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Friday, February 28, 2014

Mardi Gras revelers beware: Orleans Parish's 'Booking Bus' back in French Quarter |

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas displayed what's more formally known as the Mobile Communications Unit and Mardi Gras Alternate Intake and Processing Compound. The mobile booking site, now in its eighth year, will be open for business Friday through Monday, enabling NOPD officers to quickly book people and move on to other work...

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I ‘get it,’ now, the gumbo tradition of Mardi Gras | The Daily Iberian

It seems there is a tradition here in South Louisiana that every house have a pot of Mardi Gras gumbo simmering on the stove on Fat Tuesday. This ritual is linked to Le Courir de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Run) that came from the back country — something totally unlike the pageantry and parades seen in the cities. This maintains its French pronunciation because of its place of origin, the French countryside. It is the Mardi Gras my mom grew up knowing, the “real Mardi Gras” as she said — masked men on horseback and in costumechasing chickens that would end up in a communal pot of gumbo. That tradition, along with many others, was buried deep within her but it was not passed on. I do remember stories she tried to tell us about the “Mardi Gras” on horseback riding through Mamou and Ville Platte, “stealing” chickens and wearing mask that hid their identity and partial intoxication; it was, after all, Fat Tuesday and the next day Lent began and the merriment would stop abruptly at midnight within these strict Catholic communities. It was all so steeped in tradition and creed — the masks, the flying feathers, the horses, and the kids in the country witnessing this amazing and mystic troupe of riders. Imagine the thrill and wonderment, there was no FB, TV, or Instagram to alert them or refer to — just masked men appearing in the early morning fog on Mardi Gras day running through fields and yards chasing chickens at the direction of the Capitaine.

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The Life and Death of Mardi Gras Beads: The history, future of a crowd favorite | LSU The Reveille

To most, beads are only important during the season and quickly lose their luster when the parades have stopped rolling. But the beads travel a long way to arrive in the Crescent City and their lives continue on well after Fat Tuesday has passed.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

5 New Orleans Bars You Must Visit This Mardi Gras | Huffington Post

As we roll up to Mardi Gras, which has arguably become one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the U.S., some of us are lucky enough to find ourselves heading to the heart of the party -- New Orleans. With so many great bars to visit in the area, both on and off of Bourbon St., we've made a list of some of our favorites for you to try this year.

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Jazz Fest Adds Billy Iuso | @Jambands

Billy Iuso has been added to the lineup for this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The guitarist and songwriter will take the stage on May 1 with members of his band, The Restless Natives, and other special guests.

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Ya-Ka-Mein in New Orleans |

Ya-ka-mein. Yakimi. Yet-ca-mein. Yak e mein. Yacamein. Ya-ka-meat. Yaka mein. Just to call out a few of the ways you might encounter the protein-and-noodle soup spelled around New Orleans. To date, there is no standard spelling, even for the media, in large part because little has been recorded about the dish and its place at the New Orleans table until quite recently.

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AXS TV adds a 4th day to Jazz Fest 2014 coverage schedule |

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell has renewed its partnership with AXS TV, Mark Cuban's cable-TV network, which will add a day of live broadcasts from the Fair Grounds on the festival's second weekend. Among the acts to be carried by AXS: Christina Aguilera, Santana, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, The String Cheese Incident, John Fogerty, John Hiatt and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

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