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April 20th

Gay Easter Parade

Armstrong Park (4:30 p.m.)

Official Gay Easter parade rolls through the French Quarter


Goodchildren Easter Parade

Press & St. Claude (1:30 p.m.)

The Social Aide & Pleasure Club throws their annual parade through the Bywater


Todd Snider 

Tipitina’s (7:30 p.m.)

Folk-rock and Americana 


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf (10:30 p.m.)

Krown, Batiste, and Washington every Sunday 


French Quarter Easter Parade

Canal & Bourbon St. (1 p.m.)

Chris Owens leads the charge            


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf- The Den (10 p.m.)

Premiere NOLA brass with hip-hop, R&B and more 

Pols Reeling Over Shortened Red Snapper Season

In the midst of the pressure cooker of a U.S. Senate race, it's rare that political rivals agree on anything. But in Louisiana, red snapper fishing is having a rare unifying power for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep Bill Cassidy. Over the last two days, the opponents in the fall election have spoken out against the great injustice that looms with the potential of the shortest red snapper fishing season ever recorded in the Bayou State.

Fixes Eyed on Oil and Gas Legacy Lawsuits, Offshore Lease Payments

The billboards are all about Obamacare these days, but Louisiana pols aren't turning their attention from oil and gas issues, or the money that surrounds the industry. This week, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a deal on long-term lawsuits between companies and landowners. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu continued her push to get more money for the state from offshore drilling activity in the Gulf.

Obamacare Check-up: Deadline Approaches, Landrieu's Offensive

With a deadline and an election season fast approaching, Democrats are once again under the Obamacare crunch this week. The officials in charge of the Affordable Care Act are trying to get the word out across Louisiana as they seek to encourage as many people signed up for the Affordable Care Act as possible. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is proposing changes to the law as she gears up for the midterm pressure cooker.

Local Pols Praise Flood Rate Fix

President Barack Obama signed the Homeowner’s Flood Insurance Affordability Act on Friday, March 21, and local politicians celebrated the triumph over rate hikes at the Bucktown Marina this morning. Senator Mary Landrieu, Congressperson Bill Cassidy, Greater New Orleans Inc. President Michael Hecht, and local parish presidents spoke near Lake Pontchartrain about the bipartisan effort to block Biggert-Waters.  

Mary Landrieu Sanctioned by Vladimir Putin

With her new spot as the chair of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, Mary Landrieu is apparently now joining Crimea in Vladimir Putin's crosshairs. On Thursday, the Russian president announced sanctions against the Louisiana senator and eight other high-ranking U.S. officials.

BP Back to Bidding on Gulf of Mexico Leases

BP's legal fate has yet to be decided by the judge, but the company is moving ahead with new oil and gas exploration projects in the Gulf. The British oil giant posted 24 high bids Wednesday at the feds' latest massive auction of offshore leases, just a week after environmental officials cleared the company to receive federal contracts for the first time in two years. Louisiana's coastal restoration efforts also stand to gain millions.

New Poll in La. Senate Race

Mary Landrieu is about to be in your living room a lot more. According to Politco, the state's senior U.S. Senator reserved $2.6 million in ad time for a period stretching from April-June.

Senate Passes Flood Insurance Bill

For the second time in as many months, the U.S. Senate passed a bill aimed at stemming the tide of flood insurance reforms that were set to force skyrocketing rates for many Louisiana homeowners. This time, it'll stick, as the Senate passed a version of the House's compromise reform bill by a vote of 72-22.

Landrieu, Cassidy Weigh in on Health Care Fix

President Barack Obama inserted another health care decision into the pressure cooker of the midterm election cycle on Wednesday. With the Bayou State's U.S. Senate race set to hit another gear, the White House's move to extend the amount of time that people can keep pre-existing coverage illustrated how the law continues to be one of the key issues of the 2014 race.

Mary Landrieu Will Chair Senate Energy Committee

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu took the top job on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday. Her Democratic Senate colleagues voted her to the position following a game of committee musical chairs that ensued when Sen. Max Baucus was appointed ambassador to China. 

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