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  • Report: Driver in Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade accelerated before crash

    March 14, 2017 9:35 AM

    GULF SHORES - A police report shows a 73-year-old driver was trying to close a gap in a Mardi Gras parade on the Alabama coast when he struck members of a high school marching band, injuring a dozen. WKRG-TV reports Gulf Shores police have released a report detailing the Feb.... more »
  • Firefighters rescue man from Mississippi River

    March 11, 2017 1:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans firefighters have rescued a man from the Mississippi River after a late-night search of the waters near Mardi Gras World. In a statement, the fire department says it was responding to reports of a man in the water Friday night around 10 p.m. They started... more »
  • Former WBRZ employee may have influenced a Mardi Gras holiday in Maine

    March 3, 2017 11:47 AM

    PORTLAND, Maine – It seems more people are finally realizing what most of us know: Louisiana knows how to throw a good party. Hundreds of years after we started, Portland, Maine, announced this week it's going to celebrate Mardi Gras in 2018. Portland, a southern shore city of about... more »
  • WBRZ Crawfish Index: boiled price per pound starts at $4.28 Play Video

    March 2, 2017 10:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – With Mardi Gras revelry all over, today marks the first Friday of Lent. Hundreds of residents across south Louisiana and Baton Rouge will choose start pinching crawfish tails this weekend. Friday, WBRZ launched its first Crawfish Price Index to track the average price for a pound... more »
  • As Mardi Gras revelry ends with a party, Lent begins Play Video

    March 1, 2017 7:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The party is over in New Orleans as Mardi Gras comes to a close. Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, for many Christians a period of reflection or fasting ahead of Easter. On the last day of revelry, thousands of people took to the streets. They wore... more »
  • Parade-watcher dies after fall from pickup; impaled on rebar

    February 28, 2017 9:45 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - A man watching a Mardi Gras parade in Biloxi, Mississippi, died after falling from the back of a pickup truck onto a piece of exposed rebar. Biloxi officials told Gulf Coast media that Tuesday's accident happened at an Interstate 110 underpass. Fire Chief Joe Boney said the... more »
  • Baton Rouge General welcomes first 2017 Mardi Gras babies

    February 28, 2017 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge General is celebrating its first Mardi Gras babies of 2017. Halie Branam and Jay Johnson welcomed baby Leaon Francis Johnson into the world at 9:52 a.m. Tuesday. Weighing 6 lbs and 12 oz, Leaon is the first Mardi Gras baby born at Baton Rouge... more »
  • 22 additional charges filed against Endymion crash suspect

    February 28, 2017 2:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - 22 additional charges have been filed against the suspect in the Endymion parade crash that hospitalized 21 people Saturday night. According to a report from WWLTV, 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto is facing 12 new counts of vehicular negligent injury and 10 counts of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring.... more »
  • Man from BR leads Pete Fountain's walking club in his memory Play Video

    February 28, 2017 12:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Although clarinetist Pete Fountain died last year, Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club strutted from Commander's Palace restaurant to the French Quarter on Tuesday, tossing beads and doubloons to recordings of his music. A man from Baton Rouge was among those leading the way. After being a... more »
  • Report: 12 hurt after car crashes into crowd at Gulf Shores parade

    February 28, 2017 11:46 AM

    GULF SHORES – At least 12 high school students were hurt after an SUV crashed into a crowd of people at a Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores Tuesday, local media reports. According to WHNT, three students were critically hurt. All 12 victims were transported to a local hospital.... more »
  • Thousands throng to New Orleans for Fat Tuesday celebrations Play Video

    February 28, 2017 7:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Thousands of people are expected to throng the streets for Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. Fat Tuesday is the culmination of the city and region's Carnival season. Some of the biggest parades will take place along the St. Charles Avenue parade route. Families, tourists and locals... more »
  • Warmest Mardi Gras on record? Play Video

    February 28, 2017 7:08 AM

    The National Weather Service office in Slidell has weather data for Mardi Gras in New Orleans dating back to 1874. Over 144 years, only 7 “Fat Tuesdays” have exceeded 80 degrees in the Crescent City. Without a doubt, this will be the warmest Mardi Gras that has fallen on February... more »
  • Mardi Gras crash suspect's alcohol level nearly triple limit Play Video

