February 15, 2012 |
The beads were flying all around them, some pooling in the street, some caught by revelers and cherished for a moment — most of them destined, in all likelihood, for the landfill. It was Mardi Gras 2011, and Kirk and Holly Groh were stationed in their family's traditional viewing spot downtown, where they had watched so many parades roll by in years past. This time, they kept thinking what a waste it was. Their hometown had never seemed more environmentally fragile.
September 11, 2011
Looking at a place you love isn't much different from looking at a person who has stolen your heart. There are flaws and distressing times, of course. But you learn to live with the annoyances, because there's something about that person - or place - that makes you think: "Beautiful!" Hello, New Orleans. I was born and have spent most of my life here. New Orleans is exuberant and sassy and smelly - in good and bad ways. Its people are an all-American mix. Rich, poor, middle class, black, white, Latino and some Asians live in proximity, packed between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain.
July 29, 2011 |
Of the action sports featured over the weekend at X Games 17, one of the most popular remains absent: surfing. That is where the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing comes in, beginning Saturday and extending through Aug. 7, at Huntington Beach. The annual event attracts more than half a million fans and the top surfers in the world, as well as skateboarders and BMX riders who join in on the action next weekend. "Essentially, it's like action sports Mardi Gras," said James Leitz, the event organizer from IMG, which owns and operates the U.S. Open of Surfing.
June 7, 2011
David Simon, executive producer of "Treme," "Generation Kill" and "The Wire," talks about life as a show runner on three of HBO's signature dramas. How did working as a newspaper journalist at the Baltimore Sun prepare you for being a TV show runner? There might be people in this industry who would suggest being a former journalist inhibits me. [chuckles] I'm not being facetious. It can be looked upon as an asset or a genuinely crippling factor. I'm not particularly equipped to be in the industry.
March 8, 2011 |
Mardi Gras party time and parades started around dawn in New Orleans, but when does the throwing of beads and doubloons come to a halt? The partying continues inside French Quarter bars into the wee hours, but another Mardi Gras tradition takes hold after midnight: the Big Sweep . At 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, the city's superintendent of police, dressed in full uniform, and his aides arrive on horseback to lead a brigade of sanitation trucks starting...
March 5, 2011 |
A tornado reportedly damaged more than 100 homes in southwest Louisiana Saturday, killing one woman, authorities said. Witnesses reported seeing houses completely ripped from their foundations. Eleven people were reported injured. The 21-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on her house, said Maxine Trahan, a spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish sheriff. Debris was littered throughout Rayne, the town of about 8,500 people, after a line of violent thunderstorms moved through the area and left behind a swath of damage about a quarter of a mile wide to three miles long.
February 7, 2011 |
Think Mardi Gras and your thoughts are apt to turn to New Orleans, where the celebration of the last day before Lent gives new meaning to the word "raucous. " Fat Tuesday typically becomes a day of parades and revelry, the latter turning the French Quarter into the Southern equivalent of a rave. About 150 miles north and east is a port city that claims to be the birthplace of the celebration. Mobile may be better known for its profusion of azaleas and nearby Bellingrath Gardens, but the city claims for itself the title of first Mardi Gras in America, placing the origin of the fest in 1703.
January 21, 2011 |
Most Americans associate Mardi Gras festivities with New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro, not with Nice, France . But the city in the Provence region in southern France puts on quite a Mardi Gras show. And nearby communities hold other festivals around that time too: Nice (Feb. 18 through March 8): The exuberance of this Mardi Gras celebration will begin with the King of the Mediterranean’s lavish entrance -- accompanied this year by a queen -- to applause and rejoicing.