Rare Finds on Decatur Street has stopped selling Nazi, KKK novelties at request of the Anti-Defamation League

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The Rare Finds antique store on Decatur Street has stopped selling Ku Klux Klan, Nazi and other memorabilia deemed racist following a request by the New Orleans chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.

Owner Susan Saucier agreed to remove the items — which also reportedly included Jim Crow-era merchandise with caricatures of black people — at the request of the Anti-Defamation League South Central, nola.com reported.

Some of the items included at Nazi flag and a statuette of a Ku Klux Klansman with reported price tags of $1,695 and $1,295, respectively, according to the newspaper.

The business, which is located at 1231 Decatur Street, opened in 1997 and also sells Saints and Mardi Gras-themed items.

City to French Quarter residents: give us your recycled Christmas trees on Jan. 8 to help restore Louisiana's coastline

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French Quarter residents on Wednesday are encouraged by city officials to recycle their Christmas trees in an effort to help restore Louisiana’s coastline.

Residents in the French Quarter, who are serviced by Empire Services, must place their trees at the location of their regular garbage collection before 4 a.m. on Jan. 8, said city spokeswoman LaTonya Norton.

Coastal restoration — producing barrier islands, marshes and swamps along the coast — is crucial to reducing incoming storm surge and flooding, according to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA).

The CPRA estimates that, without mitigating action, the Louisiana coastline could use up to 4,120 square miles in the next 50 years.

The trees help slow erosion, trap sediment and provide a buffer to slow down waves while keeping them out of landfills, according to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

Only natural, unflocked trees that are free of all strands and trimming — including ornaments, tinsel, lights, tree stands, etc. — can be recycled, Norton added. Unflocked trees are those without artificial frosting.

Flocked and artificial trees and trees in bags, or trees with trimming that has not been removed, will be collected with garbage and transported to the landfill, Norton said, adding that trees should not be placed on the neutral grounds because it delays the collection process.

Many New Orleans residents are now in the process of disposing their trees following Twelfth Night, which signifies the end of the Christmas holiday and marking the beginning of the Mardi Gras season.

The effort to restore the coastline with recycled Christmas trees is a collaboration between the city’s Department of Sanitation and its solid waste contractors, the Louisiana National Guard and the city’s Office of Resilience and Sustainability, which funds the project, Norton said.

The agencies will work together to collect, sort and bundle trees, which will be placed in selected coastal zones, Norton said.

In 2019, more than 6,000 Christmas trees were collected in Orleans Parish after the holidays. They were airlifted by the Louisiana National Guard into Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge as part of a program to create new marsh habitat.

Mardi Gras season begins Jan. 6 with Phunny Phorty Phellows street car ride from Uptown to the French Quarter

The Storyville Stompers performing on Twelfth Night aboard the St. Charles Avenue street car in 2011. Picture by Jim Hobbs via Flickr | CC.

Revelers are required to show up no later than 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 6 at the Willow Street car barn if they’re hoping to catch the official start of the 2020 Mardi Gras season with the Phunny Phorty Phellows.

The barn, located at 8200 Willow St., is where the Phellows gather to begin their street car ride at 7 p.m. sharp along St. Charles Avenue and ending at the corner of Canal and Bourbon streets.

The Phellows tradition coincides with Twelfth Night, or the 12th day after Christmas, starts the Mardi Gras season and kicks off the countdown to Fat (Shrove) Tuesday on Feb. 25.

The tradition first appeared after the parade of Rex in 1878, but disbanded in 1898, according to the krewe’s website.

Phellows was ultimately revived in 1981, with the street car rides beginning a year later in 1982.

This year’s ride will include a toast from members of the Krewe of Oak with the Phellows and the Storyville Stompers brass band.

The street car ride runs approximately six miles and may include revelers dressed in bizarre “satirical costume that reflect topical issues.”

Their motto is “a little nonsense now and then is cherished by the best of men.”

Riders will likely witness the selection of Phellows’ queen and king–or “boss”–who are chosen when they find the baby in each of the King Cakes that are passed around the street car as everyone sips champagne.

After reaching Canal Street, the street car will loop and head back down St. Charles Avenue, then back to the Willow Street barn on South Carrollton Avenue.