Thursday, March 3, 2011

Happy Jeudi Gras!!!

Happy Jeudi Gras Everybody...the parades keep on rolling along!!

First up this evening are the Knights of Babylon at 5:45 pm....Formed in 1939 by professional men of New Orleans, the Knights of Babylon proudly adhere to traditional float design, which has remain unchanged for over 60 years. Also according to tradition, they continue to light floats with flambeaux and ride on 12-man floats. The king's float is drawn by a team of mules, followed by 12 riding lieutenants. Collectors of Mardi Gras throws are expected to line the route in droves, in quest of Babylon's exclusive jester heads and hats, Knights of Babylon backpacks, Knights of Babylon lighted disc necklaces, soft baseballs, cups and doubloons.

Following right behind is the highly secretive Knights of Chaos, formed by former members of the Knights of Momus, first paraded on the traditional Uptown route in 2000 and does not unveil its theme until the procession takes to the streets.

Baseball-type collectible cards, depicting each float and with a description of that particular title, will be thrown by Chaos members. This tradition began in 2006 and was the first of its kind in the history of Carnival throws.  Plentiful beads and trinkets are also promised, including Chaos Orange Demon lighted beads, plus plush Chaos knights, float-specific cups and more. Also expected to be thrown to spectators will be doubloons and many trinkets signifying the generosity of the riders.

And rounding up the evening the Krewe of Muses rolls on a slightly different parade route (see below), named for the daughters of Zeus and patrons of the arts and sciences, is New Orleans' only all-female night parade. The parade has become one of Mardi Gras' favorites, thanks not only to its humorous and biting parade themes, but also for its sought-after throws....SHOES!!  Muses began parading in 2000 and is the only all-female krewe to roll at night.

And AFTER the parades there's much more!!!

Head on down to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) tonight - for Tuba Skinny and Erika Lewis at 8:00 pm....they're gonna show you how to get in that Carnival spirit!!

There's a triple header over at the Spotted Cat (623  Frenchmen) with Brett Richardson at  4:00 pm, a Miss Sophie Lee at 6:00 pm and close out the night with the The New Orleans Moonshiners at 10:00 pm!!!

And it's free shows at the Howlin' Wolf (828 S. Peters) every night at 10:00 pm thru Lundi Gras!!  Check out the line-up! 
Thursday March 3 - Rebirth Brass Band
Friday March 4 - Anders Osborne plus Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Saturday March 5 - Rebirth Brass Band plus Papa Grows Funk
Sunday March 6 - Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk plus Hot 8 Brass Band in the Den
Monday March 7 - George Porter Jr and the Runnin' Pardners plus The Revivalists

And for more musical fun this evening be sure to click on the WWOZ Livewire!

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