All Hail BB St Roman, KDV Queen 2020!

Our fantastic Burgundy lady BB is KDV Queen for 2020! All Hail Indeed. A great neighbor to all, and a sweet lady.  I hope Iko is impressed.

KREWE DU VIEUX LINE UP

  • A. Title
  • B. Royalty
  • 1. Mystick Krewe of Comatose
  • 2. Krewe of Underwear
  • 3. Krewe of L.E.W.D.
  • 4. T.O.K.I.N.
  • 5. Krewe of Drips and Discharges
  • 6. Krewe of Spank
  • 7. Seeds of Decline
  • 8. Krewe of the Mystic Inane
  • 9. Krewe of Space Age Love
  • 10. Krewe Du Mishigas
  • 11. Krewe of C.R.U.D.E.
  • 12. Krewe of Mama Roux
  • 13. Knights of Mondu
  • 14. Krewe of K.A.O.S.
  • 15. Krewe Rue Bourbon
  • 16. Mystic Krewe of Spermes
  • 17. Krewe De C.R.A.P.S.

 

Here is the fantastic float they made for her!

Iko and BB!

Mardi Gras: “We Were the Parade”

Click the link below from Country Roads Magazine to catch a glimpse of five different walking traditions from last year’s festivities. This excerpt is from Big Queen (“Reesie”) Cherice Harrison-Nelson of the Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society, one of the legendary Harrison clan who has done so much to keep Mardi Gras Indian traditions visible:

The ceremony commemorates our past and our future as the Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society. We humbly share the universal flame of humanity, peace, and light to carry forth every day. The masking tradition may be associated with a Christian holiday and refer to Native Americans, but, so far as I can tell, it’s the most vibrant existing West African tradition in the New World. 

https://countryroadsmagazine.com/travel/mardi-gras-on-foot/?fbclid=IwAR1iV_o6rTzm1hRjtHPBIxkaVcOnz-gCDbR3ZtSbIhhIuYKoaCSwu14aTIs

Leave green space alone, neighbors say

After opening the floor for discussion among tables, Culberston led at least 156 people in a 22-question electronic poll. Results included 87 percent of respondents saying they have no interest in City Park providing camping services, 64 percent of respondents saying they don’t need an urban ecology center, and 42 percent of respondents wanting to leave new trail plans out of the Wisner Tract redevelopment.

During the last few questions, members of the audience became vocal about developing the Wisner Tract as little as possible. Multiple people asked how much City Park was paying Design Workshop, and there was a round of applause for people loving City Park as it is now.

One person asked if park officials could allow the public to pay or make donations to help maintain the current Wisner Tract, but Culberston said City Park had never mentioned anything to the architecture firm about it.

Public favors undeveloped Wisner Tract over camping, nature center designs

Meet Dutch Alley letterpress printer, John Fitzgerald

Here’s a great interview with my pal, letterpress printer John Fitzgerald. He has a shop over on St. Bernard Ave, but his stuff is easily found at the local artist co-op Dutch Alley which is at Dumaine at the river levee in the French Market. I am a fan as he knows and he has gifted me with many of his best pieces, and I have purchased many more. I definitely look forward to getting one of his Mardi Gras handouts each year. Here is one, along with 2 other pieces of his also on my wall, along with the Banksy, Harry Lee magnet, and General Leia.

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No more turning away from the weak and the weary

 

 

On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won’t understand

Don’t accept that what’s happening
Is just a case of others’ suffering
Or you’ll find that you’re joining
In the turning away

It’s a sin that somehow
Light is changing to shadow

And casting its shroud
Over all we have known
Unaware how the ranks have grown
Driven on by a heart of stone
We could find that we’re all alone
In the dream of the proud

On the wings of the night
As the daytime is stirring
Where the speechless unite in a silent accord
Using words you will find are strange
Mesmerised as they light the flame
Feel the new wind of change
On the wings of the night

No more turning away
From the weak and the weary
No more turning away
From the coldness inside
Just a world that we all must share
It’s not enough just to stand and stare
Is it only a dream that there’ll be
No more turning away

Golden French Quarter

From Historic New Orleans Collection, a link below to some lovely sketches by local artist Rolland Golden. By the way, his book is an treat too.

 


Born in New Orleans in 1931, Rolland Golden—who passed away in July 2019—spent much of his career as an artist drawing and painting Southern scenes. After serving in the Navy, Golden attended the John McCrady Art School from 1955 to 1957. Those years studying in the French Quarter began a lifelong love for the old buildings and charm of the Vieux Carré. After graduation, Golden married Stella Doussan and opened the Patio Art Studio on Royal Street. In the next few years, and as their family grew to include three children, they moved between several apartments on St. Philip, Royal, St. Ann, and Bourbon Streets—all in the French Quarter.

https://www.hnoc.org/content-rolland-golden%E2%80%99s-sketches-show-changing-french-quarter-50s-and-60s?fbclid=IwAR19M2kOMRdEkQb7CQ4NblExRbF4lZJKaBV0nLHB0-Im2r4ld0gZv-Hxkg4

 

Golden completed this painting of the Napoleon House in 1960. (THNOC, 1975.130)1975.130_web.jpg

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