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Mardi Gras 2015: Carnival Digs
Where to laissez lay those bones during Mardi Gras season
DAILY Chronolog  January 23, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Heading out on the Mardi Gras trail? First things, first: If you don't have a place to crash in a Mardi Gras town or have not yet booked a room, planning can be intimidating. Here are some websites and some hints to help you see what's out there...."

Mardi Gras 2015: Mardi Gai
A traipse around the South on the trail of LGBTQrewes
DAILY The Gay Place  January 21, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Gay Mardi Gras is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma shrouded in mystery with a side of bafflement sprinkled with bitterness and devil-may-care. It's also a little elusive...."

Mardi Gras 2015: Five Ways to Mardi Gras
Thoroughly, completely, and totally random advice for fellow newbs
DAILY The Gay Place  February 3, 2015, by Andy Campbell
"...The closest my people get to Mardi Gras is a spring holiday called Purim where, as saying has it, you’re to get so wasted that you can’t tell the difference between boys and girls. So, yeah, Jews basically invented shit-facery..."

Mardi Gras 2015: Gather Your Krewe
Follow the purple-gold-green rainbow to our online Mardi Gras series
DAILY Chronolog  January 14, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...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..."

Mardi Gras 2015: Local Gras and a Carnaval Comeback
Samba Police reassemble after 15-year hiatus
DAILY Chronolog  February 13, 2015, by Nina Hernandez
"...Austin's best and oldest Mardi Gras tradition, Carnaval Brasileiro, originally hatched by homesick Brazilian exchange students at UT in the mid-Seventies, has been the highlight of the Austin Samba School’s programming for the last 10 years. This year Susanna Sharpe & the Samba Police return to the Carnaval stage, Feb..."

Mardi Gras Indians and Po'Boys
Chef Darold Gordon brings New Orleans traditions to Austin
DAILY Food  February 9, 2013, by Carly Yansak
"...Beads; booze; drunks stumbling the street in feather boas and masquerade masks - it’s all part of the imagery accompanying the mystical convention of Mardi Gras in the city of New Orleans. Yet, for some, it's nothing like that at all...."

Day Trips & Beyond: Mardi Gras in NWLA
Northwestern Louisiana really heats up during Mardi Gras season
DAILY Travel  January 27, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...All around Louisiana communities have put their own stamp on the annual Carnival season. From the raucous parades and parties of Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the Courir de Mardi Gras or chicken runs in the Cajun parishes, each area of the state has given the celebration its own lively characteristics...."

The Mardi Gras Trail
Design your own Mardi Gras adventure with these links.
DAILY Design  January 25, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...While the official launch of the Mardi Gras season each year is Twelfth Night, aka, the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, the real action kicks in the second to last weekend before Fat Tuesday itself. And this year, that weekend would be this weekend, Fri.-Sun., Jan..."

Mardi Gras 2015: Happy Fat Tuesday!
As Austin celebrates, we share some fun from NOLA and Galveston
DAILY Chronolog  February 17, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Happy Mardi Gras, y'all! Tonight's the night. Are you going out to celebrate? Want some suggestions? Last week, we shared our round-up of local Mardi Gras doin's (plus some news about Carnaval) just as we were heading out of town for our own adventure in Galveston...."

Mardi Gras King Cakes, Coming Right Up!
Local vendors providing a key element to pre-Lenten parties
DAILY Food  February 25, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...UPDATED: Though our list of vendors offering King Cakes is shorter this year, it’s still possible to order these delightful treats for enjoyment at home, the office, or carnival season celebrations between now and Mardi Gras on Tuesday, March 4...."

Mardi Gras Currency: I Am a Tosser
Beads for dignity. It's the American way.
DAILY The Gay Place  February 14, 2012, by Kate X Messer
"...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..."

I Didn't Go Out for Mardi Gras
One special menu item almost inspired me to break my rule
DAILY Food  February 13, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...I stopped celebrating major drinking holidays years ago, not too many years after the Armadillo World Headquarters closed; back when the Cedar Door was still in the original location, Antone's was on Guadalupe, and no one here even thought about throwing a Mardi Gras party!..."

Mardi Gras 2015: Wendy Colonna to Home and Back, Pt.2
Her "strange little circle" led right back home and to the Real Thing™
DAILY The Gay Place  February 9, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...AC: OK, Louisiana ambassador, what's your Mardi Gras advice?..."

