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Jan 15, 2017|

WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.

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Good Sunday and welcome to the show thank you so much for joining us gang on your nose. Monica pier coming up we have a bunch of smokers are right now though let's throw blue and Guinea pigs. Information on Louisiana SP CA's adoption and community events or 2017. Plus I think some people are surprised that is the number of times people tried. A Supreme Court. We will learn about it detracts. Rites and rituals and the revelry there at sort of the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. January is adoption month far all of our small critters over at the Louisiana SP CA you may have seen the billboards as have been driving around we're joined now by communications director with Louisiana SP CA. Deep box on you think to being let us thank you for having me it really appreciate your time I did see the billboards and just love the small animals and tell us about the adoption promotion that's under way at Louisiana SP CA. Yeah so Louisiana SP CA were an open and mission shelters so that means we have to take any animal that comes into our care we've had anything as far as a horrors. And that. We've had otters so we've that we had everything you can think of snakes reptiles really interesting to some animals that end up a commoner hands we have a bunch of small critters right now we had a plethora of bunnies we have Guinea pigs. We recently had a parakeet in the pockets even those recently have been adopted. And so it actually what's really interesting is we had a bad bunny hoarding Casey wouldn't think that people or Bunning is that they execute. So we have about eight to ten bodies in our care right now that we really need to find good homes for. And you may not realize of rabbits make amazing pats and the really good for small kids if you really wanna wean them off early young teaching them about responsibility and pat care instead of going all the way with and. How much time and attention do you have to give 22 bunnies yes of bunnies or. Card just as much about attention that you would want for Dodd the cool thing is you don't have to block them you don't have to relieve picked up after them in the yard. You do have to give them love and attention they are social animals they like to be held elect to be patted. They like to know that their licensees you have to give them that but the really cool thing about Ravitz is feeding him as a relief easy if you make yourself the salad you can make a plea for your body is well it's true I used to have one. Also there and their feed you can get from the Prodi sexually or grocery stores you have to go out of the way to a pat store. While you're shopping for yourself and your family can pick up what you need for your rabbit as well. With Willie Cole of now bunnies as he can potty trying to seek and train them to actually use the litter box in the well. They love that tissue on things they did their mouth were we have to be active see you wanna make sure you have enough. Toy he's an enrichment ways for them chew on their master paper shredder is which is really interesting so you don't even have to waste money on. A paper shredder does give him your important documents Alexis restroom for you it's really cool. And the other thing is that litter box if you like to compost he can actually use. That deposits in there for composting so there's a lot of green benefits to having them I mean I eat greens. Still like to be held to the park they do they do a lot of earnings up to be held we have one that actually does not adopted. Via the other day admit we named her married de Janeiro and and so we take around a lot of media interviews to promote her in the rest of the bunnies we have in the idea that there's still so often fluffy. And a lot of them love to be held to love the attention it's really interesting because. Ravitz obviously aren't as popular as cats or dogs but if you really get known and spend time with on the to swallow hop into your heart this hurdle. Guess you're communications director at Louisiana SP CAD but sunny talking about the the January adoption promotion. A small critters so throughout the entire month of January for ten dollar slipped in adopt one of these smaller and. Animals you know we have we have many of them so we love for you to come take a look especially if you're looking for some onion alone ought to consider them OK I give it broke. And this NRA we're not gonna get to to a pottery let's shift to new dog behavior and training classes for those who do you have. The new dog because again people sometimes we'll get a pet for holiday gift off for Christmas yeah that's what. The most popular gifts for people to give to somebody it's really interesting a lot of times you wanna discourage people from gifting daughter cap because that's a huge responsibility. But if you do we recommend that you come through us because we actually have adoption counselors level work with a mixture. Is this a wise choice have you we stocks of the family or the person's parents just to make sure that it's something they can all us Upton. And I care for so we do work hard to make sure that these animals are going into in homes. Since a lot of people have done a dog for Christmas whether to putt the earn an old dog you can always sees an old dog new tricks. They're always Lorena please so you sort of people asserting often year with the resolutions so if you got a dog wine knives. Off on the right pot with your dog you don't vote. I heard by Hesse