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Barkus, the original New Orleans Mardi Gras canine parade, was founded in 1992, where all great Carnival institutions are conceived: in a barroom. Biscuit was discovered in an open field out near Lafayette, La., in the days following Hurricane Rita — more than three weeks after Katrina had laid waste to the rest of South Louisiana in the fall of 2005. Major producers and new-wave craft distillers alike have revived forgotten liquors (like rye and aquavit) and rolled out innovative new products, like bourbons finished in sherry casks.
And scratches her belly when the masses are at bay.
After all, it isn’t called the “Cajun Music Capital of the World” for nothing.
Cajun music traditionally orbits around a triptych of fiddle, accordion and triangle, with lyrics warbled in Cajun French or, occasionally, their English translation.
(He’s also employing some used Rémy Martin cognac casks for aging.) Today, Cane Land Distilling sells four styles of rum, including a traditional molasses-based rum, a Martinique-style rhum agricole (made from fresh-pressed sugarcane) a spiced rum and a cinnamon rum. She was feted with lamb chops and oysters at Galatoire’s Restaurant on Bourbon Street. It was named best cocktail ingredient this year in Although the largest and most famous Mardi Gras in America is celebrated in New Orleans, there’s a lot of evidence pointing to the idea that the first such event did, in fact, take place about 150 miles to the east and 15 years before the Crescent City was founded — in Mobile, Alabama, in 1703.
(He also makes a vodka from sugarcane, and sells a whiskey “imported” by riverboat down the Mississippi). The Barkus parade in New Orleans is getting ready to roll. (I was served an iced tea, sweet.) On parade day, a team of young and sturdy animal shelter volunteers pushed us through the streets of the French Quarter in a rickety wooden float. In 1699, the explorer Pierre le Moyne, Sieur d’Iberville, had named his Plaquemines Parish campsite “Pointe du Mardi Gras,” realizing that, as he and his party were bedding down by the river, that very holiday was taking place in France.
Along with their uncle, piano player George Landry — also known as Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians founder Big Chief Jolly — the Neville Brothers participated in the recording of a masterful platter of Indian funk with The Wild Tchoupitoulas in 1976.
Davis brought a reel-to-reel tape recorder, and as he later listened to the chants and clattering percussion he’d captured, he found himself drawn in again and again by one element in particular: Dollis’ raspy, powerful, soulful voice.It processes sugar from nearly 50,000 acres of sugarcane grown across South Louisiana, with much of that ending up in packets and five-pound bags on your grocery store shelves. Walter Tharp, whose family owns the mill, diverts a portion of that sugar for making rum at a gleaming new distillery and tasting room that opened last spring near the banks of the Mississippi in Downtown Baton Rouge. But everyone is making a fuss over my dog, Luna Biscuit. Many lost and unclaimed animals had to be put down. Biscuit is heterochromatic, meaning that her eyes are different colors. The condition in humans is usually the result of a childhood virus, whilie in canines, it is a rare but natural optical quirk, affecting about one out of every 100,000. The couple makes flavorful, natural syrups, including Honeysuckle & Peppercorns, a Spiced Demerara sugar syrup, and seasonal King Cake, which combines cinnamon, pecan, and lemon with Louisiana sugarcane.Tharp spent years planning the distillery — the idea of which took root when he attended a wedding held by a sugarcane-growing and rum-distilling family in Central America. ” He initially dismissed the question — “We don’t make candy bars, either,” he remembers thinking — but the idea began to gnaw at him. So after years of obstacle jumping, site scouting and permit applying, he hired distiller Jonny ver Planck and ordered an impressive copper still from Vendome Copper & Brass Works, the nation’s premier fabricator of stills. It took the work of heroes to save the blessed few from their morbid fate. Meredith is one of the “true believers.” A dog rescuer. In 2007, Biscuit came to the attention of the Barkus folks. The idea for the sugar syrups emerged from Messier’s decade-long tenure behind cocktail bars in New York and New Orleans, and the couple’s goal is to allow home bartenders to make drinks at home that could compare favorably with cocktails made at the better craft cocktail bars.Its follow-up, the first full-length Mardi Gras Indian funk album — with drumming, backing vocals and beadwork for the cover art by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux — was released in 1974 on the Polydor label.The music critic Robert Christgau rated it among his top albums of the year in the newspaper’s annual Pazz & Jop poll, calling it “the most boisterous recorded party I know.” The Wild Magnolias weren’t the only group marrying electric New Orleans funk to the city’s older traditions in the ’70s.
for a morning full of tunes, hobble-stepping and beers, broadcast live on local radio station KVPI-FM from nearby Ville Platte.