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  • Man pleads not guilty in Mardi Gras shooting deaths

    April 22, 2015 10:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 19-year-old man accused of killing two men while a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade rolled by has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. Court filings say John Hicks also pleaded not guilty Tuesday to obstruction of justice and illegally carrying a firearm on... more »
  • Teen sues sheriff's office for $5 million from Mardi Gras incident

    March 28, 2015 3:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The family of a 17-year-old who was allegedly punched during a Mardi Gras weekend arrest has sued the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in federal court for $5 million. Attorney David Belfield III says that's $1 million for each time Brady Becker was punched during an arrest in... more »
  • Donate Mardi Gras, St. Patty's Day beads for intellectual disabilities Play Video

    March 13, 2015 6:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Parade goers will take to the streets of Baton Rouge tomorrow for the annual Wearin' of the Green Parade. If you do not want to add to your mountain of beads accumulated during the Carnival season, there's a way for you to donate all of them for... more »
  • Sheriff backs deputy in teen's Mardi Gras beating, arrest

    March 4, 2015 2:48 PM

    HARVEY - A New Orleans area sheriff is standing by a deputy accused of using excessive force by a teenager arrested after a Feb. 13 Mardi Gras parade. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand spoke at a Wednesday news conference about the arrest of 17-year-old Brady Becker. A widely seen cellphone... more »
  • BRPD investigating officers on Mardi Gras float

    February 23, 2015 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police Chief Carl Dabadie said several of his officers are under investigation after they appeared while off-duty on a Spanish Town Mardi Gras float which lampooned a sex crimes victim. The float had pictures of former reality TV star Will Hayden and his daughter Stephanie Ford,... more »
  • Underage alcohol sales decline this Mardi Gras

    February 20, 2015 6:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Agents with the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control report they found fewer business selling alcohol and tobacco products to underage customers during a recent Mardi Gras crackdown, as compared with a similar crackdown in 2014. Compliance checks were conducted at 860 businesses in seven parishes... more »
  • Mardi Gras ends: Last revelers sent home, trash swept up

    February 18, 2015 3:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Mardi Gras 2015 is officially over. At the stroke of midnight, New Orleans police on horseback cleared out the French Quarter's last tipsy revelers, closing out "Carnival" season. After the last Mardi Gras parade, city crews were sweeping up mounds of trash and plastic beads strewn across... more »
  • Bundle up, New Orleans: Mardi Gras is cold Play Video

    February 17, 2015 6:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - If there was a theme for this year's Mardi Gras costumes in New Orleans, it was 'Brrrrr.' Despite the chilly temperatures, the crowd was thick along St. Charles Avenue, where the route of Zulu, Tuesday's first big parade, merges with Rex, one of the season's most elaborate... more »
  • Thousands celebrate Mardi Gras in New Roads Play Video

    February 17, 2015 4:54 PM

    NEW ROADS- Thousands of people packed the streets of New Roads for the community's two parades today. The town puts on the oldest Mardi Gras celebration outside of New Orleans. The traditional Mardi Gras celebrations began in 1922. Over the past two years, weather has thrown a wrench... more »
  • Chickens run wild at Tee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras Play Video

    February 17, 2015 1:39 PM

    BASILE - The Tee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras in Acadia Parish is something you won't see anywhere else in the world. It starts off with singing and dancing and then the attention turns to the chickens. "It's fun to do. It's more fun chasing them than catching them actually.... more »
  • Cool Schools: St. Thomas More Play Video

    February 17, 2015 7:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mardi Gras is celebrated in Many different ways throughout Louisiana. Whether it's chasing chickens or riding floats, people say it's great for the community to come together and celebrate the season. The same can be said about St. Thomas More Catholic School in Baton Rouge. Their... more »
  • Giant flamingo head stolen after Spanish Town Play Video

    February 16, 2015 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After an afternoon filled with pink flamingos parading downtown, one of the largest flamingo replicas turned up missing, stolen out of a black pickup truck. Joshua Ramirez, who restored the historic flamingo head after ten years of absence, loaded the ten-foot dragon styled flamingo into his... more »
  • Lundi Gras festivities usher in 2015 Mardi Gras

