Mardi Gras


A Louisiana Tech University student has been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting that took place during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.  On Friday, Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed Eddie Dingle, 21, was arrested for second degree murder.

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The Young Leadership Council partnered with ArcGNO this carnival season to collect beads and recyclables on the parade routes through uptown New Orleans. After a story revealed that the city removed more than 64 tons of beads from a five block stretch of St. Charles, YLC Recycles Project Leader Hannah Kincannon says it’s a public safety issue.


YLC works to make New Orleans events greener and more sustainable. Kincannon says they worked with ArcGNO to find a home for the tons beads collected.


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The Humane Society of Louisiana is working to help in the adoption of 19 horses that will participate in Mardi Gras parades this week.  HSL Director Jeff Dorson says the program started last year to ensure that none of the horses used in the parade would be sold for slaughter.  Dorson is pleased at the success they have had working with Cascade Stables in helping find forever homes for these horses.


Dorson says with the response they received from not only Louisiana, they are hoping to make this a regular adoption event.


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There will be an expanded presence of state police troopers in New Orleans as Mardi Gras ramps up for the final weekend.  They have committed 165 troopers to working the French Quarter and the  metro area.  Senior Trooper Melissa Matey says they will perform a variety of assignments.


Last year, troopers had to pull dozens of weapons off the streets.  Matey says it’s something they will  look out for.


Matey says citizens can utilize a special phone app called “See Send” if they suspect suspicious activity during the celebrations.


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Many Mardi Gras revelers will keep one eye on the parades and one eye on the skies as threatening weather may put a damper on their celebrations  The National Weather Service says rain, heavy at times, is predicted for southeast Louisiana.  Danielle Manning with the National Weather Service in Slidell says Saturday and Sunday will be soggy


The forecast may be a little better in Southwest Louisiana, where the front will move through causing greater rain chances earlier in the weekend.  Kent Kuyper from the Lake Charles office.


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The Louisiana SPCA says a man faces an animal cruelty charge after he was videoed hitting and kicking his frightened horse in a New Orleans parade in the lead-up to Mardi Gras. A parade-goer made a video of the incident Friday.

A news release Tuesday says the rider was a guest of the riding group Nu Generations in the Krewe of Oshun parade. Its captain accompanied him to Louisiana SPCA headquarters Monday.

The SPCA isn't releasing his name, but says the captain told officials he won't be allowed to ride with Nu Generations again.

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It's Mardi Gras, and parade season is in full swing in the Twin Cities. The 35th Annual Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade is February 3 at 6 p.m.

The theme of the 35th Annual Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade is "Janus Relives the 80s," an homage to the bodacious time when the Krewe of Janus was formed. Since 1984, the Krewe of Janus has donated thousands to charities in the community. 

Krewe Of Confetti Kids: Mardi Gras Fun For Children, Too

Jan 29, 2018
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Mardi Gras is generally a family-friendly holiday and not just the often seen adults-only, drunken celebration.

Children can be seen lining the parade routes, families spend weeks making costumes together and there's even kid-centered parades.

Ariana Maria Ybarra, a married mother with two young girls, says her family has spent recent weeks preparing for Chewbacchus, the Star Wars-themed walking parade in the city's Marigny neighborhood slated for Feb. 3.

Crawl Around Downtown

Jan 26, 2018
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The Downtown Gallery Art Crawl is Thursday, Feb 1 in Downtown Monroe and Antique Alley.

The Downtown Art Alliance is continuing their celebration of its 10th Anniversary with new exhibits from artists both local and out of state. The Crawl showcases art from the Northeast Louisiana region, as well as Texas and Missouri.

Interesting Ingredient In King Cakes

Jan 26, 2018
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There’s a nearly limitless variety of king cakes available, reflecting the hundreds of years bakers have been cooking up that classic Mardi Gras desert. There’s traditional, fruit fillings, cream cheeses, almond, and now, cricket. Audubon Insectarium Curator of Animal Programs Zack Lemann says their clever chefs cooked up quite a concoction.


There’s over 30 grams of protein in a pound of cricket, and Lemann says the snack is quite filling.


Leman says the crickets add a real depth of flavor to the iconic treat.