ten year katrina walk / wear your red shoes cause there’s no place like home

11830192_441604086025673_1956277848_nwe will meet in the street and start at miss mae’s.   two pm sat aug 29th.

in honor of big chief jolly of the wild tchoupitoulas, we ask that you save your tears and only be jolly, dress to impress, and wear your red shoes.   a five dollar donation to join skinz n bonez and wildman john and queen kim of the wild tchoupitoulas will go to fund a bead class for children at the lyons center uptown.    on the route we will walk to le bon temps, kingpin, grits, and end at 45 tchoup.  your donation gets you happy hour prices at each stop.

won’t you join us and celebrate the culture of the mardigras indians?

a special thanks from us to the community #Dodfest

Skinz n Bonez, St Anna’s Episcopal, Dodwell House, DODFest and OUR KIDS want to THANK our AMAZING FRIENDS for such AWESOME AUCTION + RAFFLE Love!


for those looking to pay with credit card for silent auction please 

and a special thank you for supporting that raffle.

I think the kids raffle was particularly fun, since they all got to get on stage, talk, play, and win win win.
— Kabuki Hats — Ogden Museum of Southern Art — Audubon Nature Institute — The Saenger Theatre — Pandora’s Snowballs — Beanstalk Kids & Maternity — Casa Borrega — The Velvet Cactus — Pizza Nola: Lakeview’s Savory Cafe — New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane — New Orleans Museum of Art — Friends of City Park — Dog Day Afternoon, LLC — Reby Rae — Thriving Wellness Reiki — Small Change Finery — Golden Lantern Bar — Fahy’s Irish Pub — Rick Moore — Melba’s Old School Po Boys — Plum Street Snoballs — William P Smith Jr — Mellow Mushroom Oak Street NOLA — Natural Hair Community — The National WWII Museum — Dr. Bob — McClure’s Barbecue — Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale “Enchantress” — Krewe of Okeanos Parade — Krewe of Boo — The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus — Pussyfooters—Missing Links—Margie Perez—Stuart McNair—Al Carnival Time Johnson— Browncoats — Treme Community Choir — Darryl Durham — Anna’s Kids  — Wild Tchoupitoulas — Creole Wild Wild West — Father Bill — Skinz N Bonez —


#dodwellhouse #dodfest #annasplaceforkids #gratitude #supportlocal

<3 ‪#‎community ‪#‎rebuilding ‪#‎youth ‪#‎arts ‪#‎education ‪#‎empowerment ‪#‎nola!

HOW to become a member

1959399_10153863278415046_1919840478_nwe have so much fun.    here we are above rolling in the krewe of chewbacchus.   a great parade during the mardigras season

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we are taking on new members as we go through the summer months heading into october.  our events begin early in october, with calacas y maracas to raise funds this year for new orleans bulldog rescue.   this entails a pub crawl of skeletons to kick off the day of the dead season.

then anne rice ball, hotel performances, international fest, and krewe of boo.

membership is $50 to roll with us in the krewe of boo parade, and an update for the october charity event for bulldog rescue is listed above in calacas y maracas.

come join the bone gang.  find us on facebook, skinz n bonez, skinz n bonez dolls, on twitter, #bonegangnola, and right here on the interwebs.


another jazzfest come and gone…

59 32 33 34awww….    super sunday, st joes nite, jazzfest, uptown, downtown, all over.   top picture is queen mardiclaw and jawbone, comin off super sunday ….   next picture at jazzfest with  ms bone jangles and wildman john, third picture is wildman john performing with juan pardo on the jazz and heritage stage last sunday of jazzfest, and the last picture is big chief, rhythm and bonez, celestial bonez, indiana bonez, jawbone, tchoupbone, queen kim, stikkman mike, babydoll kit, our jonbone in the back, and babydoll gwen in the back.   we sure had a good time.   all day, backstage and rolled at two thirty.   all hail WILD TCHOUPITOULAS, BABYDOLLS and SKINZ N BONEZ

big queen mardiclaw and gallery opening

April 7th at the Crescent City Brewpub.    five pm to seven pm upstairs.  this is a great affair, with Rick Moore, Pauline Teel and Tom Harvey.      this once a year show always brings out the best of new orleans to hob nob and drink craft beer, and nosh.

come join us!62 61IF you are looking for big queens website, that would be at www.mardiclaw.com   or www.mardiclaw.net, OR  for online purchases go to fine art america / mardiclaw

see you there!

MARDIGRAS season is HERE… happy carnivale

1622714_786808271376194_694823993527351894_nwe are accepting new members for the 2015 gras season.

here’s a list of what parades we are rolling in

st jeanne of arc was jan 6th and we have already rolled that one, next parade up will be the mystic krewe of femme fatale on their first roll ever.    we are proud to drum and play a role in this historic moment in mardigras history.   that parade is sunday february 8th on the uptown new  orleans route.  Next up is Okeanos on sunday feb 15th on the WAY way uptown route.  first parade of the day there.    We also will be in the st roch bywater neighborhoods come mardigras day to wake you up.

other parades that we venture into are tit rex, chewbacchus and barkus.  these parades have separate dues through the organization.   for tit rex, we arrive prior to the roll for skinz n bonez doll set up and organization.

if your interested in joining us please contact us here, and we will get back to you shortly.   you can roll ONE parade, or go for the whole season….

we also will be present after the gras with the Wild Tchoupitoulas and st josephs nite, super sunday and jazzfest.

all hail the new season before us!

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the vampire lestat ball ALL HAIL PRINCE LESTAT AND ANNE RICE

this is a great video from the floor.    we had a great time, and it was truly lovely to meet THEE ANNE RICE and her son Christopher.       A Truly Blessed evening.

