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December 1, 1994 | For The Inquirer / DAN OLESKI
For the 44th year, Lansdale got the jump not only on Christmas but on the famous Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans - which is held at the start of Lent - by holding its Mardi Gras parade in November. This year's was on Nov. 19, and the emphasis, despite the attention-getting name, was on Christmas themes and marching bands and floats. The theme was "Tidings of Joy," and Santa Claus put in his usual appearance. This year's grand marshal was Alyssa Brode, the reigning Miss Junior Philadelphia Pre-Teen.
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March 5, 2001 | By Michelle Malkin
What do you do the day after Mardi Gras? In Philadelphia and Seattle, you clear away broken glass, gather up empty tear-gas containers and wash the blood of drunken revelers off of ransacked streets. People acted like "wild animals," according to a Philadelphia councilman on the day after rioting, looting and fires broke out on both coasts this week. The nightly news showed footage of public bacchanalias in both towns that rivaled the golden-calf scene in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments.
NEWS
March 10, 2000
Mardi Gras hoopla on South Street? Well, of course. The hip, happenin' corner of South Philadelphia is as fitting a venue as Bourbon Street. As Richard Ostrander, executive director of the South Street/Headhouse District, says, "It's a very eclectic, fun type of place, and we expect people to have fun. " Come Fat Tuesday, the fun usually involves crowds standing 10-deep at the bars, spilling out onto the street to the strains of zydeco....
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1991 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
It used to be that one had to visit New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras, but an increasing number of Philadelphia-area clubs and restaurants have been getting the Mardi Gras itch recently. So pick out the zaniest costume you can find (or come as you are), drape on plenty of good-luck beads and be prepared to eat, drink and be merry. One of the region's most popular New Orleans-inspired bands, Philly Gumbo, which has been on the scene for 10 years, will perform tonight along with the Wild Bunch Brass Band at the 23 East Cabaret, 23 E. Lancaster Ave. in Ardmore.
NEWS
January 16, 2002 | By FRANK DiCICCO
WHEN I THINK of Mardi Gras, I think of New Orleans, colorful beads, Bourbon Street, grand parades, exotic floats and dazzling costumes. I think of a city-sponsored event that most people enjoy and where few people get hurt. I don't think of South Street in Philadelphia. "Mardi Gras on South Street" perverts this tradition. It's not supported by the city or by the local business district. It's unsafe and out of control. But some businesses on South Street continue to promote this event to make money.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 1988 | By Sue Chastain, Inquirer Staff Writer
Down in New Orleans on Tuesday, that annual madness known as Mardi Gras will take over. But no reason you should feel left out up here in pretzel- land. There's plenty of Mardi Gras merriment during the next few days for cadgin' right in the area. Cafe Nola will hold its annual Mardi Gras affair, a gala costume and dinner party at $50 per person, starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The theme is Carnivale in Venice (watch those canals). Music by Jez Hot Swing Club will start at 10 p.m. The restaurant is at 328 South St. Information: 627-2590.
SPORTS
April 2, 1993 | by Dick Weiss, Daily News Sports Writer
The crowds are starting to swell in the French Quarter, where the antique shops on Royal Street clash with the topless bars and jazz joints on Bourbon Street. The lines outside Pat O'Brien's, where more than one tourist has collapsed from drinking too many Hurricanes, are growing longer. Reservations to world- famous restaurants like Antoine's have become hot commodities. Mardi Gras is over, but the city is gearing up for another party: The NCAA Final Four blast. North Carolina (32-4)
NEWS
February 17, 1991 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, Special to The Inquirer
Students at the Notre Dame Academy in Villanova celebrated a traditional Mardi Gras complete with games, food and merriment for the school and faculty. The event, sponsored by the student council, raises money for a charity. This year, the mission, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Zaire, will receive the money from the annual event. The mission provides educational, medical and social programs. More than $1,200 was raised at the one-hour carnival held Tuesday in the school gym. According to Connie Becker, spokeswoman for the school, each grade set up booths with a theme.
NEWS
January 16, 2002 | By Frank DiCicco
When I think of Mardi Gras, I think of New Orleans. I think of colorful beads, historic Bourbon Street, grandiose parades, exotic floats, and dazzling costumes. I think of the "biggest free show on earth. " I think of a city-sponsored event - an event that most people enjoy and where few people get hurt. I don't think of South Street in Philadelphia. Mardi Gras on South Street perverts the great New Orleans tradition. It's not supported by the city or by the local business district.
NEWS
February 17, 2004 | By Linda K. Harris INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After two years of paying penance for a Mardi Gras celebration that exploded on South Street, merchants on the funky street are changing tactics. On Sunday night, a new party, the Love Carnival Masquerade, will be celebrated in selected bars on the east end of the street. The new event, inviting the gay and lesbian community to visit the venues and "don some gay apparel," was inspired by Kali Morgan, a merchant at nearby Fifth and Bainbridge Streets. "I thought we should do something for the street to counteract the losses we have experienced from the negative publicity with Mardi Gras," said the owner of Passional, formerly called Fetishes Boutique.
