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Loyola senior headlines local country fest

Music industry senior Jenna Hunts sings one of her original songs at Freedom Fest on September 1, 2019. Photo credit: Andres Fuentes

Andres Fuentes and Tess Rowland

September 8, 2019

  The sun was beating down on Kenner, Louisiana, but the Freedom Fest crowd was as happy as ever to celebrate the nation's liberties for Labor Day weekend. The smell of the food booths trickled into the sea of lawn chairs and spectators. Even an hour before the first act, people were seating...

New Orleans shows its colors at the 48th Southern Decadence parade

Countess C. Alice leads the 48th annual Southern Decadence parade down Royal Street on September 1, 2019. This year's theme was

Andres Fuentes

September 7, 2019

For nearly half a century on every Sunday before Labor Day, Royal Street blossomed from its usual French-Spanish façade to a sea of vintage dresses, wacky wigs, colorful costumes and a sea of rainbow. And it was no different on Sept. 1, 2019. The 48th Southern Decadence parade kicked off w...

Saints big man has a big heart, helps give students 400 backpacks

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan takes his day off to visit students at KIPP Leadership Academy on September 3, 2019. Jordan and other organizations gave the school 400 backpacks and $10,000 to help with school activities. Photo credit: Andres Fuentes

Andres Fuentes

September 6, 2019

Eighth grader Warlanden was excited for the KIPP Leadership Academy spirit day. It wasn't for the DJ spinning bounce music, dancing with his friends or winning spirit points. Instead, the young Joe Brown Spartans running back wanted to know who the special guest was. What Warlanden didn't know was...

The Wolf: What’s it like to be a New Orleanian?

A baby doll cools down with a drink during Art Neville's second line procession on July 30, 2019. Photo credit: Andres Fuentes

Andres Fuentes

August 28, 2019

I've had the privilege of living in New Orleans all my life, and for that, I am grateful. I've seen the city through crooked politicians, crippling storms and cursed football seasons, but it's all worth it when the sun rises on the Crescent City. It's all worth it when you get to sit down to a...

Olé, Olé, Olé: NOLA bulls run wild in the Warehouse District

A member of the Big Easy Rollergirls charges the runners of San Fermin in Nueva Orleans on August 25, 2019.

Andres Fuentes

August 27, 2019

At the crack of dawn on Aug. 25, hundreds of runners volunteered to be batting targets for the Big Easy Rollergirls in the tight streets of the Warehouse District. Participants dressed in stereotypical Pamplona attire, a style named for the Spanish city famous for "The Running of the Bulls," and ran...

Krewe has a hunk of burning love for Elvis

Doug Marshall signals the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi to start their parade near Kerry's Irish Pub on Decatur Street on Aug. 16, 2019.

Andres Fuentes

August 27, 2019

Some came in sequin suits, some in Hawaiian button-downs, some even had on robes, but one thing remained the same for the members of the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi: a lavish head of dark black hair. New Orleans' Elvis-inspired krewe hit the French Quarter streets on Aug. 16, the day that The King passed...

BIG3 stars shine in the Big Easy

Bivouac's Will Baynum smiles after his team won over 3's Company on Aug. 25, 2019. Bivouac won the game 50-36.

Andres Fuentes

August 25, 2019

Former NBA stars drove in the paint, dove for loose balls and proved they could still play physical basketball despite leaving the association behind. New Orleans got their first taste of BIG3 basketball, a league for retired players. Local celebrities flooded the court side chairs to see past ...

Mourners honor Kathleen Blanco at the State Capitol

Kathleen Blanco's suit from her inauguration as Louisiana's first female governor was on display at the State Capitol on Aug. 22, 2019. Other items from her political career were also showcased to the public. Photo credit: Andres Fuentes

Andres Fuentes

August 23, 2019

Even in her death, former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco is making history. She is now the first woman to ever lie in the State Capitol and just the fourth governor to receive the honor. Her body was on display for the public on Aug. 22. Blanco was the state's governor from 2004 through...

New Orleans learns to live without musical icons after losses

Family members carry Dave Bartholomew's casket out of St. Gabriel the Archangel Roman Catholic Church on July 8, 2019. A stationary second line took place afterward with the Treme Brass Band. Photo credit: Andres Fuentes

Andres Fuentes

August 17, 2019

New Orleans went through a summer of blaring horns, dancing in the heat and marching away calories. But as colorful and lively as the second lines were, they were all to honor the dead. The city took a serious hit over a span of two months, as its' residents laid to rest significant icons that were...

Local musicians second-line for Eugene Grant

A child brought his trombone to perform in the second line for Eugene Grant on July 21, 2019.

Andres Fuentes

July 23, 2019

On a humid Sunday afternoon, second-liners used beats and brass to bring awareness to the reality of life as a street artist in New Orleans. Earlier this month, Eugene Grant, a local musician, was arrested near the corner of Frenchmen and Charters Streets after a local business reported him to the po...

New Orleans residents show support for undocumented immigrants

Supporters came to the ICE rally with handmade signs and art on July 19, 2019 in protest of dentention centers on the U.S. and Mexico border.

Andres Fuentes

July 20, 2019

As the sun set down on New Orleans, hundreds of protesters came out to voice their resentment toward politicians and migrant detention camps. Under one voice, both the speakers and the supporters shouted, "Ustedes son hermosos, we are all beautiful people," on July 19. Together with other organizations...

What did Tropical Storm Barry look like outside New Orleans? Sandbags and swimming snakes

A wall of sandbags lines La. 45 in Jean Lafitte on July 14, 2019. The wall protected homes from flooding as Tropical Storm Barry swept through the area.

Andres Fuentes

July 14, 2019

After days of warnings about the dangers of Tropical Storm Barry and millions of dollars of potential property damage, most New Orleanians woke up July 14 to calm cloudy skies and hurricane party hangovers. This left many residents to question why news stations aired storm coverage over their reg...

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