Category Archives: Mardi Gras

The Day After Mardi Gras

THE DAY AFTER MARDI GRAS ‘Twas the day after Mardi Gras. All through the house Not a creature was stirring – not even a mouse. For the master and Madame were still yet a-bed, And the cook o’er the stove … Continue reading

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The ABC’s of New Orleans

As I have mentioned in previous posts, Charles “Pie” Dufour is turning out to be one of my favorite local historians. He makes no illusions about the fact that he rarely uses primary sources, instead writing from other trustworthy scholars, … Continue reading

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Recent Shout Outs

I have had some real nice shout outs lately, but have been too busy to crow about them. So here goes some shameless crowing. More than 900 colleges and universities submitted nearly 12,000 photos to U.S. News, which give glimpses … Continue reading

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Prohibition Article

I just finished my 4000 word article on Prohibition for the fall issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine. I don’t think I have ever labored over words more, or cut, added, cut, added, cut – so much in my life. … Continue reading

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Muses Time!

It’s Muses time again and this will be the 6th year the Big Easy Rollergirls (and me) have participated in the parade. As a retired skater, I am grateful that the league lets us participate in this amazing “girl power” … Continue reading

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Krewe of Barkus article

Costumed dogs parading around the French Quarter. What is not to love? The¬†Krewe of Barkus¬†is the annual Mardi Gras dog parade. Allegedly, it was founded in 1992 when Tom Wood was at a Margaret Orr Fan Club meeting (I love … Continue reading

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Walking Krewes of New Orleans

Last week I was strolling on the Tulane campus, trying to capture students returning for the semester when my mind drifted to Mardi Gras (as it often does). I thought about all my fabulous creative friends who participate in Carnival … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras 1939

Sorry for all the skipping around. This week I have written about (in this order) news reports of Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 1838, 1837, and now 1839. It appears that Mardi Gras started out with a bit of … Continue reading

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The “First” Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans

I have read various articles that state that the first Mardi Gras walking “parade” was in 1837. Arthur Hardy stated that the parade consisted of “walking revelers.” But after a quick internet skim, I could not find a date, nor … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras 1838

In honor of Carnival season, here is a little article about Mardi Gras in 1838. Mardi Gras Yesterday was a jolly time in our city. The grand cavalcade which passed through the principal streets were an enteratining sight – being … Continue reading

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