by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain
Ambush Endorses Candidate Cade In Senate Run-off
Ambush endorsed candidate Herbert Cade took 35% of the vote on Feb. 6 in the Louisiana Senate, District 3 race. With 3,627 votes, Cade was 370 votes shy of tying long time politician Lambert Boissiere. The fickle Boissiere took the Gay community's endorsement when running for city council and abused our trust by twice voting against GLBT issues. Should we trust him a third time? We think not.
Cheryl Crammer's 19% of the vote did little more than drain votes from the more qualified Cade. Misguided loyalty to a female candidate who has developed awareness of AIDS issues as the face of AIDS has changed to the Black straight female, was the Gay community's weakness.
Cade was the first African American appointed to the State Judicial Commission. He has statewide recognition among lawmakers. Cade will make a difference in Baton Rouge when Gay equal rights legislation is introduced. A man of experience with the law and civil rights issues is necessary to the forward movement of the GLBT civil rights fight.
Ambush will continue to endorse Cade in the run-off. Gay and Gay friendly voters are encouraged to support Herb Cade on March 6.
Revelers Pour Into The Big Easy
Carnival revelers have filled New Orleans to capacity for Mardi Gras weekend. The annual pilgrimage culminating on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 16, brings in millions in revenues to the City, the largest money making event each year.
Ambush is proud to bring you the largest and most complete GLBT guide to Gay Mardi Gras. This 88 page edition features Gay Mardi Gras History, Mardi Gras Tips & Tricks, plus regular columns and numerous news stories affecting the GLBT community.
Loads of advertisers in this edition highlight the best events, bars, restaurants, shopping and services available to the Ambush reader in New Orleans and the various cities throughout the Gulf South, Texas to Florida, in which Ambush is circulated.
Serving the Gulf South since 1982, Ambush remains New Orleans' only locally Gay owned tabloid. Ambush salutes and thanks all of its advertisers for making this endeavor possible. Please patronize these businesses and services which support the GLBT communities in which they operate.
Barkus Features 1,500
The Krewe of Barkus VII Parade featured some 1,500 canines and their masters and/or mistresses. 007-From Barkus With Love was the chosen theme and many of the participants were very clever in their creations.
Ambush was fortunate to be included in the annual Barkus Parade Balcony Party given by Mike Sullivan at his Dumaine digs. It is the perfect place for viewing such a spectacle. It was all festive fun, but when the young children below told their parents a yellow clad Cruella DeVille was a boy, the balcony went wild.
The fabu eats were yummy, as always, with a neverending flow of cocktails.
Petronius Does Ragtime
The 38th Krewe of Petronius Bal Masque entertained attendees with "Petronius Does RAGtime". New Orleans oldest Gay carnival club kicked off festivities with the National Anthem presented by the renowned New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus.
Returning Kings and Queen Petronius XXVII appeared as "The Royal Dressing."
Captain Mickey Gil as Official French Quarter Bar RAG surprised Ambush founders with his costume dedicated to Magnolia Cotillion, the anniversary party raising thousands of dollars in the past for NO/AIDS Task Force.
Debutramp 1999 Karen Riggleman and Debutramps 1998 Pat Skelly and Sylvia Frank, who missed last year's ball while attending Carnival in Rio, were presented.
The ball lieutenant did Vogue, the Magazine of RAGS, followed by the Dish RAG, RAGtime Entertainer - The Flora Dora Girl, RAGtime Catastrophe - Titanic complete with Iceberg collision, Tiger RAG, Alexander's RAGtime Band, ending with A Very Slow DRAG, the presentation of Queen Petronius XXXVIII. Then the Captain as Petronius tradition dictates, chose King Petronius XXXVIII, the Ball Lieutenant.
The incredible live entertainment roster included Becky Allen, Ricky Graham, Sean Patterson as Danni DelMar, Harry Mayronne, Jr., Lyle Guidroz and his dancers, Fernand Jackson and dancers, Pistol Pet & Popgun Paul, New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus, and the RAGtime Trio - Sam Price, bass; Matt Swiler, percussion and John Royan, piano.
Future Mardi Gras Dates!
Just so you don't miss it... Many people believe that Mardi Gras is a single day of celebration. Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday" is actually the climax for the Carnival season.
Parades and formal Gay Balls begin on the twelfth night of Christmas (Kings Night-January 6). Parades roll in New Orleans and in Metairie.
Below are the dates for Mardi Gras for the next century or so...2000 - March 7
2001 - February 27
2002 - February 12
2003 - March 4
2004 - February 24
2005 - February 8
2006 - February 28
2007 - February 20
2008 - February 5
2009 - February 24
2010 - February 16
2011 - March 8
2012 - February 21
2013 - February 12
2014 - March 4
2015 - February 17
2016 - February 9
2017 - February 26
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