February 14, 1999 |
Hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals mingled in the streets of New Orleans under sunny skies--costumed for the last four days of Carnival in styles ranging from discreet face painting and cartoon character outfits to lavish feathers and beads or trashy strips of leather, chains and little else. Across the southern part of Louisiana, parades and parties run continuously through Mardi Gras, the last Tuesday before the solemn Lenten season begins.
February 15, 1999 |
In the latest symbol of slowly eroding social and racial barriers in New Orleans, a middle-aged white businessman in gaudy gold crown and page-boy wig intends to exchange formal greetings with a black Mardi Gras king on the waterfront. The formal meeting scheduled for tonight is believed to be the first for the two make-believe monarchs: Rex, King of Carnival, whose secretive, high-society organization dates back to 1872, and King Zulu of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, founded in 1909.
December 22, 1996
Wondering where to get a room in New Orleans during Mardi Gras? You might consider a boat. There are still berths left on three paddle-wheelers that will visit the February carnival: the Mississippi Queen, Delta Queen and American Queen. All the packages include a Mississippi cruise with all on-board meals and activities; rooms at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel; reserved grandstand seats for the Endymion Parade (Feb. 8), the Rex and other parades on Mardi Gras itself (Feb.
February 2, 2008 |
Celebrity-watching will be part of the fun as New Orleans begins gearing up for Mardi Gras this weekend. Kevin Costner will serve as grand marshal of today's Krewe of Endymion, one of the largest, glitziest parades. He'll be joined by the Doobie Brothers and Belinda Carlisle, former lead singer of the Go-Go's. On Sunday, wrestler and reality TV star Hulk Hogan will reign as king of the Krewe of Bacchus. The rap group Salt-N-Pepa (Cheryl James and Sandy Denton) will ride a float in Monday's Krewe of Orpheus parade.
February 7, 1991
The Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside is celebrating Mardi Gras with a parade and carnival this weekend. All proceeds from the festivities will benefit the restoration of the historic mission. Kicking off the celebration at 9 a.m. Saturday will be a procession from the Oceanside Pier to the Mission, where the people marching will toss trinkets and beads to the onlookers.
February 12, 1991 |
Hundreds of thousands of revelers lined New Orleans streets today for a Mardi Gras celebration that dawned with the usual boozing and raunchy debauchery--tempered this year with a dose of wartime patriotism. "I originally wanted to come as a queen, but then I decided, nah, today's a day to be patriotic," said Gaye Booth, 42, of Gretna, La. Instead of royal garb, she was decked out in red, white and blue clothing with yellow ribbons lacing her shoes.
February 5, 1989 |
Did your invitation to the Mardi Gras get lost in the mail? Did the club of revelers called Rex forget to ask you to don a mask and dance? Don't feel like a social outcast. There is a place in New Orleans where you can arrange to see what you missed. Mardi Gras memorabilia are in the archives of the Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum and research center lodged in a clutch of fine houses behind 533 Royal St. in the French Quarter.
March 1, 1987 |
Paul Prudhomme isn't the only overweight institution in New Orleans. They've got a whole day that carries around too much avoirdupois-- Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday," the day before the beginning of the privations (traditionally, at least) of Lent, and thus the culmination of a whole carnival of eating and drinking and other excessive behavior. One of our local Louisiana-style restaurants, Orleans in West L.A., has been celebrating Mardi Gras since Feb.
February 19, 1996 |
Al Copeland is God. At least it seems that way on this February night in the suburbs of New Orleans, where tens of thousands of people are swarming the streets, screaming his name, jostling for his attention, pleading with outstretched palms for the manna he dispenses so bountifully. "Al, oh, Al, Al, Al," implores an elderly, gray-haired woman from her wheelchair. A cherubic boy, hoping to stand out from the crowd, waves frantically atop a ladder.
February 6, 1986 |
Tuesday marks Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday, the concluding day of a four-day celebration in New Orleans. It preceeds Ash Wednesday, which is always 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter. In French, Mardi Gras translates as "Fat Tuesday" and it is accompanied by extravagant reveling before Lent, the period of fasting and penitence before Easter.