday. 

Vintage Parade: Krewe of Cork Marches in FQ Today

by Sarah Esenwein

Today Grand Marshall Jean Charles Boisset will expertly saber a champagne bottle (lobbing the top off with a large sword) at the Court of Two Sisters.  This will christen the kick-off of Krewe of Cork’s (Lucky) thirteenth year.  You will see them winding through the French Quarter, clad in their signature purple and gold wine-themed costumes, tossing trademark throws and swilling the nectar of the Gods.  Being a walking parade is a very special quality to the founder, Patrick von Hoorsbeek as “Connecting with the people is most important.”

Oshun of Bliss

African-American Krewe Rolls First on St. Charles

While Zulu and their golden coconuts tend to steal the spotlight as the last and oldest African-American parade to round out the Carnival season, no one can forget about the first float out of the gate.  For more than 15 years, the all African-American Krewe of Oshun has rolled down the Uptown streets, kicking off the carnival season with their mix of vibrant floats and African inspired themes.   

Sewing Sequins of Change: Red Flame Hunters Teach Patience, Tradition

Perhaps the richest and most labor-intensive Carnival collective, Mardi Gras Indian culture is active year round. Historically performed by adults, construction on the ornate, weighty costumes can last well over six months. The Red Flame Hunters have opened the time-honored practice to children, offering New Orleans’ youth their own tribe.

Cheeky Blakk Named krewedelusion Queen

Even though Krewe du Vieux is coming early, there will still be plenty of parade action to keep you satisfied. Immediately following the ass-drawn floats and brass bands of the satirical parade will be Episode four of krewedelusion. With people-pulled floats and even more satire, the fledgling group will take to the streets once again in hopes of proving even further that New Orleans is the center of the universe.

Rolling Elvi Get All Shook Up at Howlin' Wolf

by Brad Rhines

These days nearly every parade features a few whacky, costumed walking krewes. But before the corsets and choreography, before the ordinary men with extraordinary moves, there was the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi. On Friday, the Rolling Elvi celebrate their 10th anniversary with a party at the Howlin’ Wolf featuring music, dancing and, of course, lots of sequined jumpsuits.

Phunny Phorty Phellows: Twelfth Night on the Tracks

King Cake season is here, but many need a ritual push into Mardi Gras festivities. The Vieux Carre has their Joan of Arc parade, but if you’re in the mood for a less medieval kickoff, head uptown for Phunny Phorty Phellows annual ride down the streetcar tracks.

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