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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.

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.

Mardi Gras Rewind

As offices and awkward conversation replaced beads and costumes, it's almost hard to remember a mere week ago we were getting ready for the big day. Yet, now that the hangover's gone and the post-Carnival cold is working its way through, its worth looking at what happened with fresh eyes. On Mardi Gras Day, NoDef photographer Alexei Kazantsev was there to document the explosion of great costumes and boundless life. His photos (after the jump) are making us wish we were back there!

The Characters of Mardi Gras: A Photo Essay

During Carnival time, it's the floats, throws and groups with archaic names that set the table. But for many, the characters you can see just by walking down the street are enough entertainment by themselves. NoDef photographer Kat Arnold was out this weekend to capture the unique blend of creative spirit, limitless energy, and - since he always seems to be everywhere - Mayor Mitch. We're already looking forward to next year! Click through for a slideshow.

Red Beans Comin!

Lundi Gras Parade Shows a Little Leg-umes

For most of New Orleans, tomorrow is the big day of as Carnival culminates with the giant Fat Tuesday celebration. But for Devin Meyers and the 60 members of the Red Beans and Rice parade, today's 2 p.m. step-off will be the big bash.

Top of the Mountain

An Interview With King Zulu 2011

With his coronation looming, longtime Zulu member Tony Barker talks about his committment to his club, and the ins and outs of ascending to the throne.

Not Their First Rodeo

Mounted Division is the Cornerstone of NOPD's Carnival Crowd Control

CITY PARK -  “My whole life I was short, but it doesn’t matter up here,”   said Joe Catalanotto, as he slid off his steed, and reaches up to pat the mare's cheek.

The Brioche That Binds

by Marguerite Lucas

UPTOWN - After a short break from king cake tasting due to tightening waist bands and taking some time to iron out the friendships marred by sugar highs, NoDef is back on the taste test track. This weekend, we’re heading Uptown to the French café Tartine. Named after the French term for buttered bread, Tartine is a cozy establishment hidden away on 7217 Perrier Street, off Broadway. The aroma of freshly baked treats entices visitors to dine.  Known by patrons for its breakfast and lunchtime assortment of salads, sandwiches, quiche, soup, pastries, and bread, King Cake has also been added to the bustling menu for Carnival time.

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