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February 23rd

Knights of Babylon

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

This historic krewe takes its cues from ancient Mesopotamia and Carnival traditions from 75 years ago

 

Krewe of Chaos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Expect a satirical slant to this parade

 

Krewe of Muses

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Step aside, gentlemen. This all female krewe is one of the Mardi Gras all-stars

 

Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds go head to head with the Houston Rockets

 

Nicole Lynn Fox Variety Hour

The Allways Lounge & Theatre, 8PM 

Famed drag star hosts a drag and variety show

 

Better Than Ezra

The Civic Theatre, 9:30PM

New Orleans alt-rock trio perform on their home turf

 

Fast Times '80s Dance Night

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

A Mardi Gras-themed version of this weekly dance party ($5)

 

Ball of Joy 

Joy Theater, 11PM

A happiness-enducing Mardi Gras ball

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Weekly recurring engagement

 
Blue Nile, 11PM
Every Thursday night swing by for reggae-heavy dance beats

VENDREDI

February 24th

Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA

French Quarter Route, 1:30PM

Watch this bustier-clad krewe as they traverse through the Vieux Carre 

 

Krewe of Hermes

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Celebrating its 80th year in Carnival

 

Le Krewe d'Etat

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:30PM 

An anarchic krewe that holds its own place in Mardi Gras lore

 

Krewe of Morpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7PM

A co-ed krewe known for elaborate floats and enviable throws

 

The Krewe of Debauche

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 9PM

A Mardi Gras debauchery ball featuring gypsy balkan beats, bellydance and more ($15)

 

The Get Money Stop Hatin Tour

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

8th annual tour showcasing the biggest independent talents in hip hop ($20)

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

Dance to the swinging tunes of the UK underground 

 

A Queen and Bowie Tribute Show

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

Local talents come out to play the tunes of David Bowie and Queen

 

Grunge Night: NIRVANNA

House of Blues, 10PM

A Nirvana tribute concert featuring bands like The Kurt Loders

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 11PM

Burlesque pioneer Trixie Minx brings striptease to Bourbon 

 

Foundation of Funk

Tipitina's, 11PM

NOLA superground band is joined by special guests Anders Osborne & Jon Cleary

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Prytania Theatre, 11:59PM

A midnight showing of the penultimate movie about the boy wizard 

 

Best of the Fest: JazzFest Saturday (Photos)


Photos by Brandon Robert

As this year's Jazz Fest comes to a close, NoDef's Brandon Robert offers a photo review of Saturday, May 3, on the Fair Grounds. Click through for some of the dancing, face painting, live music, and Mardi Gras Indians that graced the fest this year. 


Sunday Jazz (Photos)

Photo Review of Jazz Fest's First Sunday



The first weekend of Jazz Fest has passed, with headliners like Santana, Public Enemy, Eric Clapton, and Vampire Weekend. NoDef's Brandon Robert captured some of the art, fest goers, the musicians, hula hoopers, and food from the fest. Click through for photos of the Fair Grounds from Sunday, April 27.  


Big Easy Rollergirls Ditch Wheels for Dance-Off (PHOTOS)


by Brandon Robert
The Big Easy Rollergirls have a busy offseason, and it includes more than scrimmages. BERG hosted this year's Solid Gold Dance-Off last night at the Eiffel Society. Proceeds went to the Audubon Institute. The Camel Toe Lady Steppers took third place, the Nola Cherry Bombs took second, and the Star-Steppin' Cosmonaughties came in first place for the second year in a row.  

Jig Easy: Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade (Photos)


Photos by Brandon Robert

St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, but the Irish Channel celebrated with their annual parade and block party on Saturday, March 15. Click through for photos from the parade, which rolled down Magazine, Jackson, Louisiana and St. Charles in the Irish Channel. Click for photos by Brandon Robert.  


Keep N' It Real

Sunday Second Line Celebrates 10th Anniversary for Keep-N-It-Real



Lent is here, but parades are year round in New Orleans. Sunday second lines began again yesterday in the Sixth and Seventh Wards, with the Keep-N-It-Real Social Aide and Pleasure Club celebrating their tenth anniversary. Click through for photos.  


Marchers of March

Photo Retrospective of Mardi Gras' Beloved High School Marching Bands



The floats and throws present a krewe's Carnival showcase, but the city's high schools get a full showing from the many marching bands that take part in parades throughout the two-week parade season.


Route Redux: Endymion (Photos)


Photos by Brandon Robert

Crowds camped out again for the city's largest parade, which rolled along its Mid-City route last night. The Krewe of Endymion was celebrating "An Evening at the Opera" with The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus and The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder parading as celebrity guests. Click through for more photos. 


Nerds Herd for Krewe of Chew, Microkrewe 'tit rex (PHOTOS)


Photos by Brandon Robert

Saturday night proved that political satire is not limited to super krewes and floats, and that the Carnival spirit can be captured in a shoebox. 'tit rex brought this year's microkrewe themed "Wee the People" to the Marigny at 5 p.m., followed by the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus at 8 p.m.


Parade Day Replay

Photos of Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw, and Freret



Photos by Brandon Robert

The crowds were still relatively thin for the first major Mardi Gras weekend, and a trio of parades rolled on Saturday, February 22. Krewe of Pontchartrain and Krewe of Choctaw rolled down their traditional routes Uptown, followed by the inaugural roll of the Krewe of Freret. 


Vile File

Brandon Robert Captures Krewe du Vieux 2014 "Where the Vile Things Are" and krewedelusion



Krewe du Vieux rolled through the French Quarter and the Marigny last night, for the 27th year in a row. The satire-heavy parade was full of sexual innuendo, jabs at local pols, and endless adaptations of their "Where the Vile Things Are" theme for the year. krewedelusion followed behind, with this year's Queen, DJ Soul Sister. Click through for more.  


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