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Curmudgeonly Thoughts on Krewe Gras

Mardi Gras is over, thank goodness. Here are a few curmudgeonly comments. It’s fun to view the parades, appreciate the beauty of the costumes, laugh at the drunks, catch beads […]

Mardi Gras and so much more.

On my way back from a meeting in the French Quarter this afternoon: It’s a really lovely crisp winter day in New Orleans; the weather is simply gorgeous, and the […]

The Greatest Free Show

Mardi Gras has often been called the “Greatest Free Show on Earth,” and I don’t think anyone could possibly argue with that. A New Orleanian’s greatest pleasures is people- watching […]

The Faux and The Reel

For the past couple of days, I’ve been visually bombarded with a huge faux Mardi Gras parade outside my Frenchmen Street perch. A film crew, hundreds of costumed extras, a […]

Mardi Gras Without The Ammo

A relative of mine sent me a joke on Mardi Gras morning via email that at first glance, seemed pretty funny, in light of how much we use digital media […]

Mardi Gras should mean more

Did you have a good Mardi Gras? I did. The bad weather held off. My family and friends had a blast at our house, midway between St. Charles and the […]

A Month to Remember: New Orleans Shines in January

This past January was an eventful month of music in which New Orleans witnessed more highlights than most of the world’s top cultural cities experience in a year. Memorable shows […]

Will Ferrell Explains Bacchus to Letterman

Last night, Will Ferrell was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman, where he discussed his reign as King of Bacchus. A few details didn’t sound quite right—Bacchus on […]

Reflections on “The Day”

Mardi Gras was great; the weather cooperated; all relatives and family arrived safely and partied without incident throughout the weekend. When we were kids, my daddy used to leave very […]

Bad Apples

I’ve written many times about the issues of noise, safety, sanitation on Frenchmen Street, and wherever there’s music in the city. Most live music is played in bars, and bars breed […]