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Crime Bits: June 20-23

Murder in the East, Streetcar Shooting

Seven people were shot in New Orleans over a 32-hour stretch that began just after midnight on Sunday (6-22), police said. The gush of gunfire claimed the life one of the victims, who was shot early Morning morning in eastern New Orleans.

Irish House Lifts Up First Celtic Fest

Paddy Gras meets New Orleanians’ needs for green beer and parades, but a new festival aims to provide a more authentic Celtic experience. The inaugural Celtic Festival kicks off Saturday at the Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave.). 

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Carnival Parades Return to St. Charles Ave. with Oshun, Cleopatra (PHOTOS)

After last weekend's vile beginning in the French Quarter, Carnival parades returned in full splendor to the Uptown-St. Charles Ave. route on Friday (2-21). Photographer Brandon Robert was onhand to capture the Krewe of Oshun and Krewe of Cleopatra.

Man Kidnaps Ex, Drops Her Off on St. Charles Ave.

A man is wanted on kidnapping charges after he pulled an ex-girlfriend into her vehicle in the Milan neighborhood, then later dropped her on St. Charles Ave., according to NOPD. Rory Dimes, 31, allegedly followed the 43-year-old woman to her home in the 1900 block of Amelia Street on Wednesday night. The woman is Dimes' ex-girlfriend, according to police reports.

Captain's Log: Parade Prep with the Mystic Krewe of Nyx

by Sarah Esenwein

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx made their second ride down St. Charles last night, retaking their place as New Orleans’ newest addition to the Carnival season.  The all-female krewe assembled first at Generations Hall for food, fun, drink, and a float-member skit contest.  Then came the culmination of 11 months of planning by Krewe Captain Julie Lea and her Board of Directors: a dazzling parade down St. Charles, and party into the night.

High Fashion: St. Catherine's Hat Parade Marches Sunday

Single ladies, seamstresses, and those with a passion for elevated fashion, head to the third Annual St. Catherine’s Day Hat Parade this Sunday on St. Charles and Pleasant St. The Catherinettes (pronounced Kat-Ree-Nettes) of Nouvelle Orleans imported the traditional French parade and added their own twists like live music, honored guests, and hubby-served bubbly.

Loyola Student Hit by Vehicle on St. Charles Avenue, Dies

A Loyola student was killed after being hit by a vehicle on St. Charles Avenue early Thursday morning while walking a woman home from an Uptown nightclub. Matthew Chuey, 23, was walking near the corner of the Uptown thoroughfare and Toledano Street around 3 a.m. when he was hit. He later died from his injuries.

Read more at Uptown Messenger

Eiffel Society Hosts 'Back That Cancer Up,' Young Professionals Night

On St. Charles, happy hour has a bit of networking involved tonight. Tomorrow, they're going all out "for the love of Blood and Boobies." New Orleans Chamber of Commerce will host a Young Professionals Night. Keisha McGee is the chambers marketing and events coordinator and shared about the event, "Young Professionals Night is our event we have two times a year. It's for young people to come out and network with each other and more established professionals, McGee said.

Fresh Market Coming to Old St. Charles Ave. Border's

The rumor mill can stop churning now. The old Bord...sorry, former House of Bultman Funeral Home, located Uptown at St. Charles and Louisiana going to be a The Fresh Market. Reliable gossip told us that the building was going to be a H&M, a Best Buy, a Trader Joe's or the next home of a really awful cable reality show you could watch on Channel 467. But it is none of those. Instead, the bucolic building is one location of a national chain of health-minded grocery stores that sounds an awful lot like Robert Fresh Market, but isn't. What's the projected opening date? And we thought the rumors were over...

Timber!: Downed Oak Tree Snarls Traffic on St. Charles Ave.

by Shay Sokol

UPTOWN - It was just time for one of the stately oak trees on St. Charles Ave. this morning. The giant arbor, which rested between State St. and Jefferson Ave. on the river side of the genteel thoroughfare, came down around 10 a.m. due to old age, said a worker at the scene. No property was damaged in the tumble, but the tree bent a street lamp and pole holding up cables for the streetcar, and ripped up sidewalk.

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