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December 1st

Pelicans v. Grizzlies

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Memphis takes on Nola


The Art of Giving

Ogden Museum, 5p.m.

A holiday shopping events


Until The Beat Stops

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

A novel by Stella Mowen


Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Compilation by Mark Yakich



Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit


December 2nd

Tank and The Bangas Backyard Hangout

1032 St. Maurice St., 6p.m.

Also ft. The Original Pinettes Brass Band


A Dark and Stormy Night

The Arbor Room, 6:30p.m.

An evening of cocktails and ghost stories


Pelicans v. Rockets

Toyota Center, 7p.m.

Nola heads to Houston


Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Compliation of writing about “arriving”


Cas Haley

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

In the Den


December 3rd

Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Roman Street


Prism Break

Zeitgeist, 6p.m.

An interactive video installation


The Butlers of Iberville Parish

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800s


An Evening with Lusher’s Creative Writing Program

Maple Street Book Shop, 5:30p.m.

Students read from their original work


December 4th

Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale

Carroll Gallery, 10a.m.

Ft. works in glass, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and more



Home for the Holidays

Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 8p.m.

Fundraiser honoring returned Nola homeowners


The Soul Stoned Fest

The Willow, 8:30p.m.

Art, music and visuals


Doombalaya & CakeWalk

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

A couple Nola bands jam for the weekend


Pelicans v. Cavaliers

Smoothie King Center, 8:30p.m.

Cleveland comes to New Orelans


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

This week ft. Artist Perspective with John Barnes


December 5th

St. Nicholas Day Fair

French Market, 10a.m.

Ft. the Saint Nick Secondline, facepaint and more


Algiers Bonfire & Concert

Algiers Ferry Landing, 5p.m.

“A Riverfront Holiday Celebration”


12 Brews of Christmas

House of Blues, 6p.m.

$20 to taste 12 seasonal beers


NOLA Polar Express

Freret St. Publiq House, 8p.m.

Benefit for CASA New Orleans


3rd Annual Krampus Gras

The Voodoo Lounge, 10p.m.

Dancing, drinking and fundraising for Planned Parenthood


December 6th

White Christmas

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Holiday Movie Series


Saints v. Panthers

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 3:25p.m.

Carolina comes to Nola


Bikes Vs. Cars

Zeitgeist, 9p.m.

Bikes for change



Saenger, 2p.m.;7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit

Krewe of Alla Moving to Uptown Parade Route for Mardi Gras 2014

The West-East migration of Mardi Gras krewes is set to continue in 2014, as one of Carnival's oldest parading groups will appear for the first time on St. Charles Ave. Citing problems attracting members, the Krewe of Alla announced it is moving its parade to the Uptown route next year.


The new parade will take place Feb. 23, 2014, at 1 p.m. That puts Alla in its usual time on the first weekend of Uptown parades, but locates it between the Krewe of King Arthur and the Krewe of Carrollton. That leaves 


The krewe's membership has been dwindling since the Federal Flood. Once 600 strong, the parading group now has about 175 members, according to secretary Frank Borne.


The move follows the all-female Krewe of Cleopatra's move to the Uptown route last year. Now, the Mystic Knights of Adonis and Krewe of NOMTOC will be the only remaining Algiers-based parades. The Krewe of Grela also parades in Gretna on Fat Tuesday.


At the beginning of April, the 80-year-old krewe put out a call for members, saying that it needed 200 riders to remain sustainable on its traditional West Bank route. The krewe got response from potential new members, but they received more interest about riding on the Uptown route. Over the last two months, the krewe received no dues from new members, and many current members withheld their dues while uncertaintly loomed over where the krewe would parade.


"Alla is certain that by altering its route it will be in the position it needs in order to attract and retain the riding members who are absolutely essential to the survival of any Carnival krewe," a statement from the krewe said.


Founded in 1932, Alla counts itself as New Orleans fifth-oldest parade krewe. Initially parading in Algiers, the krewe expanded to include Gretna and Terrytown over the years.


“We started in the height of the Depression in 1932, we were one of the first Krewes to use super-floats, with our Alligator float once being the longest Mardi Gras float…our heritage is in the West Bank and we want to keep it there for the community,” Alla Secretary Frank Bourne told NoDef.


Those who wish to ride in Alla on the Uptown route should contact Courtney Barousse, treasurer, at, Frank Borne, secretary, at, or John Beninate, captain, at Membership dues cost $450.



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