It’s a no-judgment zone. Especially in this era of divisiveness and seemingly constant arguing, Mardi Gras is a time when everybody comes together and enjoys the same thing, no matter their background. The only thing that’s important is having a good time.There are no fashion rules. Dress up…

Mardi Gras 2020 is on February 25th. Twelfth Night starts off the Carnival Season on January 6th, 2020. For a complete list of dates for all 174 New Orleans area Mardi Gras parades, click here.

A few words of caution here. You’ll probably need to buy a ticket to watch a parade from a grandstand or balcony. If it’s a hotel or restaurant balcony, you’ll likely need to be a guest to watch the parades from there. Research your chosen parades and routes ahead of time, and make reservati…

Beads are cool. Doubloons are fun. But if you’re at a parade, be prepared to catch pretty much any kind of item, from clothing to stuffed animals to household goods. Here are some of the most coveted throws at local parades:

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Twelve of Jefferson Parish’s 14 street parades this year received praise and no fines from regulators. The other two, both Mardi Gras season processions, were fined for an excessive number of unmasked riders, displaying a political campaign sign or leaving horse manure on the parade route.

Purists are probably purple with rage. The daring all-female Mystic Krewe of Nyx, New Orleans’ largest Carnival parading groups, is holding a parade on July 27 in downtown New Orleans. The organization proudly proclaims that it will be “the only Krewe to have two parades.” The krewe’s annual…

The Krewe of Caesar, which rolls the largest Mardi Gras season parade in Jefferson Parish, decided last week to “cease operations” because of the increasing difficulty of funding a high-quality spectacle, the uncertainty over the Metairie parade route and other factors. Soon, however, it cam…

There was no expectation that Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club members would show up to a forum to discuss blackface and agree with activists on their contention that their masking tradition is bygone, even a symbol of white supremacy. The group Take Em Down NOLA, which led the call to re…

The air was chilly as roughly 200 guests milled in a side yard between shotgun houses on Valance Street in anticipation of a noontime wedding and a parade on Mardi Gras (March 5). The attire of the crowd members was far more interesting than at most casual outdoor weddings. Some were clothed…

Actor Luke Perry, who died Monday (March 4), reigned almost exactly 19 years ago, on March 5, 2000, as Bacchus XXXII. At that time, he was at the height of his fame as the James Dean-esque Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills 90210,” which ran from 1990 to May 2000. Perry died following a massive s…

Mardi Gras season parade spectators in the New Orleans area were enjoying temperatures in the 70s on Saturday (March 2) with just a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers. But the National Weather Service said thunderstorms were possible Sunday when the krewes of Okeanos, Mid-City and Thoth …

Knights of Babylon, followed by the Krewe of Muses, are rolling by the ParadeCam lens starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.. Knights of Chaos, which was scheduled to roll Thursday night, chose not to roll because of the weather; the parades were moved to an earlier time, and then moved back …

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The Lt. Governor's Tourism Summit, kicked off Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Travel and tourism professionals from Louisiana and around the country travelled to New Orleans to network and learn about the latest industry trends. The summit concludes on Thursday with a key…

Big Chief Darryl Montana spent his final Mardi Gras Day leading the Yellow Pocahontas, according to an essay posted on Huffington Post Contributor, an open publishing platform of the news website. Montana named his successor, Shaka Zulu, earlier this year, telling writers Ben Arnon and Erika…

More than 25,000 people attended the 23rd annual Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws parade on the Mandeville lakefront March 5, the organization says. Costumed canines and their human companions marched for about a half mile and paid entry fees that went to Scott's Wish, which provides financial ass…

When the Krewe of Proteus parade rolled on Monday evening before Shrove Tuesday, for those who had the luck of a location early in the route and an invite to the ball later that night, it gave even greater appreciation of the artistry that goes into both. The krewe, founded in 1881, is the o…

Creative headpieces and a love of the arts were just two of the entrees for the women attending the Dazzling Divine Femme Fatale Revelers of Terpsichore La Nouvelle Orleans Masquerade Society Soiree on Feb. 18 at Antoine's Restaurant. The party requires attendees -- arts and cultural enthusi…

The Krewe of Hermes looked to its past to create the theme for this year's parade and ball: "A Hermes Miscellany" included several previous themes and inspirations such as "The Great Mogul," "Sacred Bestiary," scenes from Shakespeare's "The Tempest," and new to the parade, "St. George and th…

"Mystery Goes To Venice" read the invitation to the 106th annual Krewe of Mystery Ball, setting a scene of not one, but two Venices --- in Italy and Louisiana. So, when guests arrived to the ball at the Orpheum Theater on Feb. 22, they were no doubt curious about who the queen would be, but …