Up and Coming

Our first parade of the season will be on twelfth nite, joan of arc.

This is our fave parade of the year.    in years past we have played various songs and of course this year we will work the next few months to come up with more mayhem in our section of the parade.

all hail Jeanne D Arc!

congrats to Alex Carrico who WON La Llorona

la-lloronaShe is 30 by 40, acrylic and painted by Queen Mardiclaw.   This Lovely painting depicts the legendary La Llorona also known as the Weeping Woman.

For over 500 years and even in the age of space travel and global warming, in many parts of Mexico you can still hear the echo of a lamentation.  A woman wanders in the middle of the night, through vacant lots, in alleyways with walls of volcanic rock or of quarry stone; weeping over the death of her children.

This woman still makes children as well as old-timers tremble with terror, from the lowlands of the Bajío region and even to the southeast of Mexico. She’s “La Llorona”- (The Weeping Woman).

This is the ancient legend that every Mexican child hears either from the mouth of his grandfather or passed on by some school friend that wants to play a joke on him.  There’s even a rock’ n roll song that reflects the way that we still get together with this mythical woman.

But the Weeping Woman is much more than a ghost or an apparition. It’s got nothing to do with horrible women with bloody eyes or sharp, pointed teeth. It’s not just a paranormal entity or nor some insane woman who inspired a tale. La Llorona is a woman both faceless and ageless, a compendium of many symbols and pre-Hispanic deities. She’s both a condemned woman and at the same time, a goddess bearing an ominous message.

In some Stories, she is a Woman in love with a Man who doesn’t want her because she has children.  So she takes her children to the river and drowns them.   Returning to her lover she tells him she is free only to find out that he now doesn’t want her because she is a murderer.    She flings herself into the River and drowns herself, forever haunting roadsides at night when the veil of the living and the dead is thin.

Skinz N Bonez will be doing homage to her this friday at the Anne Rice Ball.  We are selling raffle tickets to raise funds to help with the Ball itself.    Tickets are five dollars each, and you can buy as many as you like.

see the link below.   We will wait until after the Day of the Dead to pull the winning ticket.

good luck

shipping costs will go to the winner of this fine gem.  The gold literally shimmers.

Kahlua Bone

end of dreuxwhose that fabulous lady with the headdress?

She’s just a mountain biking, polar plunging, NOLA parading rural family doc with a PNW heart and Louisiana Soul. She’s got preKatrina history with the city she calls her true love, and regardless of clinical practice or triathlon season schedules, she makes a point of coming home to bone it up with her Skinz’n’Bonez family and her Unicorn brethren from IKoC’s PUEWC, when she’s not up to something else that is;) KahLua Bonez may not live here, but she LIVEs here… “The best parts of my heart are spilled out in New Orleans, and there’s a cosmic pull to come back again and again to the places and people I can’t seem to live without. My soul has a place here in the water and the iron and the sweet olive, and as I leave laughter and tears and life with her, in turn, I take some of NOLA with me when I go.”

Merci for the Magic! /Calacas Y Maracas! a parade and fundraiser

We are approaching our favorite time of year.  Put on your Skellie face, so you don’t feel outa place…

Each year in the Fall we gather to raise funds for animal rescue.  This year we chose German Shepherd Rescue.   We choose a different rescue group each year because there are so many, and many don’t get the funds or recognition they deserve.

