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(Wiener) Dog Days at the Track

Not a carnival person? Would you rather that your dog skip Barkus and instead focus on training for a big race. Well, if your dog is a wiener dog, you’re in luck. The Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots announced that wiener dog racing will return for a third year on March 5th.

Exotic Prancer: Summer at the Fair Grounds Includes Quarter Horses, Camels, & Ostriches

Thanksgiving may be months away, but the Fair Grounds still have more opportunities to bet on the ponies in store. Today, the track released a summer schedule for some crowd favorites. Street food, quarter horses, camels, and ostriches will all be coming to NOLA during the hot months.

Today in NOLA: 3.20.15

Head out to the Fairgrounds for Starlight Racing early this evening to get the weekend juices flowing. Later, body painters will be using the bodies of pole dancers, belly dancers and more types of performers as canvasses at One Eyed Jacks. Local group COYOTES plays for an album release show at the Howlin' Wolf, and Movies in the Garden screens Indiana Jones. On this day in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe published the seminal Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Now, more to do this Friday. 

JazzFest 2015 Lineup Announced

Headliners Include Elton John, The Who, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

New Orleans may be focused on Mardi Gras, but it's never to early to start thinking about festival season. Today (1.12), the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced their lineup for 2015. Elton John, The Who, Steve Winwood, Jimmy Buffet, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Keith Urban, Chicago, John Legend, Pitbull, and T.I. are amongst the headliners. 

Drinking Culture

On Thanksgiving, NoDef's Columnist is Off to the Races

Gentle reader, draw breath and wind the bugle! Before we sit paralyzed with feasting and blinking like owls at our television screens, button up the vintage suit, don the fancy hat, and wrap the bankroll tight for The Thanksgiving Handicap at The Fairgrounds Race Course.  ‘Cause we’re all gonna be rich!

NOLA in the Ky. Derby: Revolultionary 3rd, Amoss' Mylute 5th

Fleetwood Mac rocked the Acura Stage at Saturday’s Jazz Fest, but it was one horse in Louisville that ended the night as a star.  In a thrilling running of the 139th Kentucky Derby, Orb and jockey Joel Rosario patiently waited in the end of the pack, until shooting up from outside for a solid win.  

There Will Be Mud: JazzFest Recap (PHOTOS)

Photos by Mike Schafer

The skies opened to usher in JazzFest's second weekend, and it only encouraged revelers. Attendees packed their umbrellas, waved their flags high, and splashed around while they danced. Click through for a photos. 

Run for the Rosie

New Orleans' Rosie Napravnik and Tom Amoss Head to the Kentucky Derby

NoDef talks to local trainer Tom Amoss about the fairgrounds, Mylute's upcoming race, and jockey Rosie Napravnik's chance to become the first woman to win the Kentucky Derby.  

Up-to-Date JazzFest Weather

The fairgrounds are staying muddy, but that won’t keep hardcore fest goers away this second Friday of Jazz Fest. The rain is supposed to clear up around 11am, and the chances of precipitation go back up to 15 percent by 2pm. Squeeze a jacket in your chair bag, the temperature is going to drop down to the low 60s at 3pm. Click through for up-to-date weather. 

Today in New Orleans 5.3.13

If you leave the Fest early this Friday, head to Octavia Books and hear Augusten Burroughs, or take the kids to New Orleans’ Giant Puppet Festival. On this day in 1995, the Neville Brothers, the Dixie Cups, Allen Toussaint, and Professor Longhair were inducted into the New Orleans Musical Walk of Fame. Now, more to do this rainy JazzFest Friday. Stay with NoDef for complete after dark events coverage. 

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