mardi gras 2016

King cakes have become a popular cultural icon in New Orleans, though some still look for the satisfaction of an old classic style.
Ian McNulty

King cakes have been popular in New Orleans for a long time. But not this popular. Something has changed.

King cake has become a cultural statement, one of those emblems of pride that New Orleans uses to celebrate itself. King cake is the Saints fleur-de-lis of food. You live it, you wear it, you rally around it.

Photo Credit: Shannon Gleespen

This week on Inside the Arts, the greatest free show on earth is well underway... Mardi Gras 2016 is here! 

We'll listen to the sounds of Mardi Gras,check out what's good to eat on the street and check in with artists who are making carnival float art available for public collection. We’ll also scream for beads and dance till we drop. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Mallory Falk / WWNO

Uptown New Orleans is pretty much one big construction site. And a lot of that construction is happening along parade routes. How will the city's major drainage project affect Mardi Gras?

Lally Brennan and Poppy Tooker holding up a 2016 Pete Fountain Bobblehead at Commander's Palace.
Joe Shriner

It's Carnival time on Louisiana Eats! On this week's show, we learn about Carnival traditions both public and private, and celebrations both large and small. We begin with a lively discussion about New Orleans' Mardi Gras traditions with Errol Laborde, author of Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival.

Then, we make our way over to Commander's Palace, where Lally Brennan explains the part her family's restaurant plays in fueling Pete Fountain's Half Fast Walking Club on Mardi Gras morning.

Star-Steppin' Cosmonaughties Headed For Funky Times

Jan 27, 2016
Kelley Crawford

When it comes to Mardi Gras, you can never understate the difference between watching a parade and marching in one. The experience is so alluring that it’s no surprise many krewes get bigger and bigger each year. Take for example, The Star-Steppin’ Cosmonaughties: a dancing krewe now in their fifth year, that’s ready for Carnival season with new moves and big surprises.

Poppy Tooker and Carolyn Simmons, winner of the James Beard Foundation's Better Burger Project, on the patio of Blue in Shreveport.
Chris Jay

On this week's show, we catch up with some of the trailblazers and award winners of the Louisiana food scene and beyond.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

While most of the nation is winding down after the holidays, New Orleans is ramping it up. The 2016 Mardi Gras season is officially under way.

Photo Credit: Brandon Robert

This week on Inside the Arts, New Orleans rings in the New Year with two parades... one celebrating Twelfth Night and ushering in the Carnival season, the other celebrating the birthday of Joan of Arc.

And, the energy continues on a high note as jazz vocalist Anais St. John pumps up the volume with her tribute to Donna Summer at the Joy Theater. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Alex Labry

The 6th Annual Salon de Jeanne D'Arc gets underway this weekend. We go Inside the Arts for a sneak peek at the intellectual revelry planned for the French patron saint. The daylong event is presented by Loyola University Medieval Studies and the Krewe of Joan of Arc. It is free and open to the public.