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  • 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 Play Video

    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 »
  • Mardi Gras parades roll on, draw crowds despite rain Play Video

    February 12, 2013 10:25 AM

    NEW ROADS - Though it thinned the crowds which normally lined lining the streets of New Roads for the town's annual parades, the chance of bad weather didn't stop Louis Daigle. Daigle brought a sign which read "50 percent chance of rain." It helped explain why he was also... more »
  • Rainy and stormy on this Mardi Gras

    February 12, 2013 8:29 AM

    It looks like we will have a pretty soggy Mardi Gras. The cold front has stalled along the coast overnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are still popping up around Baton Rouge this morning with mostly cloudy skies. It is cool with temperatures in the 50s. The front will retreat... more »
  • Rain expected for Mardi Gras in New Orleans

    February 12, 2013 7:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Those flocking to New Orleans can expect a wet Mardi Gras, but the city's biggest free show might not be the washout that once was predicted. National Weather Service forecaster Freddie Zeigler says there's an 80 percent chance of rain Tuesday, with showers likely hitting in the... more »
  • New Roads parades should roll as scheduled Play Video

    February 11, 2013 5:54 PM

    NEW ROADS - The two parades scheduled to roll in New Roads for Fat Tuesday will proceed despite threats of rain, according to parade organizers. Organizers said they'll cede any decision to postpone the parade to the mayor of New Roads, who may make a decision tomorrow morning. ... more »
  • Officials warn of Mardi Gras flooding

    February 11, 2013 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency officials in East Baton Rouge Parish warned people to prepare for several inches of rain over the Mardi Gras holiday. The Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said forecasts called for heavy rain starting on Lundi Gras and continuing until Tuesday evening. ... more »
  • Area bracing for heavy rain on Lundi Gras

    February 11, 2013 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials said they were preparing for heavy rain and flooding ahead of Mardi Gras today. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch through Tuesday afternoon as a cold front moves into the area. Emergency officials in East Baton Rouge Parish said they'd make a... more »
  • Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade rolls through Baton Rouge Play Video

    February 10, 2013 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - For Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade-goers, it's a time to let loose, have fun and enjoy carnival season. News Two's own Whitney Vann lead the way as queen of Spanish Town this year. "Today I've met people from Atlanta, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia just for... more »
  • Police: 4 wounded in Bourbon Street shooting

    February 10, 2013 10:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police have released a bystanders' video of what they say is an argument involving some people in a Bourbon Street throng raucously celebrating ahead of Mardi Gras when shots ring out, followed by screams. Police spokesman Frank B. Robertson says the shooting in the crowded... more »
  • Baton Rouge Mardi Gras makes its own mark Play Video

    February 7, 2013 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mardi Gras in the capital city marches to the beat of a different drummer than its cousin in New Orleans. "Whatever Rex is, we try to do the opposite," said Nelson Maddox, a 30-year veteran of Spanish Town's Mardi Gras celebrations. "The king and queen are... more »
  • Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade Play Video

    February 6, 2013 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Spanish Town Parade board member Bruce Childers stopped by to give us details ahead of the big parade this weekend. He filled us in with the history of the parade and what's new this year. The theme this year is "A Spanish Town Twinkie Ate... more »
  • Southdowns Parade changes route Play Video

    February 4, 2013 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Construction forced a route change for a popular Mardi Gras parade in Baton Rouge. Southdowns won't roll on its usual parade route Friday. Instead, it'll go around sewer work and avoid Cloverdale, which is a popular street for the parade. Cloverdale has been a part... more »
  • Authorities discuss Super Bowl security

    January 30, 2013 1:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The FBI says no credible threats of terrorist activity have been reported as New Orleans prepares for Sunday's Super Bowl. The head of the New Orleans FBI office and other federal authorities, led by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, discussed security precautions at a news conference Wednesday.... more »
  • New Orleans' challenge: policing 2 huge parties

    January 30, 2013 10:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - It's an unprecedented security challenge for New Orleans: The increasingly raucous buildup to Mardi Gras gets suspended for a week as 150,000 visitors pack the city for the Super Bowl. The two events bring all the usual worries, from petty crime and public drunkenness to random gunfire... more »
  • New Orleans' challenge: policing 2 huge parties

    January 30, 2013 5:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - It's an unprecedented security challenge for New Orleans: The increasingly raucous buildup to Mardi Gras gets suspended for a week as 150,000 visitors pack the city for the Super Bowl. The two events bring all the usual worries, from petty crime and public drunkenness to random gunfire... more »
  • DOTD: No lane closures during 'Super Gras'

    January 24, 2013 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Because of the magnitude of special events surrounding Super Bowl and a full slate of parades associated with New Orleans' carnival season, state transportation officials say they are suspending lane closures on all bridges, freeways, expressways and arterial roadways near those activities. The Louisiana Department of Transportation... more »
  • African-American tradition returns to Carnival

