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Lundi Gras

February 8th

Krewe of Orpheus

Uptown, 6p.m.

Usually with big musical guests


Quintron & Miss Pussycat’s Annual Lundi Gras Party

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

With guests BABES, Ernie Vincent and more


Bundi Gras

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10p.m.

BateBunda, Rusty Lazer, LoveBomb Go-Go and Valerie Sassyfras


Tank and the Bangas

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

With Alexis & the Samurai



Tip’s, 10p.m.

Post-parade jams


Pelicans v. Timberwolves

Target Center, 7p.m.

New Orleans takes on Minnesota

Mardi Gras

February 9th

The Fattest Tuesday All Day Extravaganza

Hi-Ho Lounge, 1p.m.

Music and the Krewe of Booze


Krewe of Zulu

Uptown, 8a.m.

Awake? Catch yourself a coconut.


Krewe of Rex

Uptown, 10a.m.

The King of Carnival


Mardi Gras with Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with your favorites


2 Chainz + Migos

Saenger, 8p.m.

Mardi Gras Madness

Today in NOLA: 2.08.16

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Lundi Gras parades are rolling today, but the entire City is awash in Carnival events. At 3p.m. the Riverwalk will host another Lundi Gras party where the King of Rex and his royal court will officially arrive in vintage railroad cars via Spanish Plaza. Plus, there's music, lots of music. On this date in 1724, former Louisiana governor Bienville was recalled to France in disgrace. Now, more ideas on things to do this Lundi Gras. 

Suspects ID'd in East Mugging

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

On Monday (2.01), a man was muggers in the East. After a week of investigations, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) released photos of the suspects and asked the public’s help in tracking them down.

Today in NOLA: 2.07.16

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

This Bacchus Sunday, Trombone Shorty is throwing a party at Tip's, Dumpstaphunk is at the Wolf, the Soul Rebels are back Le Bon Temps, and the Stooges are jamming on Frenchmen. On this day in 1805, a much larger Louisiana became an “organized” territory, with the capital at St. Louis, by order of Congress. Now, more to do this Bacchus Sunday. 

Beyonce Drops NOLA Video

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Beyoncé dropped a surprise video on Saturday (2.06) afternoon. Just in time for Mardi Gras, “Formation” is all about New Orleans. The video opens with a NOPD cruiser sinking into flood waters. From there, the audience catches glimpses of second lines, shotgun houses, the Claiborne Overpass, drum majors, and its of the Queen Bey.

Parade Planner: Proteus & Orpheus

Weather, Routes, Details

Skies are mostly clear for Lundi Gras, but parade goers should bring a fleece to the route for Proteus and Orpheus tonight. The cold front is moving in, with temperatures set to rise to the mid 50's this afternoon, before they drop down to the upper 40's. Click through for tonight's route, as well as a detailed weather forecast. 


Routes, Weather, Details

Today begins the final parade stretch. The day kicks off at 11a.m. with the Krewe of Okeanos, followed by Mid-City, and then Thoth rolls along their signature route at noon. After the break in the parades, John C. Reilly reigns over Bacchus at 5:15p.m. 

Walk in the Sun

Photos from DIVAs, Hermes Walking Parade

On Friday (2.05), the French Quarter lit up with walking parades to usher in the big weekend. First the bustier boud DIVAs took to the streets, and then the men  of Hermes enjoyed their annual stroll before their ride. Paulo Steven Diniz braved the packed crowds, packing his camera to record it all.


February 10th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Nola back home to take on Utah


Mildred Pierce

Prytania, 10a.m.

A mother heads towards disaster in this film noir


Station Eleven

Garden District, 6p.m.

By Emily St. John Mandel


World Music Wednesday

Maple Leaf, 8p.m.

This week ft. Cole Williams Band

Towing the Fine

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Carnival is all about doin’ whatcha wanna’ unless whatcha wanna involves peeing on the street or parking on many streets. The former will land you lockup and the latter will land your car in the impound. If your car does wind up towed or even booted, here are some helpful hints.

Parade Planner: Iris, Tucks, Endymion (Weather, Route, Details)

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

A pair of daytime parades Uptown give way to Mid-City's time to shine on Saturday night. Iris and Tucks preserve elegance and satire, respectively. Then, Endymion once again tests whether there's any limit to the size of a Carnival parade.

Today in NOLA: 2.06.16

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Mid-City is ready, the skies, are clear, and Endymion is set to roll tonight. French EDM star Madeon is coming to the Joy, the Soul Rebels are blowing out Freret Street, and Galactic are playing their annual gig at Tips. For the crowd adverse, check out the Pels facing King James’ Cavs tonight. Fat Tuesday was on February 6th in 1940 and 1951. The next time it will be on February 6th is in 2035 (and 2046.) Now, more details on local events.

Art Openings & Shows in NOLA

September 23-October 4

Art for Arts’ Sake is coming up on October 4, which means this week is your last chance to see just about every exhibition on Julia Street and at the CAC. Drop into Soren Christensen for a solo show by internationally recognized Pakistani-born artist Jamali, or get a sneak preview of what AFAS has to offer at Callan Contemporary and Octavia Gallery. This Friday, NOMA hosts its gala fundraiser Love in the Garden. Saint Claude is between openings, but there’s plenty of work to be seen this weekend.

