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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 

 


Shuck Show

New Orleans Oyster Fest Returns This Weekend



Ask a bar full of locals whether they like there oysters charbroiled, chargrilled, fried, or raw, and you’ll busy for the next two hours hearing opposing views. However, all sides will be represented this weekend when fest season continues on with the annual New Orleans Oyster Festival. 

 

The fest’s annual highlight may be a pair of competitions. At the Acme Oyster House World Oyster Eating Championship, famed pro eater Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas has dominated the competition for years including her legendary performance in 2012 when she devoured 47 dozen oysters in eight minutes. This year, 12 eaters will vie for the prize on Sunday (6.05) on the main stage in Woldenburg Park at 11:45a.m. On Saturday, those in the oyster business will have a competition of their own. Local restaurants are sending their fast shuckers to face off against one another in a multi round competition.

 

On Saturday, the music will feature Tank & the Bangas, Colin Lake, Mia Borders, the Mulligan Brothers, and the Honey Island Swamp Band. On Sunday, One Chord Gospel Band, Stooges Brass Band, Bag of Donuts, and the Bucktown Allstars will all perform.

 

Of course, the star of the show is Louisiana’s favorite bivalve. The lineup reads like a guide to seafood in the Crescent City. Luke will be cooking up oyster stew and crawfish pies. Drago’s will be on hand with their signature charbroiled oysters. Andrea’s will add an Italian twist with oysters artichoke angel hair agli e olio and crawfish ravioli. Cajun Cajun is going eastern with an oyster po-boy (w/Japanese seasoned mayonnaise).

 

Acme, Desire, Antoine’s, Cafe Reconcile, Voleo’s, and Jaques-Imo’s are also amongst the nearly two dozens vendors set to offer their best oyster preparations. Although, organizers add that the seafood adverse festers will have plenty of land based options to chow down on.

 

If that is not enough to keep you busy, there will be other fest staples. Of course, there will be crafts galore. Party Pirogues, House of Tam, Indigo Graffiti, Bonfolk Collective,Loftin Oysters, MacBe Oyster Art, Stone Creations, The Oyster Bed, and Whitemarsh Island Woodwork will all be in the park selling appropriately themed arts & crafts.

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

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