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Woman accuses husband after discovering one of her kidneys is missing

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 07:43 PM PST

WEST BENGAL, India – An Indian man is in police custody after allegedly stealing one of his wife’s kidneys to serve as a dowry. When she complained of stomach pain two years ago, Rita Sarkar, 28, says her husband arranged a visit to a private nursing home in Kolkata, where the couple stayed with one of his relatives, per the BBC.

Sarkar—who claims her husband abused her for years with demands for a dowry, though dowries are banned in India—says she was given a drink that made her feel drowsy, per the Telegraph of India.

Later, a doctor at the nursing home “told me that I needed immediate operation for appendicitis,” Sarkar says. “The next day, I was operated on.” Months later while visiting family, she developing lower back pain and visited a hospital, where an ultrasound showed an infection in her left kidney.

Her right kidney, however, was gone. “I was shattered,” Sarkar tells the Telegraph. “I then understood why my husband implored me to keep quiet about the surgery,” she adds, per the Hindustan Times.

“He sold my kidney because my family couldn’t meet his demand for dowry.” Sarkar filed a police complaint on Friday naming Biswajit Sarkar, as well as his brother and mother.

While the mother is reportedly on the run, the two men were arrested Monday and face charges including attempted murder and organ trafficking, reports the Hindustan Times.

A police rep says they “suspect the involvement of a racket,” adding “a special team has been formed to investigate.” Reached by the Telegraph, Biswajit Sarkar said his wife had donated a kidney willingly and “even signed a consent letter.” But Rita Sarkar says “I was definitely drugged and don’t remember signing any paper.” (This is part of a larger issue.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: Woman Discovers Kidney Was Removed, Accuses Husband

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Twin sisters give birth on same day at same California hospital

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 07:38 PM PST

SAN DIEGO - Twin sisters delivered their babies on the same day at a California hospital, officials announced Thursday.

Angel (left) and Dontee (right) were born on the same day to mothers who are twin sisters.

The mothers, Larisha West and Sanisha Johnson, gave birth within five hours of each other at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Wednesday, according to hospital spokeswoman Jeanna Vazquez.

This is the third time the twin sisters went through pregnancy together, but the first time their babies will share a birthday.

"I want them to be close, I want them to know what family means," Larisha told KSWB. "That's something that's big on us, so how close we are is how close our kids are."

At first, the sisters thought they would deliver one day apart because Sanisha was induced on Tuesday for medical reasons and Larisha was scheduled for a C-section delivery on Wednesday.

But as events played out, Sanisha delivered Angel Wednesday, five hours before Larisha delivered Dontee by C-section.

Dontee weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and Angel the opposite – 6 pounds, 8 ounces.

"We have a big family and we always do everything alike and together, so our kids know our family is bonded together," Sanisha said.

 

NOPD: Shot fired along parade route, no one injured

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 07:38 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS —  A 16-year-old fired a gun into the air while parades were rolling at St. Charles Avenue and Calliope Street tonight.

The 16-year-old was quickly apprehended, according to NOPD, but witnesses told The New Orleans Advocate it sent the crowd running and caused delays to Krewe of Chaos.

No was was shot or injured.

Photos: Babylon, Chaos and Muses roll on a perfect New Orleans night

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 07:21 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS — Carnival finally caught some nice weather for Thursday night’s parades.

Here’s some of the fun from Babylon, Chaos and Muses as they rolled through Uptown and downtown:

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Murder suspect, St. Tammany inmate convicted of obscenity

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 06:08 PM PST

COVINGTON, La. — A federal inmate accused of murder and conspiracy to commit murder was convicted today of repeatedly masturbating in front of women who worked at the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

According to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office, a jury found 23-year-old Stanton Guillory guilty of three counts of obscenity.

Guillory was a federal inmate being housed at the jail on various federal charges, including murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The federal charges involve an alleged murder-for-hire scheme that resulted in the death of a federal witness.

Guillory also has an additional pending second degree battery charge.

The obscenity charges stem from three different occasions last year, when Guillory exposed himself and masturbated in front of female workers in the jail, despite multiple warnings for him to stop.