    February 27, 2017 7:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Police say the driver accused of plowing into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit. The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement identifying the man as 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto. He's being held... more »
  • Suspect identified in Endymion parade crash

    February 25, 2017 8:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A drunk driver caused a crash along the Endymion parade route that left 21 people hospitalized Saturday. In a statement, police identified the man as 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto. Police Chief Michael Harrison said on Saturday evening that police believe Rizzuto was "highly intoxicated" when he crashed... more »
  • Man shot on New Orleans parade route

    February 25, 2017 5:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - NOPD says a 36-year-old Metairie man was shot along a parade route Saturday afternoon. According to a report from WWLTV , a firearm was shot from inside of a port-o-let at the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon Avenues and wounded a man on the neutral... more »
  • Going for 20 and 21 Play Video

    February 23, 2017 6:44 AM

    If the Baton Rouge area can make it to 80s degrees today, that would continue to stretch a record count for the winter months. Previously, the most days over 80 degrees recorded in a winter came from December 1956 to February 1957 with 17. Up to date, this winter has... more »
  • Krewe of Artemis rolls through downtown Baton Rouge Play Video

    February 18, 2017 10:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Marching bands, floats all decked out, and some real fancy cars highlighted the Krewe of Artemis Saturday night. The parade, composed of an entirely female krewe, was started by parade captan Joanne Harvey 16 years ago. "Our whole reason why he started it to be... more »
  • Saturday parade guide for downtown Baton Rouge

    February 18, 2017 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two major parades will make their way through downtown Baton Rouge Saturday afternoon. KREWE MYSTIQUE Founded in 1976, Mystique is Baton Rouge's oldest krewe and remains dedicated to being a family-friendly parade. Krewe Mystique rides on Saturday at 2 p.m. in downtown Baton Rouge. ... more »
  • Police presence will remain unchanged for weekend downtown events

    February 17, 2017 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The parades will roll on this weekend in Baton Rouge without an increased police presence, despite a violent week across the city. Thousands of people will be downtown this weekend as huge parades roll through the streets. Downtown business owners said they are not concerned, because they... more »
  • Sofia Vergara shares picture of king cake, says she's ready for Mardi Gras

    February 15, 2017 6:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – People are freaking out about a picture of a king cake on Instagram. The picture is of an ordinary cake from a popular bakery; one of thousands circulating around right now as Louisiana natives, their friends and visitors snap and share their favorite Carnival snack. But,... more »
  • Uber unveils Mardi Gras plan called 'The Box'

    February 15, 2017 4:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Uber unveiled its new plans for Mardi Gras weekend, and it’s called “The Box.” The company says that road closures will make it difficult for its drivers to cross St. Charles Ave. “The Box” is the area designated between St. Charles Ave to the Mississippi River... more »
  • Krewe of Orion prepares for 2017 debut Play Video

    February 10, 2017 11:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Krewe of Orion is set to kick off carnival season Saturday night at 6:30 pm. The all-male organization has 18 floats loaded and ready to make the journey from St. Gabriel to downtown Baton Rouge Saturday morning. The krewe’s captain, Darren Coates, is... more »
  • Spanish Town Parade asks for usual irreverence but inclusion Play Video

    January 20, 2017 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Organizers of the obscure and intentionally irreverent yet immensely popular Spanish Town Parade are asking parade-goers to embrace each other's differences this year. In a post on the organizer's Facebook page, Spanish Town officials shared thoughts about inclusiveness. As The Advocate newspaper pointed out later, the... more »
  • Mardi Gras season kicks off with cakes, street car rides

    January 6, 2017 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Mardi Gras season is kicking off in New Orleans. The holiday season begins on Epiphany, commemorating the day when the three wise men reached the baby Jesus. Fat Tuesday, which marks the culmination of Mardi Gras season, falls on Feb. 28. Across the city people are eating... more »
  • King cake flavors spread into more products for Mardi Gras