we offer we have a behavior and training program at two excellent trainers cordoning Bayern hauling them only. And that we have a plethora of training classes whether it's for puppies whether it's for dogs that are really reactive. And kind of to have Reese aggression or any sort of behavioral issues you can think of we can master that our trainers have years of experience. And they've been able to do wonders for a lot of the dock that come through here good so how do you become a part of those classes yes so the best single season is to log onto or website which is www. L a dash SP CA dot org. Back slash training and on that site you'll find every single class that we have to all of the times and dates that we have offerings. I'm what's really cool is we're starting puppy manners classes. I'm and not be social so that we if you have obviously it's got a puppy can bring it and you can watch it socialize with other dogs and you'll learn a lot about your puppy. When you watch in a room full of other puppies because they're learning about each other team in the learning about their own personalities. And that's where they kind of figure out whether they're more off or a little bit or Tim med and side. Since it's really interest in the watchdog socialize. And we also have a fun with Fido classic the other dog that's a little bit more shy. Does that really liked the be as active in social is months that we do a lot of training with dogs indoors that he could do one on one. A lot of enrichment activities on and knows tricks so they could use their sense of smell. To be able to do things so any any type of behavior if she can think of our trainers are excellent mastery. We talking about a Louisiana SP CA click on my communications director Steve park sunny and of course you talk about Louisiana SP CA it is the oldest animal welfare organization. In greater New Orleans currently serving 43. Thousand. Animals a year had a. A lot number and that is a huge number we have so many animals that come to come through us and it's like wearing a hospital you have a lot of animals like command with all different kinds of conditions. And you want the best outcome for each who he spends so much time on them. Whether it's checking them for behavior. Working with them. A lot of times we get dogs that have been through horrible situations that these cases in the east spend time with them. Encourage them love up on them feed them give them their shots or vaccinations. We put hundreds of dollars in every Dodd but when you adopt them out there usually about eighty bucks a lower. So it's not like we're making money off of their options we really just wanna find them really get home. And one of the really need services that we offer to the community is our community clinic and a lot of people are really aware that that's even an option. What it is and the great thing about it is you can get affordable that care so instead of going to. A regular vets office Seton come to us again my record chipping vaccinations. Wellness shots anything you can think of spay neuter even for your putts and it's for half the cost of little you would normally pay because it's a service as a nonprofit that we're providing to the community. Because the truth is it can be very expensive so parents are Asean's it's like having it's like having a human child it really is expensive. And you know they're living breathing beings you know you don't know what the only gonna break away illness they might come down it. And it's brutally expensive and that's why sometimes Lotta people recommend pet insurance. It's kind of one of those things that's not really count on unless you have disposable income. So that's why we're happy to be will provide the service in the community. For any help them honest we we don't do emergency services for that you would actually have to go to bat for firm for certain surgery. The Furl wellness throughout the year we're so happy to be able to provide that at a variable costs which are. Came on the importance of our our pets in our lives. Talk a little bit the talk about the homeless not hopeless exhibit that's going to take place next month. Yes so we're really happy to be able to do this of the New Orleans and miss and obviously they're and other nonprofit and they have a lot of people that come through the doors or once homeless and they hope coached them to become somebody beehive and get a job to you. Finds himself valley and some importance in the community and being a contributing member of society so what we did was we paired with one of our homeless animals. With one of their members and we did a photo shoot so you're it's it's kind of tell the story on both sides and I think sometimes people have more compassion for. A homeless animal may wood for a homeless individual. So we thought this would be great pairing where we can show both sides of the coin. You know these are people with feelings and dreams and in a somewhere along the lines as. By the chance of lives they ended up without shelter. So it's a photo exhibit that we did at Emory gonna have it on display at our campus at 17100 Marty grove boulevard on February 2. At 6:30 in the evening so tickets are on sale. If he goes to the New Orleans missions FaceBook page they're gonna have the ticket. The link and all the information you need to know as well. And so it's a really cool photo exhibit that we're gonna have you'll be able to meet. Some the people have a photograph that were once homeless who gets another story you'll have some animals there that were photographed as well. But it's really touching me being exhibit just to be