 

Plaquemines Parish President Amos Cormier has concerns about streamlining coastal restoration plan

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 05:39 PM PST

BELLE CHASSE, La. -- In Plaquemines Parish, Parish President Amos Cormier voiced his concerns to council members about the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project.

The project is a major initiative intended to restore Louisiana's diminishing coastline, but Cormier argues plans to streamline the project are being done without his input, and he's worried the people of Plaquemines may be negatively affected.

"We would not be doing our job, representing the people of Plaquemines, if we didn't ensure that that money was earmarked and set aside for the people of Plaquemines for mitigation and any other adverse effects that it would have on our parish before jumping in line to do some experimental project," says Cormier.

Cormier says a diversion project of this magnitude has never been tackled before.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, meanwhile, is in favor of streamlining the project and has obtained federal permitting in order to do so within a two-year time frame.

In addition to stabilizing the coastline, proponents say the project will also protect coastal communities from hurricane storm surge.

Best In Show: fifth grade girls dancing like stars for the Year of the Dog

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 04:20 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -  If you're a fan of the fan dance, there's a fan club of New Orleans fifth grade girls.

These ladies are rehearsing to perform for their school.

Like the the Texas two-step or the tango ....you don't simply slide on stage and bust-a-move.

WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood is learning it takes a ten-year-old teacher to share the past with somebody barely in the present.

That somebody is Wild Bill Wood who gets a lesson in doing this dance from Willique Lemon, Mariah Cador, Ximena Rodriguez, Tu-Uyen Hoang, Man Truong, Kelly Nguyen, Lynn Garcia and Natalie Portillo.

They are all fifth graders at Einstein Charter School Sherwood Forest.

The Vietnamese girls have been working with the other girls in the school for about a month.

They'll perform the dance for the entire school.

That's how they'll celebrate and share this fan dance that celebrates and shares the new year.

2018.

It's the Year of the Dog.

What does that mean?

The dog is the eleventh in the line up of zodiac animals that are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and of course, pig.

The dog and the year, according to the calendar, are associated with honesty and loyalty.

The last Year of the Dog was 2006.

The next Year of the Dog will be 2030.

According to the tradition, a boy born in the Year of the Dog will be straightforward and genuine.

And as for girls born in the Year of the Dog, they will be cautious.

King Cake of the Day: Serious Bread

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 03:57 PM PST

BAY ST. LOUIS, Ms. -  It's officially King Cake Season. We're taking you to the hottest spots around to get your fill of Carnival goodness in King Cake of the Day!

Jose has been in Bay St. Louis for 15 years, but he's been baking for about 40. He is from Honduras, and told us that even there they have king cakes, "We make king cakes back in my country too, but it's a different tradition over there." His motto, "We know that simple is always good."

They have a few different fillings like cream cheese, strawberry cream cheese, traditional and Barvarian.

Jose says that you need more than just a recipe to be a great baker. "I believe that it has something to do with the passion that you need as a baker. It's pretty much everything that I bake...it takes passion. Once you have that passion, and you put that passion into your product, then you get the smile from people, which is a beautiful feeling."

Would you eat it? Poop Emoji Treats for Tucks!

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 03:45 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS - Let's see what Test Kitchen Taylor is cooking up today!

This Saturday is the Krewe of Tucks parade! Test Kitchen Taylor, Tamica, Kenny Lopez, Meghan Kluth, and photographer, Lawrence Gobert are all riders. Poop emoji treats are the perfect match for a hysterical parade!

Poop Emoji Treats

10 oz melting chocolate
1 bag of marshmallows
1 bag of white cupcake icing
1 black icing pen
Melt the chocolate according to package instructions.
Melt the marshmallows in a microwave for 30 seconds.
Mix the two ingredients until well combined.
Spoon into a piping bag and squirt out into a poop emoji shape on a parchment lined baking tray.
Use white icing to make two large circles for eyes and a mouth.
Add a small black dot from the icing pen in the middle of the white circles.
Leave to set in the fridge and enjoy!