Each week, NoDef brings you comprehensive listings of the visual arts in the Crescent City from St. Claude to Julia

Alleged Drunk Driver Arrested After Fatal Crash

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The prospect of losing your license is frightening, but drunk driving holds the potential for far worse consequences. A 37-year-old is behind bars after allegedly killing another man in a drunk driving accident.

R.I.P. Billy Gruber

Friday, February 5th, 2016

New Orleans lost one her greats on Thursday (2.04) evening. Billy Gruber, the chef behind Liuzza’s By The Track and iconic local personality, died at the age of 69-years-old. 

The Lost Cause: Judge Denies Monuments Suit

Friday, February 5th, 2016

A campaign to keep several prominent Confederate monuments is truly looking like a lost cause. On Friday (2.05), Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Piper Griffin declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would have blocked the City from removing statues honoring Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.T. Beauregard, and the Crescent City White League.

Today in NOLA: 2.05.16

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Parades Hermes, Krewe D'Etat, and Morpheus ride Uptown, with an underground Krewe of Oak to pub crawl along Oak Street. Music is abundant this evening. Locals will love Morning 40 at Tips. The Krewe de Lune Space Ball takes flight at The Carver Theater, and more! On this day in 1883, the first train service to travel from New Orleans to California departed. Now, more info on Carnival musings tonight.  

Police ID Hamburglar

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

A suspect has been named in connection with the robbery of a local McDonald’s. According to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), he’s a real Hamburglar. 30-year-old Christopher Simms is wanted for the with the January 15th stickup as well as several other Armed Robberies.

Parade Planner: Babylon, Chaos, Muses (Route, Weather, Details)

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Be sure to bundle up, but you can leave your umbrellas at home. Tonight's Carnival festivities are a go. The Knights of Babylon kick off the evening's processions, followed by Chaos and the the much anticipated Muses, all on the traditional uptown route. Crowds will be large with the night's mix of old line and new school appealing to all tastes.

Today in NOLA: 2.04.16

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Three parades are rolling down the Uptown route tonight. If you want to keep the party going, check out some Cajun music--with a twist--right off the route at the Prytania Bar. At the Prytania Theatre, the full slate of Oscar nominated shorts is screening.

Parade Planner: D'etat, Hermes, Morpheus

Details, Routes, Weather

After a year of preparation, Carnival 2016 is nearing critical mass. Tonight, the big parades continue to roll as Mardi Gras grows closer. Hermes, D’Etat, and Morpheus are all set to march down the Avenue tonight. Click through for full details, weather, and routes.

Holding Patterns

The Big List of Bathrooms on the Parade Route

There may, in fact, be a place to pee on Mardi Gras Day, and even during the parades this weekend. In fact, there are actually hundreds of places to go along the parade route. Options span from the 250 free port-a-potties set up by the City to bars selling wristbands. Every year, NoDef compiles a list of options for relief flanking the Uptown route.

Parade Planner: Nyx, Druids

Details, Routes, & Weather for Tonight's Parades

Carnival gets serious tonight, with Wednesday night's prime pairing kicking off the six day marathon leading up to the grand finale of Mardi Gras. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Krewe of Ancient Druids and the Krewe of Nyx traverse the Uptown route. After a few years of poor weather, the forecast is looking up for the Wednesday riders.

King Cake Walk

Best of the Annual King Cake Tasting at the Ogden

The results of NoDef's King Cake Walk are in! For the third consecutive year, Bittersweet Confections has landed the win for their vibrantly sugared cake filled with rich chocolate. But, Bittersweet was only one of the local bakeries represented in the competition, all of whom brought their best game to the challenge. Within 90 minutes, there was not even a crumb or wayward baby left reminding us that all king cakes are winners. Our favorites follow below.

Parade Planner

Details, Weather, Routes for Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur, Alla

Four parades are rolling uptown today and the weather looks like it is going to hold.  Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur, and Alla are all loading up with throws now. Details, route, and weather follow. So, get your ladders up and your flasks full.

Grand Krewe

Cork Parade in Photos

A favorite foot parade of locals, Krewe of Cork opened the bottle on Carnival Friday (1.29) afternoon. For a few hours, hundred of locals dresssed as grapes, glasses, and bottles meandering through the Quarter dispensing a fine vintage of Mardi Gras cheer. Paulo Steven Diniz was out on the scene so y'all can sip in scene the below.

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Frack Your Brain

This week, the Louisiana Lazarus ponders the Northshore's fracking-filled future.

Tigers' Time: LSU's Big Signing Day

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

LSU had a monster Signing Day on Wednesday (2.03). Rummel's Kristian Fulton, as well as IMG's Savion Smith and DrakeDavis have been dominating headlines for months, but from top to bottom, the 2016 class is a best. In fact, the Tigers placed in the top three of nearly every ranking of recruiting classes. (Unfortunately, so did Alabama). 

Carnival Traffic Regulations Rev Up

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Driving during Carnival is hard. Parking during Carnival is even harder. Tonight, the ominous “box” will hit Uptown. This weekend, roads in the Vieux Carré will morph into pedestrian malls.

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