    February 16, 2015 12:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Live music overtakes the banks of the Mississippi River as revelers take in the last big party night before Mardi Gras. Monday, known in New Orleans as Lundi Gras, includes the traditional ceremonial meeting between the king and queen of the Krewe of Zulu and Rex, the... more »
  • Proteus, Orpheus times pushed up due to rain

    February 16, 2015 11:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Parade organizers and city officials pushed up the start of Monday night's Uptown parades in New Orleans due to the threat of rain. The city said Krewe of Proteus will roll at 4 p.m. instead of 5:15 p.m. and Krewe of Orpheus will begin at 4:45... more »
  • Mobile ups the stakes in fight for Mardi Gras tourism

    February 16, 2015 10:59 AM

    MOBILE, AL - The mayor of Mobile, Alabama, is playing up his city's claim as the birthplace of Mardi Gras. In billboards and in a video, Mayor Sandy Stimpson brags that Mobile - not nearby New Orleans - is where the annual pre-Lenten celebrations began in the United States. Some... more »
  • With Mardi Gras drawing to a close, don't forget about safety Play Video

    February 16, 2015 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With just two days of Mardi Gras celebrations remaining, State Police say now isn't the time to slack when it comes to safety. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe . It's important to have a game plan. You should know the... more »
  • Brothers recognize their sister's dream with the Krewe of Comogo Play Video

    February 16, 2015 7:35 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - While forecasted wet weather forced the Krewe of Comogo to roll a day earlier than anticipated, three brothers behind the parade are just happy they still have the chance to honor their sister. It rolled for the third time this year, adding 13 new floats to its... more »
  • Weather causes New Orleans parades to shift schedule

    February 15, 2015 5:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Predictions of nasty weather Monday and on Mardi Gras have prompted Houma authorities to move three parades scheduled those days up to Sunday, so four were rolling. That's the number already scheduled Sunday in New Orleans, with two more Monday night and four on Mardi Gras. New... more »
  • Southdowns scares; Spanish Town will be perfect

    February 13, 2015 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Carnival is in full swing and fear rolled the streets of the city Friday night. The Krewe of Southdowns paraded on its traditional route. The theme this year was "Phobias." Floats were covered in bumble bees, spiders, needles and clowns. The family-friendly parade was lead... more »
  • LSP handles 7 deadly wrecks in one day

    February 13, 2015 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police warned drivers to be cautious over the Mardi Gras weekend after troopers investigated seven deadly crashes across the state in the past 24 hours. In Livingston Parish, troopers worked a deadly crash on LA 63 souht of LA 449 around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.... more »
  • ATC says "troublesome" number of bars serving minors

    February 13, 2015 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Alcohol control officials released details Friday about efforts to crack down on underage drinking ahead of Mardi Gras and said they're concerned how many bars aren't following the law. Louisiana Alcohol Tobacco and Control said agents did more than 600 compliance checks since Feb. 2. Of... more »
  • Thumbs up to down

    February 13, 2015 6:19 AM

    Tranquil and pleasant weather this weekend will turn unsettled and uncomfortable into next week. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: With plenty of sunshine, Baton Rouge area thermometers will climb out of the ice box and into the mid 50s this afternoon. Grab a jacket for evening events such... more »
  • Second victim dies in Muses parade shooting

    February 13, 2015 1:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Police in New Orleans say a second person has died after a shooting last night along the uptown Mardi Gras parade route, which resulted in one arrest. NOPD spokesperson Frank Robertson said 19-year-old John Hicks has been charged with the deadly shooting. Investigators said Hicks... more »
  • NOLA tourism pays LSP $2.5 million for added patrols Play Video

    February 12, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ahead of a busy tourism season, city leaders in New Orleans are dolling out cash for extra protection. The tourism industry is paying state police $2.5 million to stick around long after the last beads fall. Superintendent Mike Edmonson says troopers are carefully selected from... more »
  • Former krewe king arrested a second time

    February 12, 2015 10:44 AM

    HOUMA - Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputies say the former Mardi Gras krewe king arrested Monday for allegedly violating a sex offender law has been arrested a second time for using a social networking business site. The Courier reports deputies found 34-year-old Glynn Matherne had a LinkedIn profile that included his... more »
  • Louisiana Legacy: Mardi Gras Costumes Play Video

