2013 New Orleans festival schedule

New Orleans has a festival going on just about every weekend. The festival schedule via NewOrleansOnline.com:

FleurtyGirl.net sells a calendar of Louisiana festivals and events. It's $15. (image via FleurtyGirl.net)

FleurtyGirl.net sells a calendar of Louisiana festivals and events. It’s $15. (image via FleurtyGirl.net)

New Orleans is the Festival Capital of the World. We have dozens of festivals that celebrate our unique food, music and multicultural heritage all year-long.

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Photos of Times-Picayune floats at Mardi Gras

The Times-Picayune had four floats at Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans, and the media organization didn’t produce any of them. The floats were satirical and poked fun at The T-P’s move to a three-day-a-week print paper. logo_nola_times_picayune We were fascinated by the floats. We come from a newspaper background, but the only way our papers would have been represented in a parade is if the paper made the float. We are aware of four Times-Picayune floats this year: Krewe du Vieux, Krewe d’Etat, Chaos and Muses.

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We’re finalists in ‘W’ Hotel’s Mardi Gras photo contest

The W Hotel in New Orleans has a Mardi Gras photo contest going to find the best 2013 pix.

Three of our parade pictures made the cut. Can you do us a solid and “like” the photos? Please? Pretty please with a cherry on top?

OUR THREE PIX IN THE RUNNING

The Pussyfooters dancing at Orpheus (vote for it):

The Pussyfooters put on quite a show at the Orpheus parade in New Orleans. (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

The Pussyfooters put on quite a show at the Orpheus parade in New Orleans. (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

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Photos of Harry Connick Jr., Mariska Hargitay and Gary Sinise at Mardi Gras

We were lucky enough to spot Harry Connick Jr., Mariska Hargitay and Gary Sinise at the Mardi Gras parades Monday in New Orleans.

They rode through Uptown New Orleans in the Orpheus parade. See the pictures below from our Instagram feed:

Mariska Hargitay rode in the Orpheus parade at Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans. She co-stars in "Law & Order: SVU." (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

Mariska Hargitay rode in the Orpheus parade at Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans. She co-stars in “Law & Order: SVU.” (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

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Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras! We’re getting in the spirit with red beans & rice (recipe) and king cake cocktails (recipe).

This is one of the collectible Bacchus throws from 2013. (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

This is one of the collectible Bacchus throws from 2013. (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

We’re also sorting out all our parade loot. Chips from Mid-City, tridents from Proteus, bags from Bacchus and water bottles from Muses. Plus, enough beads to fill a bucket.

See our Instagram feed for pictures from all the parades.

And did we mention we saw Gary Sinise, Harry Connick Jr. and Mariska Hargitay last night? Our photo proof.

Reminder – today is a fun day to go out and see costumed revelers. But, if you are heading to places like the grocery store, check the hours before you go. Many stores have special hours today.

No trash pickup today in New Orleans

Via NOLA.gov:

The trash cans in New Orleans have flair. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

The trash cans in New Orleans have flair. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

City announces Mardi Gras trash collection schedule

FEBRUARY 11, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City of New Orleans announced there will be no trash or recycling collection on Mardi Gras day, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 for residents with Richards Disposal and Metro Disposal pickup. Those residents will have their trash picked up on Friday, February 15.

Richards recycling collection will resume next Tuesday, February 18. Metro recycling collection will be Thursday, February 14.

Residents serviced by SDT Waste will have regular trash collection on Tuesday.

Food ideas for Mardi Gras brunch

New Orleans chef John Besh offers his Mardi Gras brunch menu on Epicurious (full post).

John Besh's menu on Epicurious includes cheese grits. (photo via Epicurious.com)

John Besh’s menu on Epicurious includes cheese grits. (photo via Epicurious.com)

Some of the highlights:

In the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, this type of party is common throughout New Orleans because it offers a laid-back way for friends and family to gather and eat before heading to the parade route.

When planning a Mardi Gras brunch, Besh says there are two things to keep in mind.

First, you have to serve the quintessential New Orleans breakfast dishes—think biscuits, beignets, grits, and grillades (a Creole take on pot roast). Second, “it has to be something you can put together without a big mess.” In other words, it can’t be complicated.

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Stock up on groceries before Mardi Gras

Make sure you stock up on groceries before Mardi Gras if you live in New Orleans.

image via poetluckerate.wordpress.com

image via poetluckerate.wordpress.com

Our neighbors have been reiterating that to us for the past two weeks. So, if you haven’t done it already, go get enough food to last you through Tuesday. Grab some snacks and booze for any last minute Mardi Gras parties, as well. And don’t forget meds and/or pet food.

Then, don’t move your car. You will lose it if you live anywhere near a parade route (see them).

If you forget something and need to go to the store, check the hours before you go. Many have special hours for Mardi Gras.

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Cocktail ideas for king cake vodka

Taaka’s king cake vodka continues to tempt us. It’s a sweet, flavored vodka found at nearly every grocery store this time of year.

image via @newinNOLA on Instagram

image via @newinNOLA on Instagram

Last month, we offered up two cocktail recipes from Rouses (see them).

If you don’t have access to king cake-flavored vodka but you still want a king cake cocktail, try this one from GoNOLA.com.

And today, we heard about a new recipe: king cake vodka Jello shots.

Recipe from the good folks at BlackenedOut.com:

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