Mardi Gras
Have your cake, and laissez les bons temps rouler!
Food Story  February 1, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday – comes early this year, signaling the end of carnival season and a final indulgent celebration before the beginning of the Lenten days of abstinence. Austin Mardi Gras observances have grown over the years, and even though it doesn't look like there will be a local parade, there are plenty of places to enjoy traditional Cajun/Creole dishes, along with king cakes, Community Coffee, Sazeracs, hurricanes, Abita beer, and bright-colored beads, all to the infectious beat of zydeco music..."

First Plates Extra Helpings: Mardi Gras 2015: Good Time Rolls
Link to us when the heart's Louisiana-bound, but the rest of you can't be
DAILY Food  February 10, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...12th at Chicon). They didn't quite get it up and running in time for the Super Bowl, as originally anticipated, but we called to confirm: They say they'll be up this week and in time for Mardi Gras..."

Every Day Is Mardi Gras at Cypress Grill Cafe
Owner re-creates essence of Louisiana at Southwest Austin cafe
DAILY Food  February 7, 2013, by Angela Shelf Medearis
"...One thing that hasn't changed about Haug or Cypress Grill is the way that Mardi Gras is celebrated. Each year, Haug does his best to re-create the good times, flavor, and fun of Mardi Gras at Cypress Grill..."

10 Years of Mardi Gras Revelry at Evangeline Cafe
Curtis Clarke and crew still bring les bon temps to Southwest Austin
DAILY Food  February 10, 2013, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Curtis Clarke, the Lake Charles native who took a chance on the tiny spot tucked in a far-off shopping center on Brodie Lane, is about to celebrate the tenth Mardi Gras at the beloved Evangeline Cafe. [image-1]..."

Day Trips: Mardi Gras, Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
The food and parades are worth the drive to northwestern Louisiana
Columns  January 25, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Mardi Gras floats in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, are colorful works of art. The papier-mâché heads of the decorated land barges part the crowds like giant snow plows..."

Mardi Gras 2015: Wendy Colonna to Home and Back, Pt.1
Austinite/SWLA-native proves you can go home again – and sing about it
DAILY The Gay Place  January 30, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Just in time for Mardi Gras, the Austin heartthrob honey crooner put those satiny vocals to work and released the sweet ode, "My Southwest Louisiana Home," a song commissioned by the Lake Charles Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau for a new video being placed across the planet to promote the warmth and whimsy of the region...."

Cocktails for Mardi Gras
Laissez les bon temps rouler
Food Story  March 4, 2011, by Wes Marshall

Mardi Gras Indian Tribes From New Orleans
Music Story  May 5, 2006, by Margaret Moser
"...Listed are more than 50 Mardi Gras Indian tribe names from in and around the New Orleans area. The oldest is Creole Wild West, founded in the 1800s..."

Nine Mardi Gras Indian Songs You Don't Know (and One Everyone Knows)
Music Story  May 5, 2006

Eastbound & Down: Mardi Party Links, Pt. 2
A li'l lagniappe for your last-minute Mardi Gras trip
DAILY The Gay Place  February 16, 2012, by Kate X Messer
"...Here's Part 2, the wrap of our pre-Mardi Gras ramp up. Austin's Carnival culture seems a lot less active than in recent previous years, but there are plenty of day-trippable destinations if you still want to get in on the fun..."

Eastbound & Down: Mardi Party Links, Pt. 1
Wanna plan a last-minute Mardi Gras trip?
DAILY The Gay Place  February 13, 2012, by Kate X Messer
"...Carnival, or as most know it, Mardi Gras season, kicked off back on January 6 with Twelfth Night. And for 2012, my krewe held a King Cake party at mi casa featuring the pastry excellence of Bakerman's Bakery, for our money, the best King Cake you can get in Austin, Texas..."

Outfittin' for Party Gras
You gotta look purdy for Mardi Gras.
DAILY The Gay Place  January 13, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...Unless you plan to be decked out in a ballgown or feathered like a Mardi Gras Indian, and whether you plan to line Canal Street, chase a chicken in Eunice, or keep it close to home along the Seawall, you should dress comfortably… and poignantly. Mardi Gras has come to mean so much more since August, 2005. May we recommend a few smart numbers? Our hands-down fave is Reboottees simply sophisticato line of Make Levees Not War gear, available online only – not in any retail location. Dirty Coast and TrumpeTees also have some freakin' fabulous designs, from the political to the profound, to the uplifting, as well as some inside jokes that true New Orleanians will get..."

