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Today in NOLA 2.28.17 (Mardi Gras)

Well folks, we made it. Happy Mardi Gras! The city is waking up early, with parades and parties beginning at sunrise. Following the krewe marches and the Bourbon Street Awards, some NOLA all-stars will play on Frenchmen. Looking for good food? Hit up Northside Skull & Bone Gang's breakfast and then grab lunch at Bar Redux's annual Fat Tuesday fry. On this day in 1985, then Governor Edwin Edwards was indicted by a federal grand jury on 51 counts of racketeering. Now, more Mardi Gras happenings. 


Jefferson City Buzzards (Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:45AM)

The world's oldest Mardi Gras marching club kicks off Mardi Gras 2017. The all-male Buzzards likes to get dolled up for the honor, so they wear feminine clothing for their stroll down the avenue. 


Lyons Carnival Club (Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7AM)

The krewe makes an impressive ten stops along the route, so try to catch a glimpse (and a rose!) of these lovable jesters as they march. Or, meet them for a drink at Molly's at the Market on Decatur for their post-parade party. 


Mondo Kayo Social & Marching Club (Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7:45AM)

A nice break from the usual NOLA-centric krewes, Mondo Kayo blends their devotion to New Orleans with a strong focus on Caribbean and African cultures. They dance down the route, finally ending on Frenchmen for an all-day dance party. 


Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club (Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7:45AM)

The clarinet legend Pete Fountain's krewe is the last of the marchers who walk down the St. Charles route before Zulu.  


Zulu Social Aide and Pleasure Club (Uptown-St. Charles Route, 8AM)

The storied African-American krewe is set to dole out coconuts and joy to wake up the city for Mardi Gras morning once again. Joining Rex as one of the monarchs of all Carnival, King Zulu won his campaign and is ready to be crowned and burst onto the streets with the Mayor, Witch Doctor, Big Shot, and other characters. 


Societe de Saint Anne (Marigny Route, 10AM)

Originally a small gathering of friends, the Societe de Saint Anne has been marching on Mardi Gras morning since 1969. The krewe expanded in the 1980s when they went public with their meeting location and time. "The only requirement for membership is that you know about it," according to the krewe. 


KOE (French Quarter Route, 10:15AM)

A "cyber" krewe of Carnival enthusiasts from all over the world who come together by the magic of the internet, the Krewe of Elvis (KOE) sets out to distribute doubloons and share their Carnival obsession in the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day. Join them on a live chat all year long. 


Rex (Uptown-St. Charles Route, 10AM)

Transporting the King of Carnival on its legendary ride, and the iconic floats of Mardi Gras like the Bouef Gras, the Rex organization holds fast to Carnival traditions. Doubloons and medallions are the prizes of Shrove Tuesday as the krewe that was founded in 1872 carries out the official celebration to its fullest. 


Elks Orleanians / Crescent City (Uptown-St. Charles Route, Follows Rex)

Truck parades prove that anyone with a pickup and a handful of friends can get in on the parade route fun. There's no shortage of creativity and lagniappe during these parades, as they provide the St. Charles crowds with plenty of reasons to spend the day in the roadway. 


Mardi Gras Carnival Breakfast (Backstreet Cultural Museum, 7AM)

The Northside Skull & Bone Gang is having breakfast with attendees early in the morning, from 7AM to 9AM. Once celebrants have stuffed their stomachs, the Skeletons, Mardi Gras Indians, Baby Dolls, and Masqueraders will dance and party in the strong all day. There will be drinks for sale, and a DJ spinning tunes.


Bourbon Street Awards (Bourbon & St. Ann, 12PM)

One of the raunchiest costume contests in New Orleans is happening for the 53rd year this morning, and organizers advise you to arrive early and beat the crowds. Bianca Del Rio and Varla Jean Merman will MC the event known as "the Best Free Show of Mardi Gras." 


Fat Tuesday Fish Fry (Bar Redux, 6PM)

Bar Redux is hosting their annual Mardi Gras fry, so take a break from Hurricanes and Hand Grenades and stuff your face with local catfish, handcut fries, and homemade coleslaw. 


Treme Brass Band (d.b.a., 9PM)

The Treme Brass Band will be playing tonight on their home turf. The band, which continue to make music after the loss of its leader Uncle Lionel Batiste in 2012, has played all around the world. They've been featured in the HBO show "Treme" as well as Spike Lee's documentary "When the Levees Broke."  


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