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Laissez bon temps rouler!

I've been doing the second line for the past two weeks already. As a parade lover, you can bet I love Mardi Gras. I have made it to 3 out of the 4 Mardi Gras parades we had downtown and even got to walk with the Krewe of Mutts Dog Parade. 10/31 Consortium had a walking group of about 20 people in the parade which helped promote our own parade with black and orange beads tied to dog treats. Everyone had a great time and the crowd loved our pup, Elvis.

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New Year, New President

I am thrilled to be serving as your 2014 10/31 Consortium President. Having serving on the board for the past 3 years, 10/31 has become a significant part of my life and I am ready to lead this organization. I have learned so much these past three years from the strong leaders before me. I am both excited and impressed by the quality of our new board members; I feel as though we will continue to prosper from their hard work. We are going to put on

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Ahoy Mateys!

September's here, which means National Talk Like a Pirate Day, and, more importantly, our Annual Shiver Me Timbers Pirate Scavenger Hunt. Start making plans with your teams of four to traipse around town dressed as your favorite pirate collecting clues for points. Or just dress up like a pirate and hang out at The Cove, where the evening will end, just because that's what you usually do on a Friday night. We're good with that, too. Either way, we

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More Fun. Always.

On January 1, 2013, I officially took over as your Board President. In spite of the fact that I have already served 2 years on the Board, I can assure you I did not take this transition lightly, nor did I find it any less daunting. Our founder, and immediate past president, Kelley Criscoe Stein, took her dream and made a parade. In just two years, she’s doubled the membership, doubled our parade route and consequently our crowds, and doubled our

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Change

Change is a funny thing. Some people like it and embrace it and adapt quickly to it. Some are afraid of it and resist it as much as possible. And some, like my husband, are OK with it but only with a certain amount of notice that the change is coming. No one can argue, however, that like the old saying goes, "The only thing that remains the same is change."   I started 10/31 Consortium 2.5 years ago because I wanted to see a change in our community.

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My Worst Nightmare

We knew it would happen eventually, and it finally has. My worst nightmare was recently announced:   There is no bye weekend for LSU football during the month of October 2013.   You don't have to be a football fan to understand the gravity of that unfortunate fact. Baton Rouge is a football town. When there is a home game, everything shuts down. Granted, I don't exactly "bleed purple and gold," but I do understand and appreciate the level

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Behind the Curtain

"This is Halloween! This is Halloween!"   I simply can not think of Halloween without the haunting tunes of The Nightmare Before Christmas ringing in my ears. Like many of us "Halloween enthusiasts" this is one of my favorite movies. I often wonder if the opening scene is what planted the idea of a Halloween parade in my mind to begin with.   Our parade, while quite different from the one in the movie, was just as exciting and thrilling

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Baton Rouge Crime

There is a reason that crime scene tape is used as a standard Halloween decoration. Crime is scary. And if you live in Baton Rouge, you should be even more afraid of it than the average person.   According to NeighborhoodScout.com, Baton Rouge has a crime index rating of 3, with 100 being the BEST possible score. The website further explains,   “With a crime rate of 67 per one thousand residents, Baton Rouge has one of the highest crime

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Halfoween

Tomorrow, May 1st, marks the recently declared “holiday” of Halfoween – the annual half way mark to Halloween. I’m sure this is no surprise, but this new additional way to celebrate the most wicked day of the year is something I’m pretty jazzed about.   For those of you unfamiliar with this springtime treat, check out the full description from Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=halfoween). Halfoween customs

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Golf-tastic

This year is proving to be quite eventful for 10/31 Consortium! Your Board of Directors has been hard at work planning the 2nd Annual Baton Rouge Halloween Parade, and we couldn't be more proud of what we have accomplished!   In the past 3 months, we have narrowed down the parade theme, selected a Grand Marshal (will be announced this summer; you're going to love it!), mailed out annual membership invoices (please send in your dues if you have

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