Luxury rides offered to N.O. Mardi Gras _lowres

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Sophie B. Wright marching band marches in last year's Zulu parade. The Foundation for Historical Louisiana is organizing a trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans again this year.

The Foundation for Historical Louisiana is heading to New Orleans again this year for Mardi Gras, March 4.

Guests will travel by luxury motor coach to the city to watch the Rex, Zulu and truck parades from reserved parade route seats. The group will have access to Le Pavillion Hotel, where a Creole lunch buffet will be served.

Tickets are $175 for FHL members, and $200 for non-members, and seating is limited. The trip runs 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

For more information or reservations, call (225) 387-2464, ext. 11.


Carnival beyond N.O.

In addition to all the Mardi Gras parades in the Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans areas, the celebration extends to other parts of the state as well. Among the events are:

Krewe of Adonis Parade, 7 p.m. Friday, Morgan City, (985) 395-4905.

Oaklawn Manor (decorated for Mardi Gras), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Franklin, (337) 828-0434.

Mardi Gras on the Bayou, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., along Bayou Teche, Franklin, (337) 828-6345.

Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade, 1 p.m. Sunday, Shreveport.

Krewe of Gemini Parade, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Shreveport.

Krewe of Highland Parade, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Shreveport.

Krewe of Aesclepius Children’s Parade, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4.

Fat Tuesday Texas Street Bridge Closing Ceremony, 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, Shreveport.

Taste of Mardi Gras, 7 p.m. Friday, Alexandria.

Krewe of Dionysus Parade, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Natchitoches.

Krewe of Cyllenius Parade, 2 p.m. Sunday, Marksville.

Cooking meets casino

The Taste of Home Cooking School will stop at the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel in Lake Charles on Saturday, March 8. The interactive event will feature live recipe and product demonstrations, where home cooks can sample food, receive gift bags and win door prizes.

Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Michael Barna, a professionally trained chef, will share his best cooking tips and tricks with step-by-step demonstrations of several seasonal recipes created by home cooks across the country.

Aimee Broussard, the event’s guest emcee, is a crafter, baker, apron maker and award-winning cookie creator.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

Tool demo at Poverty Point

Poverty Point State Historic Site near Epps will host a tool demonstration on Sunday, March 2, at the park.

The program will consist of how the Poverty Point inhabitants made and used stone tools. It includes “hands on” artifacts display, with audience participation encouraged. The event will run every hour on the hour, beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

The site offers visitors the opportunity to study the culture of area inhabitants from 1600 to 1100 BC. The $4 admission fee provides access to the area museum, video, hiking trail and tram tour. Children (12 and younger) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free. Poverty Point is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (888) 926-5492.

Louisiana Travels is a column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to or or mail to Judy Bergeron, The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.