2012 Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans

Upcoming Mardi Gras Parades:
  • Claude - St. Tammany - 22 Jan 1:00 p.m.
  • Slidellians - St. Tammany - 29 Jan 1:00 p.m.
  • Brid - Orleans - 3 Feb 7:00 p.m.
  • Bilge - St. Tammany - 4 Feb Noon
  • Krewe du Vieux - Orleans - 4 Feb 6:30 p.m.

See full 2012 parade schedule via mardigras.com

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LSU fever spreads | Opelousas Daily World

There will be more than just the Monday game in which undefeated LSU meets Alabama in the Superdome for the Bowl Championship Series game. Sorrel has planned to attend events that lead up to the game, like a pep rally for LSU to be held in front of New Orleans' historic St. Louis Cathedral...

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Mitch Albom: Lions' trip to Big Easy ends in big hurt | Detroit Free Press

In the end, the defense broke down like a bayou jalopy, and one Saints receiver was so open, he had time to sprinkle sugar on his beignets before catching a bomb and scooting in for the touchdown. This was a fight and the Lions landed blows. But the New Orleans Saints won easily because they never stopped doing what they do, and the Lions never stopped them, either...

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu kicks off Mardi Gras countdown with king cake feast | NOLA.com

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With the assistance of his wife, Cheryl, left, and Leah Chase, center, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, right, cuts king cake during the City of New Orleans' annual king cake party to kick off the Carnival season at Gallier Hall in New Orleans on Friday, January 6, 2012.
Presiding over the mayor's annual Kings Day king cake party at Gallier Hall, Landrieu officially kicked off Carnival season -- which culminates with Fat Tuesday on Feb. 21 -- by presenting to the athletics directors of each school a gooey, oval-shaped pastry sparking with purple, green and gold sugar...

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Carnival 2012 should be a ball | WWL

A float carrying members of the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade rolls down St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Sunday, March 6, 2011. Mardi Gras season ends with an all-day celebration on Tuesday, March 8th.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Carnival 2012 is poised to be as big if not bigger than the celebration last year which, by all accounts, was nothing short of phenomenal for the city.

Celebrities will bring attention, not to mention they will be a fun draw for locals who of course are really what the celebration is all about. Hit comedian Will Ferrell should prove to be a popular Bacchus monarch...

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Mardi Gras music mix on Spotify

Mardi Gras season begins tomorrow (on the 12th Night), and Fat Tuesday is just weeks away, February 21st, 2012


Get in the mood ♫ with 4 days of Louisiana and New Orleans music on Spotify (http://spoti.fi/nb7dj0).

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1989: New Orleans Jazz Fest grows up | NOLA.com

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival had grown up by 1989. The annual celebration of music, food and culture exploded from an audience of about 350 at its founding in 1970 to an estimated 260,000 in 1989, an attendance record since surpassed by a wide margin...

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New Orleans wants you to know that the seafood is safe | WDBJ

There are a lot of eyes on New Orleans city this week. With the Sugar Bowl, then the BCS Championship game. So the city wants to use this attention to promote it's local tourism and seafood. It's only been about 18 months since the Gulf Oil Spill, but BP has partnered with the Sugar Bowl to help get the word out that the eatin's good in the Big Easy...

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New Orleans City Park getting splash park, miniature golf course | NOLA.com

First up in 2012 is a 36-hole miniature-golf complex that officials plan to open by late summer along Victory Avenue, across from Storyland and the children's amusement park. Next on the to-do list is a splash park proposed for an 8.5-acre site north of the Roosevelt Mall running track, just south of the railroad tracks. Barring any delays, park managers hope to break ground on that project by year's end and open it in summer 2013...

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Brees and record-setting Saints roll into playoffs with a 45-17 blowout | Washington Post

After Drew Brees capped a record-setting season by shredding yet another defense, the Saints’ star quarterback was conflicted. As a student of the game, he wanted to appreciate the history-making regular season New Orleans had just concluded. Yet there simply wasn’t much time to spend on flattery while a playoff game with Detroit loomed less than a week away...

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The Year in Art | Gambit New Orleans

It's been a hell of a year. That can be taken in a number of ways, but what stands out is that more changes have occurred in this city's art scene over the past 12 months than typically would take place over many years in more normal times. While local galleries maintained their predictably stable status, 2011 was a mixed bag for arts institutions as directors and curators came and went. Champagne corks popped at some as others bled red ink...

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