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

Live Music, Social Causes

Q&A: DJ Soul Sister: ‘I only play records that make me happy.’

One visit to DJ Soul Sister’s website and the first words that pop up are “Queen of Rare Groove.” Soul Sister is rare, indeed. In an age when disc jockeys tote their musical choices on a MacBook for their sets, Soul Sister spins 100 percent from vinyl records. The...

Christmas, Social Causes, Volunteering

Supa Toy Giveaway: Media moguls break a Guinness World Record

It was a giveaway so big, it had to happen at the Supa-dome. Social media moguls Jessica Dupart (@darealbbjudy on Instagram) and Raynell Steward (@supa_cent) broke a world record Sunday, beating out Hong Kong for the biggest toy giveaway in the world. The previous...

Christmas, Parades

Gallery: Tricentennial Jingle on the Boulevard parade in N.O. East

If you missed the Tricentennial Jingle on the Boulevard parade Saturday in New Orleans East, you missed a really good time! More than 40 marching bands and dance groups were featured in the parade, which was led by Fannie C. Williams’ band. Area leaders riding...

Christmas, Destinations

Guide for the 'Gram: Santa and Rudolph are on a boat!

Santa Claus on a boat? It’s lit. Literally. Yep! Every year boat owners take to Lake Pontchartrain with their vessels lit up, celebrating Christmas with a unique parade on the water. One of the prime spots to catch this year’s parade, which starts Saturday...

Christmas Trees, Destinations

Weekend Picks: Caroling, caroling through the Square

Christmas time is here! There’s lot to celebrate across the city, with boats lit up on Lake Pontchartrain to a holiday parade in New Orleans East. Here are our weekend picks for Dec. 14-16: Jerry Seinfeld at the Saenger Theatre Date: Dec. 14, 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m....

Food, Mardi Gras

It's the 'ultimate king cake of the week' club

It happens every year; someone in the office doesn’t like the strawberry cream cheese filled cake that you stood in line for hours to bring. Well, King Cake Hub could be your solution this Carnival season. The website was launched in November by founder Will Samuels....


Big Freedia has her own wine, here's your chance to taste it

“You already know!” And if you didn’t know, let us be the first to tell you the good news: Musician Freddie Ross — also known as Big Freedia — has her own wine. The first time people had a chance to get a hold of her sparkling rosé was...

Christmas, French, Restaurants, Seafood

Get Brunchfaced: Messina's brings Reveillon dinner to brunch

Reveillon dinners are making a comeback across the city, but the bougier-than-brunch option can a little daunting for a first-timer. Most Réveillon options come with 4-plus courses, and aren’t cheap, averaging $40-$60 per person. Messina’s Runway Cafe...

Festivals/Street Fairs, Nightlife

Missed LUNA Fête? Cure your FOMO with these stunning photos

Missed out on LUNA Fête? This year’s tricentennial celebration went above and beyond, with two different projections on Gallier Hall and more lights a short walk away, at the Piazza d’Italia. More than 50,000 people flock downtown to watch the Arts Council...