Hope you survived Mardi Gras. You probably have a house full of glitter and beads now. We sure do. Before you throw away your loot, consider your other options, such as DIY projects and recycling.
Looks for these purple and gold bead recycling bins around the metro area. Arc of New Orleans will recycle your Mardi Gras beads and throws. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)
Mardi Gras beads are a good way to add some flair to your house. One of our favorite DIY bead projects – medallion magnets. See that idea plus 23 other creative things to do with Mardi Gras beads here.
Just want all your Mardi Gras stuff gone fast? Consider donating it to Arc of New Orleans. This nonprofit uses your beads to help employ people intellectual disabilities and delays in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes.
Look for the purple and gold Arc bins at these locations:
Happy Carnival season! One of the biggest misconceptions we’ve run into with new residents about this time of year is that Mardi Gras is a single day. Technically, it’s true – “Mardi Gras” is Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. However, Carnival season – which ends with Mardi Gras – is several weeks. That means multiple days of parades, king cakes and Mardi Gras festivities. This year, we are getting a good three weeks of parades.
Things kicked off last week with the very lewd (and creative) Krewe du Vieux in the French Quarter. Check out our Instagram page for photos or swing on over to LA to NOLA for more pix from that night. Here’s a relatively tamed snippet from it:
Happy Mardi Gras! We’ve been out and about the past two weeks enjoying the festivities. Hope you have been too. Check out our parade pictures on Instagram and Twitter.
Will post more pictures soon. Be safe and hope you stay warm and safe today.
And if you are celebrating at home, check out these cocktail recipes:
– a few classics from Emeril and his restaurants.
– ideas for cocktails using king cake vodka.
– classic New Orleans cocktails.
Check us out on Instagram – @newinNOLA
Hugh Laurie, the actor best known for his work in the TV show “House,” was the 2014 king of Bacchus. The Mardi Gras parade starts in Uptown New Orleans on Napoleon Avenue and makes its way down St. Charles.
Hugh Laurie was the 2014 king of Bacchus, a Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)
The parade rolled tonight at 5:15.
Hugh Laurie was a gracious king. He arrived early, greeted the crowd, threw doubloons and signed autographs. He also blew kisses. Hail, Hugh Laurie, king of Bacchus!
Our photos from Laurie’s arrival:
The metro New Orleans area has about 60 parades this year and we’ve found the best schedule for you. There’s a parade for every taste and all you need to do is find one that fits your schedule.
Want R-rated debauchery and satire? That’s Krewe du Vieux, which parades through the French Quarter and the Marigny.
Want kid-friendly fun? You actually have many more options than most people think. Day parade are always a good bet. Night parades tend to get a little crazier, but they can still be kid-friendly (depending on your kid). The Uptown parades are fun for pretty much all ages.
We heart the 610 Stompers. This is a dancing troupe of guys with the motto: Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Moves.
photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/NewinNOLA.com
These guys crack us up when we see them dancing in parades and at events. We see them out and about at least once a month. Are we that lucky or are they everywhere?
This weekend, the group has tryouts, starting at 11 a.m. today and tomorrow. The first 60 men dance for the judges. NOTE: As of 10 a.m., tryouts are full for today.
And for $10, you can watch the hilarity ensue. Tryouts are at The Maison (map) on Frenchman Street.
More about the Stompers:
Have you seen the pilot episode of “Sunken City,” a web comedy about New Orleans?
image via @OurSunkenCity on Instagram
The crew does something we want to do – crash a vampire tour. The show also pokes fun at NOLA’s entrepreneur scene and general life in the city.
Work has started already for Mardi Gras 2014 floats at the Royal Artists workshop on Bordeaux Street in Uptown New Orleans. The den doors are open during the day so we occasionally sneak a pic. The den holds the floats for Proteus and Chaos and we’ve heard rumors about ball decor for Rex.
If you want to be nosy like us, walk by the den during the day when the weather is nice. It’s a tan-colored warehouse on Bordeaux between Laurel and Annunciation. There are no signs (shhhh- it’s a secret). Here’s the story NOLA.com did in 2011 about the Royal Artists’ Uptown den.
Some of what we’ve seen the past few days:
The Royal Artists already have started working on Mardi Gras floats for 2014. These are pieces of 2013 floats that have been dismantled. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)
We have massive amounts of Mardi Gras beads in our house.
Our apartment is overflowing with Mardi Gras beads. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)
Beads, plush toys, cups, tridents, doubloons, chips, Muses shoe, Nyx purse. You name it, we got it (except for a coconut). But what do we do with the beads now?
We’ve asked our New Orleans friends and searched Pinterest for ideas. Voila – 24 things to do with Mardi Gras beads.
#NewinNOLA tip: back up at parades when the marching bands come
Photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA
A fellow parade-goer warned us at Mardi Gras to back up when St. Augustine’s marching band was approaching.
“You don’t want a trombone in the face,” he said.
Sure enough, the marching bands take up the entire street and they expect you to move out of the way – not the other way around.
But as soon as the bands pass, you can scoot up to the floats in hopes of getting some better throws (local name for goodies that are thrown from a parade float).
Speaking of parades, here’s the schedule for St. Patrick’s Day parades in New Orleans.
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St. Aug’s marching band was everything this Mardi Gras. We saw them in just about every parade. Also, our #newinNOLA tip: back up at parades so you don’t get tromboned in the face. (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)