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Krewe of Muses Auction Winner Heading to NOLA for the Big Shoe

by Jeffrey Hill

For the third year in a row, the Krewe of Muses auctioned off a ride in their parade on Ebay with all proceeds going to charity. This year’s highest bidder was Michelle Egan, a Talent Manager at a large international law firm from the San Francisco Bay Area, who generously put up $8,900, which will go to the Young Survival Coalition (YSC).

The 800 lb. Gorilla

Facing the Stage: An Editorial

As he gets ready for Krewe du Vieux, NoDef Drama Critic Jim Fitzmorris posits that New Orleans' theatrical growth is stunted by the creative, performance-based explosion that is Carnival season.

King Cake Vodka to Be Available Thursday in New Orleans, Producer Says

Right around the time that the wait for King Cake was over, New Orleans was forced to question whether we had in fact backtracked to that pre-Christmas season of waiting called Advent instead of moving ahead to the time of pagan revelry, as we were required to keep vigil for yet another treat. The word went out to the masses that King Cake Vodka was on its way. In the early days, a few lucky players got to try the spirit,. But the rest were left to keep offering Jello shots at early Carnival parties. According to the founder of the company who produces the spirit, however, the wait will be over this week.

Lakeview's Krewe of Brid Cancels 2012 Parade

Tight financial times appear to have rendered one Carnival walking krewe inoperable this year. The Lakeview-based, all-female Krewe of Brid was scheduled to roll on Friday, but announced earlier this week that they will sit out this year for monetary reasons. "While our krewe remains a strong group, we do not have the financial resources to parade this year," the announcement said. Founded in 2008, Brid traditionally marches down Harrison Avenue on the third Friday before Mardi Gras. Past themes have included "Pothole Patrol" and "Brid's Got Balls."

Box of Wine Parade Switches to Tea For Saturday Fundraiser

Superkrewes may be the engine of Carnival but the beating heart of the season lies in the small walking krewes that we happen upon without even planning on it. One such merry band, Box of Wine, doesn't even require you to leave St. Charles Ave. The krewe notoriously marches on the main Uptown parade route between the morning parades and Bacchus on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday. On Saturday night, the krewe is giving everyone a teaser of the revelry to come, and a chance to help them pay their bills at a Julia Street gallery.

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.

Today's Events: 1.6.12

Happy King's Day! In New Orleans, the Catholic feast of the Epiphany doubles as Twelfth Night, the official beginning of the Carnival season. So have a piece of king cake with your morning coffee, and get ready for revelry tonight! Phunny Phorty Phellows, the Krewe of St. Jeanne d'Arc and Al "Carnival Time" Johnson will all welcome the best time of the year tonight. More after the jump:

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.

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