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Next on the Auction Block: A Ride with the Krewe of Muses

The Krewe of Muses' waiting list is so long that another mainline krewe was formed out of the people who are on it. But, thanks to the wonders of eBay, the all-female krewe is offering a chance to skip to the front of the line. Bidding is starting at $1,000 for a spot on a float for the Feb. 16 parade, admission to the after-party featuring Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and a small package of throws. The rest of the tossables - including shoes - must be purchased separately.

First Impressions: King Cake Vodka

This year, the wait for King Cake was augmented by the discovery of a new, adult beverage version of the Mardi Gras favorite. On New Years Day, word of King Cake vodka began to filter through the tubes of the Internet, and NoDef headquarters was stirred into a frenzy of curiosity about this new libation that seemed to unite our late Carnival nights with our late-morning Carnival hangovers. Turns out, the vodka was the brainchild by Florida-based company, Lucky Player, and will not arrive in New Orleans until later this month. However, we managed to comandeer a sample bottle to see if this new drink is worth the wait. Click through for the results.

King Cake Returns

Mardi Gras Treats From Haydel's, Tartine Reviewed

Sure as the streetcar will ride down St. Claude and Joan of Arc will have another birthday, Twelfth Night means we are once again free to dig for the Baby J When the clock strikes Friday, the season of king cake is once again upon us.

Phunny Phorty Phellows

Krewe's Captain Talks About Twelfth Night Streetcar Ride

For those saving up for Fat Tuesday, Twelfth Night may be much ado about nothing. But for serious revelers, the eve of Epiphany means the coming of Carnival, as the Phunny Phorty Phellows embark on their annual streetcar ride along St. Charles Avenue to announce the coming of Carnval.

9th Ward Marching Band Goes On Record

For recent performances of the Music Box Shantytown Symphony, Mr. Quintron traded his Drum Buddy for giant foam panels. If the inventor-musician seemed like a natural, it's because the move was hardly unprecedented. During Mardi Gras Quintron can often be found directing musicians on the streets as the drum major of the 9th Ward Marching Band. Now, the band's Carnival Caterwauls are available all year round, on record.

Mardi Gras Indian Kickstartering His New Suit

Browse Kickstarter, and you'll find plenty of World War II family games and home brewers asking for a few dollars. But, this month, there's something that's a little more familar to the Whole Wide Creation. Like every Mardi Gras Indian, Big Chief Victor Harris, Spirit of FiYiYi, is getting ready to make a New Suit to impress on Fat Tuesday. Harris is a member of the Mandingo Warriors, which parades in African-style masks, as opposed to the Native American influence that many Indians draw upon. This year, he's taking to the Web-based pledge portal to raise money for the beads and feathers in his suit.

Hysterical on 34th Street

610 Stompers Plan New Moves, Carnival Grooves For Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Appearance

Compared to what we pull off every February, many New Orleanians regard the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as little more than a procession of over-inflated cartoon characters. But, this year, the 610 Stompers are planing to bring some of the mustachioed splendor of Mardi Gras to the Manhattan march.

Trailblazing French Quarter Fixture, Miss Dixie Fasnacht, Passes

by Danielle del Sol

Pioneering female jazz bandleader and Bourbon Street bar owner Yvonne “Dixie” Fasnacht passed away on Sunday. She was 101 years old.  Miss Dixie, as she was known in the French Quarter, lived in the Vieux Carre for decades until this past year. She got her start in showbiz as a child, learning clarinet at Francis T. Nicholls School, painting the Saenger Theater’s advertisements and signs and paling around New Orleans music haunts with the Boswell Sisters.

City Council Makes Way For Krewe of Nyx

With Ladyfest underway and all-female walking club, YeMaYa, gearing up for their inaugural march tomorrow night, the City Council threw parade route-ready ladies some more lagniappe yesterday. To make way for an all-female krewe called the Mystic Krewe of Nyx,   the Council agreed to amend the Carnival schedule. Nyx will roll on the Wednesday before Fat Tuesday, following the Krewe of Druids on the Uptown parade route down St. Charles Ave.

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