Mardi Gras

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4 Hurt in Bourbon St. Shooting

One critically; police investigate as Mardi Gras partying quickly resumes

(Newser) - Gunshots and then screams erupted in a French Quarter crowd celebrating the countdown to Mardi Gras, and police who released a bystander's video footage early today said four people had been wounded in the Bourbon Street shooting after an argument involving revelers. Authorities did not immediately say if any... More »

Being Overweight Pays Off Today at Casino

Mardi Gras promotion at Gulfstream Casino aims to put big butts in the seats

(Newser) - It's Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, and the Gulfstream Park and Racing Casino in Florida is celebrating—what else?—fat people. In a promotion that's sure to make Michelle Obama cringe, the casino is offering players 10 cents in free slot machine credits for every pound... More »

Saints Afterglow Warms Chilly Mardi Gras

Traditional Fat Tuesday festivities more Super than usual

(Newser) - The fleur-de-lis symbol of the hometown Saints was much in evidence during New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations, which, despite what the Times-Picayune describes as “artic air,” were even merrier than ever as the Big Easy continued to fete the NFL team’s Super Bowl victory. Indeed, one reveler... More »

Can't Make It to Mardi Gras? Try ParadeCam

Well, usually it's StreetcarCam, but come Carnival season...

(Newser) - For all those who can't make it down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year, the Times-Picayune has a solution: ParadeCam. Most of the year the camera that films the intersection of Napoleon Street and St. Charles Avenue is called StreetcarCam, but come Fat Tuesday...voila, a remote feed... More »

Drew Brees, New Orleans Revel in Bacchus Parade

Saints QB and Super Bowl MVP reigned as king over Sunday event

(Newser) - Drew Brees could probably be called king of New Orleans any day of the week, but yesterday was special: he reigned as King of the Bacchus Parade, the traditional pre-Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras celebration. Locals tell the Times-Picayune the crowds were bigger than usual this year on account of the... More »

New Orleans Fetes Saints

Thousands jam parade route for Super Bowl champs

(Newser) - A week ahead of Fat Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras, the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints celebrated "Dat Tuesday." Carnival floats carrying players, coaches and team owner Tom Benson rolled past tens of thousands of members of "Who Dat" nation in a victory parade. The Mardi Gras-flavored... More »

Saints Fans Start Mardi Gras Early

Streets of New Orleans fill with celebrating fans

(Newser) - Music filled the air and Saints fans filled the streets tonight as New Orleans celebrated the hometown team's first Super Bowl victory. Jubilant supporters shook off the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and started Carnival-style revelry a week and a half before Mardi Gras. "You can't describe it. It's so... More »

Landrieu Scion Wins New Orleans Mayoral Election

Mary Landrieu's brother, Mitch, succeeds term-limited Ray Nagin

(Newser) - Frustrated by term-limited Mayor Ray Nagin's leadership of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, voters elected Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu to succeed him last night, turning to a political scion to speed up the city's recovery. Landrieu, 49, became the majority-black city's first white mayor since 1978, the year his... More »

7 Shot in New Orleans Watching Mardi Gras Parade

(Newser) - Seven people, one of them a toddler, were shot in New Orleans today as they watched a Mardi Gras parade, police say. Two men are listed in serious condition, reports the Times-Picayune, and all of the victims appeared to be innocent bystanders. Police chased down and arrested two suspects, ages... More »

Economy Can't Spoil Mardi Gras

Revelers enter final day of festivities

(Newser) - Partiers in New Orleans are taking one last chance to eat, drink, and be merry today before Lent. Tourism officials don't believe the economic downturn has dampened the mood at this year's Mardi Gras celebrations and say big crowds over the weekend and nearly full hotels bode well for the... More »

Post-Katrina, Mardi Gras Revels

Hurricane's shadow still looms, but New Orleans revelers make a comeback

(Newser) - Super Tuesday means Mardi Gras in Louisiana today, and the New Orleans bacchanal is slowly finding its feet 3 years after Hurricane Katrina. The predominantly black Zulu parade has as its king this year a 62-year-old native who left the Big Easy for Houston after the levees broke. He's only... More »

Hit the Winter Festival Circuit

Things are heating up around the globe

(Newser) - Even though it's freezing outside, you don't have to shut yourself up at home. Party on three continents at these amazing festivals, selected by Sherman's Travel:
  1. Barbados Jazz Festival, Jan. 14–20
  2. Buenos Aires Tango Festival, Feb 22-Mar 3
  3. Carnival in Rio, Feb 2–5
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