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Loyola Replaces Letters After "YOLO" Theft

by Stacy Coco

Loyola's sign on St. Charles Avenue has its letters back after Lundi Gras' "YOLO" theft. On March 3, the letters were strewn with beads then turned up missing. The respective letters that were stolen were L-O-Y-O-which coincidentally spell out YOLO rearranged-leaving just the letters L and A.

Zulu Review

Mardi Gras Photos from African-American Krewe's Parade, Fest

It may have been cold and wet, but the Zulu Social Aide and Pleasure Club made sure Mardi Gras spirits were raised on the route Tuesday morning.

Marchers of March

Photo Retrospective of Mardi Gras' Beloved High School Marching Bands

The floats and throws present a krewe's Carnival showcase, but the city's high schools get a full showing from the many marching bands that take part in parades throughout the two-week parade season.

Route Redux: Bacchus (PHOTOS)

Photos by Daniel Paschall

Crowds filled both sides of St. Charles Avenue for Sunday Gras, where Bacchus rolled down the Avenue for the 46th year. Hugh Laurie reigned as this year's celebrity king of the super krewe. Click through for photos by Daniel Paschall. 

Parade Planner: Routes, Weather for Proteus & Orpheus

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. 

Lube Behavior: Bourbon St. Greasing of the Poles Turns 44

Morning cocktails are not limited to Fat Tuesday, and crowds gathered and imbibed on Bourbon St. for this 44 th annual greasing of the poles this morning, at 10 a.m. The tradition dates back to 1970, when staff at the Royal Sonesta began lubing up the poles to prevent members of the crowd from shimmying up to the balcony from the street. 

Muse Views

Photos from Krewe of Muses, Chaos Parades

The Krewe of Muses became the first all-female night parade in 2000, and the 1000+ organization known for their coveted customized shoes did not disappoint in their 14th roll down the Avenue. Click through for more on the parades, with photos by Daniel Paschall and Brandon Robert.  

Parade Planner: Routes, Weather for Krewe of Hermes, D'Etat, Morpheus

Time to clear out the bags of throws and refill the coolers. Vendredi Gras is upon us, offering up another trifecta of dazzling Carnival splendor. Tonight, the Krewe of Hermes, Le Krewe d'Etat and the Krewe of Morpheus take to St. Charles Ave. Details:

Parade Planner: Weather, Route for Krewes of Druids, Nyx

The final epoch of parades has arrived once again, with Wednesday night's prime pairing kicking off the six-day marathon leading up to the grand finale of Mardi Gras. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Krewe of Ancient Druids and the Krewe of Nyx traverse the Uptown route. Nyx is hoping for clearer skies than their past two years, but the forecast is once again iffy.

Pups on Parade: Krewe of Barkus (PHOTOS)

Photos by Daniel Paschall 

The canine Mystic Krewe of Barkus gathered at Armstrong Park yesterday at 2 p.m. for this year's parade. The theme was "Dogzilla," and some of the marchers' humans came up with some pretty ferocious outfits for their four-legged companions. Click through for more from Daniel Paschall. 

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