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February 23rd

Knights of Babylon

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

This historic krewe takes its cues from ancient Mesopotamia and Carnival traditions from 75 years ago

 

Krewe of Chaos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Expect a satirical slant to this parade

 

Krewe of Muses

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Step aside, gentlemen. This all female krewe is one of the Mardi Gras all-stars

 

Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds go head to head with the Houston Rockets

 

Nicole Lynn Fox Variety Hour

The Allways Lounge & Theatre, 8PM 

Famed drag star hosts a drag and variety show

 

Better Than Ezra

The Civic Theatre, 9:30PM

New Orleans alt-rock trio perform on their home turf

 

Fast Times '80s Dance Night

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

A Mardi Gras-themed version of this weekly dance party ($5)

 

Ball of Joy 

Joy Theater, 11PM

A happiness-enducing Mardi Gras ball

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Weekly recurring engagement

 
Blue Nile, 11PM
Every Thursday night swing by for reggae-heavy dance beats

VENDREDI

February 24th

Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA

French Quarter Route, 1:30PM

Watch this bustier-clad krewe as they traverse through the Vieux Carre 

 

Krewe of Hermes

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Celebrating its 80th year in Carnival

 

Le Krewe d'Etat

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:30PM 

An anarchic krewe that holds its own place in Mardi Gras lore

 

Krewe of Morpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7PM

A co-ed krewe known for elaborate floats and enviable throws

 

The Krewe of Debauche

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 9PM

A Mardi Gras debauchery ball featuring gypsy balkan beats, bellydance and more ($15)

 

The Get Money Stop Hatin Tour

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

8th annual tour showcasing the biggest independent talents in hip hop ($20)

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

Dance to the swinging tunes of the UK underground 

 

A Queen and Bowie Tribute Show

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

Local talents come out to play the tunes of David Bowie and Queen

 

Grunge Night: NIRVANNA

House of Blues, 10PM

A Nirvana tribute concert featuring bands like The Kurt Loders

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 11PM

Burlesque pioneer Trixie Minx brings striptease to Bourbon 

 

Foundation of Funk

Tipitina's, 11PM

NOLA superground band is joined by special guests Anders Osborne & Jon Cleary

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Prytania Theatre, 11:59PM

A midnight showing of the penultimate movie about the boy wizard 

 


Wind in Their Sales

Pirate's Alley Battles to Stay Open



Another French Quarter institution is danger of disappearing amidst a zoning dispute. Locals are rallying to save Pirate’s Alley in advance of a June 11th meeting scheduled to determine the future of the small bar.

 

The establishment boasts the rare rare balance of affection between locals and tourists, but the spot’s ultimate fate will rest with the affections of the New Orleans Board of Zoning Adjustment. At issue is the location’s classification as a restaurant. Said classification requires the business to generate over 50 percent of their sales from food which Pirate’s Alley does not. Now, they must receive a variance to operate as a cocktail lounge or shutter the premises. 

 

The troubles started in 2013 when the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control audited Pirate’s Alley and discovered that employees were ringing up booze sales as food. 

 

After some strict warnings and the implementation of a new POS system, the state agency agreed to license the institution as a bar—provided that the city agrees. The latter requirement has proven tricky.

 

In November, the switch received preliminary approval, but Jared Munster, Director of the Department of Safety and Permits, put the brakes on the change. Munster wanted assurances both that the Alley truly is a bar and that it has been one for over a decade.

 

This all sets up a decisive moment on June 13th. At the hearing, the Board of Zoning Adjustments will determine whether the venue is granted the variance or not. In effect, the hearing will determine whether Pirate’s Alley stays open or not.

 

“As no new bars are allowed to open in the area, they have decided we must shut down. But are we a ‘new’ bar? Why hell no,” explain management in a statement. “We have been a bar for around 20 years, and a well-loved, well-respected, central to the community bar at that.”

 

Pirate’s Alley is counting on a large public outcry to push them over the top. Zoning has already received dozens of letters and an online petition to keep the place open already had over 17,000 signatures at press time.

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