We are teaming up with Merci for the Magic, a carriage parade in the quarter this year.   you simply pay $10 and you get to roll with us.   You will need to purchase your own Candy to throw, and you’ll need to paint your faces, OR our painters will do it for you.  of course facepainting is separate from the parade tax.

this parade throws candy to children and adults.    we ask everyone to bring candy, but please put candy in small bags.    No small pieces of candy thrown, as they end up in our sewers, so please package candies in small bags, OR like this….

give a bone a hand….candy glovewe have found that smartees work great for fingers, and a spider ring as well on ring finger.   be creative!  you can do anything you like, but we must keep candy in bags or gloves.

we will roll on  MONDAY Oct third….   here’s the skinny from Boutique Du Vampyre who hosts this yearly event ushering the fall and various fall oriented shops in the French Quarter of New Orleans…

Join us for the 2nd annual Merci for the Magic Halloween Kick Off Parade! The magical shops and organizations of the French Quarter want to thank everyone for their continued support! Our mystical buggy parade will snake through the French Quarter, throwing the first treats of the year, and some creepy tricks too. This year our creepy throw is BBQ Crickets. Sleepy Hallow has agreed to lend us the Headless Horseman again to lead the way! We look forward to seeing you all there. Parade Route will be posted soon!

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cost is ten dollars, please mark payment for calacas ya maracas

we ask you dress in day of the dead clothing, skeleton attire, or bride and groom, tuxedos, baren samedi, voodoo, etc.   our facepainters will take it from there.

we encourage everyone to join us in the parade, then while the carriages breakdown after parade, we will take you on a mini pub crawl to a couple of dog friendly bars in new orleans as we stroll to raise more money.   our drummers will bring the magic, and you bring yourselves.    we will then stroll into the ball in style, as we celebrate the magic of the Historical French Quarter.

Big Queen Here

lets talk about the bonez.   This fall you will see us on the big screen for “Jack Reacher 2 / Never Go Back”.    We had so much fun in the five nights of filming in the French Quarter.  Mr Cruise was a lovely gentleman who seemed to enjoy every moment on the job, including scenes where he graced SNB with his talent for playing the good guy.   Look for us in the Krewe Of Boo scenes while he chases bad guys while trying to save the girl!    then look for us as we play drums, and dance dance dance.

We recently teamed up with Ruffriders Transport to raise funds for animal rescue.   Ruffriders provides transport for dogs on kill lists here in Louisiana and transports them to NO kill shelters in the north.   If you feel like donating to this cause you can hit the donate button, and write ruffriders…   We will be painting their van in the fall to enhance their mission.

we will be meeting over the summer for drum practice at various times.   to get on the mailing list, please send your info to mardiclaw@gmail.com

and now?  for your viewing pleasure….

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image courtesy of new orleans bulldog rescue and kim welsh

image courtesy of new orleans bulldog rescue and kim welsh

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how to join

we have a big fall coming up

here’s some of the events.   southern writers convention, new orleans horrorfest, merci for the magic halloween carriage parade, krewe of boo, anne rice ball, cemetary stroll and secondline for save our cemetaries, calacas y maracas, wedding strolls, hotel entertainment, day of the dead parade, then we will come in for january with joan of arc parade, krewedelusion, mystic krewe of femme fatale, box of wine, and mardigras day.


to join our membership fees start at $50.00.  there are several parades this year with their own parade taxes, most notably krewedelusion and box of wine.

to begin to participate, just send us $50 and we will begin the process.   we are a drumming krewe, and we hand make our throws.    we are always looking for new talents, and welcome you to the fold.


all hail skinz n bonez

rockin bonez

12509487_10154484190662564_937729917998245285_nJoan of Arc parade10294_10153902435578410_6307015724094329297_nhangin with a bone named sue.DSC_9209DSC_9112Kim Smallwood aka Rockin’ Bone took her bone name from a Ronnie Dawson song, “There’s still a lot of rhythm in these Rockin’ Bones.” Her chosen instrument for now are the Maracas, due to her inexperience, but is kickin’ around the idea of becoming a drummer or even a washboard player for Skinz N Bonez. Originally from Northern California, New Orleans called to her for years to make it her home. Like so many others, it got its claws in her and wouldn’t let go until she settled here permanently. She is a lover and collector of anything mid 20th century and you can find her scouring estate sales, small town antique stores, and local thrift stores for treasures to add to her collections or for resale. Her personal motto is: “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’”