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Entertainment
02/08/13

Krewe of Muses

This all-women Mardi Gras krewe has been parading since 2001. Watch for the Muses shoes! They’re the most highly-prized throw you can catch during this festive parade.

And that’s when my camera’s battery died. Too many great photos from Muses! Thanks, ladies!

Entertainment
02/08/13

Knights of Chaos

NEW ORLEANS – “It’s bigger than Christmas for me. It’s my favorite holiday. I really do think that it sets New Orleans apart from any other city.”

18-year-old Victoria Hanzo is ready for the biggest moment in her life so far. This Archbishop Chapelle High School Senior, Panera Bread employee, and Kenner resident will be transformed into the Queen of Endymion come Saturday.

“My grandpa is the Captain of Endymion. He started it, and my aunt was queen, my mom was queen, and my other aunt was queen and my cousin was queen last year, so I’ve kind of been knowing since birth that I was going to be a queen when in was 18.”

“Her dad, me, the men, we ride every year, but the queen and the maids they do it one time,” says Ed Muniz, Captain of Endymion, “This particular granddaughter has been very interesting to watch. I remember when they were real little. The cousins would come to see the other girls who were queens that year, maids that year. All of a sudden it’s their turn.”

For now all the excitement surrounds the dresses and the coveted crown.

“I get to keep it forever, yes, and I’ll probably put it away and keep putting it on every now and then just to remind myself of when I was queen.”

Come Saturday Victoria expects to be blown away. She’ll be soaking in Endymion from a spot only 46 ladies before her have conquered.

“I go to Endymion every year because it’s my family’s thing, but I never got to experience it like this before so I’m really excited,” says Hanzo.

Entertainment
02/06/13

Krewe of Nyx

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02/06/13

Krewe of Ancient Druids

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Carnival celebrations officially resumed Wednesday night with two parades that rolled through Uptown.

Thousands of spectators gathered along St. Charles to experience the Krewe of Druids parade followed by the Krewe of Nyx.

“I absolutely love it.  It’s the best time of year to be here, everybody comes in town, we have a great time,” spectator Ben Griffin said.  “A lot of people from out of town having lots of fun.”

“It’s my first Mardi Gras.  I just moved here two months ago,” spectator Sarah Gleitz said. “It’s awesome; it’s fantastic.” “There’s always a good time to be had in New Orleans.”

Both parades were well attended, despite the rainy weather.

News with a Twist
02/06/13

Not Your Typical Carnival Mask

Be the envy of everyone this Carnival season by wearing one of these.

“I came up with a Carnival mask look. Last year was the first year that I did it. I ended up with a three day wait” says makeup artist and owner of Megababy Makeup Meagan Leonard.

Leonard is back on Royal Street in the French Quarter. She’s stationed outside Tubby’s Golden Lantern glamming up women and men this Carnival season with the best accessory: hand painted masks.

“I’ve been playing with makeup since I was 16, like really getting into it, and then I was a Visual Arts Major in college so painting was my big thing. So I just decided to start painting people,” explains Leonard.

The masks take about an hour to apply and can range from $20 for a basic look to $100 for all the bells and whistles.

“The skin is a canvass. My motto is it’s not just makeup it’s art, so I always go back to my artist painting roots,” says Leonard, “I start by doing a rough sketch of the shape of the mask that I’m going to apply and then I lay a base coat of paint and then I lay a coat of glitter.”

Leonard adds some sparkle and depth with rhinestones, and sequins, and ties the look together with false lashes.

“You don’t have to worry about it falling,” assures Leonard, “I try and tell people to wear them no longer than eight hours.”

Leonard recommends scheduling an appointment so you don’t have to wait in a long line for your mask. You can contact her by calling (504)875-6709  or email her at megababymakeup@yahoo.com

algiers-ferryDue to large crowds expected Saturday, February 9, through Tuesday, February 12, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces the ferry schedule for the 2013 Mardi Gras.

