Saturday, March 10, 2012

Weekend Fun - The Italians & Irish Are Coming plus Oysters, Markets, Music & More!

The Italians are coming!!  The Irish are coming!!  It's that time of year for fava beans, flowers and cabbages - let's see what's going on this weekend!

Saturday Fun and Music!

Markets, Fests and Music!

Head on down to the Quarter early for the Louisiana Oyster Jubilee at 10:00 am at Musical Legends Park (311 Bourbon).  There's gonna be music, and food with the world's longest oyster po-boy!!  The "Best Oyster Po-Boy in New Orleans Competition" kicks off at 10 am with the construction of the humongous sandwich..cutting and distribution begins at Noon.  First come first served - so get there early - yum!!!

Head on out to the Piety Street Market (The Old Ironworks - 612 Piety St.) from Noon to 5:00 pm. There's gonna be live music by Mas Mamones and a special performance by The Bards of the Bywater with Helen Gillet, Mark Growden, Troi Bechet, Alex McMurray, Aurora Nealand, James Singleton and Larry Sieberth at 4:00 pm!  And of course, 40+ vendors offering an eclectic assortment of art, handmade jewelry and crafts, homemade goodies, vintage collectibles and flea market finds at this bustling neighborhood market.

If your heading down to the Quarters for the Day be sure to stop by the Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade) for Jazz at the Mint at 2:00 pm for the concert "Vozes Inspiradas", a showcase of Brazilian jazz with Cindy Scott, Sasha Masakowski and Leah Chase with a six piece band.


Tonight is the annual Italian-American Marching Club's St. Joseph's Day Parade at 6:00 pm.  It kicks off on the corner of Canal and Chartres and marches through the Quarter.  Hundreds of tuxedo clad, flower carrying marchers will head through the streets handing out fava beans and paper flowers for a hug and a kiss!  Look out for grand marshalls Michael Badalucco, Vincent Pastore and Zach Strief!  Click the link for the parade route -

More Music!

After parading head on over to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) they've got a really big show this evening with another triple header of music!  The music starts early with Sami.the.Great at 6:00 pm, then it's the New Orleans Guitar Masters with Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin and Jimmy Robinson, then top off the night it's the Harmed Brothers at 11:00 - what a line-up!

Also, check out the Foburg Fest line-up with venues around the Frenchmen Street/St. Claude neighborhoods. They've got some really amazing shows tonight!

Sunday Fun and Music!

St. Paddy's Parade

The first round of St. Patrick's Day parades kick off on Sunday with the Old Metairie St. Patrick's Day Parade at noon.  The group begins at Archbishop Rummel High School on Severn and makes it way to Metairie Road.  There's going to be lots of flowers, beads, and of course cabbage!!

Sunday Brunch and More!

For those of you not in the parading worries...there's plenty of other good stuff going on.

Grab some delicious brunch and delight in the sounds of the Courtyard Kings starting up at 11:00 am over at Cafe' Rani (2917 Magazine)...Nothing like some Bloody Marys and some great music!  And there's more great brunch and food over on the Avenue at the Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles Ave.) with guitarist Chip Wilson...I'm sure he'll be singing about gin and mimosas!!

After brunch head take ride on the ferry over to old Algiers.  It's Algiers Friendship Day on Algiers Point (corner of Olivier and Patterson) from noon to 6:00 pm.  It's a big old street party with green beer, hot dogs, cabbage and lots of music!  Don't miss out on the fun!

The Nickel-A-Dance concert series continues over at the Maison on (508) Frenchmen Street at 4:00 pm with Herlin Riley and the Hot Foot Floozies.  The free series runs the entire month of March and it's family friendly - so bring the gang!!

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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