    February 9, 2015 7:22 AM

    IOTA - A woman in Acadia Parish has been sewing and crafting Mardi Gras costumes for people in Louisiana and around the world for decades. Jackie Miller has even been inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center Hall of Fame. For more than forty years, she's handmade more than 1,000... more »
  • Ultimate Mardi Gras Party returns to Baton Rouge Play Video

    February 9, 2015 6:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Ultimate Mardi Gras Party returns to Baton Rouge for the second time this weekend. It's from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday in North Boulevard Town Square. The event is headlined by Henry Turner, Jr., who joined us on 2une In this morning along with De'Cha... more »
  • Mardi Gras tractor driver dies following crash with accused drunk driver

    February 9, 2015 3:25 AM

    GRETNA - The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says bond has been set at $150,000 for a 54-year-old man accused in the death of a man who was moving a tractor after a weekend Carnival parade. Sheriff's spokesman Glen Boyd says 52-year-old Don Dauzat of Marrero died late Saturday and Michael... more »
  • SUV crashes into Mardi Gras tractor driver

    February 7, 2015 5:21 PM

    MARRERO - An operator of a Mardi Gras tractor is clinging onto his life after he was struck by an SUV early Saturday morning near New Orleans. Deputies with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department say a drunk driver ignored a traffic light and crashed into 52-year-old Don Dauzat while... more »
  • It's a party; Carnival rolls into Baton Rouge Friday

    February 6, 2015 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Carnival got off to a rumbling start Friday night as the Krewe of Artemis rolled through downtown. The parade moved through downtown shortly after 7 p.m. It was the 13th year of the all-female parade. This year, the theme was "It's always a party with... more »
  • ATC cracks down on underage drinking this Mardi Gras Play Video

    February 6, 2015 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mardi Gras and alcohol go hand and hand in Louisiana, but despite the culture associated with Mardi Gras ATC officials say they will keep a close eye on crowds downtown looking for violators. Veachel Tucker helps managed three restaurants downtown. He says Mardi Gras in downtown... more »
  • Two area parades lose Mardi Gras spirit

    February 5, 2015 11:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As carnival celebrations kick into gear Friday, the region will celebrate without two krewes. In the city, the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno canceled its traditional parade through downtown. It was scheduled to roll last weekend, opening the carnival parade season. Organizers said there were too... more »
  • Baton Rouge's oldest Mardi Gras Krewe parades this weekend Play Video

    February 3, 2015 8:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital City's oldest Mardi Gras Krewe rolls this Saturday in Downtown Baton Rouge. Krewe of Mystique's parade begins Saturday at 2 p.m. This is their 37th year of parading in Baton Rouge. News 2's Whitney Vann is the Grand Marshall, while Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto... more »
  • Mardi Gras goes to the dogs in Baton Rouge Play Video

    February 2, 2015 7:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Carnival Season has arrived and your four-legged friends want to join the action. Capital Area Welfare Society's Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade is a fun-filled way to spend a day with your pets and family.The parade is this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. In downtown Baton Rouge.... more »
  • Krewe of Artemis rolls Friday Play Video

    February 2, 2015 7:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge's first and only all-female Carnival krewe is preparing to roll! The Krewe of Artemis will roll through downtown Friday night. The parade begins at 7:00 pm.. Friday night. You can find a map of the route on the Krewe of Artemis website . ... more »
  • More synthetics outlawed ahead of Mardi Gras

    January 29, 2015 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials announced new bans on several synthetic marijuana mixes Thursday, and said with Mardi Gras around the corner they're worried more kids might try to get access to similar drugs. The newly-outlawed compounds include "PX 1," "PX 2" and "MDMB-CHMICA." The Department of Health and... more »
  • NCIS: New Orleans cast to ride in Orpheus parade

    January 28, 2015 3:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The cast of NCIS: New Orleans will ride as monarchs in the Krewe of Orpheus parade, which rolls on Lundi Gras, the day before Fat Tuesday. Stars Lucas Black, Rob Kerkovich, Zoe McLellan and CCH Pounder will join the television show's creator, Gary Glasberg, in the parade... more »
  • New Orleans concerned about Mardi Gras crime

