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February 25th

Krewe of Iris

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

All-female group is one of Carnival's oldest krewes

 

Krewe of Tucks

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

1,300 men and women make up one of the most satirical and irreverent krewes in Mardi Gras

 

Krewe of Endymion 

Mid-City Route, 4:15PM

One of the biggest and most extravagant parades, Endymion is long enough to last all night

 

Big Freedia

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Bounce Queen moves ‘dat azz

 

Leroy Jones Quartet

The Bombay Club, 8:30PM

Classic jazz trumpet

 

Sticky Fingers

House of Blues, 8PM

Australian reggae rockers

 

SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic

Tipitina’s, 11PM

First-rate funk band is joined tonight by Stoop Kids

 

Hustle with DJ Soul Sister

Hi-Ho Lounge, 11PM

Underground disco and rare groove dance party 

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10PM

Beloved brass band takes the stage

 

Washboard Chaz Blues Trio

Blue Nile, 7PM

The iconic Washboard Chaz takes a break from the Tin Men to lead this trio 

DIMANCHE

February 26th

Krewe of Okeanos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

Celebrating it's 68th year, Okeanos is heavy on tradition

 

Krewe of Mid-City

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11:45AM

Yes, the Mid-City krewe is parading along the Uptown route

 

Krewe of Thoth

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

Thoth seeks to bring Carnival joy to the sick and infirm 

 

Krewe of Bacchus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM

Celebrating the God of wine, feasts, and general good times, Bacchus is one of the most anticipated parades 

 

Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers

Rare Form, 4PM

NYC-based hot jazz, blues and swing

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Academy Awards Watch Party

Prytania Theatre, 6PM 

Enjoy snacks, cocktails and more as the rich & famous vie for those golden statuettes ($25)

 

Swingin’ Sundays

The Allways Lounge, 8PM

Weekly recurring dance lessons to live swing music (FREE)

 

LEON + Jacob Banks

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

European invasion from Swedish indie pop star LEON and UK-based R&B singer Jacob Banks ($15)

 

Dumpstaphunk + Miss Mojo

Howlin' Wolf, 10PM

Ivan & krewe bring da funk, joined by Miss Mojo

 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & John Papa Gros

d.b.a., 11PM

Golden Eagles Chief brings Mardi Gras Indian funk

 

Jason Neville Band

Vaso, 11PM

Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose

Ballot Jocks

A Rundown of the State Races in Next Week's Election



Once again, the democratic process threatens to interrupt football and infiltrate our neutral grounds next Saturday, as elections will decide races across the state that settle old scores, and the effects of the map-slicing the legislature pulled off during redistricting.


Nods and Ends: Lieutenant Gov Candidates Dial Mardi Gras World, LSU Sports


When it comes to endorsements, the rotary club just won't do for the two Republicans running for lieutenant governor. Billy Nungesser, the challenger for the state's no. 2 post, has gone country and he's gone Costner. But earnest folksiness and the enviroment (specifically: water) will only go so far in this state. So, with the campaign against Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne entering the stretch run, the campaign wheeled out the original Mr. Mardi Gras, Blaine Kern, Sr. But it ain't even Twelfth Night yet so forget the floats. Kern's dynamite endorsement comes in front of a Saints helmet! Video and Dardenne gets his own celeb after the jump.


Billy Nungesser's Art House Campaign Ad


Billy Nungesser is no stranger to left-field tactics from behind the camera. During the Big Oozy, he was known to deploy the old "get-really-mad-and-red-in-the-face," or the even older, "get-really-mad-and-just-start-swearing." Now that he's running for lieutenant governor, though, Nungesser seems to feel that it's time to diversify. He's already pulled out the "get-a-country-music-singer-to-get-heartfelt-for-me." For his latest TV spot, "Other People's Money," it was apparently time to go all arty.


The Lieutenant Governor's Race Goes Neggy


The governor's race is a real snooze, unless you like watching Bobby Jindal talk over gratutiously patriotic music. But when it comes to the state's no. 2 seat, the calvaries are circling the wagons on all fronts. Not least of these is TV (and, by extension, the Interwebs), where potshots at your opponent are guaranteed to be viewed by the football-watching public (so..everyone). Click through to see the poke checks Jay Dardenne and Billy Nungesser have lobbed at each other so far.


Billy Nungesser Running for Lieutenant Governor


If you've felt a void because this year's summer nights haven't been filled with Billy Nungesser heating things up on CNN, pine no more. The Plaquemines Parish president officially announced his run for lieutenant governor today. In order to win the state's number two seat this fall, the Republican and occasional pop-top will have to challenge fellow GOPer and current lieutenant gov Jay Dardenne in the primary. With recent visibility and paternal pedigree (his daddy was a Republican leader in the days when the Democrats ruled the Bayou State), Nungesser seems poised to mount a formidable challenge.


Nungesser Might Run for Lieutenant Gov


Billy Nungesser's face gets pretty red when he's in front of the camera, but it's not due to shyness. Ever since the Big Oozy left the headlines, though, the glare of the spotlight that was once so omnipresent has now receded. So, Nungesser has decided to raise some money for a media campaign. Oh ya, and he's thinking about running for lieutenant governor, too. But nothing's official yet. You should still give him money, though!


True Blue


Showing that she's serious about spending a lot of money in her campaign for lieutenant gov, the novice-yet-blue-blooded Caroline Fayard has so far outspent state Secretary of State Jay Dardenne after raising a total of $1.4 million in the race - including a $440,000 loan to herself. Bet the interest will be nice! The blue support doesn't only come from her veins, as Fayard received a solid investment of about $430,000 from the state Democratic Party for advertising. Dardenne, meanwhile, has raised $1.5 million total, but still trails in spending. We're hoping he's planning to use it for a pre-election rally in the CajunDome with campaign X-factor and defeated Republican rival Sammy Kershaw.


The Votes Are In


With another edition of crunk time in the books, we can now turn our attention to the topic that takes up that sliver of civic-oriented brain space unoccupied by Saints arcana: local politics. The results are in on yesterday's elections, and we've got the full rundown on a smattering of races we've been paying attention to after the jump.


Vote or Fry?


It's a month before Election Day. You know what that means, Louisiana! It's time for... elections! Of the state and local variety, that is. Political wizards say fully less than 20 percent of you will go to the polls tomorrow to vote on a steaming gumbo of yokel issues and candidates. And, as ever, there are distractions, what with the opening of squirrel hunting season. More on the races after the jump. 


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