During periods of high passenger volume, the vessels will not maintain a normal departure schedule.  Departures during these periods will be dictated by the numbers of passengers boarding the vessels and will be coordinated by DOTD personnel controlling passenger access in the ferry terminals.

 

Algiers Point/Canal Street Crossing

FRI FEB 8

-              One vessel all day

-              Vehicles carried all day (Tolls WILL be collected)

-              First trip from Algiers Point: 6:00 a.m.

-              First trip from Canal Street: 6:15 a.m.

-              Last trip from Algiers Point: 12:00 a.m.

-              Last trip from Canal Street: 12:15 a.m.

SAT FEB 9

-              One vessel 6:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., then two vessels the rest of the day

-              Vehicles carried until 11:15 a.m. (last vehicles loaded from west bank 11:00 a.m., from Canal St. 11:15 a.m.; (Tolls WILL be collected) AFTER THIS TIME, NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES OF ANY KIND WILL BE ALLOWED

-              First trip from Algiers Point: 6:00 a.m.

-              First trip from Canal Street: 6:15 a.m.

-              Last trip from Algiers Point: 12:00 a.m.

-              Last trip from Canal Street: 12:15 a.m.

SUN FEB 10

-              One vessel 6:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., then two vessels the rest of the day

-              Vehicles carried until 11:15 a.m. (last vehicles loaded from west bank 11:00 a.m., from Canal St. 11:15 a.m.; (Tolls WILL be collected) AFTER THIS TIME, NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES OF ANY KIND WILL BE ALLOWED

-              First trip from Algiers Point: 6:00 a.m.

-              First trip from Canal Street: 6:15 a.m.

-              Last trip from Algiers Point: 12:00 a.m.

-              Last trip from Canal Street: 12:15 a.m.

MON FEB 11

-              Two vessels all day

-              Vehicles carried until 11:15 a.m. (last vehicles loaded from west bank 11:00 a.m., from Canal St. 11:15 a.m.; (Tolls WILL be collected) AFTER THIS TIME, NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES OF ANY KIND WILL BE ALLOWED

-              Out of service for any other river activities if so instructed by USCG)

-              First trip from Algiers Point: 6:00 a.m.

-              First trip from Canal Street: 6:15 a.m.

-              Last trip from Algiers Point: 12:00 a.m.

-              Last trip from Canal Street: 12:15 a.m.

TUE FEB 12

-              Two vessels all day

-              No vehicles carried all day

-              First trip from Algiers Point: 6:00 a.m.

-              First trip from Canal Street: 6:15 a.m.

-              Last trip from Algiers Point: 12:00 a.m.

-              Last trip from Canal Street: 12:15 a.m.

 

Gretna/Canal Street Crossing

 

FRI FEB 8

-              One vessel all day PEDESTRIAN ONLY: NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES OF ANY KIND ALLOWED

-              First trip from Gretna: 6:30 a.m.

-              First trip from Canal St.: 7:00 a.m.

-              Last trip from Gretna: 11:30 p.m.

-              Last trip from Canal St. midnight

SAT FEB 9

-              One vessel all day PEDESTRIAN ONLY: NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES OF ANY KIND ALLOWED

-              First trip from Gretna: 12:45 p.m.

-              First trip from Canal St.: 1:00 p.m.

-              Last trip from Gretna: 11:30 p.m.

-              Last trip from Canal St. midnight

SUN FEB 10

-              One vessel all day PEDESTRIAN ONLY: NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES OF ANY KIND ALLOWED

-              First trip from Gretna: 12:45 p.m.

-              First trip from Canal St.: 1:00 p.m.

-              Last trip from Gretna: 11:30 p.m.

-              Last trip from Canal St. midnight

MON FEB 11

-              One vessel all day PEDESTRIAN ONLY: NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES OF ANY KIND ALLOWED

-              First trip from Gretna: 6:30 a.m.

