No chapter on New Orleans would be complete without something about the Mardi Gras experience. We knew about the big parade, but beyond that we knew nothing of the festival. The secrets and functions of the city that revolves around a carnival remain obscure to outsiders. Mardi Gras is not just a celebration, it is a way of life meshed with social structure and status. Anyone who is anyone belongs to a krewe, an organization built on social status, occupation and ancestry. All year long each krewe prepares for the season which ushers in the balls and the parades.
|By: Crane-Station Wednesday September 17, 2014 8:00 pm|
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday March 4, 2014 8:00 pm|
Now that it’s Mardi Gras (or if you prefer Shrove Tuesday, or as IHOP is promoting it, National Pancake Day with free flapjacks til 10pm), we must put aside fleshy food and indulge in a meatless diet, unless you’re an atheist or a pagan. I never know what to give up for Lent, which is for me more cultural than spiritual. Maybe I won’t buy any—uh wool underwear? I’ll give up zucchini! Oh wait no, that’s not good because I loathe the zuke.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday February 21, 2012 8:00 pm|
I loved Bea Arthur, one of the funniest women in comedy. Maude, her 1970s era sitcom spin-off from All in the Family was groundbreaking. Golden Girls made her an icon. And as the below (semi-NSFW) video, her last performance shows, she never lost her stride.
The day after her death, on April 27, 2009 a letter was released by PETA, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, from Bea Arthur to acclaimed chef Curtis Stone, pleading with him to stop using foie gras. That was, according to PETA, her dying wish.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday March 8, 2011 8:00 pm|
Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day: “a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.”
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday October 18, 2010 5:00 pm|
I love New Orleans. I fell in love with the city as a little girl, just by reading stories set there. I watched in agony as Hurricane Katrina approached, prayed with friends that the city would be spared and wept when the levees broke and destroyed so many lives. I was given the opportunity to research and fact-check the city online post-Katrina, followed by two amazing, transcendent trips to NOLA in 2006 and 2007 for the Voodoo Music Fest and then Mardi Gras. I cheered when the Super Bowl was held there with U2 playing at halftime and whooped with ecstatic joy embracing a group of Orleans-loving friends when the Saints won last season. New Orleans is at once languorous and vital, seductive, dangerous, joyous, profound, sacred, nasty, naughty, glorious. She is the Holy of Holies, full of magic and mystery, charm and force; fierce and exuberant.