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Today in New Orleans 4.20.13

The weekend is jam packed with crawfish, music, and beer, from Tulane to Mardi Gras World. Gear up for a Spring Brake Yrself race this evening, plus a free festival in Mid City’s beautiful Fortier Park. On this day in 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes effectively ended Reconstruction in the state when he withdrew federal troops from Louisiana. Now, more to do this Saturday. 


Meet Me At the Fair Family Day (NOMA, 10am-2pm)


In conjunction with the museum’s new exhibit, Inventing the Modern World, NOMA is hosting a family day themed around world’s fairs. Enjoy robotics demos, a piano performance, a Barber Shop Quartet, bike safety demos, and more, all for the price of admission.  


Crawfest (Tulane’s McAlister Quad, 12pm-10pm)


Students get in free, and the rest of the hungry hoards just have to pay $10 for unlimited crawfish. 20,000 pounds of crawfish. For those who need a little more substance to fuel their furious tail pinching and peeling, vendors Dat Dog Express, St. James Cheese Company, Creole Cupcakes, and more will be slinging grub. Dance to music from Mia Borders, Mississippi Rail Company, Kristin Diable, and The Wild Magnolias.


Fortier Fest (Fortier Park, 4pm-8pm)


Mid City’s beautiful park is open to residents and friends for this year’s totally free festival. Allen Toussaint, John Michael Rouchell, and Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington are providing the soundtrack, and Fortier devotees are thrilled to show off the progress their little park has made since The Storm.


Spring Brake Yrself (Lee Circle, 3:30pm)


Wheel up on time to register, and spend the day pedaling and scavenging to support Plan B Community Bike Shop. It’s $10 to enter the seasonal Yeah You Ride race, and bikers have a chance to win first place, second place, third overall, first lady, first cruiser/tail bike, and of course, Dead Fucking Last.


Bugs and Brew (Mardi Gras World’s River City Plaza, 11am-5pm)


Come honor the late Drew Rodrigue, and support cancer research while you berl mudbugs and sip some of the city’s best beer. Choose from a wide variety of brew from Abita, Bayou Teche, Chafunkta, Covington, NOLA, Parish, and Tin Roof. Headliners include Honey Island Swamp Band, Papa Grows Funk, and Johnny Sketch.

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