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TODAY in NOLA 2.25.17

Iris, Tucks, and Endymion all roll today. Follow the Endymion krewe to the Superdome for their epic after-party — there will be something for everyone there, with performances by the painted-face rockers KISS and rapper FloRida, and put on your boogie shoes for KC & the Sunshine Band. On this day in history, Hattie Caraway (D-Ark) was elected as the first female senator with the help of Louisiana's Huey P. Long. Now, more to do this Saturday. 


Krewe of Iris (Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM)

With the final countdown to Mardi Gras upon the city, New Orleanians have no trouble rising early on a Saturday to witness the hundreds of women that make up one of Carnival's oldest krewes take to the streets again. Crowds keep their eyes open for a valuable Iris medallion, while the rich artistry of the floats delights.


Krewe of Tucks (Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM)

Any leak will easily be fixed by a Tucks plunger. This irreverent krewe began at since-closed bar Friar Tuck's in 1969, and continues to sharpen the rapier for any politician and public figure that dares to cross their path. This year's theme is Tucks Uncovers History.


Krewe of Endymion (Mid-City Route, 4:15PM)

One of Carnival's longest parades, the superkrewe of Endymion gives new meaning to grandeur. Their huge triple-rig Pontchartrain Beach float, and corresponding throws have quickly become a signature along with high-tech floats. One step ahead of the rest of the krewes and long enough to last all night, there's a reason parade-goers stake out a spot long before Saturday dawns.


Washboard Chaz Blues Trio (Blue Nile, 7PM)

In the 17 years he’s called the Big Easy his home, Washboard Chaz has become a NOLA legend. You can catch him in most any day of the week with one of his four bands, or sitting in playing the washboard as a featured player around town. Tonight, he leads his blue trio in his distinctive style. 


Sticky Fingers (House of Blues, 8PM)

This Australian band brings reggae with just enough of an indie rock sound mixed in. The group comprised of Dylan Frost (vocals/guitar), Paddy Cornwall (bass/vocals), Seamus Coyle (lead guitar), Beaker Best (drums/percussion), and Freddy Crabs (keys/synth) is the product of chance meeting between buskers. They have come a long way from the street, notching up a couple Top 40 hits in the last year.


Big Freedia (One Eyed Jacks, 9PM)

You already know the Bounce Queen can drop it. If there is any doubt, check out her hit show on FUSE network, read her autobiography God Save the Queen Diva, or just ask a local. Tonight’s show will also feature Sweet Crude.


Endymion Extravaganza (Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 9PM) 

Follow the Endymion parade straight to the Superdome to see performances by KISS, FloRida, and KC & the Sunshine Band. Laser lights, pyrotechnics, and about 20,000 fellow Carnival revelers round out the larger-than-life party. 


SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic (Tipitina’s, 11PM)

Since Galactic's inception 20 years ago, their sound has progressed from organic New Orleans funk and jazz jam band, to a different description coined by bassist Robert Mercurio: gritty, unpolished funk. While band members might pop up in all sorts of side projects around town, they always return to their collaborative songwriting and performances with the legendary Galactic. Tonight, they’re joined by Stoop Kids. 


Hustle with DJ Soul Sister (Hi-Ho Lounge, 11PM)

Now, in it’s 13th year, DJ Soul Sister’s celebration of rare grooves has switched locations once, but the music remains the same. Soul Sister has taken her legendary weekly dance party up to the greener pastures of St. Claude. Fans of the HUSTLE will appreciate the additional room on the Hi Ho dance floor as Soul Sister spins old and new school grooves until 3am.

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