Mardi Gras News

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
March 06, 2019 - 6:59 am
At the stroke of midnight; police on foot, on horseback and in cars moved through the huge crowds on Bourbon Street. They let revelers know that Carnival had come to a close and Ash Wednesday had arrived. "Mardi Gras 2019 is now over, please clear the street," police announced over a loudspeaker as...
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Rex royalty take an extended pause in front of the charred carcass of a St. Charles Avenue mansion to make a toast, carrying on a tradition that began in 1907, at a house that looms large in krewe and Mardi Gras history in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)
March 05, 2019 - 5:28 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From children clamoring for tossed strands of beads, to revelers dressed up as "blind referees" poking fun at the NFL, to high school bands marching down the street, people in New Orleans celebrated Fat Tuesday with flair and fun. Mardi Gras season began Jan. 6 and featured weeks...
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Don Ames
March 05, 2019 - 3:29 pm
Hundreds of thousands attended The Greatest Free Show on Earth in New Orleans today. Parades and parties took place throughout the metro area and the entire state of Louisiana. Among those enjoying the culmination of Carnival...LaToya Cantrell. She took in her first Fat Tuesday festivities as the...
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Chris Miller
March 05, 2019 - 11:03 am
Mardi Gras costumes typically trend toward the topical, and in the Who Dat Nation, fans are still bitter about the NOLA no-call. "We've got on referee uniforms, but we also have on big sunglasses and long canes," said one of many groups of football officials. "We can't see anything." "We've got our...
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AP
March 05, 2019 - 10:43 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The party is on! Thousands of people are gathering in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday marks the final day of the season of revelry and costumed merrymaking that began on Jan. 6. After rainy weather affected some parades Sunday, the weather is cold but sunny. The...
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Jim Hanzo
March 05, 2019 - 10:36 am
Not everybody will be doing Mardi Gras downtown today. For many it's the party in Metairie, they'd prefer to be at. It's the thrill of catching beads at the Krewe of Argus, and the Jefferson Truck parade that these people love. And they feel it's safer than being out among the throngs of people in...
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Chris Miller
March 04, 2019 - 6:23 pm
A scary moment on the riverfront in downtown New Orleans when the Coast Guard ship bringing the king and queen of the Zulu parade to Woldenberg Park slammed into part of the pier at the Canal St. ferry landing. Video shows Coast Guard vessel carrying King and Queen of Zulu slam into dock while...
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AP
March 04, 2019 - 9:32 am
(WWL.com) -- The weekend may be in the rearview mirror, but the celebration of Mardi Gras continues. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said there are many ways to celebrate in each part of the state. It’s not always all about catching cheap plastic beads. “From throwing hotdogs up in Shreveport, to chasing...
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Chris Miller
March 04, 2019 - 9:07 am
If you're looking for something to do before tonight's Uptown parades, there's plenty. Rex will arrive at the newly-renovated Spanish Plaza on the downtown riverfront by train, to accept command of the Crescent City for 24 hours. He's due at 6 p.m. Rex spokesman King Logan says this year's Rex...
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Don Ames
March 04, 2019 - 8:37 am
It's the first appearance of this year's Mardi Gras royalty. It's Lundi Gras in Kenner today. "We have the Krewe of Zulu and the Krewe of Argus that come down there," says Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn. "The two courts meet, the king and the queen, along with their royal courts. It showcases what Kenner...
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