The last Samurai… Only joking

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 Here at DeLuxe Dry Cleaners New Orleans, we have a proud tradition (that we have upheld for 74 years and counting) of cleaning unique, delicate, one of a kind garments. This customer found out after being told her kimono couldn’t be cleaned at not 1, but 2 other dry cleaners in New Orleans, that DeLuxe Dry Cleaners really should be your first destination for not just delicate, one of a kind garment cleaning, but all your dry cleaning needs! Click on the pictures for more information on our services.

We LOVE Mardi Gras!

We LOVE Mardi Gras!

We love Mardi Gras season and we love to see all y’alls beautiful Mardi Gras gowns. Don’t forget if you haven’t got them cleaned yet, we are specialists in Gown cleaning! Click on the picture to find out more.

If you haven’t seen the timetable already, here’s a link to a timetable for all the Mardi Gras Parades. http://www.mardigras.com/index.ssf/schedule

Mardi Gras is nearly here!

Mardi Gras is nearly here!

Mardi Gras is getting close and here at DeLuxe we are super excited!

We are experts in gown cleaning (Mardi Gras gowns included) as well as any alterations and repairs that they may need. Click on the picture to find out more.

Pierre is back!

Pierre is back!

Looking better (and less scary) than ever! Pierre had reconstructive surgery to address a “broken beak” he sustained when he ran into a basket stanchion while playing pick-up ball with a number of other mascots. To view his road to recovery, click on the picture.

Get well soon Pierre!

Get well soon Pierre!

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that mascot Pierre the Pelican underwent successful surgery yesterday at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson.

Team Physician Dr. Matthew McQueen performed the reconstructive surgery at Ochsner Medical Center and has indicated the procedure was quite involved. “Injuries like this also affect other aspects of the skull, which had to be addressed.” McQueen and his team of experts, including Curator of Birds for Audubon Zoo Carolyn Atherton, expect Pierre to make a full and speedy recovery.

“Pierre…he is hardcore. He’s already put as much into his rehab as I have seen any athlete put into his rehabilitation. He had a lot of help from his coworkers, supporters and fellow mascots,” McQueen said. “He’s already quicker, faster, and stronger. I haven’t seen anything like this in my life. Maybe there is something about bird recovery that is special. I wish we could see this in all the people we treat. It is amazing.”

Fans can show their support and post good well wishes on Twitter using #GetWellPierre and @PierreTPelican.

In 24 homes games this season, Pierre has recorded 193 t-shirt cannons, 453 pictures taken, and 679 balloons handed out. The New Orleans product has appeared in all homes games this season and is excited to make is return this weekend as the Crescent City hosts NBA All-Star 2014.

We at DeLuxe Dry Cleaners New Orleans wish him all the best and a speedy recovery!

Not Long untill Mardi Gras…

Not Long untill Mardi Gras...

It’s not long until Mardi Gras. At DeLuxe Cleaners New Orleans, we love Mardi Gras! We love seeing all the beautiful gowns y’all bring to us, all the beautiful parades, the King cakes. What’s not to love?! We specialize in cleaning all your Mardi Gras gowns, and there’s still time to bring them to us to have them looking perfect! Click on the picture to find out more information.

Here are 10 fun facts about Mardi Gras you may not know!

1: The name Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday, a day of feasting before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. This day is also known as Shrove Tuesday.

2:Depending on where you are, Mardi Gras celebrations can span more than a month, either starting on Twelfth Night or being confined to the 3 days before Mardi Gras day itself.

3: In addition to celebrations in New Orleans and Rio, other famous celebrations of the day take place in Baranquilla in Colombia, Port-of-Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, Mazatlan in Mexico and Quebec City in Canada. (See our article on Carnival Celebrations around the World for a snapshot.)

4: The first known Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans took place in 1837, though prior to that it was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703.

5: Floats became part of the New Orleans celebration in 1837 and since then have become an integral aspect of festivities.

6: The official colors of Mardi Gras have meanings. Purple is for justice, gold is for power and green is for faith. These were chosen by the Grand Duke of Russia in 1857.

7: Mardi Gras became a legal holiday in Louisiana in 1875.

8: Krewes, which are parade groups, started as private social clubs. The oldest of these is Comus which was founded in 1857.

9: The tradition of handing out items to the audience dates back to Renaissance Europe. In New Orleans, the first person to do that was a Krewe member dressed as Santa Claus in the 1880s.

10: The Mardi Gras balls are another important part of the celebrations, but some of those are by invitation only.

Getting Ready for Mardi Gras!

Cajun Food, Louisiana History, and a Little Lagniappe

Mardi Gras season officially started about a month ago, and we still have about a month to go until Fat Tuesday arrives. In the meantime, you can stock up on Mardi Gras supplies at The Cajun Village! Our decorations are up and several shops sell Mardi Gras themed items. Everything from masks to feather boas to beads, if you want it, we got it. Just take a look at the slideshow and see for yourself!

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