    January 25, 2015 3:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A shrunken police force is fighting a rise in violent crime in New Orleans. Now the focus is on tourist districts after a rash of attacks there. French Quarter residents are fearful that Mardi Gras may be marred again by violence and they've posted signs on balconies,... more »
  • Carnival chaos! Beads stuck on docks, delayed

    January 23, 2015 10:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A labor dispute has disrupted shipments of Mardi Gras beads for krewes in South Louisiana. There is a contract dispute unfolding on the docks of Los Angeles between workers and shipping companies. It has caused delays and put beads on back order. Stores are having... more »
  • Viewers choose Ambrosia for best B.R. king cakes Play Video

    January 23, 2015 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With Mardi Gras rapidly approaching, we posed the question of where we could get the best king cake in Baton Rouge and the answer was overwhelmingly "Ambrosia Bakery". Ambrosia Bakery says they will sell around 20,000 king cakes this Mardi Gras season, and the traditional boost... more »
  • Top dogs face off at Mardi Gras Cluster Dog Show Play Video

    January 21, 2015 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The search for Louisiana's top dog begins tomorrow in Alexandria when the Mardi Gras Cluster Dog Show gets underway at the Alexandria-Riverfront Center. It could be the first step for one canine to make it to Westminster: the Super Bowl of dog shows. That show takes... more »
  • King Cakes bring in purple, gold, but mostly green Play Video

    January 6, 2015 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Carnival season kicks off so does the tradition of the state's guiltiest pleasure: King Cakes. The classic Mardi Gras treat is typically made with cinnamon and icing, but this year some bakeries and donut shops are branching out with some off-the-wall flavors. "I like... more »
  • Countdown to Mardi Gras kicks off in The Big Easy

    January 6, 2015 11:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A brass band strolled through a riverside warehouse holding huge, colorful parade floats as New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city officials kicked off the countdown to Mardi Gras. A group of masked revelers called the Phorty Phunny Phellows scheduled their annual streetcar ride through town... more »
  • New posthumous Rodrigue print celebrates Mardi Gras

    January 4, 2015 2:43 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - A year after George Rodrigue's death, his estate will release 450 copies of a Blue Dog Mardi Gras print he designed. This one paints the round-eyed, perky-eared dog in Carnival colors: half of its face is green, it has a yellow snout and wears a purple mask.... more »
  • Woman: Rape at Mardi Gras ignored by detectives

    November 21, 2014 4:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A woman says she was raped in New Orleans during Mardi Gras festivities in a case among scores that the city's police department failed to properly investigate. The department is reeling from a city inspector general's report that found five detectives mishandled more than 1,000 sex crimes... more »
  • Actor John C. Reilly to reign as Bacchus

    November 18, 2014 4:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly will reign as Bacchus in the superkrewe's Mardi Gras parade Feb. 15. The krewe's 31 floats and 30 marching bands will roll on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday. Its theme is "Children's Stories that Live Forever." Krewe captain Clark Brennan, in a... more »
  • New all-female krewe to roll in Metairie

    June 13, 2014 3:34 AM

    GRETNA, La. - The Jefferson Parish Council has given permission to the new all-female Krewe of Athena to roll in Metairie during the 2015 Mardi Gras season. Athena spokeswoman Chelsie McCormick says the krewe hopes to roll on the season's first Friday. Exact dates and times will be announced later.... more »
  • Roux Louisiana's Mardi Gras Pasta Play Video

    April 23, 2014 7:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Fresh off their grand opening last week, Roux Louisiana at Phil Brady's Chef David Johnson joined John Pastorek in the 2une In kitchen Wednesday to whip up another delicious dish. On the menu this week: Mardi Gras Pasta Ingredients: 1 lb. of pasta 1 lb.... more »
  • Slidell reviewing Carnival under new rules

    March 8, 2014 11:19 AM

    SLIDELL, La. - Slidell completed its first Carnival season under stricter parade regulations and Mayor Freddy Drennan says the city is still compiling its reports to determine how well the krewes adhered to the new regulations. The City Council adopted a revised parade ordinance in 2013 capping the number of... more »
  • Sheriff's Office: 895 arrests during Mardi Gras

    March 6, 2014 2:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman says there were 895 arrests during the 2014 Mardi Gras season that started Feb. 21 and ended Tuesday. Of those arrests, Gusman's office said that 440 were made on state charges, 330 on municipal charges and 125 for traffic violations. Charges ranged... more »
  • Coldest Mardi Gras Ever?