Do you have a recipe that you want Test Kitchen Taylor, Tamica and LBJ to try? Send it to us at twist@wgno.com!

Student says she flushed emotional support hamster after getting bad info from Spirit Airlines

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 03:16 PM PST

MIAMI – A college student says bad information from Spirit Airlines led her to flush her pet dwarf hamster, Pebbles, down an airport toilet, according to the Miami Herald.

Belen Aldecosea, 21, of Miami Beach, Florida, was flying home from college to South Florida to deal with an urgent medical issue.

Aldecosea says she checked with Spirit Airlines multiple times in advance before the flight to make sure she could bring the pet along. The hamster was certified by her doctor as an emotional support animal.

When she arrived at the Baltimore airport, the airline refused to let the animal on the flight.

A Spirit Airlines spokesperson acknowledged to the Herald the airline mistakenly told Aldecosea the pet would be allowed on the flight.

Aldecosea’s only friends were hours away at campus, she had no family in the area and she was not old enough to rent a car, she told the Herald.

An airline representative suggested she flush Pebbles, Aldecosea said. Spirit Air has denied that any representative suggested the drastic move.

“One of the representatives started giving me little tips like, ‘Oh you should just leave her, or flush her down the toilet,'” Aldecosea said.

Aldecosea told the Herald that, out of options and with her flight boarding soon, she considered just letting Pebbles free but felt it was more humane to flush the animal than let it run around in the cold, only to get hit by a car.

"I didn't have any other options," she told the Herald.  Finally, sobbing in an airport bathroom, Aldecosea flushed the creature down the toilet.

“She was scared. I was scared,” Aldecosea told the paper. “It was horrifying trying to put her in the toilet."

Aldecosea is now considering filing a lawsuit against Spirit Airlines for the conflicting information that she says led her to flush her emotional support pet.

Man plans to sue hospital after MRI mishap leads to lasting burn injury

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 03:15 PM PST

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A man burned during an MRI mistake at a California hospital says the hospital hasn't even apologized, and he's planning to sue.

Nick Kruth, who has diabetes, went to Glendale Adventist Medical Center after experiencing low blood pressure and weakness in his legs in the Summer of 2016, according to KTLA.

Routine tests ordered by doctors included an electrocardiogram and an MRI.

Kruth told KTLA that a tab from the EKG containing metal was left on his stomach before a technician placed him into the MRI machine.

He said he felt severe pain and complained, while the technician occasionally asked him if he wanted to stop. But he said he was confused and uncertain of anything other than his agony.

"So I think at that time, 'maybe if I'm gonna die in there, let me die,'" Kruth recalled.

When it was all over, a technician discovered a hole in his side, where the tab and metal had burned deep into his flesh. Kruth said the wound was almost 2 inches deep.

"She opened up the gown and said, 'Oh my God,'" Kruth said.

Kruth's son, Sam, started documenting the injury with his cellphone.

"He did describe that when they peeled it off, it was still sizzling, like a cooking egg," Sam Kruth said. "Some flesh went with it too."

A year and a half later, Kruth said his burn still hasn't healed properly. He still feels pain and discomfort and has since retained attorneys to file a lawsuit against the hospital. He said the hospital hasn't apologized for the accident, which has continued to give him nightmares.

Conal Doyle, Kruth's attorney, said the technician ignored his client's pleas for help.

"They didn't do a good enough job checking when he went in," Jim Bulger, another attorney, said.

KTLA reached out to the hospital for comment but did not hear back on Tuesday.

WWE wrestlers have story time at local elementary school

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 03:08 PM PST

METAIRIE, La. -- WWE stars have left the ring and entered Harold Keller elementary this afternoon for a reading celebration.

More than 100 students in grades two through four got to meet their favorite wrestling stars like Kassius Ohno, Sage Beckett, Mark Henry, and more.

This is a fun way to promote literacy in local communities prior to WrestleMania, which is coming to New Orleans in April.

Dana Warrior, WWE Ambassador, says reading to kids and helping to be a positive role model is the most rewarding part of her platform.