    January 4, 2017 10:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Once Mardi Gras decorations replace Christmas trees and lights, a favorite treat of Fat Tuesday begins showing up on tables across the Gulf South. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that King cake starts appearing in stores, parties, get-togethers, and in office lunch rooms once the season starts each year... more »
  • Will Forte, Jim Caviezel among Mardi Gras 2016 royalty

    December 22, 2016 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two of the glitziest parades in New Orleans' Mardi Gras season have tapped Hollywood for their royalty. A news release says the Krewe of Orpheus is bringing in Will Forte and the cast of his Fox sitcom "The Last Man on Earth," as well as HBO's "Westworld"... more »
  • In bizarre, embarrassing moment, Pete Fountain's group was once kicked out of BR Play Video

    August 6, 2016 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As South Louisiana remembers and celebrates the life of legendary musician Pete Fountain Saturday, it brings up an embarrassing moment from the first time Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club appeared in Baton Rouge. Club members were escorted out of a parade through downtown Baton Rouge in February... more »
  • La. music legend Pete Fountain has died

    August 6, 2016 9:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana music legend Pete Fountain has died, WWL TV reported early Saturday. Fountain, a clarinetist, is known for his Half-Fast Walking Club, a musical troop that marches in Mardi Gras parades. Even in his 80's, Fountain joined his group this past Mardi Gras. Fountain, who... more »
  • Gay pride security: Local says, 'New Orleans is a safe city'

    June 19, 2016 5:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A band at New Orleans Pridefest 2016 played the Mardi Gras Indian song "Iko Iko" with a gay pride twist, singing, "We won't run and we won't hide ... Gonna fill this world with love and pride." About 100 people listened, danced and took selfies behind a... more »
  • 20-years for driver in death of Carnival float driver

    May 11, 2016 11:22 AM

    GRETNA - A Gretna man received a 20-year prison sentence for a drunk-driving accident that killed a Westwego man. A Jefferson Parish District Attorney's news release said the sentence was handed down Tuesday for 56-year-old Michael Burrle. Burrle had pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. The victim was 53-year-old Don Dauzat.... more »
  • Remembering the origins of New Orleans' gay Carnival krewes

    April 2, 2016 3:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A dozen founders of New Orleans' gay and lesbian Carnival krewes - 11 men and a woman - are getting together at the Louisiana State Museum on April 3 for a public discussion about gay Mardi Gras organizations and the experiences of gay Carnival from the 1950s... more »
  • Police: Another arrest after Mississippi parade shooting

    February 16, 2016 7:01 AM

    PASS CHRISTIAN, MS.- Authorities say they've arrested a Gulfport woman in connection with a shooting after a Mardi Gras parade in Mississippi that left two people dead and four others wounded. Officials have arrested Sharon Johnson on a charge of hindering prosecution. Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said in a... more »
  • New Orleans Mayor Landrieu hails Mardi Gras as a success

    February 12, 2016 6:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- From a decline in arrests to the number of visitors, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hailing the Carnival season in New Orleans as a success. On Thursday, the city released numbers on arrests, the cleanup and the number of visitors. Landrieu also thanked city workers for their efforts at... more »
  • New Orleans police seize 30 guns during Carnival season

    February 10, 2016 9:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans police confiscated 30 guns over the past 12 days while on patrol on or near the Mardi Gras parade routes. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said in a news release the gun confiscations and arrests were a direct result of a plan implemented with help from local,... more »
  • Death of pelican during parade under federal investigation

    February 10, 2016 6:58 AM

    PASS CHRISTIAN, MS.- State and federal authorities are investigation the death of a juvenile pelican after Sunday's St. Paul's Carnival Association parade in Pass Christian. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks are investigating the death to determine if parade attendees played a part in its... more »
  • Catching coconuts with the legendary Krewe of Zulu Play Video

    February 9, 2016 6:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Willie Brumfield Jr., a carpenter at Blaine Kern Studios, was on the way to see the floats he helped build roll in the Zulu parade. The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club has rented all of its floats in the past but celebrated a century of... more »
  • Deputy fatally shoots man near Lundi Gras parade route in New Orleans

