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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


Bloomberg Gun Ads Target Mary Landrieu, Carville Intervenes


Mayor Michael Bloomberg is putting the soda buckets down this week and picking up his battle against illegal guns. Proving once again that he has enough money to be on TV anytime he wants, the New York City mayor launched a multimillion dollar ad campagin urging support for universal background checks on gun ownership. Mayor Mike has 14 senators in the crosshairs. One of them happens to be Louisiana's own Sen. Mary Landrieu.

 

Comprehensive background checks are a key piece of President Barack Obama's gun reform plan. They would close the "gun show loophole," requiring checks on sales made by private gun sellers. Mayor Mike's Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition says about 40 percent of gun sales are made by the private sellers. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid put the wheels in motion on a gun bill with "expanded" background checks, but conservative Rand Paul is indicating that he will fillibuster the effort.

 

Though Landrieu's brother Mayor Mitch is a member of the coalition, Mary Landrieu faces a tough reelection campaign coming up next year in a state that just passed a constitutional amendment that's proudly held up as the most extensive Second Amendment protection in the country.

 

What with the family dynamics and all, Bloomberg's strategy may seem a bit impolite, especially for a mayor from up North. But the cable news mavens knew exactly where to turn this morning for an explanation. Newly liberated from CNN, James Carville was free to head over with his forward-leaning brethren on MSNBC and discuss Bloomberg's campaign on this morning's edition of The Daily Rundown.

 

The Ragin' Cajun was quick to point out that universal background checks enjoy much wider public popularity than other pieces of gun reform that have already been ruled out, such as a ban on assault weapons.

 

"First of all, in terms framing what they want, expanded background checks, that's 85, 90 percent of the people agree with that, be they gun owners or people from Louisiana, or people from Massachusetts or people from anywhere else," Carville told The Daily Rundown's Luke Russert. "The problem is it's never framed like that. You saw Karl Rove on Sunday morning TV saying, 'Oh no. You're not going to be able to give a gun to your grandchild, etc, etc.' The [National Rifle Association] is saying the same thing. So, Mayor Bloomberg is doing this, and I think--you need to frame the issue properly."

 

The well-funded NRA stands as a major opponent to any laws perceived as gun control. Though Bloomberg's coalition says the NRA supports measures like universal background checks, Landrieu still faces opposition for voting "yes" to any gun bill, Carville said.

 

"If Mary Landrieu votes, the NRA is going to send a letter out, they're not going to say she voted for expanded background checks, or [keeping out of hands of] felons, or people with mental illness can't get a gun, they're going to say that she's trying to take everyone's gun away," Carville told MSNBC. "So, they never frame the issue properly. So, this thing is going to go the way gay marriage does, as people have a chance to look at it more and more, this thing is going to change."

 

Carville didn't offer a timetable for how quickly change would come, but said, "Congress is going to catch up with public opinion before long," he said.

 

Whether that means a change in Louisiana before any upcoming Senate vote is another matter.

 

"Sen. Landrieu has a great deal of respect for Mayor Bloomberg and his leadership on a host of issues important to our country, but the Senator will be listening closely to her constituents on this issue," said Landrieu spokesman Matthew Lehner.

 

Here's one of Bloomberg's ads, called 'Responsible':

 

 




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