Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mardi Gras Weekend Part Un - It's Carnival Time!!

It is Carnival Time -This is what Gratis NOLA is all about!!

Saturday Parades, Fun and Music!

Saturday Parades!

The parades kick off this morning at 11:00 am on the best bank with the Krewe of Choctaw running on the Algiers-Terrytown route.  This year's theme is "Listen to the Music"...Be sure holler for the plush tomahawks and spears and the special wooden nickels!

Following Choctaw at 11:45 am are the Mystic Knights of Adonis with the theme "Adonis in Louisiana: 200 Years"

And the parades keep rolling!!  Catch the Krewe of Pontchartrain at 2:00 pm on the traditional Uptown Route - This year's theme is "Where is What Louisiana Festival?"  Look out for the special krewe magnet!

Keep hanging out Uptown for the Krewe of Sparta at 6:00 pm - The theme is " Le Carnaval Des Animaux" and keep your eyes open for the 60th anniversary medallions and a mystery throw!!

Following Sparta is the Krewe of Pygmalion at 6:45 pm - Their theme is "The Name of the Game is"...Look out for the new signature float the Pygmammoth!

Out in Metry you got the Krewe of Ceasar heading down Vets Boulevard at 6:00 pm - The theme is "Festivals of the World".

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And what's a parade without beer!!

It's a Collaboration Beer Party with Stone and NOLA Brewing Company!! Head on down to the Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles) right on the parade route for and Pour Me Somethin' Mistah an 8% imperial porter with Steens molasses and local satsuma orange peels. Draft only and small batch.  Parades go by all day and night during the release party.  Drinking NOLA or Stone will get you access to the Balcony to watch the parades.  In addition to the Porter we they're gonna have two casks including a wheat with satsuma peels and grains of paradise and the porter with a twist. Yea for beer!!


Looking for some post parade madness then I've got just the thing for you!  it's the Voodoo Ballerina King Cake Soiree'! Tonight at Michalopoulos Studio (527 Elysian Fields) at 9:00 pm
Entertainment provided by:
* I Tell You What Band
* The Cherry Bombs
* Iris May Tango
* Gris Gris Strut
* White Bitch and his Brass Balls
* Onomatopoeia
Join us to spread the vibe, the creativity, the passion of Voodoo Ballerina.
Advanced tix are $20 - open bar! At door bar tix are $25
Purchase on line:
(or at door donate what you can / cash bar)
This is a not for profit event, proceeds go to local theater and art orgs.
Sponsored by: Old New Orleans Rum, Abita Beer, Michalopoulos, Whole Foods,
La Boulangerie and Spirit Guides
*Be advised that this is strictly a costume mandatory ball. Our guests go all-out in creating spectacular ensembles. If you arrive in a costume that could also be worn as street clothes you won't be admitted.

Frenchmen Street is kickin' with music after the big peerades!  d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) has John Boutte at 7:00 pm and then come on back for the late show with Cedric Burnside Project at 11:00 pm - they're sure to please (there's a small cover - but you don't want to miss the show)

The Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) has a triple header starting early with Jayna Morgan & The Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band at 3:00 pm, Panorama Jazz Band at 6:00 pm and top off the night with The Jazz Vipers at 10:00 pm!!

And curb your parade hunger for food and music over at Three Muses (536 Frenchmen)...Get some  yummy food and listen to the sounds of The Mumbles at 6:30 pm and stay on for the Frenchmen Street Jug Band at 10:00 pm.

Sunday Parades and Fun!

It's another amazing day of Carnival fun and more!

Before Barkus (and after) come celebrate Spaghettibowl!!  It's a block party fundraiser for Cathedral Academy in front of Irene's Cuisine (539 St. Philip) from Noon 'til 4:00 pm...They'll be delicious food from Irene's a jazz conert, and a scond-line by James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars.

Sunday Parades!

Come on Uptown at Noon for the Krewe of Carrollton - It's 20 floats of fun with the theme "Celebrate Louisiana"!

Following on the tails of Carrolton is the Krewe of King Arthur at 1:15 pm - their theme is "King Arthur Celebrates the Louisiana Statehood Bicentennial"..Look out for the stuffed dragons, spears and daggers!

Head on over to the best bank at noon for the Krewe of Alla on the Algiers-Terrytown route - The krewe depicts "Alla's Astrological Odyssey" with a 24 float parade!

And of course you don't want to miss dogs in costumes!!!  It's the Mysic Krewe of Barkus parading through the Quarter at 2:00 pm!  This year's theme is "Mission Possible: Canine Portocol"...Registration begins at 10:30 am in Armstrong Park - $50 for your pup and free for spectators! 

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And if you're looking for that perfect costume on Sunday head on down to the Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen). Threadhead Records Foundation is the nonprofit sponsor for the 21st annual Carnival Costume Bazaar, which rises from the ashes of the Great Blue Nile Costume Bust of Mardi Gras 2011.  A dozen of New Orleans' most creative designers, hatters, costumiers and mask-makers offer a vast array of one-of-a-kind costumes, masks, accessories, props & festive Carnival creations. A don't-miss event for people who take costuming seriously!

Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this today and tomorrow...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire -!!

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