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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


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 cbarousse1@att.net, Frank Borne, secretary, at fborne@cox.net, or John Beninate, captain, at jabparades@cox.net. Membership dues cost $450.

 

 




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