Early Gras
Mardi Gras is early enough this year even for SXSWers: Watch these blogs for lots of Mardi Gras info.
DAILY The Gay Place  January 13, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...Gots a li'l Fleur de Lis on da brain. Just got off the I-10 from a week in New Orleans and Acadiana and am ready to scuttle back as quick as a mud bug in a hot tub. ROADTRIP ALERT: Based on the year's Lenten Calendar, the date on which Mardi Gras falls this year (Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008) is the earliest it has been since 1983 and the earliest it will be for decades..."

Mardi Blaggin'
Foul weather can only hold the parade up for so long. Tonight we roll.
DAILY The Gay Place  February 1, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...Grrrrr. The last three times I have had three breaths to myself to actually blog about this Mardi Gras trip, the server has been kaputnik..."

My Gang Don't Bow Down
Big Chief Kevin Goodman sew, sew, sews a new history here in Austin
Music Story  May 5, 2006, by Margaret Moser
"...Goodman is so wrapped up in the design process that his forehead is once again smooth, in contrast to the anger that furrowed it 10 minutes earlier. Amid his pride in relating the story of life as big chief of the Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indian tribe in New Orleans and the secrets of "masking Indian," he angrily spun a horrifying tale of survival after Hurricane Katrina...."

The Order of Myths
This smart and subtle documentary looks at the ingrained traditions of racial segregation that still remain in the dual Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile, Ala.
Film Review  October 24, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Thankfully, the Africans are able to make it off the boat and eventually settle in the woods outside the city, in a rundown hamlet known as Plateau. Nearly 150 years later, in 2007, a direct descendant of Meaher’s is chosen by the all-white Mobile Carnival Association to represent the city as the queen of the Mardi Gras..."

Show Us Your Bulbs
Recycling Artists Take New Orleans Trash and Make Illuminating Mardi Gras Treasure
Features Story  January 25, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"..."So what did you do to get them?" This leering question is inevitably asked to anyone decorating their home with Mardi Gras beads. Wouldn't it be nicer if they asked, "Where did you get those?" With Mardi Lights made from the recycled plastic baubles, designed by New Orleans-based Unique Products, they will..."

Who Dat Rollin' on Dat Float?
Mardi Gras 2010: There's still some time to get out and revel!
DAILY The Gay Place  February 12, 2010, by Kate X Messer
"...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!..."

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler, Already!
Cultivating a Mardi Gras tradition in River City
Food Story  February 20, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...We commemorate spring with a fictional donkey's birthday revel, laugh in the face of 100-degree August heat by slurping fiery hot salsas and cold beer, turn out by the thousands in Halloween costumes, usher in each New Year together on downtown streets, and dance our feet off to sensual Latin rhythms every February at Carnaval. Given our communal fondness for festivities, it stands to reason that Austin would embrace the celebration of Mardi Gras, the final blowout fete that is the culmination of the pre-Lent party season..."

Beads Are Power
Bob Uhler's Krewe of Utopia takes over Maggie Mae's this Mardi Gras
Food Story  February 5, 2010, by Kate X Messer
"..."I went down to Sixth Street during Mardi Gras 1997 with a huge wagon full of beads. Every cop I saw asked, 'Are you selling those?'" remembers Bob Uhler of his first Texas Mardi Gras..."

Happy Twelfth Night
Today ushers out the Christmas season and kicks off Mardi Gras!
DAILY The Gay Place  January 6, 2009, by Kate X Messer
"...It's also the official kick off to Mardi Gras...."

I Luv a Parade
Float, float on at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
DAILY Design  January 16, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...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..."

Carnival Season Means King Cake Time
Traditional New Orleans treat growing in popularity here
DAILY Food  February 6, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...In New Orleans, King Cakes are a regular feature of the carnival season, showing up for the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th) and holding a place of honor at parties and celebrations through Mardi Gras, the Tuesday before Lent begins...."

Day Trips & Beyond: February Events Roundup
February fun in the Year of the Dog
DAILY Travel  January 31, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...February includes Mardi Gras, Presidents Day, and the Lunar New Year with plenty of celebrations to honor them all...."

Painting the town red
DAILY Food  February 12, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The confluence of Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, and Chinese New Year over the next week offers plenty of opportunities for gustatory indulgences. Here are some ideas...."