    March 5, 2014 1:11 PM

    Yesterday came very close to setting the record for the coldest Mardi Gras of all-time, while the day itself fell much later than usual! New Orleans recorded an official high temperature of 41° just prior to midnight but most of the daylight hours were spent in the upper 30s. Should... more »
  • Fat Tuesday gives way to solemn Ash Wednesday Play Video

    March 5, 2014 11:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The merriment of Mardi Gras has ended and the solemn season of Lent begins. New Orleans police swept through Bourbon Street at midnight in the city's annual ritual of letting Carnival revelers know the party is over - until next year. New Orleans resident Jim... more »
  • Carnival season gives way to penance Play Video

    March 5, 2014 8:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Another Mardi Gras is in the books, but the Lenten season is just beginning. Watch the video to find out when and where you can celebrate this Ash Wednesday. We will have more on WBRZ News2 at Noon. more »
  • Light turnout for New Roads Mardi Gras parades Play Video

    March 4, 2014 5:19 PM

    NEW ROADS - Parade organizers in New Roads said crowds for this year's Mardi Gras could go down as the lightest in history. "It's never this deserted," said Michelle Porche, who braved the cold temperatures and ice to enjoy what the city says is the second-oldest Mardi Gras parade... more »
  • Cold, gray morning won't stop Mardi Gras revelers

    March 4, 2014 10:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Despite rain and cold in Tuesday's forecast, revelers are gathering along parade routes as the Carnival season in New Orleans heads to a crest with the unabashed celebration of Mardi Gras. The Zulu parade began on schedule, led by a New Orleans police vanguard on horseback... more »
  • Winter Weather Advisory

    March 4, 2014 6:19 AM

    The freezing line has risen north of Baton Rouge and steady rain falling across the area is beginning to cease freezing on contact. As of 1pm, areas on a line from New Roads northeast to McComb and points north of that line remained at 32° with freezing rain occuring. Through... more »
  • Cookies By Design celebrates a sweet Mardi Gras Play Video

    March 3, 2014 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cookies by Design is offering an alternative to the traditional Mardi Gras sweet, the King Cake. The group hand-designs sugar cookies or cookie cakes for different occasions. On Monday they demonstrated some of the ways to celebrate Mardi Gras with a cookie on WBRZ News... more »
  • Bakeries prep King Cakes, burgers on Lundi Gras Play Video

    March 3, 2014 12:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Bakeries in Baton Rouge are in crunch mode as they prepare thousands of King Cakes and other pastries to be shipped around the world. Ambrosia Bakery said they've shipped around 3,000 King Cakes so far this Mardi Gras season, and have several hundred more being prepared... more »
  • 9-year-old hit by Bacchus float, recovering

    March 3, 2014 10:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 9-year-old boy is recovering after he was hit by a trailer behind a float in the Krewe of Bacchus parade Sunday night. It happened near the intersection of St. Charles and Washington avenues at about 7:20 p.m. The accident delayed the parade for about 35... more »
  • Mardi Gras mask makers Play Video

    March 3, 2014 9:31 AM

    EUNICE - A mysterious Mardi Gras tradition continues Tuesday morning in Eunice. It all centers around the "Courir de Mardi Gras". The Mardi Gras Run begins at 8:00 a.m. Watch the video as John Pastorek takes you on a journey to "unmask" this tradition. more »
  • Cold air returns

    March 3, 2014 7:24 AM

    A potent cold front has chopped through the state of Louisiana creating 20° temperature falls in 2-3 hour spans. Baton Rouge has gone from weekend afternoons spent in the upper 70s to a struggle to return thermometers to 50° today. Fortunately, along with the warmth the front is also sweeping... more »
  • Spanish Town Parade paints downtown pink

    March 1, 2014 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The 34th Spanish Town Parade rolled through downtown Baton Rouge Saturday painting the city pink. Parade-goers we spoke with today say the Spanish Town Parade is one to look forward to each year. "As a New Orleans native and growing up around Mardi Gras, I'm... more »
  • Mardi Gras traffic in Baton Rouge

