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Mardi Gras Krewe Costumes Through the Ages



Elaborately woven and matched to specific floats, the splendor of modern Carnival costumes derive their power by distracting revelers with artistry. Tracing the historical development of costumes from the earliest Mardi Gras processions in comparison to its modern counterparts, however, we find Carnival costumery as an expression of delicate social balances.

 


Carnival Comeback: Druids, Nyx Roll Tonight


After a Super Bowl break, Carnival returns to New Orleans in full plume Wednesday. The mysterious Krewe of Druids gets rolling first, keeping many of the details of their annual romp shrouded - except, of course for where to catch them. Wednesday night is rounded out by the all-female Krewe of Nyx, who are set to make their second ride down St. Charles.


Carnival's First Weekend, Reviewed


The Super Bowl puts the Crescent City's Carnival revelry on hold for a week, but the interval provides us plenty of time to reflect on the first big dose of parades. Special Carnival Parade Contributor C. Krewes weighs in on the weekend's marches:


King Cake Quest: The Results

Cake Café Conquers Carnival Confections



After several years of sending writers out to sample the Crescent City's many takes on King Cake, NoDef opted this year to let the people weigh in. On Jan. 24, hundreds of guests piled into the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's weekly After Hours event to help us choose the most outstanding oval in NoDef's first public King Cake Quest.


Neutral Ground Partitioning Walls Off Carnival Joy, Citizen Says: NoDef Inbox


The Mayor says we're Super Bowl Ready, but New Orleans is also getting ready for Carnival crowds. With parades down St. Charles Ave. set to start rolling Friday, New Orleans resident Peter A. Corby brought his concerns about the much-maligned practice of turning neutral grounds into small city-states to newly-elected District B Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell. Click through to read his letter, and Cantrell's response.


G.W. Bailey, Ruby Bridges to Ride in Bacchus, Muses


Carnival kings and queens are mostly crowned in the confines of ballrooms, but the real royalty comes to town the night of the actual parade. In the final run-up to their showstopping parades, the boys of Bacchus and the Muses ladies announced their King and their Honorary Muse. Police Academy fans will fight on the front lines for beads from Actor G.W. Bailey, and everyone will be thrilled to see Ruby Bridges slinging shoes in Muses. 


Oshun of Bliss

African-American Krewe Rolls First on St. Charles



While Zulu and their golden coconuts tend to steal the spotlight as the last and oldest African-American parade to round out the Carnival season, no one can forget about the first float out of the gate.  For more than 15 years, the all African-American Krewe of Oshun has rolled down the Uptown streets, kicking off the carnival season with their mix of vibrant floats and African inspired themes.   


Cleopatra's Reign

All-Female Krewe Celebrates 40th Anniversary with First-Ever East Bank March



Next weekend the Krewe Of Cleopatra will march down the traditional Uptown-St. Charles parade route after 39 years of parading on the West Bank. The first all ladies parade this season, Cleopatra is also the only all female, night time parade that will ride on a weekend.


No Parade, But Krewe of Freret Set to Party All Night


Carnival has commenced and with it comes the inebriated nights chasing after floats, the unveiling of dapper debutantes into society and black-tie balls to see you through the morning. Though the fledgling Krewe of Freret won't be partaking in the parade part this year, they're still going to party. The krewe announced their stellar lineup for their second annual open bar black-tie masquerade ball on January 25 at Mardi Gras World.  It’s difficult to beat an open bar filled with anonymous faces in tails.  


Mardi Gras 2013 Parade Schedule


The Super Bowl and an early Mardi Gras are pushing Carnival parades up earlier than ever before in 2013. But New Orleans is no less ready for the extended period of partying and, of course, parades. Here's the 2013 schedule for Carnival marches in Orleans Parish, all leading up to the explosion of excess on Mardi Gras Day:


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