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VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

SAMEDI

May 27th

Palmer Park, 10AM
The May edition of the monthly art market
 
New Orleans Jazz Market, 3PM
Light bites, drinks, DJs
 
Bar Redux, 7PM
Horror, fantasy, and spiritual movies from 13 countries
 
Bacchanel Fine Wine and Spirits, 7:30PM
Progressive jazz from one of the cities best
 
The Howlin Wolf, 8PM
Improvisational funk music
 
Joan Mitchell Center, 8PM
Monthly open mic
 
The Orpheum Theater, 9PM
Tremaine The Tour with support by Mike Angel
 
Santos Bar, 10PM
Mind expanding multi genre music

DIMANCHE

May 28th

NOLA MIX Records, 11AM
Teaching kids to DJ and produce beats
 
The Courtyard Brewery, 3PM
Raffle, silent auction, craft beer
 
Mags on Elysian Fields, 7PM
A new series dedicated to pushing the limits of contemporary music
 
Three Keys, 7PM
OC cabaret goes Sci-Fi
 
UNO Lakefront Arena, 8PM
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album
 
One Eyed Jacks, 10PM
Remixes, edits and originals of Fleetwood Mac
 
Rare Form, 10PM
Vintage sounds of American Root Music

Steady Stream

A Listing of the Uptown Mardi Gras Parade Route's Bathrooms



Benny Grunch famously crooned, “Ain’t no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day.” However, 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. NoDef compiled a list of options for relief flanking the Uptown route.


Parades APlenty: 6 Krewes, 1 Will Ferrell Roll on Bacchus Sunday


The parade route will be packed with marches today, as yesterday's rains sent krewes jostling for position to ensure all the hard work and money that went into their floats would still see the light of St. Charles. Despite a bigger build-up, this day remains Bacchus Sunday. Click through for details:


Inside Le Krewe d'Etat

Satirical Parade Sharpening Their Lampoons for This Year's Ride



In the year 1996, a call went out to all who basked in the imperious glow of Carnival revelry. Comfortable in their plush king’s chairs, the kings of Mardi Gras revelry were at risk of selling the parade season to the highest, and least funny bidder.

 


Today's Mardi Gras Parades: 2.17.12


Last night, we shopped til we dropped with the Muses, but don't take off your shoes just yet! Tonight, we continue to a-krewe Carnival mileage with Hermes, Le Krewe d'Etat and Morpheus. Click through for details:


Know When to Hold 'Em

A Guide to the Uptown Mardi Gras Parade Route's Bathrooms



With Carnival's biggest weekend upon us, the time has come to address that age-old parade route question: Where's the nearest bathroom?


Today's Mardi Gras Parades: 2.11.12


Out at the Mardi Gras, the St. Charles Ave. parade route hosts three processions, while the West Bank and Chalmette also open their routes to Carnival steppin'. Click through to see the schedule:


Gris Gris Strut Dance Troupe Strikes Up a Mardi Gras Band


by Mary-Devon Dupuy

Every Carnival lover knows the powerful drumbeats and boot-clicking accompaniment of the big parades’ marching bands. The Gris Gris Strut Dance Troupe is offering a new twist to the classic routine for the Carnival Parade Season. The co-ed, 11 person dance troupe will be strutting to the rhythm of their marching band, which features 30 professional musicians. But they'll also have a few guests along for the ride to make sure that the tradition carries on past the current generation.


Mayor Mitch, Serpas Spell Out Mardi Gras Don'ts


CBD - As New Orleans gets ready to open the Mardi Gras Mainline down St. Charles Ave. on Friday, Mayor Mitch gathered city officials and the press today to remind everyone that there will be police officers everywhere during Mardi Gras, that it is possible to be rude to others on the parade route and that the City of New Orleans now employs elbow grease. 


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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