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February 23rd

Knights of Babylon

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

This historic krewe takes its cues from ancient Mesopotamia and Carnival traditions from 75 years ago

 

Krewe of Chaos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Expect a satirical slant to this parade

 

Krewe of Muses

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Step aside, gentlemen. This all female krewe is one of the Mardi Gras all-stars

 

Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds go head to head with the Houston Rockets

 

Nicole Lynn Fox Variety Hour

The Allways Lounge & Theatre, 8PM 

Famed drag star hosts a drag and variety show

 

Better Than Ezra

The Civic Theatre, 9:30PM

New Orleans alt-rock trio perform on their home turf

 

Fast Times '80s Dance Night

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

A Mardi Gras-themed version of this weekly dance party ($5)

 

Ball of Joy 

Joy Theater, 11PM

A happiness-enducing Mardi Gras ball

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Weekly recurring engagement

 
Blue Nile, 11PM
Every Thursday night swing by for reggae-heavy dance beats

VENDREDI

February 24th

Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA

French Quarter Route, 1:30PM

Watch this bustier-clad krewe as they traverse through the Vieux Carre 

 

Krewe of Hermes

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Celebrating its 80th year in Carnival

 

Le Krewe d'Etat

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:30PM 

An anarchic krewe that holds its own place in Mardi Gras lore

 

Krewe of Morpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7PM

A co-ed krewe known for elaborate floats and enviable throws

 

The Krewe of Debauche

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 9PM

A Mardi Gras debauchery ball featuring gypsy balkan beats, bellydance and more ($15)

 

The Get Money Stop Hatin Tour

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

8th annual tour showcasing the biggest independent talents in hip hop ($20)

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

Dance to the swinging tunes of the UK underground 

 

A Queen and Bowie Tribute Show

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

Local talents come out to play the tunes of David Bowie and Queen

 

Grunge Night: NIRVANNA

House of Blues, 10PM

A Nirvana tribute concert featuring bands like The Kurt Loders

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 11PM

Burlesque pioneer Trixie Minx brings striptease to Bourbon 

 

Foundation of Funk

Tipitina's, 11PM

NOLA superground band is joined by special guests Anders Osborne & Jon Cleary

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Prytania Theatre, 11:59PM

A midnight showing of the penultimate movie about the boy wizard 

 


Ostriches and Camels at Quarter Horse Races


It’s time to place your bets. The Fair Grounds are preparing for their fifth Annual Quarter Horse race, and they’re making this year extra special by bringing ostriches and camels into the mix . The twelve-day meet opened yesterday, August 15, with over 120 total races planned for the entire event, and admission to bet on the tiny horses is free.  

 

Quarter Horses look like ponies at first glance, but they’re actually unique breed that specializes in sprinting short distances. If you made it to last year’s races, you may remember Ms. Jingles. She’ll be back this year with her trainer, Frank Cavazos, competing against the Fair Grounds’ two-time defending champion Kenny Roberts Sr. All the family fun is free until Saturday.

 

The only day that organizers ask you to pay up is August 18, the special day when they race the mascots and bring out the new mascots. In addition to the ostriches, Hotel Monteleone’s Monty The Lion has been toying with the idea of making an appearance. “Tails & Ales,” is happening in conjunction with the ostrich racing, with participants such as Abita, Bayou Teche, Blue Moon, Covington Brewhouse, Tin Roof, Lazy Magnolia, and many more. Admission is $10, but children 12 and under get in for free.

 

The Fair Grounds wants to keep the admission price low, Mulvihill said, so that families can enjoy the races together. “It’s our first time doing it, and it was really conceived as a family-friendly night at the track. We kept the admission prices low so that families could have an affordable night out,” Mulvihill said.

 

Although track goers are forbidden from betting on the new additions to the track, Fair Grounds Analyst Jim Mulvihill said that people can still have fun from the sidelines. “There’s no wagering on the camel or ostrich races, but friends can make friendly $5 wagers between themselves, the same way they bet on football,” Mulvihill said.

 




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