Surviving without second lines: how local vendors are making ends meet during a pandemic

By Chelsea Brasted | November 6, 2020

A push to figure things out is exactly what’s keeping many of New Orleans’ other vendors, who rely on the city’s busy festival and second-line seasons, to stay afloat so far. Many have taken to pop-ups, partnerships with virtual events and other odd jobs to keep as much income flowing as possible. 

PHOTOS: Community gathers to Remember Sylvester Francis, founder of the Backstreet Cultural Museum

By Matthew Hinton | September 2, 2020

Voodoo Queen Kalindah Laveaux, left, and Monogram Hunters 2nd Chief Jeremy Stevenson, center, celebrate the life of Sylvester “Hawk” Francis at the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Treme Neighborhood of New Orleans, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, after Francis passed from a long illness. He was 73 years old.

7th Ward Santa is gone and so is part of the Christmas magic for Black New Orleanians

By Mary Staes | August 26, 2020

While Hurricane Katrina may have taken many of our childhood photos, 7th Ward Santa was something that was here well before Katrina, and lasted beyond the storm. Unlike second lines or Super Sunday’s, which have become more mainstream (for lack of a better word) since the storm, 7th Ward Santa was something that was always ours.

Recipe of disaster: With New Orleans bars closed due to COVID, hospitality workers face housing crisis

By Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur | August 26, 2020

Thousands of unemployed hospitality workers throughout the city are worried about paying their rent or mortgage.

PHOTOS: Community gathers to pay respects to Big Queen Kim “Cutie” Boutte

By Matthew Hinton | August 13, 2020

Members of the Black Masking Indians community, also known as Carnival or Mardi Gras Indians, remember Big Queen Kim “Cutie” Boutte of the Spirit of the Fi Yi Yi and Mandingo Warriors tribe at Hunter’s Field in the 7th Ward and the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans August 12, 2020.

PHOTOS: Emotions high as body recovered from Hard Rock Hotel site

By Matthew Hinton | August 8, 2020

On Aug. 8, the body of Quinnyon Wimberly was removed from the site after nearly 10 months. His family and city officials were at the site Saturday morning.

PHOTOS: What a difference a phase makes – NOLA begins Phase 2 reopening

By Michael DeMocker | June 14, 2020

New Orleans began Phase 2 of reopening the city June 12, with some businesses finally able to open doors after months of being shuttered.

PHOTOS: They all masked for you: Audubon Zoo reopens after COVID-19 closure

By Michael DeMocker | June 14, 2020

No lion, New Orleans has missed its zoo. But on June 3, the Audubon Nature Institute re-opened the Audubon Zoo with safety measures in place. The facility is limited to 25% capacity and visitors must book an entry time on-line ahead of time.

PHOTOS: World Naked Bike Ride hits the streets, despite COVID-19 pandemic

By Matthew Hinton | June 14, 2020

Riders in various stages of undress participate in the 12th annual World Naked Bike Ride New Orleans at Markey Park in the Bywater before continuing on to the French Quarter Saturday, June 13, 2020.

PHOTOS: Black Masking Indians lead protest through the streets of Treme

By Matthew Hinton | June 14, 2020

Wearing all black instead of suits, members of the Black Hawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians take part in a “Peaceful Demonstration for the Young Black Generation,” in the Treme / Lafitte neighborhoods and the 7th Ward in New Orleans Friday June 12, 2020.