"I look at every one of their faces and I swear to you, I really remember them. They mean something to me when I look in their eyes and I am able to tell them, you can do anything in your life if you will educate yourself," says Warrior.

The wrestlers chose to read "Trombone Shorty," a children's book based on local jazz musician Troy Andrews who got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high.

WWE and partner First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 170 million books to children in need, are donating 20,000 books to New Orleans area schools as part of WrestleMania in the community.

Wrestlemania 34 is set for Sunday, April 8 in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Serial killer confesses to killing three more women in New Orleans

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 02:23 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS — A man already sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a Bywater woman in 2008 has confessed to killing three more women in New Orleans.

According to a news release from District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office, Joseph Brant was indicted Thursday on three additional counts of first-degree murder.

Photo courtesy Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office

Brant, 48, confessed to the killings last week during a Texas prison interview with DA's Office Investigator James O'Hern.

Brant made the confession after waiving his Miranda rights and in the presence of his Louisiana defense counsel.

During that interview, Brant implicated himself in three additional unsolved murders, cementing his role as a New Orleans serial killer who took the lives of at least four women between October 2007-September 2008.

Brant already has pleaded guilty and is awaiting a lifetime prison sentence handed down in December 2016 in connection with the stabbing death of botanist Jessica Hawk inside her Bywater home on Aug. 11, 2008.

Brant was to begin serving that life sentence in Louisiana after finishing an 11-year burglary sentence in Texas.

Brant made it known that he wished to provide information on other unsolved killings in New Orleans in exchange for an agreement that he would not face the death penalty and that he would serve the remainder of his prison terms in a Louisiana penitentiary.

Cannizzaro dispatched O'Hern, a state- certified homicide investigator, to the John M. Wynne Unit men's prison near Huntsville, Texas, to interview Brant on Feb. 6.

During the course of his interview with O'Hern, Brant revealed specific details of three additional New Orleans murders. The details provided by Brant had not been divulged to the public and could reasonably be known only by the perpetrator of the crimes and investigators.

O'Hern returned to confirm the information provided by Brant in the cold-case files for each murder and concluded the information was both accurate and incriminating.

O'Hern testified before an Orleans Parish grand jury on Thursday, and the panel returned a three-count indictment charging Brant with the following non-capital killings:

  • The first-degree murder of Jane Doe, on Oct. 17, 2007. This victim, an unidentified suspected prostitute, was found burned beyond recognition inside a charred stolen car abandoned in a secluded area near train tracks under the Almonaster Avenue bridge. Brant confessed to soliciting the woman for sex, threatening her at knifepoint when she would not comply after being paid, then strangling her to death while attempting to rape her. Brant said he poured gasoline on the victim's body and set it on fire to prevent his identification and destroy evidence at the crime scene.
  • The first-degree murder of Jody Johnson, on Jan. 11, 2008. Johnson, another suspected prostitute, was found shot to death and burned post-mortem in the 3600 block of Piety Street. Brant confessed to seeing the woman walking in the 7th Ward, soliciting her for sex, driving her to the abandoned block and forcing her to perform oral sex with a gun to her head. Brant said he then forced Johnson out of the car into an overgrown vacant lot, fatally shooting her in the head before pouring gasoline and setting her body on fire.
  • The first-degree murder of Kirsten Brydum, on Sept. 27, 2008. Brydum, a 25-year-old social activist from San Francisco on a volunteer trip to New Orleans, was robbed of her bicycle and tote bag and found shot to death in the 3000 block of Laussat Place in the Upper 9th Ward.

Authorities in Orleans Parish are working with counterparts in Texas to secure the immediate extradition of Brant.

The defendant is expected to enter a guilty plea to the three killings that were charged on Thursday, perhaps as early as his arraignment date, which will be set after his case is randomly allotted to a Criminal District judge.

O'Hern and NOPD homicide investigators will continue interviewing Brant once he is in Louisiana custody.

"This confession and indictment are the first steps toward bringing long-delayed justice to this defendant's victims and their families," Cannizzaro said. "The expected guilty pleas and mandatory life sentences that will follow cannot bring back the loved ones, but hopefully can provide some degree of closure for these grieving families.

