NOLA Interactive Toilet Map: There is a place to pee on Mardi Gras Day!

Thank the city of New Orleans for the 600+ portable toilets planted around the city during Mardi Gras, and three cheers for this interactive map!




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Mardi Gras 2016 survivor's guide: Tips, tricks, dates for New Orleans | NOLA.com

Get tips parade tips and don't be a Mardi Gras jerk in New Orleans.

Some things you can count on in 2016. Construction uptown will still cause some headaches as revelers navigate the Carnival scene, the St. Augustine Marching 100 will get you dancing and tourists and locals alike will cram the French Quarter.
Members of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club parade down
St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 4, 2014.
Follow the link below for details, suggestions and links to help you groove through it it all with style!

What is Mardi Gras? Best spot for the family. Get costumes. Traditional Mardi Gras foods.  When the parades roll? Don't be a Mardi Gras jerk! The Mardi Gras balls.

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New Orleans parking meter rates have increased | WDSU

New Orleans parking meter rates have officially gone up. It will now cost $3 an hour to park in the French Quarter, Marigny, the Central Business District and the Warehouse District. Elsewhere in New Orleans, it will cost $2.



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Allen Toussaint Day is officially January 14: New Orleans City Council

The New Orleans City Council passed a resolution authored by District "A" Councilmember Susan Guidry, officially declaring Allen Toussaint's birthday, January 14th, as Allen Toussaint Day in the City of New Orleans.

The resolution was signed by all council members and presented before Toussaint's family and friends at a council meeting. 

Toussaint's career as a songwriter, composer, and musician spanned seven decades. He helped to define the New Orleans sound and received wide acclaim and success, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious National Medal of the Arts by President Barack Obama, the highest honor conferred on an artist by the United States.

"Our artists and musicians are our ambassadors, as their talents, hard work, and genius creates the culture for which we are internationally known. Their travels share that culture with countless individuals and communities, and their successes and creations infuse our city with a vibrancy and soul unmatched elsewhere in the world. Allen served our city as one of our finest ambassadors," said New Orleans Council member Susan G. Guidry, District "A."

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2016 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule | Mardi Gras New Orleans

The 2016 Mardi Gras Parade schedule - remember this can change!


WEDNESDAY | Jan 6
Krewe of Joan of Arc 7:00pm
Phunny Phorty Phellows 7:00pm

SUNDAY | Jan 10
Krewe of Claude 1:00pm
Krewe of Poseidon follows

SUNDAY | Jan 17
Krewe of Slidellians 1:00pm

SATURDAY | Jan 23
Krewe of Bilge 12:00pm
Krewe of Mona Lisa and MoonPie 6:00pm
Krewe du Vieux 6:30pm
Krewe Delusion follows

SUNDAY | Jan 24
Krewe of Little Rascals 12:00pm
Krewe of Perseus 1:00pm

FRIDAY | Jan 29
Krewe of Cork 3:00pm
Krewe of Oshun 6:00pm
Krewe of Cleopatra 6:30pm
Krewe of Excalibur 7:00pm
Krewe of Athena 7:30pm
Mandeville: Krewe of Eve 7:00pm

SATURDAY | Jan 30
Krewe of Paws 10:00am
Krewe of Titans 6:30pm
Westbank: The Mystic Knights of Adonis 11:45am
Chalmette: Knights of Nemesis 1:00pm

Krewe of Pontchartrain 1:00pm
Krewe of Choctaw follows
Krewe of Freret follows
Knights of Sparta 6:00pm
Krewe of Pygmalion 6:15pm
Marigny: tit Rəx 5:00pm
Krewe of Chewbacchus 6:00pm
Krewe of Caesar 6:00pm
Covington: Krewe of Olympia 6:00pm

SUNDAY | Jan 31
Krewe of Carrollton 12:00pm
Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin follows
Krewe of Alla follows
Krewe of Femme Fatale follows
Krewe of Dionysus 1:00pm
Krewe of Barkus 2:00pm
Corps de Napoleon 5:30pm

WEDNESDAY | Feb 3
Krewe of Druids 6:30pm
Krewe of Nyx 7:00pm

THURSDAY | Feb 4
Knights of Babylon 5:45pm
Knights of Chaos 6:15pm
Krewe of Muses 6:30pm

FRIDAY | Feb 5
Krewe of Bosom Buddies 11:30am
Krewe of Hermes 6:00pm
Krewe d'Etat 6:30pm
Krewe of Morpheus 7:00pm
Krewe of Selene 6:30pm
Krewe of Centurions 7:00pm

SATURDAY | Feb 6
Westbank: Krewe of NOMTOC 10:45am
Krewe of Iris 11:00am
Krewe of Tucks 12:00pm
Madisonville: Krewe of Tchefuncte 1:00pm
Mid-City: Krewe of Endymion 4:15pm
Krewe of Isis 6:30pm

SUNDAY | Feb 7
Krewe of Okeanos 11:00am
Krewe of Mid-City 11:45am
Krewe of Thoth 12:00pm
Krewe of Bacchus 5:15pm

MONDAY | Feb 8
Krewe of Proteus 5:15pm
Krewe of Orpheus 6:00pm
Krewe of Pandora 7:00pm

TUESDAY | Feb 9
Krewe of Zulu 8:00am
Krewe of Rex 10:00am
Krewe of Elks Orleans follows
Krewe of Crescent City follows
Westbank: Krewe of Grela 10:00am
Krewe of Argus 10:00am
Krewe of Elks Jefferson follows
Krewe of Jefferson follows
Covington: Krewe of Lyra 10:00am

Please note: Parade routes & schedule are subject to change without notice.
Parades through the French Quarter and the Marigny are walking parades, not the traditional large float parades.

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Influential songwriter, producer Allen Toussaint has died | WWL


Allen Toussaint, the legendary songwriter, producer, arranger and performer hailed by the Grammys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and musicians and fans worldwide as one of the most influential figures in New Orleans music, died Monday while on tour in Europe, his family confirmed. He was 77.

Toussaint was on tour in Spain and died after performing Monday. Having performed frequently in his hometown over the past several weeks, Toussaint left last Thursday on a tour that was to include stops in Madrid, Belgium and London, according to his Facebook page.

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The 10 Best Vacation Spots Within Driving Distance Of New Orleans | Thrillist

While thousands upon thousands of fellow Americans attempt to get in to New Orleans over the coming months, you will likely feel the need to need to get out, if only for a brief rejoinder on what life is like without crushing humidity. So, forget security checkpoints, forget delicious airline peanuts, and head out on a road trip to one of these fine spots, all under a six-hour drive.

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French Quarter residents second line for safety | WVUE


In three weeks, French Quarter residents will head to the polls to consider passing an additional quarter cent sales tax, meant to fund the French Quarter Task Force. In the meantime,  residents are coming together to raise money for the mission, they say, is putting a huge dent in crime.

What a difference nine months makes. Today, French Quarter residents celebrate an idea dreamt up by their comrades months ago; a task force, manned by off duty NOPD officers, aimed at keeping people safe.

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Local restaurant group expanding to New Orleans East | The Advocate


NOHSC Restaurant Group plans to open one of its New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co. restaurants at Bullard Avenue and Interstate 10 early in 2016, with the debut slated for early February in time for the seasonal uptick in seafood consumption at the start of Lent.

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