I'm pretty sure I know what you're doing tonight - either at your home, a party or a bar, but before you sit down to watch the Tigers cook up some Elephant gumbo there's some fun stuff going on this most beautiful day!
The animals are asking for you at the Audubon Zoo today, so head on down for the big Swamp Festival between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm- there's gonna be delicious food, crafts, cultural demonstrations and of course lots of Cajun and Zydeco music! They've got Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Washboard Rodeo, Christian Serpas and Ghost Town just to name a few. Click on www.auduboninstitute.org for the complete schedule of music and fun!! Admission is included with Zoo entrance or free with your zoo membership.
Looking for some Caribbean excitement then you should be at Lafayette Square (544 St. Charles) for the Bayou Bacchanal. It's a celebration of Caribbean culture with music from Pan Vibrations Steel Band, Ovi-G and the Froggies and more! The festival begins with a parade starting up at Harrah's at 11:00 am traveling down St. Peter St. on to Canal and then to St. Charles to kick-off the fun at Noon. For info on all the festivities click on www.bayoubacchanal.org. Admission is FREE!
If you're looking to celebrate the world's most delicious gourd - then you've got to go to Markey Park (Piety and Royal Streets) for the Mirliton Festival in the Bywater. Eat all things mirliton from 11:00 to 7:00 pm and enjoy music from Kermit Ruffiins, Guitar Lightening Lee with Little Freddie King, King James and the Special Men, Tuba Skinny and more! Admission is $5 - and for more info click on www.bywatermirlitonfestival.com!
If you're looking for some Scandinavian Fun then we've got the celebration for you! It's the Scandinavian Festival at the Norwegian Seamen's Church (1772 Prytania) from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm today. There's going to be music from local jazz groups, a Norwegian choir, a Christmas sale with featuring Norwegian cookies, cakes and open faced sandwiches plus children's activities. For more info call 525-3602! Admission is FREE!
Keep on celebrating the ladies with the first ever YeMaYa PARADE at 6pm starting from Buffa's (1001 Esplanade Avenue)to The Maison (508 Frenchmen Street)
The YeMaYa PARADE will be the first ever all-women, only-women walking parade in New Orleans. We have over 25 women's parading groups ready to hit the streets together in an historic outpouring of music, dance, costumes, creativity and sisterhood. Our groups include: Lady Buckjumpers, Pussyfooters, Camel Toe Steppers, Lady Rollers, Muff-a-lottas, Bearded Oysters, Sirens, NOLA Cherry Bombs and many more. Music provided by Mo' Lasses, The Local Skank and more. Our theme this year is "EVERY WOMEN A QUEEN." Our parade logo is a crown, which symbolizes the inherent dignity and worth of all women.
After the parade the fun continues at the Maison with "MUSIQUE at MAISON"
YeMaYa PARADE BALL7pm Kelcy Mae
9pm Zena Moses and Rue Fiya
and more ladies fun at the Blue Nile (Upstairs)(532 Frenchmen Street) with "WOMEN In DANCE" from 6-10 pm featuring The Mari Milnar Dance Academy!
Okay, I got to go get my purple and gold on...have a wonderful day and for more musical fun check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!