over. There's so much you know they say art imitates life rowand but to be able to deceive. A huge canvas photograph of a homeless animal paired with homeless person and just kind of the bond they build system that photo shoot. I get a measure and distant I wanna see the eyes of both the F. And I. Rises I mean if you see the other operating got a preview of the photos that if you see these photos it's amazingly humanity. In people and you know we do have a homeless issue here in our community. You see you know especially under the underpass near studio and sometimes you just get so you sing that they don't bat an eye anymore. But when do you ever look into their eyes a lot of us don't do that. You mentioned the campus. Louisiana SP CA if someone has not been there in a while especially with the last year they're going to be blown away how magnificent is that facility and. Such a beautiful facility and we're so honored to be able to receive this gift from all over donors be who we've kind of done it without a very generous donation. And so it's the 101000 acre facility on the West Bank all you do is you hop on the bridge if you're coming from New Orleans. If you take the first exit off the general to call you make the little loop to all be Landry and ages strive straight to us. We're so happy to have this we were able to build this new adoptions senator C come and each dog has their own car know. And truly is not exaggerating LA can I live there it through three amazing dog has her own Condo we have the cat condos as well sir our cats I have fun hanging around there. But we just needed to really really nice pace and we have our old building as well so we're utilizing the campus as much as we can we have any space for a community clinic. We're looking at ways to expand in the future whether it's a dog park on our campuses while. Whether it's through the importance that we have a lot of ideas overthrowing into the tubular providing great community service to the people that live in the greater New Orleans area. Though we're so happy to be able to have this facility. For animals that we care for. We see an SP CA has been caring for animals for quite awhile in our area tee box on the joins as the communications director. Before we go talk about the need it you have. For the trap neuter release program. He has so TNR trap neuter release there is a huge feral cat issue later commuted speak in some neighborhoods more than others. We tend to actually in the going out a lot New Orleans decent I mean they just seems to Karl colonized and some certain areas. A lot of times people feed these cats and so they stay in the multiply. And the thing is you know people have a hard they wanna make sure their fat and taking care of so you know there's nothing that says it's against a lot of Karen. But since we do have a cat overly overpopulation issue in our community will we do is is trapped Peter release program so. If it's an issue in your area though want to Heather ringing Martina and our specialists you'll come out with a trap she will work with you the setup. And it's really easy to do you actually and then once you catch the cat will bring it. And holds you spay or neuter on the cat and then release him back into the community. It's it's it's a great service that we offer you'll usually have to pay for the drop and it's a low cost is while. If it's really an issue we're more than happy to help with that. And it's a program that's really viable to our community and really important. And the only way that we can make it work as do other grants certain nations though. That's a lot of how we provide things that the community is is from generous people in our community that's only we thrive so any time someone can help us out and make a donation we are so happy. Received it. Even talking about the January adoption promotion of small craters the new dog behavior training classes he community clinic homeless not hopeless exhibit was. Nineteen aren't. And release program and anyone needs more details or information with the university's in his book tour de. Is that is that we do. Finally. He's. Mary and it's great to have you on the show up in demand included in the lower left to be about your funds up. Joining us now and road show marketing associate at. Stuart Williams collection how encouraged balloons. Joseph and the historic buildings collections thank you both for being with us good morning. It is Marty and I time and you have had a wonderful exhibition called rights. Rituals and realm read the history history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans you had to be at rights rituals and relevant at a pretty well what is this of this whole thing all about. For our fiftieth year at the collection we began a series of guided tour short history galleries. Every month we had a different gallery tour and for carnival time last year. It was of course colonel and I was charged with creating a history of modern rock tour to walk her guests through the galleries. And discussed the development of Mardi Gras celebrations here in New Orleans. Let's like film wonderful assignment to the hole was perfect for me the things that people don't know when you sort of putting this together. About modified window we all claim we knew everything about carnival. Well I began the two were discussing the ancients 5000 years ago and people weren't aware that a lot of the spring celebrations started. With the celebration of the Vernal equinox. Of course today we get Easter because of its relation to Vernal equinox and that's sort of surprises people that it's this arbitrary seeming date. That varies all