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   or, 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.

skinz n bonez new orleans only female bone gang

skinz and love

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thanks to Rick Moore for this fabulous photo of us coming down the street for the 6t’9 social aid and pleasure club.   Rick Moore is one of our favorite photographers in the city.   His specialties are live music shots, and jazzfest.  you can find Rick Moore all over this city at every great blues club and show each weekend.   all hail Rick Moore.

may you get the chance to meet him in person!

welcome to skinz n bonez

we are recruiting for the 2014 halloween season.  If you would like to join us?  please leave us a note.   Calacas Y Maracas is october fourth.  we will parade through the quarter in honor of those passed.  honor your ancestors and join the bonez as we welcome the day of the dead season to new orleans in style.   we will bring altars with us, and our brand of song and dance.

to join us for calacas y maracas you will need to donate $10 to our fund.  we have chosen Pet Asylum in the quarter this year as our animal rescue.   partial funds will go to help these wonderful people who help others with their pets.

join us on october fourth in one of our many spots to get your face painted.   please don’t forget to tip our artists too for their fabulousness.


welcome to skinz n bonez and soul sweepers LLC

this summer begins with cooler temperatures for new orleans, but us bonez still don’t mask until fall.


upcoming events?

this sat the 12th is the running of the bulls here in new orleans.  be at lafittes blacksmith shop at the crack of dawn to meet up with us and the krewe of rolling elvis.    later in the evening?  at dusk?  meet us in your best french regalia in front of mollys on decatur for the pair o dice tumblers pub crawl and celebration for bastille day.

don’t forget the red dress run in august, and midsummer mardigras and our anniversary either.

calacas y maracas is oct 4th this year.   nothing like skeletons on parade for charity

to join skinz n bonez?  please send us a note.   we do have dues, and we roll many, many parades throughout the year.

laissez les bone temps rouler!

jazzfest and beyond!

This years Jazzfest was very special…   The second sunday was the warmest of the weekend, and even though we had a tent?  it was very HOT….   Tom joined us again from Tennessee, and Shaq provided drum support for the wild tchoups, and here’s big queen, tinkerbonez and jawbone providing a little rythym…10313835_10152101849932304_1326190961154954819_n

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Next up?  we are learning the National Anthem in French for the Bayou St. John fourth of july flotilla.   Our Big Queen will crown the next queen as she ends her reign…

This summer we will be planning Calacas Y Maracas, and beyond!  Working on more handmade throws and Barbie Bonez….   All Hail this glorious season, with Chewbacchus, Dreux and Barkus being new on our schedule!   Laissez les bonez temps rouler!


super sunday with the wild tchoupitoulas, and gallery openings!

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