    March 1, 2014 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mardi Gras activities in Downtown Baton Rouge are causing traffic problems. Roads are either closed or backed up due to the Spanishtown parade rolling Satuday afternoon. Here is a list of traffic issues, we will keep this list updated throughout the day: Congestion on... more »
  • Mardi Gras weekend parades

    March 1, 2014 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Spanish Town will be the final Mardi Gras parade to roll through Baton Rouge this carnival season. Here's a link to the parade route. For those who want to continue carnival all the way up to fat tuesday, here is a list of the parades... more »
  • Bourbon Street poles greased ahead of Mardi Gras Play Video

    February 28, 2014 1:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - People filled Bourbon Street Friday morning for the annual "Greasing of the Poles." It's as much of a New Orleans tradition as Mardi Gras. The poles are greased to keep overzealous revelers from trying to climb to the balconies above. Burlesque dancers made a show... more »
  • Krewes get ready for Southdowns, Spanish Town Play Video

    February 28, 2014 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's Carnival time in Baton Rouge. The Krewe of Southdowns parade rolls through Baton Rouge tonight at 7 p.m., while Spanish Town's parade rolls Saturday at noon. Southdowns members began setting up their party supplies early Friday, putting the finish touches on floats and firing... more »
  • Krewe of Comogo celebrates on Lundi Gras Play Video

    February 26, 2014 9:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Krewe of Comogo stopped by 2une In for the first time Wednesday to tell you when and where you can catch their second annual parade. The 2nd annual parade rolls on Lundi Gras (Monday, March 3rd) in Plaquemine. Watch the video to find out... more »
  • Crawfish prices could drop this weekend Play Video

    February 25, 2014 11:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Crawfish prices could drop from all time highs as early as this weekend, experts predict. Currently, boiled crawfish costs about $6.99 per pound; getting the mud bugs live runs about $4.99. The high price is blamed on the cold coupled with high demand as Mardi Gras approaches.... more »
  • 2 riders fall from parade floats Play Video

    February 23, 2014 8:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two riders fell from floats during Mardi Gras parades Sunday. One of the riders, who was a part of the Krewe of Alla, is in critical condition. The Alla rider fell from the upper deck near Lee Circle, according to New Orleans EMS officials. ... more »
  • House budget hearings delayed by Mardi Gras

    February 21, 2014 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Mardi Gras calendar is disrupting lawmakers' review of Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal. Rep. Jim Fannin, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said he wanted to start combing through the governor's spending recommendations during the first week of March. But he says he couldn't compete... more »
  • Krewe of Artemis shows off its heels Play Video

    February 19, 2014 9:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Krewe of Artemis will roll on Friday, so Melanie Uzees and Queen Abby Hamilton Aaron paid a visit to 2une In Wednesday. The Krewe of Artemis is Baton Rouge's "first and only all-female parading Mardi Gras Krewe". It was founded in 2001 and has rolled every... more »
  • Decorative tips for Mardi Gras Play Video

    February 17, 2014 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If you're looking for ways to kickstart your Carnival Season, decorations like a homemade wreath can get most places looking Mardi Gras ready. "Do it yourself" expert Lauren Cowart said making a wreath is realtively simple. All you need is a frame, some mesh netting, and... more »
  • George Rodrigue's estate releases posthumous print

    February 15, 2014 10:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Estate of George Rodrigue has released "Mardi Gras 2014," the first print to be released by the artist's studio since his passing in December. The silkscreen was designed by Rodrigue before his Dec. 14 death and has been printed posthumously in a limited numbered edition of... more »
  • Krewe of Jupiter and Juno celebrates its 11th year Play Video

    February 13, 2014 8:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Krewe of Jupiter and Juno Vice President David Villeneuve and Lady Lisa Thibodaux visited 2une In Thursday, bringing along some unique throws and some delicious king cakes The parade will roll Saturday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m. For the Jupiter and Juno's parade route, visit their... more »
  • LSU DB Jefferson enters misdemeanor plea

    August 19, 2013 3:26 PM

    GRETNA - Freshman LSU defensive back Rickey Jefferson has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and has been sentenced to two years' probation in connection with his arrest along a Mardi Gras parade route in Metairie last February. The 18-year-old Jefferson, whose older brother is former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, Monday... more »
  • Barbie celebrated Mardi Gras-style in N.O.

