Good place to watch Krewe of Muses tonight

We’re multitasking this evening – networking and watching Krewe of Muses (more). Muses is an all-female parade known for its throws (glitter shoes!).

This is one of the Muses shoes given away at a previous parade. (photo via kreweofmuses.org)

This is one of the Muses shoes given away at a previous parade. (photo via kreweofmuses.org)

The Youth Leadership Council of New Orleans has a membership mixer tonight at The Columns. Info via the website (more info):

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Our fave Mardi Gras pix from the weekend

Eighteen Mardi Gras parades rolled in the New Orleans area over the weekend, including the Krewe of Barkus (dog parade), Carrollton, Oshun, Chewbaccus (scifi), ‘tit Rex (miniature) and King Arthur.

So many things to do, so little time. If you didn’t make it to all the parades, we made a Storify post of our fave parade pictures to catch you up.

 

How to make a king cake cocktail

King cake cocktail? Yes, please! Earlier, we shared cocktail recipes for TAAKA’s king cake-flavored vodka (more).

image via sunnybelle.com

image via sunnybelle.com

Today, we have another recipe for a king cake cocktail. This one comes from GoNOLA.com (full post):

King Cake Cocktail

1 oz. – 30 proof Cinnamon Schnapps
½ oz. each – Amaretto & Pineapple Juice
¾ oz. each – Irish Cream Liqueur & Whole Milk
Colored Bar Sugar* – Purple, Green, and Gold

– Before getting started, if you do not already keep one there, put cocktail (martini) glasses in the freezer for at least a half hour.

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Mardi Gras parade schedule in New Orleans

Mardi Gras is getting into full swing in New Orleans. We can’t tell you how many times our neighbors have warned us not to move our cars because we’ll lose our parking spaces for days.

Eighteen parades roll this weekend in the New Orleans area, according to MardiGrasNewOrleans.com. If you work today, no worries. You can catch the ones Saturday and Sunday.

This is a screenshot of the parade schedule for this weekend from MardiGrasNewOrleans.com.

This is a screenshot of the parade schedule for this weekend from MardiGrasNewOrleans.com.

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How to make a king cake

Want to bake your own king cake for Mardi Gras? NOLA.com has a good story this week that walks you through the process. We’ve enjoyed our store-bought cakes this month, but one day it’d be fun to attempt our own cake.

image via Wikipedia

image via Wikipedia

From NOLA.com (full story):

Why would anyone want to make their own king cake, when we in New Orleans are surrounded by bakeries churning them out by the semi-truckload?

Several reasons spring to mind. The first one, though, is most important: Homemade king cakes can be delicious. Second – and this is probably the reason why most king cakes are made from scratch in homes – you want a bite of Carnival season and you don’t live near all the bakeries (looking at you gesture here, online readers).

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Where to pee in New Orleans during Mardi Gras

Good info from MardiGrasNewOrleans.com (full story):

image via Iowa State Daily

image via Iowa State Daily

Whether you’re enjoying daiquiris or locally brewed beers or even just water, eventually you’re going to need to use a restroom. For those of you that live close to the parade routes, you have my envy.

For the rest of us, here’s the guide to navigating the bathroom crisis during Mardi Gras season.

Do Not Urinate In Public

Something like 90% of the arrests made along the parade routes and in the French Quarter during the parade season are related to people peeing in public. So don’t do it, there’s a good chance that you’ll be arrested…not to mention that it’s plain ol’ rude and not very lady or gentlemen like.

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Mardi Gras floats take brief spin on Bordeaux

We spotted these two fish-themed Mardi Gras floats Sunday during a walk around Uptown. They are stored in a nondescript warehouse. The workers wheeled them to the street and put them back inside in less than 10 minutes. #mardigrasninjas

This one looks like it relates to Poseidon/Neptune:

This Mardi Gras float was spotted Sunday on Bordeaux Street in New Orleans. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

This Mardi Gras float was spotted Sunday on Bordeaux Street in New Orleans. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

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AT&T to increase New Orleans coverage

AT&T is adding extra coverage in New  Orleans in anticipation of the influx of visitors for the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras. Let the Instagramming and Facebooking commence!ATT-logo

From @SueSperry, AT&T spokeswoman for New Orleans:

In time for the Big Game and Carnival! AT&T announced new antenna systems in the CBD, Quarter, Convention Center & major hotels.

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Cocktail ideas for king cake vodka

We spotted Taaka’s king cake-flavored vodka during our first trip to Rouses. Only in NOLA. But what do you do with the liquor?

image via @newinNOLA on Instagram

image via @newinNOLA on Instagram

Ideas via @RousesMarkets on Twitter:

You can use in place of regular vodka in a White Russian – 1.5oz Taaka King Cake Vodka, 1oz Kahlua, 2oz cream.

1.5oz kingcake vodka, 1oz cranberry, 1oz pineapple juice, shaken & strained into martini glass rimmed w/ sugar & cinnamon

The second one sounds more appealing to us.

And, here’s a recipe for king cake Jello shots from BlackenedOut.com.

What about you? Have your own cocktail suggestions?