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NEWS
March 7, 2016
On Feb. 26, the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pa. hosted its Mardi Gras Gala at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. The foundation offers help to tens of thousands of individuals with epilepsy and seizure disorder. At the gala, attended by 310, Dr. Richard Harner was honored as the Mardi Gras "King" for his efforts to combat epilepsy. Brad and Bethany Goering were honored as Volunteers of the Year, and Dr. Brian Litt was recognized for his contributions to the field. Fun was had by all as the guests enjoyed a gourmet meal by Finley Catering and music by EBE Entertainment's Monte Carlo Band.
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February 22, 2016 | By Tricia Nadolny, Staff Writer
As he made his way to the start of the Manayunk parade route Saturday morning - weaving among plumes of feathers, floats, and Mummers tuning their instruments - Tom Loomis could hardly make it two feet without being stopped to shake a hand or give a hug. "It's going to be a great day!" an event organizer in a golf cart yelled at him as she came to a brief stop. "It's going to be a beautiful day," Loomis, president of the Philadelphia String Band Association, said before she sped off. By all accounts, it was. The event, a Mardi Gras celebration with performances from all 17 of the city's string bands, drew an estimated 12,000 to 14,000 people, according to organizers.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2016 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
For Tom Loomis, longtime president of the String Band Association, the best things about the Mummers are family, friendships, fun, and, of course, great music. "It's tradition," said Loomis, who has played in the Woodland String Band since 1977. "My son plays with me, and every year, as we get near City Hall, he'll find me, give me a kiss on the cheek, and tell me he loves me. I still get the chills. " All of those "bests" will be on display Saturday when all 17 string bands parade and perform as part of Mummers Mardi Gras in Manayunk.
NEWS
February 5, 2016 | BY BETH D'ADDONO, For the Daily News
Hungry visitors to New Orleans usually associate the city with storied Creole restaurants like Arnaud's, Galatoire's, and Commander's Palace, white-tablecloth shrines to such age-old dishes as trout meunière, filet gumbo, and frog legs Provencale. But come Carnival season, fancy fare is shelved in favor of rib-sticking, crowd-pleasing dishes that fuel long hours of parade-watching along St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street. Locals set up barbecue grills along the route, hosting street parties with pots of gumbo and trays of jambalaya, with plenty of libations on the side.
NEWS
February 5, 2016 | BY BETH D'ADDONO, For the Daily News
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FOOD
February 5, 2016 | Beth D'Addono, For The Inquirer
Hungry visitors to New Orleans usually associate the city with storied Creole restaurants like Arnaud's, Galatoire's, and Commander's Palace, white-tablecloth shrines to such age-old dishes as trout meunière, filet gumbo, and frog legs Provencale. But come Carnival season, fancy fare is shelved in favor of rib-sticking, crowd-pleasing dishes that fuel long hours of parade-watching along St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street. Locals set up barbecue grills along the route, hosting street parties with pots of gumbo and trays of jambalaya, with plenty of libations on the side.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
The 2015 Mummers Parade had ended just hours earlier when Rue Landau read an account in the next day's newspaper and decided enough was enough. ". . . a Wench Brigade performer standing in front of City Hall in what appeared to be blackface, while other performers were shown toting signs that read, 'Wench Lives Matter,' " the Philadelphia Daily News reported. "Another, dressed as President Obama, carried an 'Illegal Aliens Allowed' sign. " The controversial displays were exceptions in a sea of thousands of comics, string bands, and feathered fancies strutting proudly in the city's century-old extravaganza.
NEWS
March 2, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cars still were barred from Main Street an hour after the first-ever Mummers Parade in Manayunk concluded. The crowd inside Pitcher's Pub swelled at noon Saturday, and the Pennsport String Band had an idea to engage the revelers. One strut. Outside. Three contestants. Winner collects $100. "Everyone points at me," said Kate O'Reilly, a Mummer's daughter and Manayunk resident. "I say: 'Done. It's in the bag. I dare you.' The rest is history. " There was something different about this intimate Mummers gathering.
NEWS
February 28, 2015 | By Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a sunny forecast for Saturday, the first Mummers Mardi Gras Parade in Manayunk is set to go. The parade was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was pushed off under a threat of daylong rain. Organizers hope the parade, a fund-raiser for the Mummers, will turn into an annual event. "If it works well, we'll definitely work toward doing it again," said Jane Lipton, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corp. "I would love for this to become a Manayunk tradition.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
With a couple of inches of fresh snow on the ground, Tuesday must not have felt much like Mardi Gras to Irvin Mayfield. But the trumpeter/bandleader did his best to bring the warmth of his native New Orleans to the Kimmel Center, with a raucous performance that was equal parts traditional and irreverent. Mayfield follows in the footsteps of fellow New Orleanian Wynton Marsalis in his efforts to marry jazz performance with education and outreach. The 37-year-old established the New Orleans Jazz Institute at the University of New Orleans in 2008, has opened two venues in the city, and was named by President Obama to the National Council on the Arts.
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