    February 9, 2016 2:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials say deputies fatally shot a man after an altercation and a car chase that ended near Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. The shooting happened about 8 p.m. Monday, eight blocks away the busy Mardi Gras parades. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says the... more »
  • Locals celebrate Mardi Gras from snowy Ohio to New Roads Tuesday Play Video

    February 9, 2016 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Mardi Gras spirit is alive and well Tuesday as revelers take to the streets and even snow banks from the capital region to the northeast. Around the area, two parades are planned: a morning parade in New Roads and a 2 p.m. parade following it.... more »
  • Chickens run wild at Tee-Mamou Mardi Gras Play Video

    February 9, 2016 12:50 PM

    IOTA - The Tee-Mamou Mardi Gras celebrated Fat Tuesday cajun style with singing, dancing and chasing chickens. "It's all about the tradition. It doesn't have anything to do with anything other than tradition," said reveler John McCrory. "All the younger Mardi Gras we make them do the traditional things like... more »
  • Cold is relative as parades roll

    February 9, 2016 11:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Mardi Gras is cold, but cold can depend on perspective. Amanda Brooks of suburban Gretna and cousin Janet Strode of Chicago were bundled up, waiting for Zulu's parade to arrive downtown. Winds gusting up to 30 mph made mid-40s temperatures feel like the upper 30s. Baby Maria... more »
  • Parades, floats, costumes mark Fat Tuesday in New Orleans Play Video

    February 9, 2016 5:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- People across south Louisiana are marking the culmination of the Mardi Gras season. News 2's John Pastorek and Ambria Washington traveled down to the crescent city on Tuesday to take in all the sights and sounds of Fat Tuesday. In New Orleans, floats and marching bands will parade... more »
  • Biodegradable Mardi Gras beads in the works Play Video

    February 8, 2016 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man is trying to tackle the waste problem that comes along with 25 million pounds of Mardi Gras beads being thrown each year. Marcus Ciko, a bead fanatic, wants to create a biodegradable Mardi Gras bead. In 2014, the city of New Orleans... more »
  • Police: 2 guns used in Miss. parade shooting that killed 2, wounded 4

    February 8, 2016 1:00 PM

    PASS CHRISTIAN - Police say two guns were used in a shooting that killed two men and injured four people after a Mardi Gras parade in Mississippi. But Pass Christian Police Chief Tim Hendricks says investigators don't know whether one or two people shot those guns. During a... more »
  • 2 dead, 4 injured after Mississippi Mardi Gras parade

    February 8, 2016 5:22 AM

    PASS CHRISTIAN - Police are questioning witnesses to a shooting that left two men died and four others injured after a Mardi Gras parade in Mississippi. Pass Christian Deputy Police Chief M.Y. Carbine told the Associated Press Monday no suspects are in custody. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove... more »
  • Shots fired on Bacchus parade route in New Orleans

    February 7, 2016 11:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Police say shots were fired Sunday night along the Bacchus parade route in New Orleans. According to WWLTV, New Orleans Police said the shooting happened at the intersection of St. Charles and Felicity when two men got into a fight and one pulled out a gun... more »
  • BRPD: 2 arrested for fighting officers at Spanish Town parade

    February 7, 2016 4:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say a pair of intoxicated men were arrested Saturday after a struggle broke out involving an officer while the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade was rolling. According to Baton Rouge Police, an officer was flagged down by several parade goers who said they saw 20-year-old... more »
  • Mardi Gras enters its last big weekend in New Orleans

    February 6, 2016 2:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Carnival season enters its last big weekend of parades and galas in New Orleans before ending on Fat Tuesday. The super Krewe of Endymion's parade starts late Saturday afternoon near City Park and winds its way to Canal Street and ends inside the Louisiana Superdome, where... more »
  • Some CATS bus stops canceled for weekend parades

    February 5, 2016 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mardi Gras festivities in Baton Rouge may affect some CATS riders this weekend. On Friday, the Krewe of Southdowns Parade will roll, affecting riders on sections of the Garden District and LSU Cortana Mall bus lines. Multiple bus stops on Lee Drive as well as stops... more »
  • 46th annual Greasing of the Poles means Fat Tuesday just around corner

