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Carnival Cocktails (Recipes)

It’s Carnival time and everybody’s having drinks! If ever there was a time to have one too many on a work night, it’s during Mardi Gras season. NoDef’s pals at offered up a few suggestions for libations to stay, er, hydrated along the parade route or at your party of choice.

Cake Walk

NoDef's King Cake Tasting Returns to Ogden Thursday

Carnival means parades and costumes and king cake lots of king cake. It’s hard to find a keg cake outside of the Gulf Coast, but we have enough options to fill in the quota for the rest of the country. With so many choices, it’s best to let the people choose. So, NoDef’s King Cake Walk will return to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Thursday (1.28) from 6p.m. to 8p.m. 

Rex Books Another Lundi Gras Train Trip

It is widely known that annually Rex reigns as King of Carnival on Mardi Gras. However, Rex does not simply declare himself King. (That would be a coup). No, the momentary monarch arrives with great pomp and circumstance, meets his counterpart in Zulu, and then the Mayor formally hands over the keys to the City. Today, the details were released for Rex’s arrival on Lundi Gras (2.08) Day.

A Flower By Any Other Name

Mardi Gras parades are a display of astounding artistry, not too mention conspicuous consumption. Sometimes, the latter overshadows the former. But, if your vision of the floats is a little, er, blurry in 2016, there is an opportunity for redemption. The Carnival Collective, a group of float artists are staging an exhibition of float inspired art at Miette (2038 Magazine Street) in the Lower Garden District.

View from Vieux

Pictures from Inside Krewe du Vieux

On Saturday (1.23) night, thousands packed the Quarter to watch Krewe du Vieux. While lots of people caught view of of the parade, few people caught the view from the parade. From drinks in krewe members’ homes beforehand, to the bus ride to the route, to the actual parade, there are numerous rituals before the roll. NoDef’s Paulo Steven Diniz took his camera along during his annual ride with Mama Roux to provide a peak behind the purple, green, and gold curtains

Parade Planner

Routes and Details for Krewe du Vieux, krewedelusion

It’s Carnival time and everybody’s having fun! After a couple weeks of warming up with king cake, today (1.23) the season truly begins. The mules start pulling Krewe du Vieux’s satirical floats on a new route at 6:00p.m. krewedelusion follows right behind them on a more local path. NoDef has all the details.

Vieux to a Thrill

Krewe du Vieux Details Emerge

Krewe du Vieux is less than a week away. While last year’s “Disneylandrieu” float will be hard to top, the first big parade of the season rarely disappoints. Now, some details of the parade along with many of the sub-krewe’s individual themes are out.

Pole Position: Royal Sonesta Readies the Carnival Grease

Carnival is not lacking in traditions. Some are hallowed and others a bit more abstract. And, then there is the process of lubing up the metal poles on Bourbon. Today, the Royal Sonesta (300 Bourbon Street) announced that the annual Greasing off the Poles is set for February 5th at 10a.m.

New Suit

Where to Find the Prettiest Costumes

An early Mardi Gras in 2016 has sparked a bit of a costume crunch. Fat Tuesday (2.09) is only a few weeks away and there is not much time to get your ensemble together. So, while you’re waiting for that glue gun to heat up, NoDef offers our annual list of destinations for decoration whether you want your costume prete-a-porter or the components to stitch it yourself.

Cat Krewe

Endymeow 2016

Look out Barkus! There’s a new big dog in town, and that dog might just be a cat. The Cat Practice (1809 Magazine Street) is gearing up for Endymeow 2016. The feline Carnival krewe is accepting applications to find the purr-fect cats for their court.

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