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Volume 17/Issue 3

Rip & Marshaby Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain

Barkus Hits The Streets Feb. 7

The only Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans by and for the canine population is ready to sniff the streets of the French Quarter for the 7th year on Sun., Feb. 7. the theme is "007-From Barkus With Love!" which is sure to attract well turned-out canine James Bonds and canine Bond girls. How will these dogs handle Pussy Galore? Who will be the Bond villains: Jaws? Bloefel? Auric Goldfinger [or goldpaw]? Registration begins at noon. The parade rolls at 2pm.

map This year's King Barkus VII, Madison, from a highbrow/bred lineage, will be escorted by owner Andre de la Barre. He will reign over the festivities with his queen, who was an abused, throw away pet with enormous emotional issues when she was left at the LA/SPCA. Saved by owner,Alison Cook, who consulted a pet psychic to get some clues about the dog's past, Queen Barkus VII, now called Hero, feels the royal life-style will be good for her recovery. [She is no longer just a shell of a dog, but a queen with high standing in the community.]

This year the parade will start at Armstrong Park and proceed the 15 blocks through the Vieux Carre, stopping at the reviewing stand at Good Friends Bar. Membership in the parade krewe is open to all dogs-regardless of their past. The cost is $12.50 for preregistrations and $15 day of parade. Only registered [and tagged] krewe members will be allowed to be part of the procession. All proceeds benefit the LA/SPCA and other humane societies.

To be a part of this parade, dog owners can preregister at: LA/SPCA, 1319 Japonica St., 504.944.PETS, & Toto, Too!, 901 Iberville St., 504.586.8686, Pets & Stuff, 3794 Veterans Blvd., 504.456.5291, or Lark's Grooming, 1120 Spain St., 504.947.1322.

KCQ Bar Run Takes In
10 Big Easy Hot Spots

The 3rd Annual King Cake [KCQ] Bar Run made 10 stops, led by outgoing KCQ V Liz Simms. It was Simms' job to introduce KCQ VI-Elect Christine Cheridon [Sonny Cleveland] as her last official duty as reigning King Cake Queen.

Revelers gathered at LeRoundup for the kickoff. After several cocktails, Liz sounded the cowbell [a KCQ tradition], and it was out to limo shuttle, taking guests on down to the Corner Pocket.

Then it was off to the land of Oz, Lorenzo's, MRB, Lafitte's, Clover Grill, Double Play, Footloose and Wolfendale's. At every stop bar run revelers passed out purple, gold and green Mardi Gras beads. And of course, there were cocktails, shots and wine at each watering hole.

This year's goal was 16 stops, but due to the early a.m. Ambush delivery schedule the next day, the bar run ended early. Rumor, however, has it that several members of the group had already crossed over, and it wasn't pretty.

Community First Awards
Salute Pailet/Udick

Louisiana Lesbian & Gay Political Action Caucus [LAGPAC] hosted the 3rd annual Community First Awards at the home of John and Dara McDaniel, uptown New Orleans.

Honorees included PFLAG/New Orleans president Sandra Pailet and longtime activist Robert Udick. Both gave moving oratories, an excellent reason to honor each with the Community First Award.

Guest of honor, Virginia Apuzzo, Assistant to the President for Management and Administration, did an exceptional job of defining the fight for human rights. Apuzzo commended the efforts of Pailet and Udick, stressing they were responsible for history in the making. Those in local communities throughout the country are on the forefront, fighting the battles, assuring present and future benefits for the entire GLBT community.

Ambush Salutes Last Call At Charlene's

Ambush is proud to sponsor Last Call At Charlene's: A Night In GLBT History 1977-1999, Sat., Feb. 20, 2pm til. This will be the last official event at historic Charlene's, New Orleans' longtime women's club, 940 Elysian Fields.

The building was sold and is the future home of The Mint, set to open Feb. 22.

Charlene Schneider, proprietor, was on the cutting edge for over 20 years, fighting and winning many battles, ensuring GLBT rights many take for granted in New Orleans today.

Last Call At Charlene's will include an entire afternoon and evening of festivities. Watch videos chronicling the last 20 years filmed on location. Are you one of those included in this history making club?

At 6pm Pride Co-Chair Sonny C. Cleveland will conduct the Trash & Treasures Auction. This is an excellent opportunity to take home a piece of Charlene's. Additionally, souvenir T-shirts and Gilbert Rapoza's "Charlene's" poster will be on sale. Charlene herself will autograph purchases if you like.

In the meantime, visit Charlene's Thurs.-Sun. 6pm til.

And don't forget, you will always be able to visit Charlene & Linda's On The Coast, 1205 Blue Meadow Road, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, 228.467.7298.

Ms. Bleachman Becomes "Klorocks"

After some 23 years as Clorox Bleachman, the New Orleans diva has altered his stage name to Klorocks Bleachman. This earth shattering change was brought about after Ambush was contacted by The Clorox Company.

According to Kasimira C. Verdi, Legal Department, The Clorox Company, "It has come to our attention that you are using your internet website to publish a magazine entitled 'Showgirls XXXpress', and that this magazine contains several references to 'Clorox' and 'Clorox Bleachman'.

"The Clorox Company is the owner of the famous trademark CLOROX for bleach, cleaning products, and internet information related thereto. Your use of 'Clorox' on your website will dilute, damage and disparage our trademark rights.

"We ask that you immediately cease and desist from use of the word 'Clorox' on your website and that you send us notification that you have done so."

Order Your Valentine's Flowers Early

Valentine's Day, Sun., Feb. 14 falls during Mardi Gras weekend this year. Florists urge consumers to order early to assure timely delivery.

Ambush recommends Tommy's Flowers, 504.522.6563 in New Orleans, Four Seasons Flowers & Gifts, 504.924.1386 or 800.237.5381 and All About Flowers, 225.769.4410 or 800.999.7564 in Baton Rouge. Don't forget your favorite sweetheart or honey during the Carnival rush.

Regina Benefit
Raises $413 For Belle Reve

Friends turned out to remember Big Regina at the Pink Flamingo Party Jan. 23. Hosted at Cafe Lafitte In Exile, 901 Bourbon [as opposed to the incorrect address listed in last Ambush], Essence Holliday headlined the bevy of beauties, many long time friends of Regina.

Stage tips and raffles raised $413 for Belle Reve, a 24 hour care facility for people with AIDS.

Belle Reve has been notified that its government funding has been cut by $95,000. This places the continued ability of Belle Reve to provide services to the AIDS community at risk. The goal is to raise $150,000 through fundraisers in 1999.

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