    January 21, 2013 8:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The "baby dolls," an on-again, off-again Mardi Gras tradition of New Orleans' African-American community, are on again. The troupes of women strutting and prancing in bonnets, garters and skimpy or short, ruffled dresses on Fat Tuesday also are spotlighted in a new book and museum exhibit that trace... more »
  • Flamingos spotted in Baton Rouge

    January 11, 2013 10:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The pink flamingos are out! Overnight Friday, krewe members of the Spanish Town Parade began setting-up the famous staple of Mardi Gras in the Capital City. The wooden cutouts were positioned in University Lake. The krewe had to deal with some rain as they set-up the... more »
  • Clarkson stars at Endymion parade

    October 25, 2012 12:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Pop star Kelly Clarkson will ride as celebrity grand marshal when the Krewe of Endymion parade rolls on the Saturday before Mardi Gras in 2013. Clarkson was the first winner of the Fox reality show "American Idol" in 2002. Her hits include "A Moment Like This" and... more »
  • Plaquemine to get nighttime Mardi Gras parade

    June 26, 2012 8:08 AM

    PLAQUEMINE- Plaquemine is planning its first nighttime Mardi Gras parade next year. The event is being organized as a tribute to Iberville Parish native Brenda Comeaux, a Mardi Gras enthusiast who died of cancer several years ago. Businessman Chris Daigle, president of the Krewe of Comogo, recently told... more »
  • Police: Gunman wearing Mardi Gras mask robs bank

    March 21, 2012 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies responded to a robbery Wednesday at a bank located on Industriplex Boulevard. It happened around 11:30 a.m. at a Whitney Bank. Reports say a man reportedly walked into the bank with a handgun, jumped over the teller counter and demanded money. The suspect... more »
  • Contents of Mardi Gras Museum to be auctioned

    March 8, 2012 7:07 AM

    KENNER - The glitter, the glitz, the pageantry and history of Mardi Gras is up for sale to the highest bidder. The once thriving Mardi Gras Museum, which closed last year as the budget crunch hit Kenner, is putting its varied collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia up for auction Thursday.... more »
  • Mardi Gras shooting suspect surrenders

    March 1, 2012 8:40 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - A 25-year-old man wanted for the fatal shooting of another man during a Mardi Gras parade on Feb. 19 has surrendered to authorities. Capt. Kenny Payne of the Plaquemine Police Department tells The Advocate Akeem O. Gailes was arrested at his attorney's office around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Payne... more »
  • Mardi Gras Parade murder arrest

    February 29, 2012 3:25 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - An arrest has been made in connection with a murder at the annual Plaquemine Mardi Gras Parade. Akeem Gailes has been booked on charges of 2nd degreee murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, simple battery, and carrying a firearm at a parade used to commit... more »
  • New Orleans to host superbowl during Carnival

    February 25, 2012 10:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans, which prides itself on its ability to handle huge sports and cultural events, may get its biggest test next year when Super Bowl arrives in town in the middle of Carnival. Mardi Gras falls on Feb. 12, 2013, with parades traditionally about two weeks before... more »
  • Krewe throws autistic girl her own Mardi Gras celebration

    February 24, 2012 3:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An 11-year-old autistic girl from New Orleans got a special Mardi Gras treat from the Krewe of Muses Friday afternoon in the form of an entire celebration in her honor. The Krewe extended the gesture to Emily after reading a blog post by her mother detailing... more »
  • Man dies after fall from float

    February 21, 2012 9:44 PM

    NEW ROADS- A man was killed after falling off a float earlier today. It happened while the float was being towed away from one of the two parades earlier today. James Lee, 58, was killed when, according to State Police, he " slipped and fell to the ground as... more »
  • New Roads throws 90th Mardi Gras celebration Play Video

    February 21, 2012 5:44 PM

    NEW ROADS - Ninety years of Mardi Gras was celebrated in New Roads today. The Community Center Carnival parade and the Lions' Club parade rolled down Main Street in front of thousands. People said they made sure to come out in the masses this year, and the parades registered... more »
  • Shrimp and Crab Extraordinaire Play Video

    February 21, 2012 4:48 PM

    Chef KD prepared his "Shrimp and Crab Extraordinaire" for a special Mardi Gras dinner. Shrimp and Crab Extraordinaire 5 Jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined 2 Tablespoons freshly chopped red onions or fine chopped seasoning ½ Tablespoon canola oil 3 oz. fresh lump crabmeat (or dark) 2 Tablespoons plain flour... more »
  • Mostly sunny and warm this afternoon

    February 21, 2012 1:09 PM

    We will have some pleasant weather this afternoon! The cold front has moved south of New Orleans now, and in the wake of it we have mostly sunny skies here in Baton Rouge. It is not cold, but rather warm with a high today getting into the lower 70s. ... more »
  • New Roads parades rolling today

    February 21, 2012 11:15 AM

    NEW ROADS - The state's oldest Mardi Gras parade outside of New Orleans will roll today in New Roads, with live coverage on WBTR. The New Roads Community Center Carnival parade rolls at 11 a.m. today, with the New Roads Lions Carnival parade to roll immediately afterward. You... more »
  • Mardi Gras culminates on Fat Tuesday