-              First trip from Canal St.: 7:00 a.m.

-              Last trip from Gretna: 11:30 p.m.

-              Last trip from Canal St. midnight

TUE FEB 12

-              One vessel all day PEDESTRIAN ONLY: NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES OF ANY KIND ALLOWED

-              First trip from Gretna: 6:30 a.m.

-              First trip from Canal St.: 7:00 a.m.

-              Last trip from Gretna: 11:30 p.m.

-              Last trip from Canal St. midnight

Lower Algiers/Chalmette Crossing

FRI FEB 8

-              One vessel all day (Tolls WILL be collected)

-              First trip from West bank: 6:00 a.m.

-              First trip from East bank: 6:15 a.m.

-              Last trip from West bank: 8:30 p.m.

-              Last trip from East bank: 8:45 p.m.

SAT FEB 9

-              One vessel all day (Tolls WILL be collected)

-              First trip from West bank: 6:00 a.m.

-              First trip from East bank: 6:15 a.m.

-              Last trip from West bank: 8:30 p.m.

-              Last trip from East bank: 8:45 p.m.

SUN FEB 10

-              One vessel all day (Tolls WILL be collected)

-              First trip from West bank: 6:00 a.m.

-              First trip from East bank: 6:15 a.m.

-              Last trip from West bank: 8:30 p.m.

-              Last trip from East bank: 8:45 p.m.

MON FEB 11

-              One vessel all day (Tolls WILL be collected)

-              First trip from West bank: 6:00 a.m.

-              First trip from East bank: 6:15 a.m.

-              Last trip from West bank: 8:30 p.m.

-              Last trip from East bank: 8:45 p.m.

TUE FEB 12

-              One vessel all day (Tolls WILL be collected)

-              First trip from West bank: 6:00 a.m.

-              First trip from East bank: 6:15 a.m.

-              Last trip from West bank: 8:30 p.m.

-              Last trip from East bank: 8:45 p.m.

More information about the CCCD ferries can be found at www.dotd.louisiana.gov/operations/cccd/ or by calling (504) 376-8100. Travelers can also follow the ferries on Twitter.com at Canal_Ferry, Chalmette_Ferry and Gretna_Ferry.  For traffic information, dial 511 or visit www.511la.org. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email dotdcs@la.gov, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting www.511la.org. Out of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511)

NEW ORLEANS – As New Orleans cleans up after Super Bowl weekend, preparations are also underway for Mardi Gras.

“Outstanding,” said Dominick Pileggi visiting from Baltimore. “New Orleans was a great host town for super bowl.”

“Awesome!” “Great time,” Orlando native Robert Melillo said.

As the tens of thousands of Super Bowl fans make their exit, the rush is on to get ready for the tens of thousands of Mardi Gras revelers preparing to make their grand entrance.

“Been to Mardi Gras twice,” Pileggi said. “It’s a great time, and a great experience.”

“I would imagine it’s pretty stressful,” Pileggi said. “You go from one major event the city takes months planning for and right into another major event.”

Crews are moving like clock-work to clear stage equipment from Jackson Square.

The same kind of effort is underway along river-bound lanes of Poydras Street in front of the Superdome.

Remember those huge vinyl wraps on the dome and other buildings in the downtown corridor? All of them must come down; and workers are making it happen.

“This is a big operation, so it’s quite impressive,” Robert Melillo said.

“The way that they’re turning around the city I have to tell you it’s incredible,” Sheila Melillo said.

Robert and Shelia Melillo are visiting from Orlando.

On their way home, they’ll be thinking about police — and the short break they’ll have between the two big weekends; along with restaurant workers, and hotel staffers too.

“Super Bowl was already intense I can’t imagine it two times,” Sheila Melillo said.  “So anybody who is staying, they definitely are brave.”

Carnival parades resume starting Wednesday night, and continue every night through Mardi Gras.

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