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Vendredi

December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister

 

Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band

 

Bounce Holiday Edition

Republic, 10p.mm.

Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5

 

Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies

 

Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

 

Shotgun Cinema Turns One

Freeport Auditorium at the CAC, 7p.m.

Screenings of Night Moves & Monsieur Hulot's Holiday; $7 each

 

Samedi

December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II

 

Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker

 

Irvin Mayfield’s Birthday Celebration

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Trumpet Mafia, Jonathan Batiste & Special Guests

 

Pine Leaf Boys

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Local grammy nominees take the stage

 

Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)

 

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson

 

Lundi

December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 

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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