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August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Monaghan's St. Patrick's Day Parade Romps in the French Quarter (PHOTOS)

by Elaina Patton

Outside Molly’s at the Market, the night was beginning as pre-paraders slowly trickled in and around the bar, anticipating the 6pm roll time of Friday's annual Jim Monaghan St. Patrick's Day Parade. Tourists found each other among the throng, exchanging well-intentioned, and somewhat ill-in-taste, jokes and rounds of shots. Locals, a little more sobered at the beginning of the night, mostly moved in groups of festive neon green.


Knowing well what was in store, experienced parade goers were already marking their spots along the route.


Two costumed face painters, just beginning their tour of the quarter, bellied up to the bar before the night’s work began.



At 8 that morning, the parade crew had descended onto Molly’s for their pre-parade activities and then left to prepare for the night’s bead-throwing and merry-making.


The Celtic Highlanders were some of the first to arrive on the scene, bringing their mobile bar and a crowd of onlookers who swarmed the float, inquiring about a drink. Several times, the kilt-wearing crew had to turn away an eager would be patron, looking for a draft of Guinness from their surprisingly well equipped pub.


The Highlanders are in their third year of parade participation, though they’ve been around much longer. The kilt club was born in the late 1990’s out of another Celtic group of lesser repute.


When a few members broke off their old associations over disagreements about decorum, they decided to don kilts and chip in to build a bar that they could take with them anywhere they wanted to parade.


One of the founding members, Kendall Daigle explained, “We started off as renegades. But as any group ages, it begins to calm down.” 



Time doesn’t seem to have extinguished too much of the group’s celebratory spirit, however.


The back room of the bar, known as the “shag room” for apparently obvious reasons, was buzzing as members prepared for the Quarter parade. The group has grown to 28 members in recent years, Daigle reported, and what was once a room for the incongruous “when the group was a little more riske,” is now the site of operations.



Despite the “celtic” uniforms, most of the 28 members didn’t appear or claim to have any actual Scoth-Irish in them. As Daigle somewhat sarcastically explained it, “You just have to be a drunken idiot. A very nice drunken idiot.”


Of course, Daigle qualified, “There are rules.” Though even that assurance seems to be somewhat negotiable.


“Everyone has to have a tartan,” Daigle quite seriously said. Though tartans appear, for most members, to be more about color choice than cultural heritage.


 The marching group is technically all male. But, female members are admitted under the position of “bar wench.” Meaning, they serve drinks aboard the float and generally attract the attention of mesmerized St. Patrick’s Day revelers.


Other female members include the flag bearers, who announce the group’s affiliation with short, religious uniform-style skirts and high kicks.


 “It’s the whole persona of the thing,” Kendall concluded. “It’s about the music, the attire, the drinking.”


By the time the parade was beginning to roll around Molly’s, Bourbon Street was crowded with tourists who were taking part in the St. Patrick’s Day revelry in a different way. In contrast to the purposeful partying of the Highlanders, deeper into the Quarter, most wanderers seemed to have little aim beyond a barbarous day of drinking. 


Even along the parade route at one of the stops on Monaghan's trek, the Erin Rose, there seemed to be little knowledge of the approaching festivities. Most bar goers had little idea that there was a parade already gathering only a few blocks away. In time, though, loud music and the glow of green lights would alert even the most bleary-eyed to the parade’s presence.

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