    February 5, 2016 5:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The French Quarter’s annual Greasing of the Poles was held Friday morning, kicking off one of the biggest party weekends in the Big Easy as Carnival really gets going. It was the 46th iteration of the event, held at the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street. The... more »
  • Great weather, big crowds expected at this weekend's Baton Rouge parades

    February 5, 2016 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- People across the capital area are continuing the countdown to Fat Tuesday. The Krewe of Southdowns will kick off the second weekend of Mardi Gras parades in Baton Rouge. The Southdowns parade will roll at 7 p.m. Friday night through its neighborhood namesake. The floats will start at... more »
  • Just about perfect weather for parades Friday night, Saturday

    February 4, 2016 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It'll be a bit nippy, but near perfect for this weekend's parades. The Krewe of Southdowns rolls at 7 p.m. Friday through the neighborhood it is named after. The theme for the Southdowns 2016 parade will be "Under The Big Top". The WBRZ weather team... more »
  • Krewe Mystique rolls through Downtown Baton Rouge

    January 30, 2016 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE – With clear skies and warm temperatures, Baton Rouge’s oldest Mardi Gras Krewe rolled down Downtown Saturday afternoon. The parade for the Krewe Mystique de la Capitale kicked off at 2 p.m. Saturday following the same route through Downtown Baton Rouge as the all female Krewe of... more »
  • Krewe of Artemis rolls through Downtown Friday night Play Video

    January 29, 2016 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Carnival season has arrived in Baton Rouge and parade goers are in for a lovely surprise as almost springlike conditions will move into the Capital Area for the duration of the weekend. Cloudless skies and cool, but comfortable, temperatures are on tap for Friday night as... more »
  • Fire-damaged buildings won't re-route Mardi Gras parades

    January 28, 2016 4:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A tall fence will be erected to keep people away from what's left of two buildings ravaged by a fire on New Orleans' famous Canal Street. But the city says the damage won't require re-routing Carnival season parades that roll on Canal. The first of... more »
  • Breakfast with 2une In: Krewes of Mystique and Comogo Play Video

    January 28, 2016 9:08 AM

    PLAQUEMINE- This year's Krewe of Comogo parade will roll on January 31st at 7 p.m. in Plaquemine. The route starts on Highway 1 between Citizens and Iberville bank. John "Johnny Boy" Wilbert, Jr. will serve as the parade's Grand Marshal this year. Wilbert, a Plaquemine native, has been performing... more »
  • Special cell signal truck will be parked in New Roads for Mardi Gras

    January 26, 2016 11:56 PM

    NEW ROADS - Cell phone service will be boosted for one of the state's largest Mardi Gras celebrations outside of New Orleans. AT&T said Tuesday, a special truck will be parked in the city ahead of the two parades. Thousands of people attend the parades each year. New Roads... more »
  • Club in St. Martinville files suit over parade dispute

    January 23, 2016 3:28 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - A club that runs an annual Mardi Gras parade in St. Martinville says in a federal lawsuit that its rights are being violated after the city required it to have more security and barricades to make the parade safer. The Newcomers Club filed a lawsuit Friday in... more »
  • Mardi Gras Krewe pays for security cameras, EMS gear, police dog

    January 23, 2016 12:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Carnival krewe is helping fight crime in New Orleans. The New Orleans Police Department says the Krewe of Hermes has provided the funds to buy a K-9 police dog, 50 private security cameras and special kits emergency medics can use during a mass shooting scenario. The... more »
  • Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards spending week in Washington

    January 21, 2016 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's new governor is in the nation's capital, for the state congressional delegation's annual Washington Mardi Gras festivities. Gov. John Bel Edwards left Louisiana on Wednesday and is expected to return Sunday. The Democratic governor, sworn into office on Jan. 11, was scheduled to meet Thursday with... more »
  • FBI: 'Unprecedented' security for New Orleans Mardi Gras

    January 19, 2016 4:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The agent who runs the FBI's New Orleans office says security for the city's annual Mardi Gras celebration will be "unprecedented." Special Agent Jeffrey Sallet told reporters Tuesday that the effort will include heavy use of surveillance cameras and advanced technology. Officials at a morning news conference... more »
  • Spanish Town flamingos quickly become endangered Play Video

