Saturday, February 09, 2008

Give up some energy for us! Robert Trudeau / Blanc et Noir

Robert Trudeau / Blanc et Noir
Originally uploaded by Schleuss
Photo by Jon Schleuss. Catch the Voice of Schleuss Tuesdays at 6 pm on KSCL fm.

Blanc et Noir Marching Society by Jon Schleuss

Blanc et Noir Marching Society
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Schleuss is student manager at KSCL, the centenary college radio station. If you need some fresh music, espcially deep indie style, check out 91.3 fm.

Everyone's talkin bout the Highland parade - truly, it has grown . . .

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Highland Parade Could see Changes / from The Times on Sat, Feb 9, as written by Stephanie Netherton:

The small neighborhood parade that began 13 years ago is not so small anymore. The Krewe of Highland parade has seen measurable growth in recent years and could see significant changes in the future.

The parade's growth has caused problems with traffic flow and congestion in the Highland neighborhood and surrounding area. The parade also has gotten so long that it often catches up with itself on the parade route.

"The parade is so long that it completely wraps itself around the parade route, which means the streets are closed for a long period of time," police spokeswoman Kacee Hargrave said.

"People who live in the Highland neighborhood are stuck that day. The residents who live there know that."

Hargrave said the parade keeps most of the Highland neighborhood blocked off for about four hours.

This week, the Shreveport Police's Special Events Task Force met with krewe members from Centaur, Gemini, Highland, Sobek and Harambee to discuss this year's parades and improvements that need to be made. While none of the other parades should see changes next year, several suggestions were made to help resolve traffic issues around the Highland parade.

Police discussed extending the parade route, limiting the number of floats in the parade and, in the most extreme case, moving the parade out of the neighborhood. However, Highland Captain Terry Gill feels confident moving the parade will not be the resolution.

"No one with authority has told us that is going to happen. But the general consensus with the krewe is that if they move us to the (Clyde Fant Memorial) parkway, we will no longer do a parade," Gill said.

"That's not what we've ever been about. We're about neighborhood solidarity."

A decision won't be made for several months, and several more meetings are scheduled to discuss the issue. Gill said few logistics have been discussed, but the krewe is willing to help resolve traffic problems.

"We're not uncomfortable with the prospect of extending the parade route, but I'm sure they're not going to move us. The krewes that parade on the parkway are not without their own problems," Gill said.

"We felt good about the compliments we received from the people in the Police Department. Most people watch the parade in their front yards or at the houses of their friends living on the parade route, so we don't have fights and the parade goes off without much of a hitch. I think the parade has just gotten bigger than anybody ever imagined it would be."

Hargrave said the Highland parade is possibly the most family-oriented parade, but improvements need to be made.

"It's a good parade, but it could be better for the sake of the krewe and Highland residents," Hargrave said.

"At the end of every year, we meet to talk about how we can make the parades better. Through those meetings we generate ideas and look for solutions."

photo by Amy Guendulay

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Blanc et Noir 08 (not the complete krewe), Shreveport

Blanc et Noir was included in the swank video of the Krewe of Highland Parade 08 created by Shane bevel and Jim Hudelson. The 2 photographers's stop-action film also used the music of the Red and Black Brass band. The video is called Mardi Gras Whimsey and is on at shanebevel.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Blanc et Noir in the Highland parade, Shreveport 08

Truly, B & N must be the most photographed krewe in North Louisiana. After all, we're artists and designers and media mavens.

Will be able to post a world of photos here, soon. For the meantime please go to our site and type in "blanc" or Highland."
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Also, the Times has us on the top of its online coverage.

Times writer Manny Guendulay profiles Blanc et Noir on the morning of the Highland Parade

Krewe of Highland parade 07
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Manny Guendulay and I have been friends for many years. He was my student in journalism class and decided he liked the business. I've watched him write scores of articles for numerous publications over the years. Then he became a journalism instructor. And he has the job at Huntington High that I once held. He wrote a profile on Blanc et Noir in the Times today and I'm very happy to say he's joining the krewe for the 08 parade.

In the photo: B & N member Zachary Mire.