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Today's Events: 6.26.11

June 26th, when the Pied Piper led 130 children out of Hamelin, Germany (1284), when the U.S. declared Christmas a federal holiday (1870), when the first UPC (Universal Product Code) was scanned, on a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum (1974), when Jason Schwartzman and Michael Vick were born (1980), Flag Day in Romania, Independence (from France) day in Madagascar, and International Day against Drug abuse and Illicit Trafficking, as well as International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Click through to see what's happening in New Orleans today.


11:00 a.m. NOLA Pride Parade - Celebrate gay pride in the French Quarter. Block party to follow in the French Quarter (Lines up at Harrah's)


1:00 p.m. Uptown Swingers - Last second line of the season, as if you needed a reason. Steps off at 4620 Loyola Ave. 


2:00 p.m. Man of La Mancha - Tilt at windmills with the filmed play within a play about Don Quixote and his creator, Miguel de Cervantes (Dixon Hall - Tulane)


3:00 p.m. Cupcake Throwdown - Antenna Gallery artists square off against established baking hands for cupcake supremacy. Just like Food Network, only hippper. (Antenna Gallery)


3:00 p.m. Patriotic Music Festival - Get all fired up for America a little early with Navy Band of New Orleans, The Symphony Chours, Albinas Prizgintas and more (Trinity Episcopal Church)


7:00 p.m. The Films of Helen Hill - New works from the late, great, local filmmaker. (Zeitgeist) 


8:00 & 10:00 p.m. The Humanization 4Tet - Frenchmen Street's supper club gets experimental. Jazz-based, noise-inflected, this international quartet is in town for a one night stand. (Snug Harbor)



*And your weekly Sunday solids: Treme (all over, especially the Lost Love Lounge), Gal Holiday at BMC, Hot 8 at Howlin’ Wolf, and the Joe Krown Trio featuring Russell Batiste & Walter “Wolfman” Washington at Maple Leaf Bar and a Cajun Fais Do-Do at Tipitina's.

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