All Hail the King Cake
It's not Carnival until you find the hidden baby
DAILY Food  February 6, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...In New Orleans, king cakes are a regular feature of the Carnival season, showing up for the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th) and holding a place of honor at parties and celebrations through Mardi Gras, the Tuesday before Lent begins...."

Let the Good Times Roll
Good food to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras
Food Story  March 4, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...There are fine-dining outlets and crawfish shacks, oyster bars, pizza parlors, and popular neighborhood joints from far South Austin to the northwestern suburbs. In preparation for Mardi Gras on Tuesday, March 8, we're showcasing eight Cajun/Creole restaurants, some new places as well as some blasts from the past..."

The AggreGAYtor: January 22
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY The Gay Place  January 22, 2015, by David Estlund
"...Obama gives the nation a fist bump, Mardi Gras looms large, and San Antonio rolls out the fugly, as your AggreGAYtor judges face...."

Day Trips & Beyond: February Events Roundup
Happenings from around the state
DAILY Travel  February 1, 2016, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...From Mardi Gras celebrations to art exhibits, here's what's on our radar this month...."

Let the Good Times Roll
Good food to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras
Food Story  March 4, 2011, by Claudia Alarcón
"...In Louisiana, Mardi Gras means crawfish season, and Shoal Creek does not disappoint. The folks at Shoal Creek are happy to cater a private crawfish boil for you and up to 100 of your closest friends as long as you give them plenty of advance notice, and on Mardi Gras Day, they'll be boiling all day..."

Let the Good Times Roll
Good food to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras
Food Story  March 4, 2011, by Claudia Alarcón
"...We sampled the Crawfish Bombs (six for $4.95), ground-sausage-and-crawfish-stuffed wonton wrapper pillows, fried to golden-crisp and served with a spicy, made-from-scratch cocktail sauce with grated onion and horseradish, and perhaps a hint of ginger? The Cajun bun ($9.50) – a vermicelli bowl with shredded lettuce, pickled veggies, and ground peanuts – comes piled high with seasoned crawfish and slices of sausage, and the Cajun crawfish pho ($7.95, small; $8.95, large), chock-full of little crustaceans in a hot and spicy broth, would make the perfect antidote to any bout of allergies – make sure to specify if you want it mild or spicy. Other dishes to try on future visits include the grilled Cajun lemongrass fish, the beef short ribs, and the Vietnamese salads..."

Let the Good Times Roll
Good food to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras
Food Story  March 4, 2011, by Mick Vann
"...With the $500 she scraped together from savings, friends, and her church, she secured the spot for a month, cleaned it up, and did some painting and decorating, the predominant colors being purple and yellow. "It's the colors of Mardi Gras and Jacob's Coat," she says...."

My Great Big Booty
Taking home more than souvenirs from Mardi Gras lady krewes
DAILY Design  February 6, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...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...."

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
Taking up where the original Candyman left off, this stylish, atmospheric spook story manages to do its predecessor one better and ends up as that rarest of films, a sequel...
Film Review  March 24, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...Taking up where the original Candyman left off, this stylish, atmospheric spook story manages to do its predecessor one better and ends up as that rarest of films, a sequel that actually outperforms the original. Moving the setting from Chicago's blighted Cabrini Green to the labyrinthine alleyways of New Orleans at Mardi Gras is the first in a noticeable series of good ideas from director Condon..."

Let the Good Times Roll
Good food to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras
Food Story  March 4, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...As always, Clarke has a party planned for Mardi Gras, and it's best to go early if you want a seat inside the restaurant. There will be live zydeco music from 5 to 10pm, and a tent in the parking lot to accommodate the overflow crowd..."

Let the Good Times Roll
Good food to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras
Food Story  March 4, 2011, by Wes Marshall
"...These folks offer a full bar serving Abita beers and potent Sazeracs. The owners always throw a great Mardi Gras party with live zydeco and plenty of beads..."

Let the Good Times Roll
Good food to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras
Food Story  March 4, 2011, by Sarah Hamlin
"...Other fare includes oyster, crawfish, catfish, and roast beef po'boys; boudin, chicken, and sausage gumbo; red beans and rice; and jambalaya – combos of which are offered as lunch specials. The store itself is chockablock with hot sauces, and you can buy Mardi Gras beads next to the register..."

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