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NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden (5:00 PM)
The NOLA Project presents this festive comedy that pits two of Shakespeare's most beloved characters in a war of words and wits
1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd (5:00PM- 11:00 PM)
The Holy Trinity Cathedral is inviting Grecophiles of all ages out to Bayou St. John for goat burgers, traditional music and dancing, and regional libations
The Convention Center (6:00PM-9:00 PM)
An experience for both foodies and wine connoisseurs with live music by Flow Tribe
Zephyr Field (7:00 PM)
New Orleans baseball against the Omaha Storm Chasers
One Eyed Jacks (7:30)
Sketchy Characters Productions brings you a comedy sketch and web series that plays off the madness of the French Quarter
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave (8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
The Little Gem Saloon (8:00 PM)
The fourth evening of a chamber music festival that has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike
Howlin’ Wolf (9:00 PM)
A funky two night celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary
Circle Bar (10:00 PM)
Rock around Lee Circle tonight
Midsummer Mardi Gras Goes Motorboatin' Saturday
by Mary-Devon Dupuy
It's nearly time for the Krewe of O.A.K. to put its nose in the water, or...other places. The 26th Midsummer Mardi Gras, the annual event that offers New Orleanians a temporary fix for their Fat Tuesday withdrawals rolls Saturday night through Carrollton. The block-party-parade hybrid is coming to the Carrolton area with the same hand-pulled floats, outrageous outfits, and local krewes. This year’s theme is “Motorboatin’ on Oak,” and, as always, costumes are “STRONGLY encouraged.”
One would assume the Krewe of O.A.K.’s name originated from the parade’s home base, but members insist that it is actually an acronym for “Outrageous and Kinky.” Although the parade is a safe, neighborhood-oriented event, parents should hire a babysitter for the night. The 1.5 mile parade will wind through the Carrolton neighborhood and end at Palmer Park with a brass band bash.
Like last year's event, Saturday’s foot parade will include those brass bands, homemade floats, and krewes such as the Pussyfooters and the Bearded Oysters. The NOLA Cherry Bombs made their marching debut in 2011, and they’ll be back this year in their red tutus, covering ground as they dance the route away. For the nerds out there, the newly strengthened Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus will also be rolling, with $15 providing access to "Ice Cold Keg Bearing Contraptions."
Those who want to join in all of the Midsummer Night's fun should line up in front of the Maple Leaf at 7pm, as the Krewe will begin parading at 7:30 on the dot.
Organizers alert fellow merrymakers to stay off the neutral ground, also advising, “when the police sirens go off, it’s time to leave.” After Palmer Park’s brass band bash, the masses are invited to return to the Maple Leaf for a late night block party.
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