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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


Krewe du Vieux Comes Early, Often in 2013


With an early Mardi Gras, Carnival krewes have less time to get their floats and costumes ready. Plus, the marching groups had to do the Super Bowl shuffle to make way for the Big Game. The parade season tone-setters of Krewe du Vieux - who are already under the gun for this year's Jan. 19 march - could be complaining about being in a world of shit as a result of these developments. But, as always, they've simply released Le Monde de Merde for the rest of us to roll around in with glee, and announced a theme that cuts off all feelings of misery and misfortune marked by daily life in the City of Dreams at the head.

 

Krewe du Vieux's 2013 theme is "Krewe du Vieux Comes Early," according to their recently-published annual newspaper, Le Monde de Merde. After summarizing a year of Bounties, TP cutbacks and the Crescent City's usual political tomfoolery, the krewe that relies on old-fashioned ass-drawn floats and outrageous satire announced once again that only one krewe can cut down all that is sacred, and turn all that is proper into sexual innuendo and bathroom humor.

 

"The pre-mature Krewe members will come early and often come hell or high water until the cows come home," the paper heralds.

 

This year's Queen is New Orleans Musicians Clinic executive director Bethany Bultman. As the director of the organization that provides health care to the city's many players and one of the many state health care providers made to feel ill following Bobby Jindal's budget cuts, Bultman "has come to the forefront of our cultural preservation efforts," according to the Krewe.

 

As ever, Le Monde de Merde also gives Carnival watchers a sneak peek at some of this year's satire. Floats themes this year are heavily targeted in the direction of the Newhouses and the Times-Picayune, whose decision to cut back publication to three days a week took up the city's civic conversation for most of the second half of the year.

 

Krewe of Comatose will march with "The Times Prickayune Fails to Deliver," while K.A.O.S. will hold up "Black and White and Dead All Over." Drips and Discharges, meanwhile, announces to the Merde that they're "Fresh Outta TP."

 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is also a piece of red meat for the skewer, as the Saints' Bountygate scandal gave the city an Enemy No. 1, and tanked the Black and Gold season before it started.

 

Krewe of SPANK will unveil their ultrapostmodern classic "Waiting for Goodell," while Krewe of Underwear will show how the "NFL Penetrates Carnival." Meanwhile, the Mystic Krewe of Inane will get us ready for Super Hole XLVAG," while Mama Roux will prepare the way of the "Stuper Bowl."

 

But it's not all football and newsprint. T.O.K.I.N. will introduce the masses to YoMamaCare, while the Krewe of Spermes will take the parade's theme to new scientific heights by exploring what truly came first, the chicken or the egg? Proving that this year's krewe is extraordinarily fowl, Seeds of Decline will allow us to Choke More Chikn.

 

Having ready this handy summary, NoDef is fully aware that readers will have no idea what any of this looks like. Pick up a Le Monde de Merde at newsstands around the city, or head to Krewe du Vieux at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 in the Marigny and French Quarter (route pictured) to see it in the exposed flesh.




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