January arrived with ice in her veins. But around Acadiana things were sizzling hot as Mardi Gras festivities filled venues with serious revelers dressed to kill. The entire season took off Jan. 5 with the ball of Krewe of Carnivale en Rio. With Janice LeBlanc at the helm as queen and her husband Marty serving as king, the ball at the Cajundome Convention Center was everything one could imagine of a fête honoring Brazil — feathers, glitter, a dazzling crowd and even more dazzling court.
The gents of Brigands took to the beach in style after a bevy of their lovely ladies warmed up for the ball at The Heymann Center. The tradition of ladies who wait lining the sidewalk in ball gowns sipping cocktails at their appointed tables proved the pre-party can be almost as fabulous as the main event.
And then there were the ever über fabulous fellas of Apollo who hosted a three-hour pageant for 2,500 attendees themed “Apollo’s Lost Jungle.” The pageant included mystical animals, Indiana Jones and lots of dancing in a fête fit for a king (and a convention center full of queens.)
1. Sara Milam and Hannah Vice 2. Daryl and Anne Doise 3. Chelsea Rowe, Danielle Pitre and Brooke Nele 4. Victoria Toups and Blaine Ussery 5. Kirk and Shannon Lynd 6. Sasha Lecompte and Erica Lukasko 7. Karen and Russell Chalmers 8. Matt Gaspard and Catherine Goudeau 9. Amber Cain, Chrissy Ducote and Lauren Ducote 10. Danny Bonaventure, David Broussard, Michael Welch and Jim Shafer 11. Leah McGrath and Alton Courville 12. Argen West, Britney Meche and Elizabeth Toca 13. Ernesto Egoavil and Melody Weiss 14. Chris and Lauren Brouillette, and Dane and Kayl Rochon 15. Elizabeth Charlotte Koke 16. Merilyn Crain
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MAR 13 So finally Louisiana is at the top of a list. We're number two on this one, which America Blog put together using statistics from Porn Hub. Turns out Louisiana is second only to Mississippi in its number of gay porn subscriptions. Isn't that interesting?
MAR 12 Columnist James Gill says you generally need either the facts or the law on your side -- unless you're in Louisiana. Then you just find someone who can push people around for you instead. That's how he characterizes Louisiana lege Robert Adley's efforts on behalf of Big Oil and against a suit that seeks to hold the industry accountable for its share of the cost of restoration of our coast.
MAR 13 Shortly after media reports about (allegedly) forged documents sent to SACS, the organization that issues accreditations for colleges and universities, the agency has announced it is investigating Louisiana College, the Town Talk reports here. This news also comes on the heels of a suit filed by a former high official at the school.
MAR 12 Wouldn't it be easier to just turn over the records? It definitely would be cheaper for the taxpayer. Blogger Mike Deshotels writes about his suit against the state Department of Education, asking the courts to force John White to turn over public records. He won, and now White must turn over the records. This is not just about education, Deshotels argues. It's about something else.
MAR 13 Columnist Jim Beam wonders why anybody bothers to discuss, read or peruse Gov. Jindal's budget. The legislators just want to be sure they got their share, critics are ignored and nobody else cares, he says. In the end, Bobby just gets what he wants, Beam argues, so why do we bother?
MAR 13 Blogger Tom Aswell, as promised, gives us more stinky laundry from the state dental board in this post. This time he's telling an unsavory tale about a whistleblower who tried to help patients and ended up bankrupt and regretting it.
MAR 13 Karen Gadbois writes about the proliferation of paved front "yards" in this post on the Lens. In some areas of New Orleans, parking is indeed a problem. But the solution some have found, to pave their front yard, is causing myriad other problems, she writes. Not the least of which is a flooding problem for neighbors who haven't slapped concrete all over their yard, she says.
MAR 12 Here's an interesting post on NOLA.com by Richard Campanella about the currently "cool" and "uncool" neighborhoods in New Orleans. If you're familiar with the city, you know that 10 years ago this might look like a map of where NOT to park your car. Now, these same places are sought-after by kale consumers. But, Campanella warns, "coolness is elusive, and some might be inclined to scoff at the notion, as it smacks of affectation and brings to mind poseurs." No kidding.
MAR 12 Blogger Dayne Sherman writes about Gov. Jindal's refusal to expand Medicaid in this post. He asks: if Bobby's so pro-life, how come he doesn't care about the life already here? Dayne, who hasn't posted in quite a while, apparently has been saving up. He's got a lot to say about what Jindal's been up to, including some recent events which saw Jindal as "Pee-Wee Herman acting all John Wayne." Now that's a visual.
MAR 12 This post on NOLA Defender's politics blog covers Gen. Russel Honore's new command, that of a self-named "Green Army" of environmental activists. The Army got together for the first time (in real life; they've been networking online for a while now) this past weekend on the steps of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge. The first aim: protect Louisiana's aquifers from industry that would drain and contaminate them. The army may be small, but already has attracted attention, the blog tells us.
MAR 12 Here's a post by Becky Banks on Salon about True Detective and Louisiana. She's talking here about what she feels to be the elements of a classic southern gothic horror story, as well as the trend in Louisiana "reality" shows to downplay the intelligence of the cast and portray the state as "another country." It's an interesting read but don't go there if you haven't watched the end of TD; the killer's identity is discussed here.
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