    August 8, 2013 3:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Barbie is being celebrated Mardi Gras-style at the 2013 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention in New Orleans. Hundreds of Barbie doll lovers are flocking to a downtown hotel this week for festivities that included a Mardi Gras-themed opening reception held Wednesday night, as well as live entertainment, auctions,... more »
  • Man found guilty after courthouse breakout

    June 7, 2013 10:44 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A man who broke out of court and bolted was found guilty of manslaughter. Akeem Gailes was on trial for killing a man at a Mardi Gras parade. He was found guilty Friday evening. Thursday, he unlocked a holding cell at the courthouse and was able to... more »
  • Mistrial overturned after accused killer breaks free from court

    June 6, 2013 10:46 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- In a late decision, the First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower judge's mistrial after a man, accused of murder, broke out of court and made a run for it Thursday afternoon. Akeem Gailes was on trial for a shooting at a Mardi Gras parade earlier this... more »
  • Sheriff: Human, mechanical error led to escape Play Video

    June 6, 2013 5:42 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish's sheriff said human and mechanical errors could have helped an accused murderer escape from the courthouse in Plaquemine during his trial today. Deputies said Akeem Gailes, 26, got away during a lunch break by unlocking a holding cell. Once he got out of the cell... more »
  • 2 West Bank parades to roll in New Orleans in 2014

    June 3, 2013 2:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two Mardi Gras parade krewes that usually roll on the West Bank of the Mississippi River will parade along New Orleans' traditional uptown route in 2014. Longtime krewes Alla and Choctaw tell The Times-Picayune they're moving to the St. Charles Avenue route, leaving the krewes of Adonis,... more »
  • Jefferson Parish fines Mardi Gras krewes

    March 27, 2013 8:49 AM

    GRETNA- Six Mardi Gras krewes have been fined from $100 to $2,500 for violating Jefferson Parish's parade ordinance during Carnival 2013. According to public records released Tuesday, The Times-Picayune reports most of the infractions involved unmasked riders and smoking on floats, although two krewes were cited for having too few... more »
  • Buku music fest back with bigger lineup

    March 7, 2013 8:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Hip-hop singer Big Freedia and an entourage of booty-shaking "bounce" dancers are using a Mardi Gras float for a stage when the Buku music festival returns to New Orleans this weekend. The two-day Buku Music + Art Project, a hip-hop and electronic dance music festival launched last year,... more »
  • 3rd man booked in pre-Mardi Gras shooting

    February 17, 2013 3:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a third man has turned himself in to face charges from a shooting on Bourbon Street three days before Mardi Gras. Officer Hilal Williams says 19-year-old Malcolm Hall was booked Saturday with four counts of attempted first-degree murder. An online jail roster indicates... more »
  • Cleanup begins in New Orleans after Mardi Gras

    February 13, 2013 12:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The crowds and music of Mardi Gras gave way to street sweepers and push brooms in New Orleans' French Quarter this morning. Business owners hosed off sidewalks outside bars, restaurants, strip joins and souvenir shops. A few tourists dodged the Ash Wednesday cleanup, many with smudged... more »
  • Mardi Gras debauchery gives way to Lent

    February 13, 2013 8:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The glitz and glamour of Mardi Gras has ended, with thousands of costumed revelers preparing to give up the Carnival season's celebrations for the start of Lent on Wednesday. Churches around largely Catholic south Louisiana scheduled Masses at which priests would dot or cross the foreheads of... more »
  • Mardi Gras-colored veggies for a Tasty Fat Tuesday

    February 12, 2013 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chef KD whipped up a Mardi Gras specialty today. He made a mixture of purple, green and gold vegetables including red onion, green and yellow squash. He plans to serve it at his restaurant this week over shrimp. If you'd like a full recipe or... more »
  • Revelers get soaked chasing chickens, traditions Play Video

    February 12, 2013 2:10 PM

    MAMOU - Mardi Gras revelers in Evangeline Parish ditched big floats and sidewalks for muddy fields and horses today, part of a tradition that's as old as Cajun country itself. The costumed riders traveled around the area to people's homes before ending at the site of the annual chicken... more »

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