Sacred Heart Elementary Author Visit – Friday, September 28, 2012

Friends: Last week, on Friday, I did an author visit at Academy of our Sacred Heart school in New Orleans. I saw pre-K through fourth grades and had so much fun with them! Even the itty-bitties stayed still for my stories! There was a lot of fun audience participation. I told a variety of my […] Read More

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Mardi Gras! Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Friends: Today was Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, in New Orleans. My family and I headed downtown around 11am with our friend, Willie, to catch Rex. We were going to our Grandstand spot on St. Charles and Poydras. We were not expecting to catch Zulu! It was an awesome surprise to see most of the Zulu […] Read More

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Mardi Gras Weekend – Lundi Gras, Monday, February 23, 2009

Friends: Monday is Lundi Gras (Fat Monday). It is the night of one of my favorite parades, Orpheus, a fiber-optically lit parade that boasts stunning floats. But rolling first was the Krewe of Proteus. Proteus is known in Greek mythology as the “Shepherd of the Ocean.” He was a god who acted as herdsman of […] Read More

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Mardi Gras Weekend – Dimanche Gras, Sunday, February 22, 2009

Friends: Antonio, my husband, and I were invited to a Dimanche Gras luncheon with some friends. After having drinks at the Hotel Monteleone Carousel bar in the French Quarter, we walked to Antoine’s restaurant. The food was superb. I had the terre pomme souffle (puffed potatoes) for an appetizer, traditional grits and grillades (made with […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency @ Bissonet Plaza Elementary – Day 8 Friday, February 20, 2009

Friends: Friday began very early in the morning. I made my appearance on Good Morning New Orleans, the early morning news program on ABC-26 WGNO (see previous blog). Then I headed to Bissonet Plaza Elementary for Day 8 of my residency. Unfortunately, I ran into some serious traffic on the bridge that caused me to […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children, Dianne de Las Casas, Mardi Gras, Storyteller, Storytelling

New Jersey Association of School Librarians Conference 11-14 & 11-15-08

Friends: I arrived in East Brunswick, New Jersey on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at the Hilton Hotel for the New Jersey Association of School Librarians Conference. After signing books at the Libraries Unlimited booth, I went to dinner with Debby Laboon (Libraries Unlimited’s Authors Respresentative) and Anne Scharff (Greenwood Press’ Sales Representative). We met Judy […] Read More

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Guam Day 2 – Wow!

Friends: The above picture is the morning view from my ocean front room at the Fiesta Resort Hotel. Wow! My day began with Cyndy Pruski picking me up (she’s with the Guam Reading Council) to head to Finegayan Elementary School in the northern part of Guam. Again, there was a warm welcome. The school made […] Read More

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Story: Jurassic Mardi Gras

Jurassic Mardi Gras By Dianne de Las Casas © 2005 Note from Dianne: This story was inspired by the Jurassic Mardi Gras float I created with my brother, Gary, and his son, Jourdan. Around the corner and down the street The dinos move to the mambo beat All the abominable beasts are out Getting ready […] Read More

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Mardi Gras Traditions

Friends, Here in New Orleans, it is Lundi Gras (which is French for “Fat Monday,” the Monday before Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday”). The Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Mardi Gras mark the appearance of the “Super Krewes.” On Saturday, Endymion rolls, one of the largest Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. On Sunday, Bacchus, the […] Read More

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