the time and they're always a little surprised when they learned that Mardi Gras is only just the last day of the much larger season. And tell us about the tour how is all gonna come together and the date certain on the tour is going on now come through February 24. Available every day Tuesday through Sunday so every day except for Monday at 11 AM. And towards our five dollars per person or free for collection members so if you're a collection member and think there's nothing more to see come on out to take a different. View on hand and and the history galleys are also open for self guided tours. Free. Any time or open. But this particular tour are we looking at. The rights rituals and revelry it's gonna be guided correctly docents there to help you through it and we have a great deal of visual aids that we like to add to the galleries for the tour. And just a chronological. Look at the development of the celebration here in New Orleans how Long Will it last each torque. About an hour about an hour. So you can't get enough of this could step up and we're talking about rights rituals and revelry the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans our guests are Kurt Owens. Docent at the historic New Orleans collection and and road show marketing associate at historic New Orleans collection. This throughout the four even he would analyze things about the French and Spanish colonial eras of some what are some of the things that will be taught touched upon. Will one of the beginning notions here in New Orleans is the development of it. From the very beginning sixteen on nine hour. Founders older brother this year you revealed. Was sailing up the river march 3 699. Realized well there having fun back in Paris let's pull the ship over have a direct. So I claim that that's the beginning point. He triggered a war that's we need somebody have a good time to list as do it right here so what about Mardi Gras during the early days of Louisiana State. The that we learned a great deal about the. Earliest days of New Orleans from. Young man who signed on as a clerk for compute the west heading from Paris to North America to work here to Louisiana and he kept a diary. That we have required that we have translated and published now. And we know that in around 1729. Ers though. He was really pointing for fun back in Paris and sought out and traveled to a party a bit by you've seen John for them to friends of his Macon music and pounding on drums and cross dressing is in masquerade of course. And Marc Antoine Kaya with a fellow. Gave us a great report about how they were dressed while they were doing and the general celebration in the area. Was it unusual or usual for a company meant to keep. A journal or diary like this summer fees was he somebody special no I don't believe it was unusual to keep a diary it was on usual for this one to have remained out of sight for so long with. And an attitude by the media talks French administration's. These kinds internals were published. But they all would then have had to go through the crown and have been edited in this one because it had never been published in its day. Never got that level of censorship so it's unusual in that it's completely. What he broke without any influence from the higher ups. We're talking about the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and win it we start to see. Thinks that a such a staple of the crews are our social aid and pleasure club and those come into existence. It's the organized crews didn't really established themselves here until mid nineteenth century. That was an establishment. Transition from that made him the streets. A group of gentlemen decided she tried to organize an increase of prayed they invented the crew of Comas. And really set the standard for the organization of creating and celebrations. The social aid and pleasure club was at the very beginning of the twentieth century. They organized after. I understand seeing a musical comedy at the previous hole. And senior group of actors singing in Zulu costumes they're never was a king like me. And they immediately began to cost him as Zulu warriors and established the a tradition of creating for themselves. Within a few years he organized into these who socially and pleasure club and last year celebrating their hundredth anniversary. It was there very important role for the social aid and pleasure clubs especially with making a difference in and and the city. Where they part of that as well as a follow suit disappeared gathering of Mardi Gras folks. I think they made a great impact because they were able to show. To the world that. Organizations. For carnival seasons could include everybody. That everyone had the opportunity and the facility to. Go out and create the zulus. That was themselves as a complete parity of wrecks and so the notion of satire was increased and the fun and crazy this well. Just group. And as of this these tours for locals are do you think it's going to be people who were visiting for the Mardi Gras season I think anybody would enjoy these tours and people who are just visiting who know nothing about. Really Louisiana history or carnival. We'll get a room and really enjoy it because two or not only takes you through the history of carnival it takes you through the history of the state in the city. As your balance he get a little bit of a overall history too as ego. But locals as much as we think we now everything from there's always something and that you haven't heard yet or story that you've heard that maybe aren't sure whether or not it's curious that three F a stack. Or some convince sister and it made