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February 25th

Krewe of Iris

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

All-female group is one of Carnival's oldest krewes

 

Krewe of Tucks

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

1,300 men and women make up one of the most satirical and irreverent krewes in Mardi Gras

 

Krewe of Endymion 

Mid-City Route, 4:15PM

One of the biggest and most extravagant parades, Endymion is long enough to last all night

 

Big Freedia

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Bounce Queen moves ‘dat azz

 

Leroy Jones Quartet

The Bombay Club, 8:30PM

Classic jazz trumpet

 

Sticky Fingers

House of Blues, 8PM

Australian reggae rockers

 

SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic

Tipitina’s, 11PM

First-rate funk band is joined tonight by Stoop Kids

 

Hustle with DJ Soul Sister

Hi-Ho Lounge, 11PM

Underground disco and rare groove dance party 

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10PM

Beloved brass band takes the stage

 

Washboard Chaz Blues Trio

Blue Nile, 7PM

The iconic Washboard Chaz takes a break from the Tin Men to lead this trio 

DIMANCHE

February 26th

Krewe of Okeanos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

Celebrating it's 68th year, Okeanos is heavy on tradition

 

Krewe of Mid-City

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11:45AM

Yes, the Mid-City krewe is parading along the Uptown route

 

Krewe of Thoth

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

Thoth seeks to bring Carnival joy to the sick and infirm 

 

Krewe of Bacchus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM

Celebrating the God of wine, feasts, and general good times, Bacchus is one of the most anticipated parades 

 

Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers

Rare Form, 4PM

NYC-based hot jazz, blues and swing

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Academy Awards Watch Party

Prytania Theatre, 6PM 

Enjoy snacks, cocktails and more as the rich & famous vie for those golden statuettes ($25)

 

Swingin’ Sundays

The Allways Lounge, 8PM

Weekly recurring dance lessons to live swing music (FREE)

 

LEON + Jacob Banks

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

European invasion from Swedish indie pop star LEON and UK-based R&B singer Jacob Banks ($15)

 

Dumpstaphunk + Miss Mojo

Howlin' Wolf, 10PM

Ivan & krewe bring da funk, joined by Miss Mojo

 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & John Papa Gros

d.b.a., 11PM

Golden Eagles Chief brings Mardi Gras Indian funk

 

Jason Neville Band

Vaso, 11PM

Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose


Today's Mardi Gras Parades: 2.12.12


The first full weekend of Carnival parading winds down today with a full slate to get you ready for next weekend's full slate. St. Charles Ave. will see two marches that celebrate Louisiana, with the French Quarter going to the dogs and the West Bank getting a visit from Alla. Click through for the details:

 

UPTOWN

Krewe of Carrollton (12:00 PM) The 88th edition of the Krewe that was formed by Oak Street businessmen will take to the streets first this morning. With Kirk Leonard lording over us as king and Ashley Cuccia reigning as the benevolent queen, the Krewe will Celebrate Louisiana down St. Charles Ave.

 

Krewe of King Arthur (2:00 PM) The Knights of the Roundtable meet on St. Charles once again for this most royal march. Randolph Gonzales Jr. and Donna Gonzales reign as king and queen over this krewe's celebration of the Louisiana Bicentennial.

 

FRENCH QUARTER

Krewe of Barkus (2:00 PM) - Next Sunday is Bacchus Sunday, but this day goes to the dogs. This afternoon, the Krewe of Barkus lets the canines in on Carnival action. The much-loved parade's themed is Mission Impossible:Armstrong Bark Reloaded, which seems to set the table for a secret mission that will yield many puppy pics. Get expanded route and parade info here. 

 

WEST BANK

Krewe of Alla (12:00 PM) - Once again, the other side of the Mississippi River proves that it's Mardi Gras there, too. The Krewe of Alla, Carnival's fourth oldest parading group, takes to the streets for an astrological odyssey sure to dazzle the Behrmann Highway faithful. 




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