    February 21, 2012 8:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Rocker Bret Michaels and Grammy-winning singer Cyndi Lauper were expected to usher in Mardi Gras with musical performances in the wee hours of the morning Tuesday during a glitzy ball following the Orpheus parade. Michaels, the bandana-wearing Poison frontman, and Lauper were the celebrity riders in Orpheus,... more »
  • Some clouds and a few showers for Mardi Gras

    February 21, 2012 5:28 AM

    Good Morning! Happy Mardi Gras!! A weak cold front will move through Baton Rouge this morning, and it will bring us some clouds with a few showers. Fortunately, most of you will not see any rain, and if you do it will be very light. It is a little cool,... more »
  • Jarrett Lee, T-Bob Hebert serve as Zeus grand marshals today

    February 20, 2012 11:06 AM

    METAIRIE- Two LSU football players will lead the Krewe of Zeus when it rolls today at 6:30 p.m. Jarrett Lee and T-Bob Hebert will serve as grand marshals for their 2012 Mardi Gras parade. Wayne Vizzini with the Krewe of Zeus said Lee and Hebert were chosen because... more »
  • Mardi Gras teen curfew

    February 20, 2012 10:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are enforcing a new curfew for teens during Mardi Gras this year. No one under 16-years-old is allowed to be alone and to be without adult supervision in the French Quarter after 8pm. So far during this Mardi Gras season New Orleans... more »
  • For Mardi Gras float makers, next year is here

    February 20, 2012 9:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Carnival in New Orleans is building toward the out-of-control crescendo of Fat Tuesday. But Barry Kern and his team of float-builders and artists are already planning for next year's party. Kern's Mardi Gras World studio has been operating for more than 50 years and makes or repurposes... more »
  • Jeff landfill closed for Mardi Gras

    February 20, 2012 8:59 AM

    GRETNA - Jefferson Parish officials say the parish landfill will be closed on Tuesday for Mardi Gras and there will be no trash collection in Jean Lafitte or unincorporated areas of the parish. Garbage routes usually run on Tuesday will be done on Friday, officials said. Spokeswoman Marnie Winter also... more »
  • Children's Parade rescheduled for Monday

    February 18, 2012 4:41 PM

    Lafayette, LA- The Children's Mardi Gras Parade originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon has been rescheduled. Organizers tell News 2 the heavy rains caused them to move the event to Monday. The parade with immediately follow Queen Evangeline's parade. more »
  • Road closures for Mardi Gras holiday

    February 17, 2012 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development released work schedules today for interstate and major road projects throughout Louisiana for the Mardi Gras holidays which begin on Friday, Feb. 17 and ends on Tuesday, Feb. 21. DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas urged drivers to use extra... more »
  • Arrest in connection with WBR beating death

    February 17, 2012 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man has been arrested in connection with the beating death of another man. Charles Ray Burton is in the West Baton Rouge Parish jail charged with manslaughter. Robert Crowe was found dead in a Plaquemine ditch on Monday after he attended a... more »
  • Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade moves start time Play Video

    February 17, 2012 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The start time of tomorrow's Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade has been pushed back from noon. Parade organizers said they are now scheduled to roll at 4 p.m. Bruce Childers, a parade organizer, said the city and police gave them a window to start between... more »
  • 2 shot, 1 arrested during Mardi Gras festivities

    February 17, 2012 8:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Police say two men were shot in the leg during a New Orleans parade that's part of the run-up to Mardi Gras, and a 16-year-old boy was arrested. The victims' wounds were not considered serious. Meanwhile, the teen-ager was booked on a charge of carrying an illegal firearm.... more »
  • Ferries on special schedules for Mardi Gras

    February 17, 2012 8:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Special hours are set for ferries on the Mississippi River at New Orleans for the weekend and through Mardi Gras. The Algiers-Canal Street ferry will operate for vehicles and pedestrians on Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Final boarding for vehicles will be at 1 p.m.... more »
  • Agencies plan DWI crackdown over Mardi Gras

    February 8, 2012 8:00 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Law enforcement agencies across the state are gearing up for a DWI crackdown over the Mardi Gras season. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director John LeBlanc says Mardi Gras is one of the deadliest seasons in Louisiana. LeBlanc says the LHSC has provided grants to about 45 police... more »
  • Vinton cancels Mardi Gras parade

    February 7, 2012 8:45 AM

    VINTON- Vinton officials have canceled Saturday's Mardi Gras parade because of a lack of participation. Mayor Kenneth Stinson and City Councilman Kevin Merchant tell the American Press it has been an ongoing problem. Stinson says it's not just the Mardi Gras parade. He says the last time the city hosted... more »
  • Lafourche, Terrebonne jails make way for Mardi Gras influx

    February 6, 2012 8:38 AM

    HOUMA - Law enforcement officials in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are taking steps they hope will make room in the parish jails for an expected Carnival season influx. The Courier reports that both jails are at about capacity: 680 inmates in Terrebonne and 245 in Lafourche. Authorities are trying to... more »

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