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we got the ways and means

to new orleans

goin down by the river where its warm and green

gonna have a drink

walk around

got alot to think about.

-concrete blonde


we have already done our skeleton pub crawl for animal rescue.   for those who know we do this its always the first week of october.  its an altar pub crawl, and this year we raised funds for the pet asylum and animal rescue.   below is a photo of us at the start with a few bulldogs from the new orleans bulldog rescue.  get their calendar for this fabulous photo by kim welsh  aka bone soir!

image courtesy of new orleans bulldog rescue and kim welsh

image courtesy of new orleans bulldog rescue and kim welsh


10708619_10152720290309383_8089610092884878583_owe got lots on our plates for the rest of the month.  beginning with krewe of boo on oct 30 rolling through the french quarter.   we will be carrying our dia de los muertos theme through the french quarter with our signature throw   a skeleton barbie doll.  these are recycled and hand painted   ONLY 200 will be available, so make sure you get out there and flag our barbie bonez down.

then we roll into the lestat ball on halloween, then will be romping through the french quarter.   on nov 1st we will honor Queen Mercy B / BABYDOLL with the Wild Tchoupitoulas on her 89th birthday.     Come NOV 2nd we will be out there for the day of the dead parade at dusk.

may you have a blessed holiday and honor those who came before you!   we will!

meet bone appetit, aka  skeleton barbie bonez!


Calacas Y Maracas 2014

Welcome to Calacas Y Maracas!  (Skeletons with Maracas )

Skinz N Bonez and Soul Sweepers yearly stroll through the French Quarter welcoming the fall season.

We began a tradition last year to raise awareness for animal rescue in the New Orleans area, and this year we specifically chose to honor the Pet Asylum in the French Quarter.


We also chose the month of October because of “Dia De Los Muertos”  or Day of the Dead.   The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  Each October families put together Altars or “Ofrendas”  honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.  Dia De Los Muertos is a month long celebration of Altars and gifts leading up to November 2nd  “ALL SOULS DAY”.   We will recreate a moving Altar crawl, with YOU as a key player.

As a participant, you will get to dress up skeleton, walk with Skinz N Bonez and Soul Sweepers LLC and Altar Crawl.   All while raising awareness of Day of the Dead, and Animal Rescue.  We urge you to bring drums, incense, pictures of those who have passed, offerings for those who have gone before you, and your joy de vivre as we drum and dance sing and chant our way to the designated stops.

each stop will have a happy hour special for those who participate.  We will also have a donation station on our Altar Float for those who wish to give more.

Partial Proceeds of this campaign will go to help the Pet Asylum located at 513 Dumaine in the Historic French Quarter.  Although they aren’t officially a Pet Rescue Group, they find themselves out there helping the community, searching for lost pets and returning them, helping injured animals, and finding homes for the abandoned.   We’d like to extend a hand to them for all the good they do for their community.

These stops will be for face painting along the route.   We will stagger our painters as we stroll down river.

Jumani    141 Chartres St

Molly’s on Toulouse 732 Toulouse  St

The Kerry 331 Decatur St


Erin Rose  811 Conti

Fahy’s Irish Pub 540 Burgundy

Spitfire 627 St Peter

The Golden Lantern 1239 Royal St

Lafittes Blacksmith Shop 941 Bourbon St


We URGE you to dress for Day Of The Dead or as a Skeleton.  If you need your face painted?  we will accomodate in the perks section.  Our artists are quick and do a beautiful job of recreating sugar skulls.  If you look in the pictures section you will see some of the beauty from last year.

Our Altar Crawl will be led by none other than “El Brujo”, who will guide us through the french quarter as we present an altar to each of the stops.   El Brujo is non other than the infamous Jose Torres-Tama, Latino Performance Artist.  Our Soul Sweepers will brush aside all previous juju and open the door for the stroll.  Each altar will be created by one of the members of Skinz N Bonez to honor that specific stop.   This is a fabulous romp through the Historic French Quarter on streets named by the Spanish came before us, and in the most reverent way possible, we will call out for those to walk with us.   Dogs are a major element within the veiled world and lead the way for those passed to those living.   Therefore we will honor all pets who protect and serve the living.  Dia De Los Muertos is a month long celebration leading up to Nov 2nd ALL SOULS DAY.

Come Join us for this wonderful stroll through the Historic Quarter with New Orleans only female bone gang….    Listen to the drums, hear the whispers of those who came before us, and celebrate the beginning of the fall season.



find us on facebook, and twitter  #bonegangnola


go to the link above, indiegogo and join in the fun.

All Hail the Skeleton Barbie!

skelliebarbwe are super busy creating these dolls for krewe of boo.    once completed?  they will be THEE DOLL to own.    these are some coming off the production line, still got to dress them out, but you get the idea.  stay tuned for finished barbies!

our fabulous skellie barbies on the production line.

our fabulous skellie barbies on the production line.

this years going to be great.   lets begin with the skeleton barbie.  we take donations of barbies all the time because we believe that recycling is a good thing.   Barbiebonez never looked so good, so this year we will be throwing them for krewe of boo parade on oct 30th.   skinz n bonez n soul sweepers LLC has been picked for next years krewe of boo signature throw.   get yours before everyone else, and get one from the krewe that started them!    thee big easel presents  the skeleton barbie.

how do you reserve one?   your pledge of $50 to skinz n bonez through our paypal account will not only get one sent to you via mail, or locally delivered…  it also helps us with the costs of paint and glitter.    what better way to celebrate your inner bone than a skinz n bonez barbie.   all skellies will be sent as they come off the line.   order yours now before october, so you can add her to your crown.