"Our investigators will continue their work interviewing this defendant until we are satisfied that there are no other unsolved killings for which he is responsible."

Parade horses put up for adoption in hopes of avoiding slaughter

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 01:22 PM PST

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NEW ORLEANS — The Humane Society of Louisiana is working with Cascade Stables to facilitate the adoption of 19 horses that will appear in parades during this year’s Carnival season.

According to a news release from the Humane Society, the adoption program was started last year to ensure that none of the horses brought into the city and leased to the Carnival krewes for parade season would later be resold at sale or auction barns and possibly sold for slaughter.

There is also heightened concern for the welfare of horses this year after a video was widely shared on social media that showed one rider in a recent parade violently kicking and striking his horse.

The rider, who appeared as a guest of the Nu Generations Riding Club in the Oshun parade, was subsequently cited for cruelty, disbarred from the club, and had his horse confiscated by the authorities. The Nu Generations Riding Club has also been banned from riding in any more parades this season.

For many years, Cascade Stables purchased more than a dozen horses each Mardi Gras season from brokers and then leased them to different krewes during the two-week period of Carnival.  If the horses were not adopted, they were sold back to the broker who could conceivably resell them at an auction barn where they would meet an uncertain fate.

“We learned about this horse leasing and reselling program last year and asked Barbe Smith, owner and operator of Cascade Stables, if we could help promote and facilitate the adoption of the surplus parade horses last year, and we received a very enthusiastic response from everyone involved. With the help of our volunteer adoption team, we were able to find great homes for all of the 17 horses that appeared in last year’s parades.  This year, we have 19 wonderful horses which also need homes,” says Jeff Dorson, HSL Director.

To encourage the adoption of the horses, the Humane Society has created a page on Facebook called, “New Orleans Mardi Gras Horses Available for Adoption.”

The adoption fees for the horses range from $650 to approximately $1500.00, and applications can be made online.

Rottweiler puppy miraculously survives after eating bottle of Gorilla Glue

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 12:06 PM PST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - You wouldn't know it by looking at her now, but over the weekend a Kansas City couple's Rottweiler almost died after she ate a bottle of Gorilla Glue.

Now, Theresa Sanders and Aaron Blake are just thankful for their energetic 7-month-old puppy's comeback.

"It was such a blur of a night for us. We cried all weekend," Sanders told WDAF.

"The diagnosis wasn't good. It all just happened so fast," Blake added.

He said one minute he was repairing exercise equipment with Gorilla Glue, but when he turned his back: "Lucy just jumped onto the kitchen table, grabbed the container of Gorilla Glue and chomped it into pieces.".

Within 20 minutes, Blake said Lucy was deathly ill.

"The Gorilla Glue apparently has a sweet smell that the dogs like," he said. "She went at it and had it so fast."

Blake and Sanders rushed a weak, dehydrated and shaking Lucy to the Mission Emergency Veterinary Clinic.

"By the time we got there, her stomach had already swollen," Sanders said.

Veterinarian Philip Allen said, as a result of ingesting the glue, Lucy suffered a severe growth the size of a cantaloupe in her stomach. Allen said had her owners not brought in the puppy right away, Lucy would have been dead within a day.

In fact, Blake and Sanders said everyone was convinced Lucy wouldn't survive.

"Walking away from her and thinking she was not going to live was just awful," Sanders said.

The couple signed Lucy over to the veterinary clinic, posted their final farewells to their beloved pet on Facebook and threw away Lucy's toys, bowls and a lot more.

However, the heartsick couple had no idea that Allen, who has two dogs himself, refused to let Lucy go. Allen performed emergency surgery on the ill pup and removed the large mass from her stomach.

By the next day, Lucy was out of intensive care and eating again.

"Oh my gosh is she a miracle because when we left her Saturday night, there was little to no hope," Sanders said. "We are so thankful to Dr. Allen and the Mission Vet staff."

"Yes, Dr. Allen performed a miracle and saved her for us," Blake said. "I just want to let people know that you use Gorilla Glue for crafts and stuff. It's a solid product, but dogs crave it. If you turn your back for any moment, the dog can take hold of it, and it's too late. So be very careful."

