Mardi Gras 2015: Gather Your Krewe
Hardcore Mardi Gras ballers have already got their itinerary sorted for this year's party. Clock's-a-tickin', but there's still time to make a plan. Welcome to our online special Mardi Gras 2015 series!

4:50PM Wed. Jan. 14, 2015, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

12th Night Austin Rolls Out
Usually, the only epiphany I have come January 5, is that the holidays are over, my coffers are bare, and it's time to get back to work – which may very well be why the Feast of the Epiphany or 12th Night is one of my favorite holidays: It's one last decadent hurrah before the year begins her grind.

11:45AM Thu. Jan. 3, 2013, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Mardi Gras Currency: I Am a Tosser
Welcome to Mardi Gras season – next Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, is Fat Tuesday – so I'm gathering some old posts and updating them for all you last-minute revelers or Mardiday-dreamers. This post [originally from 2008 and since retooled] is about beads.

10:23AM Tue. Feb. 14, 2012, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Eastbound & Down: Austin Invades NOLA
Here's a heaping helpin' from some Carnival vets (in their own words) to get you in the mood, whether you are celebrating here or somewhere east. Minor Mishap Marching Band, beary/cubby DJ Collin Bass, and party goddess and blogger extraordinaire Angeliska Polacheck are among the many Austinites headed that way.

1:42PM Mon. Feb. 13, 2012, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Who Dat Rollin' on Dat Float?
There's nothing like the sound of a parade line-up. Those moments before roll out, when musical mayhem from floats testing PAs bleeds over the bleats of marching bands strutting their stuff on the side streets – with quick over the shoulder glances to see if rival high schools are paying heed to their mighty, mighty jams. It's Mardi Gras 2010, y'all!

6:53PM Fri. Feb. 12, 2010, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Happy Twelfth Night
Happy Twelfth Night, y'all! Today (12th Day, the 12th day after Christmas) is the Epiphany and the former "official" close of the Christmas holiday season. In our house, it's when the tree and lights come down. It's also the official kick off to Mardi Gras.

2:18PM Tue. Jan. 6, 2009, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

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My Great Big Booty
Throw is not a verb in Mardi Gras speak. Throws are the baubly/trickety things that come flying at you off of a float, hurled with wild abandon by float riders. Most throws are beads. Cheap plastic strands from China. But some are fabulously sought-after prizes. Some are created by artists who go to great lengths to concoct totally unique and one-of-a-kind throws. (Sadly, I did not see any of these.) Others are unique to the particular group who is throwing them. Like anything thrown at a Muses parade.

5:03AM Wed. Feb. 6, 2008, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

I Luv a Parade
Some of Barry Kern's earliest memories are of Mardi Gras parades. Not surprising since his dad, legendary New Orleans artist Blaine Kern is pretty much The Man responsible for our modern conception of what makes a float float. Kern has been designing for Mardi Gras Krewes since the late 1940s.

1:40PM Wed. Jan. 16, 2008, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

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