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Today in NOLA 3.17.17

Feeling green? St. Patrick's Day festivities will be occurring all over town today, offering your weekend fill of beads and beers. Mainline Brass Band will be taking the Maple Leaf stage, while Loose Marbles is holding court at Dragon's Den. Gasa Gasa is hosting Mykki Blanco and Cakes da Killa in a can't-miss show, and Ocean Disco is bringing their one-of-a-kind sound to Bon Temps. As legend has it, the first ever "coffee break" was initiated by the managers of the Delta Steamship company who called some 80 employees to the Hibernia building on this day in New Orleans in 1930 to drink the caffeinated beverage and take a recess. Now, more to do this Friday.

Parade Planner: Druids & Nyx

Carnival gets serious tonight, with Wednesday night's prime pairing kicking off the six day marathon leading up to the grand finale of Mardi Gras. Starting at 6:30PM, the Krewe of Ancient Druids and the Krewe of Nyx traverse the Uptown route. Here is everything you need to know about the routes, weather, and details for tonight's parades. 

Today in NOLA: 3.27.16

Happy Easter! Downtown, check out three parades to celebrate the holiday. This evening, Peelander-Z is playing their annual Easter gig, Gal Holiday is at BMC, and Joe Krown is playing his regular show at the Leaf. On this day in 1934, Rev. Gerald Smith delivered a speech to Sulphur’s “Share Our Wealth” Club. Now more this Sunday. 

Today in NOLA: 2.09.16


Mardi Gras Day is finally here. After the major parades Rex and Zulu roll, be on the lookout for some micro krewes marching behind them. Lyons Carnival Club follows Zulu making stops at bars and waking up Uptown beforehand. Mondo Kayo dances down the route ending on Frenchmen for an all day dance party. Fat Tueesday has not fallen on February 9th in over 75 years. Now more info on Fat Tuesday.

Parade Planner: D'etat, Hermes, Morpheus

Details, Routes, Weather

After a year of preparation, Carnival 2016 is nearing critical mass. Tonight, the big parades continue to roll as Mardi Gras grows closer. Hermes, D’Etat, and Morpheus are all set to march down the Avenue tonight. Click through for full details, weather, and routes.

Today in NOLA: 2.03.16

Carnival enters the big run today! Druids and Nyx roll on the Uptown route. For those who would rather stay on the couch, the Pels are taking on perfect-at-home San Antonio. If you’re feeling a little more retro “North by Northwest” is screening at the Prytania.

Parade Planner

Details, Weather, Routes for Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur, Alla

Four parades are rolling uptown today and the weather looks like it is going to hold.  Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur, and Alla are all loading up with throws now. Details, route, and weather follow. So, get your ladders up and your flasks full.

Tis' The Season

2016 Carnival Parade Schedule

In most years, the day after of the Epiphany is a little early to worry about parade schedules, but Mardi Gras comes early in 2015. So, the floats will be rolling in a couple of weeks. Even with a fairly fixed schedule, the dozens of options (combined with the seasonal libations) can make it all a little confusing. So, NoDef offers our annaul guide to the Carnival parades.

Second Line Alert: Black Men of Labor

Labor Day has passed, but one New orleans tradition is still in store. After having their parade literally rained on one too many times, the Black Men of Labor moved their march to October. The iconic second line is set to roll today 3 p.m. in Treme, 

Boas, Boys, & Booze

Southern Decadence Details

After a decade dominated by storms, Southern Decadence is coming out on top in 2015. Once again, the Quarter will fill with buttocks-less chaps, fishnets, banana sacks, burly bears, lovely ladies, and rainbow clad allies in from out of town to enjoy the country’s largest gay festival. In case, you get overwhelmed by the technicolor fete, NoDef has all the basics for you.

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