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Bayou St. John (12:15 PM-9:15 PM)
A music fest on the water featuring Alexis and the Samuri, Remedy Krewe, Fleur de Tease, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more
Central City (1 p.m)
Second lines! Won't bow down!
Mid-City (All day)
Church and a parade to celebrate the club's 104th year
House of Blues (9:00 PM)
The Comedy Central comedian is here for some standup!
Big Top (7 p.m.)
8-16 piece traveilling circus punk troupe. Need we say more? Is there anymore to say? with Sammy Kay and the East Los Three, Dead Legends
Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave (8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Joe Krown feat. Russell Batiste and Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Maple Leaf (10:30PM)
Weekly gig on Oak with Krown on the organ, Washington firing up the guitar strings, and Batiste on the drums.
Hot 8 Brass Band
Howlin’ Wolf Den (10:00PM)
Weekly gig from some of the city’s best in brass
Sunday Youth Music Workshop
All ages workshop with Johnny Vidacovich. Bring your instruments!
Cajun Fais Do Do
Bruce Daigrepont is playing the washboard and getting you to bed early
Krewe du Guza
Le Bon Temps Roule (10:00PM)
Sunday Funday weekly gig from the husband and wife duo
Mardi Gras Rewind: Marching Bands Battle Before Bacchus
by Ryan Sparks/Photos by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee
For residents of the riverside neighborhoods in Uptown, the noise of the port is a part of life. Not much can overpower the squealing wheels of the freight trains or the broad tones of a ship’s horns. Except the sounds of a parade, of course. On the Carnival nights when the superkrewes of Bacchus and Orpheus roll, the stretch of Tchoupitoulas between Napoleon Avenue and Bordeaux turns into a full-on battleground for the marching bands getting ready to march down St. Charles Ave.
Bourbon Street Awards Set to Confer Carnival Costuming Crowns
by Sarah Esenwein
Flamboyance, excess and grandeur hardly describe the scene of fabulousness in the most extreme sense that is preparing to saturate Bourbon St. on Fat Tuesday for the 49th Annual Bourbon St. Awards. The costume contest of the Gay Mardi Gras is one of the best spots to find elaborate costumes on Mardi Gras Day, and doesn't fall short in the people-watching category, either.
After the Parades: 2.7.13
Fussy street cleaners and sirens signal the end of Thursday parades, but once the krewes stop rolling the party really gets in gear. There’s no better way to kick off Mardi Gras madness than with some pre-weekend Carnival crooners and old New Orleans favorites.
Mardi Gras Krewe Costumes Through the Ages
Elaborately woven and matched to specific floats, the splendor of modern Carnival costumes derive their power by distracting revelers with artistry. Tracing the historical development of costumes from the earliest Mardi Gras processions in comparison to its modern counterparts, however, we find Carnival costumery as an expression of delicate social balances.
Carnival Comeback: Druids, Nyx Roll Tonight
After a Super Bowl break, Carnival returns to New Orleans in full plume Wednesday. The mysterious Krewe of Druids gets rolling first, keeping many of the details of their annual romp shrouded - except, of course for where to catch them. Wednesday night is rounded out by the all-female Krewe of Nyx, who are set to make their second ride down St. Charles.
Carnival's First Weekend, Reviewed
The Super Bowl puts the Crescent City's Carnival revelry on hold for a week, but the interval provides us plenty of time to reflect on the first big dose of parades. Special Carnival Parade Contributor C. Krewes weighs in on the weekend's marches:
King Cake Quest: The Results
Cake Café Conquers Carnival Confections
After several years of sending writers out to sample the Crescent City's many takes on King Cake, NoDef opted this year to let the people weigh in. On Jan. 24, hundreds of guests piled into the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's weekly After Hours event to help us choose the most outstanding oval in NoDef's first public King Cake Quest.
Neutral Ground Partitioning Walls Off Carnival Joy, Citizen Says: NoDef Inbox
The Mayor says we're Super Bowl Ready, but New Orleans is also getting ready for Carnival crowds. With parades down St. Charles Ave. set to start rolling Friday, New Orleans resident Peter A. Corby brought his concerns about the much-maligned practice of turning neutral grounds into small city-states to newly-elected District B Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell. Click through to read his letter, and Cantrell's response.
G.W. Bailey, Ruby Bridges to Ride in Bacchus, Muses
Carnival kings and queens are mostly crowned in the confines of ballrooms, but the real royalty comes to town the night of the actual parade. In the final run-up to their showstopping parades, the boys of Bacchus and the Muses ladies announced their King and their Honorary Muse. Police Academy fans will fight on the front lines for beads from Actor G.W. Bailey, and everyone will be thrilled to see Ruby Bridges slinging shoes in Muses.
Oshun of Bliss
African-American Krewe Rolls First on St. Charles
While Zulu and their golden coconuts tend to steal the spotlight as the last and oldest African-American parade to round out the Carnival season, no one can forget about the first float out of the gate. For more than 15 years, the all African-American Krewe of Oshun has rolled down the Uptown streets, kicking off the carnival season with their mix of vibrant floats and African inspired themes.
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