Mary Staes
Mary Staes

Digital Curator

Mary Staes is our Digital Curator. She crafts content for our social media platforms and our website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

Latest from Mary

Destinations, Food, Mardi Gras

Weekend Picks: Let the Carnival marathon begin!

Maybe you missed out on the rude and crude of the French Quarter parades last week. Well, get ready, it’s time to start the marathon of parade, after parade, after parade, for DAYS. Get ready ya’ll, it has begun! Friday, Feb. 22.   View this post on...

Community Groups, Education/Career

#TromboneShorter: how moving to NOLA inspired a teen to pick up brass

Less than three years ago, Jaedon Simmons wasn’t even playing the trombone. Now, if you search #TromboneShorter on Instagram and Facebook, at least 60 pictures come up showing him with St. Augustine’s Marching 100 Band.   View this post on Instagram  ...


Here's what you have to do when a boil water advisory is issued

The news probably hit you as you were making it in to work this morning. It was like any regular Tuesday. You hopped in the shower, brushed your teeth, made your coffee. And then…. Jefferson Parish?! Isn’t this why you moved out of Orleans in the first...


Party of one? Here's a list of Singles Awareness Day events

So all of your friends are boo’d up on Valentine’s Day, and you’re just…here. Not to worry! There’s plenty to do around that doesn’t involve romance, candlelit dinners, or chocolate. Singles even get more than one day, with parties...

Destinations, Mardi Gras

Weekend Picks: Smaller equals raunchier, as far as parades go

Smaller doesn’t necessarily mean “more contained,” and if you go to this weekends parades in the French Quarter, you’ll see why. With one one more week until the bigger krewes hit the avenue, this weekend is for the satirical, rowdier folks....

Food, Technology

Looking for crawfish in New Orleans? There's an app for that.

It’s just about springtime and you know what that means: Crawfish season is upon us. The mood could strike anywhere. Maybe you’re sitting at your desk at work. Maybe you’re chilling on the lake. Maybe you’re tired of seeing your friends’...

Community Groups, Mardi Gras, Social Causes

Son of a Saint needs your old beads for a good cause

Dig those old beads out of your closet! It’s time to declutter for a good cause. If your throws don’t spark joy for you anymore, Son of a Saint wants them! The program, which is a mentoring organization for fatherless boys, has 30 mentees riding in the...