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Vendredi

June 23rd

Silk Screening Workshop

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn the ins and outs, ages 12-17

 

¡Que Calor!

Parleaux Beer Lab, 4PM

BBQ + Beer

 

Marvel Universe LIVE!

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Defending the universe against evil, of course

 

Redemption Family

Vintage Arts Center, 7PM
Celebrating the release of their newest album

 

Summer Solstice 2017

New Orleans Ballet Theatre, 8PM

The Dancers of NOLA in new light

 

Nick Name & The Valmonts

Banks St. Bar, 9:30PM

Plus Swingin Doors and Trash Night

 

Naughty Professor 

Tipitina's, 10PM

Album release party with a free concert at Tip's


Sam Price & The True Believers

Blue Nile, 10PM

With special guest, Robin Clabby

 

The Horrorist

Poor Boys Bar, 10PM

Plus Caffetine + DJ Mange

 

SPEKTRUM

Techno Club, 10PM

A special edition of Disco Devils

 

Samedi

June 24th

Arts Market

Palmer Park, 10AM

June edition of the monthly market

 

Maw Maw’s Brew Release

Brieux Carre, 11AM

Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

 

Cajun Zydeco Festival

Louis Armstrong Park, 1130AM

An ever growing collection of great artists

 

Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn to grow veggies for cheap

 

Art & Flea Showcase

Sidney’s Saloon, 4PM

Art and goods for show and sale

 

NOLA Caribbean Festival

Central City BBQ, 5PM

Admiring the deep roots of the city

 

Island Vibes

14 Parishes, 11PM

Official Caribbean Fest after party

 

Mike Dillion Band

d.b.a., 11PM

Some vibraphone, some rants

DIMANCHE

June 25th

THINK DEEP

The Drifter, 12PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Tristan Dufrene, Otto

 

The Tangiers Combo

Bacchanal, 12PM

A mid-afternoon match made in heaven

 

Gentilly Stompers

Bamboulas, 1PM

Get jazzy with it

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 2PM

Tanisha Jones, Mark of The Fallen

 

Moonshine Taste

Three Keys, 7PM

A POC Cabaret Series

 

Guy Fieri’s Rockin Road Show

Tips, 8PM

Feat. Cowboy Mouth

 

Sam Price & The True Believers

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

The final show

 

Unfortunate Side Effect

Banks St. Bar, 8PM

Plus Voodoo Wagon and Bad Mimosas

 

Girls Night Out

Rare Form NOLA, 9PM

A rare male revue show


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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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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