"Veterinarians, we're softies," Allen said. "We all just went into this because we love dogs and cats. Hopefully, that puppy's got a decade plus of life to live."

Mobile vs. New Orleans: Does it really matter where Mardi Gras started?

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 12:02 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- The year was 1699, when Iberville and Bienville landed at the mouth of the Mississippi River and christened it "Point du Mardi Gras" in the name of Carnival celebrations taking place in their beloved France.

But it wasn't until a few years later in 1703, when French colonists celebrated the first organized North American Carnival celebration in Mobile, Alabama, though back then it was Mobile, Louisiana, the capital city.

So, how did Mardi Gras come to New Orleans and evolve into the spectacle it is today?

We talked to Mardi Gras historian Errol Laborde to find out.

The cities of Mobile and New Orleans were both settled by the same people -- Iberville and Bienville. They settled Mobile first, Laborde explained.

Both cities were part of the original Louisiana Purchase, "and in that sense there was a kinship between the two cities," he said.

New Orleans eventually became the kingpin of Mardi Gras, but it started as a thought from Alabama's oldest city.

In 1830, a group of men in Mobile started a New Year's Day parade, the Cowbellions. Later, some of those men moved to New Orleans and started a parade here in 1857 called Comus. Maybe you've heard of it.

"The first floats were smaller in scale," Laborde said. "They were probably along the lines of the  floats in the Krewe De Vieux, that size, and of course they didn't have tractors to pull them and so they had a mule or were pushed by the members."

The invention might belong to Mobile, but as New Orleans contributed with the colors -- purple, green and gold -- the concept of parade krewes and, of course, Mardi Gras music, Mardi Gras evolved in New Orleans and became the premiere destination for Carnival in North America.

 

Boy trapped inside claw machine rescued by firefighters

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 11:58 AM PST

Credit:  Titusville Fire and Emergency Services

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A young boy had to be rescued from a claw-style vending machine at a restaurant in Florida on Wednesday.

Firefighter Jeremy House was eating dinner at Beef O’Brady’s in Titusville when he heard someone yell to call 911.

The boy got stuck inside the machine while trying to retrieve a prize, according to a Facebook post by Titusville Fire and Emergency Services:

“Often times we say to ourselves that you never know what the next shift will bring. The unexpected ways we get to help people in their time of need. That's what draws people to public safety, the unexpected. Well today was no exception. This evening (the child) was enjoying some food and decided he wanted a stuffed animal. He wanted it so bad, he climbed into the game to get that toy!! Thankfully he was never in any distress as one of our own Lt.'s happen to be there off duty and assessed the situation. Engine 10 led by Lt. Abernathy, made short work of the situation. Driver Operator Lane and Firefighter George were able to get (the child) out in short order with minimal damage to the game. We love a happy ending and are glad everything worked out. Mom, (the child) and friends went back to eating dinner, E10 back to their station to await the next call. Pretty sure it won't be the same as their last.”

The boy was not injured.

Parade survival guide: Staying sane in the rain!

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 11:39 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- Like it or not, it's probably going to rain on your parade this weekend. But this is New Orleans, where we don't let a little bad weather ruin our fun.

Tara Huddleston is a mother of three who writes for New Orleans Moms Blog. She met up with Twist Reporter Stephanie Oswald at ZukaBaby in Metairie, to offer some advice for families who might be on the fence when it comes to heading out in the rain.

"It's a good life lesson to prepare for whatever life might throw at you," she says. "Go with the flow. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best and make the best of whatever weather we get."

She says she always brings a bag of tricks with her to the parade route. It has all kinds of clothing, healthy snacks and some "surprise" toys to keep the little ones occupied during down time. That could be critical this year, with the forecast calling for rain.

Snacks in small bags, good-for-your-teeth Zollipops and individual squeeze yogurts are a good idea.

Something else you want to remember if you're bringing a wee one: protection for little ears. Em's for Baby makes earmuffs for tiny parade-goers and bigger kids too.

