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NOPD Makes 30 Gun Arrests During Carnival

There is no question that Carnival season is the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD)’s busiest time of the year. While much of the emphasis is on crowd control, confiscation of illegal firearms ranks high on the priority list. During the 12 days of the official 2016 season, the NOPD reported seizures of 30 guns on or near the parade routes.

Parade Planner: Mardi Gras Day

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

Today in NOLA: 2.09.16


Mardi Gras Day is finally here. After the major parades Rex and Zulu roll, be on the lookout for some micro krewes marching behind them. Lyons Carnival Club follows Zulu making stops at bars and waking up Uptown beforehand. Mondo Kayo dances down the route ending on Frenchmen for an all day dance party. Fat Tueesday has not fallen on February 9th in over 75 years. Now more info on Fat Tuesday.

Music Gras

NoDef's Annual Mardi Gras 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 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.

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. 

Today in NOLA: 2.08.16

Lundi Gras parades are rolling today, but the entire City is awash in Carnival events. At 3p.m. the Riverwalk will host another Lundi Gras party where the King of Rex and his royal court will officially arrive in vintage railroad cars via Spanish Plaza. Plus, there's music, lots of music. On this date in 1724, former Louisiana governor Bienville was recalled to France in disgrace. Now, more ideas on things to do this Lundi Gras. 


Routes, Weather, Details

Today begins the final parade stretch. The day kicks off at 11a.m. with the Krewe of Okeanos, followed by Mid-City, and then Thoth rolls along their signature route at noon. After the break in the parades, John C. Reilly reigns over Bacchus at 5:15p.m. 

Today in NOLA: 2.07.16

This Bacchus Sunday, Trombone Shorty is throwing a party at Tip's, Dumpstaphunk is at the Wolf, the Soul Rebels are back Le Bon Temps, and the Stooges are jamming on Frenchmen. On this day in 1805, a much larger Louisiana became an “organized” territory, with the capital at St. Louis, by order of Congress. Now, more to do this Bacchus Sunday. 

Walk in the Sun

Photos from DIVAs, Hermes Walking Parade

On Friday (2.05), the French Quarter lit up with walking parades to usher in the big weekend. First the bustier boud DIVAs took to the streets, and then the men  of Hermes enjoyed their annual stroll before their ride. Paulo Steven Diniz braved the packed crowds, packing his camera to record it all.

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