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The Maidenly Parade in Photo

The parade of shoes came and went Thursday night (2.12.) Though a shooting broke loose on Erato and St. Charles, about halfway through Muses resulting in the death of one victim, the female krewe still managed to make the best of the night. Roller Derby girls, flambeaux, towering butterflies and a new addition this year, giant high heels were all a part of the amusing magic. 

Closed Quarter: Mardi Gras Traffic Restrictions

Driving during Carnival is a bad idea. Driving in the Quarter during Carnival is virtually impossible. Beginning at 6:00p.m. today (2.13), the City will enact the annual lockdown of the Vieux Carre.

More Views of A Muse (Parade Photos)

By Sharon Pye

On Thursday (2.12),the all-female Krewe of Muses made their way down the Avenue to the delight of the masses. Shoes were caught, music played, and laughs had. NoDef dispatched two photographers to capture all of the action. Check out part one of the piece below.

Parade Planner: D'Etat, Hermes, Morpheus (Details, Route, Weather)

After a year of preparation, Carnival 2015 is nearing critical mass. Tonight, the big parades continue to roll as Mardi Gras grows closer. Hermes, D’Etat, and Morpheus are all set to march down the Avenue tonight. Click through for full details, weather, and routes.

Today in NOLA: 2.13.15

Parades Hermes, Krewe D'Etat, and Morpheus ride Uptown, with an underground Krewe of Oak to pub crawl along Oak Street. Music is abundant this evening. Catch Anders at Tip's or Three Chiefs at The Joy Theater. The Krewe de Lune Space Ball takes flight at The New Orleans Healing Center, and more! On this day in 1872, the first Rex parade rolled. Now, more info on Carnival musings tonight. 

Shooting on St. Charles Claims Life During Parade

Updated 11:07

Muses Thursday became a somber occasion yesterday (2.12). A shooting on the uptown parade route claimed the life of a 21-year-old man and a 22-year-old man. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) was able to quickly arrest a suspect.

Heading for Home (Nyx's Unique Hats in Photos)

by Ashley Rouen

Costumes make the season for both bead grabbers and float riders. If you braved the parade scene last night, you may have noticed the elaborate headdresses draping the skulls of Nyx krewe members as their parade rolled Uptown and through the CBD. (Apparently these ladies excel at decorating accessories besides purses.) Before mounting their floats, the all female Mystic Krewe of Nyx gathered to vote on the float with the best headdress design at the Sugar Mill. 2015's theme was dedicated to the King of Rock N' Roll himself, none other than Elvis Presley. As the members paraded their creatively tweaked head gear and got pumped for the parade, NoDef was on site to catch the scene. 

Reception Conception

Charging your phone before the parade is a requisite in 2015. Parade trackers tell us when to get to the route and text messaging lets us know where to go. And, then there’s social media. But, many New Orleanians remember the recent past, when bad reception rendered all those tools moot. AT&T now has as plan to keep revelers ringers clicking away.

Krewe View

Ancient Druids vs. Mystic Nyx (Photos)

Both Druids and Nyx kept their themes secret until parade time. Last night, the back-to-back krewes vied to see which had the best floats, costumes, and throws. "Druid Dilemmas" rolled with satirical displays aimed at the all female krewe, whose membership has grown exponentially. This year the krewe rolled with a whopping 36 floats total. Nyx featured a Vegas theme and Elvis as their star. 

Parade Planner: Babylon, Chaos, Muses (Route, Weather, Details)

The chill has returned, but the Muses have inspired the skies to stay dry this Thursday. The Knights of Babylon kick off the evening's processions, followed by Chaos and the the much anticipated Muses, all on the traditional uptown route. Crowds will be large with the night's mix of old line and new school appealing to all tastes.

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