    January 18, 2016 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Carnival season is off to the races. The first sign of that was the Spanish Town flamingos flocking to the City Park lake. The Krewe of Spanish Town stocked the lake last night and within hours of daylight, the flamingos went extinct.... more »
  • New Orleans' own Anthony Mackie to reign as Bacchus

    January 16, 2016 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans native and critically-acclaimed actor Anthony Mackie will reign as Bacchus XLVIII in the glitzy parade held the weekend before Fat Tuesday. The Krewe of Bacchus captain, Clark Brennan, announced Mackie as king on Friday. He says Mackie is a "local success story and a... more »
  • Time to plan for Mardi Gras: It's early this year, Feb. 9

    January 14, 2016 1:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Seems like we've barely recovered from Christmas and New Year's, but it's already Carnival time, with Mardi Gras falling early this year, on Feb. 9. Carnival, from the Latin, means "farewell to the flesh." Mardi Gras - which literally translates as Fat Tuesday - is the... more »
  • Solange Knowles to ride with 2016 Krewe of Muses

    January 11, 2016 5:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Singer-songwriter Solange Knowles will ride in the all-female Krewe of Muses' signature shoe during the 2016 carnival parade on Feb. 4. Muses Captain Staci Rosenberg, in a statement Monday, said Knowles will serve as the krewe's honorary Muse - a position "selected annually to honor a... more »
  • Smoothie King: King Cake Smoothie Play Video

    January 8, 2016 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Katherine Leblanc from Smoothie King visited News 2 at 4 with a smoothie recipe that is designed specifically to capture the king cake flavor that is synonymous with Carnival season. The King Cake smoothie uses Smoothie King’s proprietary Gladiator Protein blend with frozen yogurt, almond milk,... more »
  • Feds join city and state officials in Carnival security

    January 7, 2016 1:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The head of The FBI office in New Orleans is joining city and state officials in asking for public vigilance during Mardi Gras season. FBI agent Jeff Sallet and Mayor Mitch Landrieu stressed that there is no credible threat to Mardi Gras festivities. But they stressed... more »
  • Feds join city and state officials in Carnival security

    January 7, 2016 1:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The head of The FBI office in New Orleans is joining city and state officials in asking for public vigilance during Mardi Gras season. FBI agent Jeff Sallet (sah-LEHT) and Mayor Mitch Landrieu stressed that there is no credible threat to Mardi Gras festivities. But they stressed... more »
  • Carnival season rolls into season Wednesday night

    January 6, 2016 10:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Carnival season got off to a musical start as the Phunny Phorty Phellows rolled down St. Charles Avenue Wednesday night. The gaggle parades each Twelfth Night, Jan. 6. In 2016, as they do each year, the group ro de a street car as festival goers... more »
  • Carnival season begins with ride of Phunny Phorty Phellows

    January 6, 2016 10:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The countdown to Mardi Gras is beginning in New Orleans, marked by a streetcar full of raucous costumed revelers. The group known as the Phunny Phorty Phellows kicks off Carnival season Wednesday night by riding a streetcar from the transit storage barns in the Carrollton neighborhood, down... more »
  • You can Uber yourself a king cake Wednesday

    January 5, 2016 9:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ride-sharing service Uber will deliver king cakes on Wednesday, the official start of Carnival. Uber announced app users can request the popular treat between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans can request the king cakes and drivers will... more »
  • New Orleans-style mirth marks arrival of 'The Force Awakens'

    December 17, 2015 7:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A Mardi Gras parade club in New Orleans plans to celebrate the premiere of the latest "Star Wars" movie with a unique mashup of cultures - one from a galaxy far, far away; the other from a neighborhood bar. Early screenings of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" were... more »
  • Tyler, Pitbull to headline Endymion's 2016 extravaganza

    September 8, 2015 6:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Endymion celebrates 50 years when the mega-parade rolls in 2016 with big stars, more lights and a new float. The krewe's captain, Ed Muniz, said Tuesday that rapper Pitbull and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler will headline the Endymion Extravaganza, held inside the Superdome. Local... more »

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