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Exclusive Interview: Behind the Scenes with a Mardi Gras Indian

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Mardi Gras Indians are an integral part of the Mardi Gras tradition. Known for their secrecy and elaborate, handmade costumes, the Mardi Gras Indians began parading during a time in which African Americans were prohibited from participating in Mardi Gras krewes. With names like the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Yellow Pocahontas, and the Young Navaho, Indian tribes possess formal hierarchies made up of roles such as Chiefs, Queens, Flag Boys, and Wild Men, and make impromptu appearances throughout a variety of New Orleans neighborhoods on Mardi Gras Day and on “Super Sunday,” the Sunday following St. Joseph’s Day.  … Read More

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Getting Artsy in New Orleans

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As any New Orleans resident will tell you, there’s more to the city than Mardi Gras and go-cup daiquiris (though we do enjoy both very much). Indeed, New Orleans possesses a burgeoning and dynamic art scene, an urban center akin to Austin and Brooklyn that has drawn creative types from around the world. For artists and writers, New Orleans’ affordability and open, communitarian sensibility present a unique alternative to the expense and dissociating sprawl of these other urban art centers. The following will give you an idea of the New Orleans-based artists and artisans to watch out for, and where they’re showcasing their work, hanging out, selling and creating. … Read More

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Our Favorite Films Shot in NOLA

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New Orleans serves as a vibrant backdrop for some of our favorite movies — and it’s really no wonder. The city is not only full of historical architecture, but also boasts a thriving cultural scene that all but becomes a character itself in the following flicks. NOLA has been an inspiration to filmmakers for decades; read on for our top picks, and then follow your NOLA to get inspired by the Crescent City.  … Read More

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Beyond the Beignet: New New Orleans Cuisine

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Visitors to New Orleans nearly always make the requisite stops at legendary dining institutions like Cafe du Monde, Antoine’s, and Dooky Chase. But the locals know that there’s a thriving culinary culture beyond the beignet, gumbo, and oysters Rockefeller. When weirdo foodie Andrew Zimmern went on record as saying the next big food trend would be Filipino cuisine — and that there was in fact a popular pop-up Filipino restaurant in NOLA — we knew we had to take a closer look. Read on for a mouthwatering roundup. … Read More

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