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February 25th

Krewe of Iris

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

All-female group is one of Carnival's oldest krewes

 

Krewe of Tucks

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

1,300 men and women make up one of the most satirical and irreverent krewes in Mardi Gras

 

Krewe of Endymion 

Mid-City Route, 4:15PM

One of the biggest and most extravagant parades, Endymion is long enough to last all night

 

Big Freedia

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Bounce Queen moves ‘dat azz

 

Leroy Jones Quartet

The Bombay Club, 8:30PM

Classic jazz trumpet

 

Sticky Fingers

House of Blues, 8PM

Australian reggae rockers

 

SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic

Tipitina’s, 11PM

First-rate funk band is joined tonight by Stoop Kids

 

Hustle with DJ Soul Sister

Hi-Ho Lounge, 11PM

Underground disco and rare groove dance party 

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10PM

Beloved brass band takes the stage

 

Washboard Chaz Blues Trio

Blue Nile, 7PM

The iconic Washboard Chaz takes a break from the Tin Men to lead this trio 

DIMANCHE

February 26th

Krewe of Okeanos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

Celebrating it's 68th year, Okeanos is heavy on tradition

 

Krewe of Mid-City

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11:45AM

Yes, the Mid-City krewe is parading along the Uptown route

 

Krewe of Thoth

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

Thoth seeks to bring Carnival joy to the sick and infirm 

 

Krewe of Bacchus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM

Celebrating the God of wine, feasts, and general good times, Bacchus is one of the most anticipated parades 

 

Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers

Rare Form, 4PM

NYC-based hot jazz, blues and swing

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Academy Awards Watch Party

Prytania Theatre, 6PM 

Enjoy snacks, cocktails and more as the rich & famous vie for those golden statuettes ($25)

 

Swingin’ Sundays

The Allways Lounge, 8PM

Weekly recurring dance lessons to live swing music (FREE)

 

LEON + Jacob Banks

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

European invasion from Swedish indie pop star LEON and UK-based R&B singer Jacob Banks ($15)

 

Dumpstaphunk + Miss Mojo

Howlin' Wolf, 10PM

Ivan & krewe bring da funk, joined by Miss Mojo

 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & John Papa Gros

d.b.a., 11PM

Golden Eagles Chief brings Mardi Gras Indian funk

 

Jason Neville Band

Vaso, 11PM

Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose

SCOTUS on Voting Rights

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision of Voting Rights Act



The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which governed changes to voting patterns in Southern states and cities, including Louisiana.


Voting Rights Act Faces Heat from Supreme Court


A major provision of the law designed to take racism out of the voting process may be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. The highest court in the land heard oral arguments Wednesday in a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The provision in the landmark 1965 civil rights law requires 16 states -- including Louisiana -- to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Justice before changing any voting procedures, from district boundaries to a polling place.


C-Murder Appeal Rejected by SCOTUS


The highest court in the land won't be weighing in on the fate of C-Murder. The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the local rapper appeal his 2009 murder conviction. C-Murder, real name Corey Miller, was convicted of second degree murder for killing 16-year-old fan Steve Thomas at a West Bank nightclub in 2002.


Murky Massacre

The U.S. Supreme Court and Foul Play at Harry Connick Sr.'s Office



According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the prosecutors who worked for former Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick Sr. didn't show a pattern of skirting obligations that would guarantee a fair trial. But, on at least two occasions, they behaved unconstitutionally, the Court has now ruled.


Supreme Court Throws Out Roman Street Massacre Murder Conviction


By a margin of 8-1, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a New Orleans man's murder conviction this morning after finding that Harry Connick's District Attorney's office withheld crucial evidence that would have helped the man's case at trial. Juan Smith was convicted after a single man fingered him from the scene of the  Roman Street Massacre, but later found that prosecutors withheld a police report that showed the witness never saw his face. Current DA Leon Cannizzaro's office is now 1-for-2 defending withheld evidence cases at the Supreme Court in the last two years.


Illegal Dispute: La. AG Calls Out Feds' Census Cipherin'


Calling for a recount is nothing new in American politics. As John Adams said, Facts are stubborn things, so the only way to change them is to challenge them in the Supreme Court. Or, something like that. Like the Longs and the many pols with good-old-boy nicknames before him, Buddy Caldwell is challenging Washington's ways. The state Attorney General is taking the bureaucrats back to the playground, and questioning their ability to count. Caldwell filed suit with the U.S. Supreme Court that claims the 2010 U.S. Census count is wrong.


DA's Have No Pals: Connick's Supreme Defense, and Cannizzaro's Buddy Backfire


Whether you're talking about Cannizzaro or Connick, the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office is, as ever, at the mercy of judges. Turns out, the guys and gals with the black robes are pretty tough to control. For the second time in two years, former District Attorney Harry Connick's office will face the scrutiny of the highest court in the land for withholding crucial evidence from the defense. Juan Smith, who was convicted of murder, could get a new trial from the U.S. Supreme Court in the high stakes case.


The 18th Star

Historic New Orleans Collection Exhibit Showcases Pieces of Louisiana History in Honor of State Bicentennial



FRENCH QUARTER - Jelly Roll Morton's love letter to a Supreme Court Justice, an anti-Huey P. Long pin commemorating a bathroom bust up and the shovel used for the groundbreaking of the Superdome in 1971 are just a few of the items on display at the Historic New Orleans Collection's bicentennial celebration through Jan. 29, 2012.


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