me is not so I think it's an it. The visual aids that they pull out too we have such vast holdings of Mardi Gras staff so that she get to see all the invitations he and things that you wouldn't necessarily. Just see on a regular tour or at Tennessee your daily life very very interest what are some of the things we may add no. Our Kurt about. Mardi Gras Indians we think we know everything about them but Mardi Gras Indians had their Genesis with the world's industrial and cotton exposition in 1985. The wild west show was appearing during liberals fear here and on Mardi Gras day in 1985. The big group of pony Indians. Prayed to city and bring immediate hit. And they're always been a great connection between. Enslaved African Americans and native American tribes. A great connection between. Them as they struggled. So the establishment of a Mardi Gras Indian organization. Seem to be a natural outgrowth of that course today it is all Heidi drama and costumes and feathers and beads and in the beginning I think it was far simpler. But it has also transition as everything seems to have transition for carpal. We think of a Mardi Gras and carnival that there's so many traditions but the what I'm hearing it has always been adaptable and flexible. Whatever they the social issue whatever is going on in the area at the time would you agree current absolute. Late at what I think some people are surprised at is that number of times people have tried to. Outlaw car celebrating carnival. There's been. A long history of made him in the streets and frequently the newspapers just decried at all and screamed for two stops. There was great fears when the Spanish arrived in the 1760s that they would outlaw carnival they only outlawed masking at that time. Because they felt that masks were a threat to the security the state. There were efforts in the beginning of the nineteenth century to outlaw carpal because of the pandemonium in the streets. And yet every time it has always come reaching back there seems to be some sort of primal urge Jews celebrate in the early spring. Also this does not be a very hard sell for you and as the marketing you know now we almost don't have to do any promotion and I'll just as people come in and ask what. What's available today when they come in off the street even if they don't even know where they stumble into Susie say there's a Marty Garth tour. A man on man it's. That challenge is to try to control the size of the crowds. We frequently have. Great. Show people showing up port. On Saturday I had a two or thirty all of a sudden and people walking in from the galleries hearing discussion going on and adding to it. So that's a challenge. It is very very popular. That is amazing we're talking about the rights. Rituals and revelry the history of New Orleans and is you might buy New Orleans tore our guests are and really show marketing associate at the historic New Orleans collection. And the one who knows so much effort Cohen Stosur at the historic New Orleans collection you've talked about the early days even the ancient times. The development of the cruise. Social aid and pleasure clubs might run Indians so wind that this whole super crew. Think this really start taken off here. Oh and Brennan. In the late sixties decided that it would be a great thing to organize crew. That would be. Different from the old paper machine style. Old line crews. He and his associates organized to crew baucus. And named a Hollywood slippery as the case and this was an immediate sensation. Danny Kaye was the first baucus and it has every year being aimed others liberty and in the late sixties the crude into union had begun up in the city the expanded crew. Exponentially. And then we have the evolution of the crew of Orpheus in the 9293. And hairy. Realized that there was a need for pre Monday night again that's when that parade. Was established and they have just grows wildly. In seven V three the fire department. Determined that they just couldn't go to court or anywhere because the greens were getting too large crowds were into march Britain's. Vision had succeeded. And that final weekend before moniker is one gigantic show after another it would big conceived to be a super crew are just so that this something different and I think the term super crew has come only just recently just recently that's because of the super size of the the crowds that. Floats the numbers of bans the walking groups. It has become. And he didn't and then the parties afterwards the the three gigantic. Festivals afterwards at the convention sinner and a detailed. They sell out tens of thousands of people though and the super go for union. Which will ride with 3000 people this year. I know you have a crystal ball correct but how do you see Mardi Gras and the rites and rituals and rapper re just going forward in the 21 century India and while it's almost impossible to predict the development has been. So progressive. From the very beginning it has just. Grow again and again and again and just when you think we've seen at all some new idea occurs suddenly. The notion of handmade throws has become a very big deal and the notion of purchasing. Beads from. Suppliers in Asia. Has become less endless endless draw for people now of course people are still screaming for beats but. Many of us are out there screaming for cluttered shoes and painted coconuts and what ever is that those people are putting together all year long. Two and a. Any group thinks being with both being here. And that is our show for today thank you so much for joining us I'm being your host Monica year until next time enjoyed this Sunday and.