Ten miles into my cycle across Louisiana, I roll to a stop alongside a field of golden corn. A solitary crow notes my arrival with a deep squawk, and a warm breeze whistles through the empty windows of a derelict farmhouse. When I WhatsApp a friend an image of the crumbling structure he replies: “Don’t go near that building.” But while the setting might resemble the backdrop of an eighties horror film, Louisiana’s rural charm has already won me over. Perhaps oddly for America, land of the driver, growing numbers are exploring the state by bike. Louisianans are saddling up in droves – in New Orleans, where a new bikeshare scheme launched in December, and in rural areas, like the cornfield-quilted countryside outside Lafayette, where I’ve signed up for one of Bayou Teche Brewing’s regular Bike Bashes. Read more Behind the scenes at New Orleans’ Mardi Gras parades This one starts and finishes at their brewery in the impossibly … [Read more...] about Cycling through New Orleans is the new way to see the Big Easy
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There is a whole lot of shouting going on in New Orleans, some of it out of despair – but also pride. We are used to the former from the city that suffered Hurricane Katrina 13 years ago, and has had more than its share of struggles. The latter seems like a bit of a gear-change. With barely 400,000 residents it feels apart from the rest of America. Everything is more vivid, including the poverty, particularly among black men, but also the joy. Party buses ply the French Quarter, and I just saw my first rolling night club, an open trailer hooked to an SUV with a port-a-potty cabin at the back, pulsing with lights and music. Sway with the beat, sway with the traffic. Read more Trump is silent on Russia because he fears Putin's 'kompromat' Even the despair isn’t what you think. They just held the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, the highlight of which is always the STELLA-A-A! shouting contest, involving men (and women) dropping to their knees in … [Read more...] about Celebrating 300 years, New Orleans dreams of putting pigs on rollercoasters and its mayor in the Oval Office
Thousands of people donned their most colourful outfits to celebrate Mardi Gras at the legendary New Orleans carnival. The Louisiana city is famous for its Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) celebrations, which see parades with floats, dancers and musicians passing through the packed streets. Families camped out from early in the morning to catch beads and stuffed animals thrown from float riders, while revellers took to the streets in elaborate or funny costumes evoking Marie Antoinette, president Donald Trump and glamorous vampires. Other costumes included Mr and Mrs Potato Head, Pac Man and Mrs Pac Man, as well as an angel of death with black wings and a halo. The event is popular with tourists, who came from all over the world to line the streets of the city’s French Quarter. Shannon Abraham, who wore a silver wig and a pair of silver fangs, said: "The effort that they've poured into this celebration and their costumes is extraordinary. And I like to be part of that. I like to … [Read more...] about Spectacular pictures as huge Mardi Gras crowds party in New Orleans
Crowds of people lined the streets of New Orleans on Tuesday to celebrate Mardi Gras and bring carnival season to a close. Families camped out from early in the morning to catch beads and stuffed animals thrown from float riders, while revellers took to the streets in elaborate or funny costumes evoking Marie Antoinette, president Donald Trump and glamorous vampires. Other amused bystanders took in the chaotic scene from lawn chairs. Loading article content This year’s costume designs did not disappoint, and the French Quarter’s most famous street, Bourbon Street, and parallel Royal Street were crowded with costumed tourists and locals, many of them stopping each other for photographs. One group dressed as pink flamingos. Two men, both dressed as Mr Trump, greeted each other in the crowd. Other costumes included Mr and Mrs Potato Head, Pac Man and Mrs Pac Man, as well as an angel of death with black wings and a halo. Shannon Abraham, from Reno, Nevada, said … [Read more...] about Revellers don eclectic costumes for New Orleans Mardi Gras
Friends and family of a Black Lives Matter activist who was shot dead in New Orleans have spoken out about his commitment to the fight for equality.Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, also known as Muhiyidin d'Baha or Moya, was found by a police officer in the Treme neighbourhood of the city on Monday (5 February). He was asking for help after he had been shot in the thigh, USA Today reported. Moye died in hospital from excessive blood loss.A trail of blood led for two blocks from the body, and a bloody bicycle was found across the street. Moye was visiting New Orleans when he died.The circumstances of the shooting are not known.The activist rose to fame when a video of him jumping a barrier and snatching a Confederate flag from an anti-Black Lives Matter protester went viral in 2017.His death prompted an outpouring of praise from people who knew him."He was a strong leader who deeply understood the role of community and the power of helping other people recognise that role," DeRay Mckesson, a key … [Read more...] about Muhiyidin Moye d’Baha: Who was the Black Lives Matter activist shot dead in New Orleans?