ZukaBaby sells the protective ear-wear and lots of other fun Mardi Gras-themed items as well, including teething toys that are purple, green and gold, that come in necklace or bracelet form. (Watch the video above and you'll see one!)

Lots of parents opt to put bike or football helmets on their little ones, especially if they are sitting in ladders. Huddleston says ladders are great because they give your child a fantastic view, and they keep them in one spot, which gives mom and dad peace of mind.

More Mardi Gras must-haves: A sturdy wagon to lug your loot, plastic bags, proper clothing (remember those rain boots!), and a super stroller for your infant. Forget the cheap fold-up stroller during parade time;  this is when having a dependable stroller can make a big difference in your family's experience. Huddleston says her lifesaver is the Britax B-Free travel system, with a large canopy to protect baby from sun, rain or beads, and a front wheel that locks in place.

"It's really great for our potholes and broken sidewalks," she laughs.

For older kids, remember to determine a meeting place "in case of emergency" and to be sure everyone knows where the car is parked.

Also, no matter what age your kids are, take a photo before you head out, so that you can quickly recall what each child is wearing if necessary.

The most important item to pack won't take up any space:  Bring a positive attitude.

"It's a lot of work. It's hard to bring your kids to Mardi Gras, but it's so worth it," says Huddleston, whose parents took her and her two sisters to the parades when they were tiny.

"It's such a special part of living in New Orleans and I have such great memories of Mardi Gras as a kid. It's something that our kids get to experience that a lot of kids don't, so I'm happy to do the work that it takes to give my kids those memories.

Nu Generations riding group pulled from parades after viral horse abuse video

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 11:17 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- The riding group in which a member was caught on video abusing a horse during the Krewe of Oshun parade last week has been banned from riding in parades for the remainder of this Carnival season, according to the Louisiana SPCA.

The disturbing video provided by Kelsey LaBore showed the rider, a guest rider of the Nu Generations riding group, punching and kicking the horse while yanking at the reigns, which the Humane Society of Louisiana said could cause severe pain to the horse.

You can watch the video above.

The rider was identified and cited for animal cruelty. His horse was also taken away and is in SPCA custody.

The captain of the Nu Generations riding group and the anonymous rider went to the Louisiana SPCA on February 5. The captain said the guest rider would not be allowed to ride with Nu Generations again, according to the SPCA.

"We would like to thank the public for their quick action with helping us identify the person responsible in this case," Humane Officer Brandi Thibodeaux said. "Our role in charging those with animal cruelty is to investigate and issue citations. The prosecution of this case is now in the hands of NOPD and the City of New Orleans."

NOLA Flavor with Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 10:32 AM PST

Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar

"There's really no better way to describe the uniqueness of Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar. We start every dish from scratch and use fresh ingredients to bring our mouthwatering cuisine to life. And whether you're here for dinner with the family, date night, cocktails with the girls or to catch a game on the big screen, we're always happy to share our Louisiana culture with you.

Starting February 14th, our Seafood Lagniappe menu will include delectable treats such as Ahi Tuna Nachos, Crawfish Cajun Queseaux, the unforgettable Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos and much, much more! Come and get some for yourself before it's gone! Bring on the Laginappe!" - walk-ons.com

  •  Locations
    • Metairie
      • Address

        • 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
        • Metairie, LA 70006 (Clearview Mall)
      • Phone
        • 504-273-1233
      • Hours
        • Sunday - Thursday: 10:30am - 11:00pm
        • Friday - Saturday: 10:30am - Midnight
    • New Orleans

      • Address
        • 1009 Poydras St.
        • New Orleans, LA 70112
      • Phone
        • 504-309-6530
      • Hours
        • Sunday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
        • Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - Midnight
    • Houma

      • Address
        • 1795 Martin Luther King Blvd.
        • Houma, LA 70360
      • Phone
        • 985-262-8501
      • Hours
        • Sunday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
        • Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - Midnight
    • Covington

      • Address
        • 69796 Stirling Blvd.
        • Covington, LA 70433
      • Phone
        • 985-900-2234
      • Hours
        • Sunday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
        • Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - Midnight
  • Menu

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