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Friday, March 10, 2017

Second line Sunday: Keep-N-It Real parade

Posted By on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Keep N It Real second line
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KEEP N IT REAL PARADE

1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017

Theme: This Club On Fire

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cleary, Cracker and Cupid headline 2017 Bayou Boogaloo

Posted By on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Jon Cleary performs at 2017's Bayou Boogaloo music festival. - DANIELLE MOIR
  • DANIELLE MOIR
  • Jon Cleary performs at 2017's Bayou Boogaloo music festival.

New Orleans piano man Jon Cleary and his Absolute Monster Gentlemen headline 2017's Bayou Boogaloo music festival along with "Cupid Shuffle" proginator Cupid and '90 alt-rock band Cracker.

The stacked, mostly-local lineup also includes Chris Thomas King, Marco Benevento, Tank and the Bangas, Brownout, The Deslondes, New Breed Brass Band, Water Seed, Where Y'acht, Lightnin' Malcolm, Luke Winslow King, Video Age, Stoop Kids, Doombalaya, Pink Magnolias, James Alfred Band, Alfred Banks, Kettle Black, Chapter Soul, John the Marytr, Maggie Belle, Caesar Brothers Funkbox (feat. Juan Pardo), Nick Balaban and the N'awlstars, Charlie Wooten Project, Kumasi, Jamaican Me Breakfast Club and The Holy Warriors.

The free festival returns to Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue May 19-21.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Second line Sunday: VIP Ladies and Kids parade

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 3:59 PM

VIP Kids
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VIP LADIES & KIDS SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB 14TH ANNUAL PARADE

12:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017

"We March for Cancer Victims/Survivors, Women with a Purpose"

"God is always in control; Trust him. He will never leave or forsake you"

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Loyola Feminist Festival returns March 7-18

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 9:44 AM

The fest rides a wave of recent feminist activism, including the Women's March New Orleans (pictured). - KAT STROMQUIST
  • KAT STROMQUIST
  • The fest rides a wave of recent feminist activism, including the Women's March New Orleans (pictured).

At Loyola University's Feminist Festival, 11 days of events — including panel discussions, workshops and a dance performance by Melange Dance company depicting the so-called waves of feminism — celebrate the oft-misunderstood women's advocacy movement.

"There's been such an effort by anti-feminists to marginalize [feminists] as man-haters or 'feminazis' and so forth, when really all feminists want is gender equality," Patricia Boyett, Loyola Women's Resource Center director, explains.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in March

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 2:55 PM

Alison Fraser performs in A Tennessee Williams Songbook: Only a Paper Moon at the 2013 Tennessee WIlilams Festival.
  • Alison Fraser performs in A Tennessee Williams Songbook: Only a Paper Moon at the 2013 Tennessee WIlilams Festival.

Spring is a busy time for book lovers in New Orleans: a flurry of fests, book sales and appearances by arts and letters types round out the calendar. Fortunately, no one in her right mind gives up reading for Lent.

Here's a few of our picks for literary activities this month.

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Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday is March 19

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Indians parade in 2016's Super Sunday procession. This year's event is March 19.
  • Indians parade in 2016's Super Sunday procession. This year's event is March 19.

The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council announced the date and lineup for 2017's Super Sunday procession, featuring tribes, brass bands and a festival at A.L. Davis Park. The festival opens at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 19 at the park at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street with a parade beginning at 1 p.m. This year's event also falls on St. Joseph's Day, another important masking and parading day for the Indians.

The city's many Indian groups will parade in their 2017 suits, beginning at Washington and continuing to Simon Bolivar Avenue, then left to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, left on Claiborne Avenue, then left on Washington for performances inside the park. There typically are dozens of food and drink vendors surrounding the park and route.

There also are performances from the Hot 8, Young Pinstripe and To Be Continued brass bands, as well as Big Al Carson, DJ Captain Charles, DJ Jubilee, and the Young Men Olympian and Lady Buckjumpers social aid and pleasure clubs, among others.

This year's event is in honor of the late Big Chief Bo Dollis Sr., Big Chief Larry Bannock and Jo "Cool" Davis.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Zulu rolled uptown on Fat Tuesday

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 4:25 PM

King Zulu 2017, Adonis Expose, toasts Mayor Landrieu at Gallier Hall. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • Katherine M. Johnson
  • King Zulu 2017, Adonis Expose, toasts Mayor Landrieu at Gallier Hall.

Zulu began its revelry promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Mardi Gras morning, and made its feathered and fro'd way from Jackson and Claiborne to its triumphant end at the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club at Broad and Orleans, with only a relatively short halt due to a float breakdown. It was a rain-free (albeit exceptionally warm) day for the krewe's uptown jaunt. The Witch Doctor — whose job it is to keep the rain away — did his due diligence this year.

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Rex paraded in Uptown on Fat Tuesday

Posted By and on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 2:22 PM

Rex's Royal Barge float on Fat Tuesday. - ROBERT MORRIS / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • ROBERT MORRIS / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • Rex's Royal Barge float on Fat Tuesday.

Under gorgeous springtime skies — a welcome break from the frigid or rainy Fat Tuesdays of the past few years — the King of Carnival greeted spectators with a parade celebrating the very idea of celebration. Rex reliably fields beautiful floats, and 2017's theme of “Carnival Fetes and Feasts” did not disappoint.

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Chance The Rapper joins 2017 Essence lineup

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 9:12 AM

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Grammy Award-winning Chicago rapper Chance The Rapper is headed back to New Orleans for 2017's Essence Festival, joining a lineup with previously announced artists Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Solange, among others. The 23rd annual festival returns to the Superdome June 29-July 2.

Also joining the lineup are No Limit Records alums Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk the Shocker as well as BJ the Chicago Kid, Daley, Elle Varner, Emily Estefan, Gallant, Kelly Price, Leela James and Rhonda Ross.

Chance recently was awarded Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance (for "No Problem," featuring 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne) and Best Rap Album for his jubilant, self-released 2016 LP Coloring Book.

Tickets begin at $126.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Proteus and Orpheus paraded Monday night in Uptown

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 11:28 PM

The Krewe of Proteus' theme recounted Wagner's Ring Cycle. - WILL COVIELLO
  • WILL COVIELLO
  • The Krewe of Proteus' theme recounted Wagner's Ring Cycle.
The Krewes of Proteus and Orpheus presented visually stunning parades full of traditional elements including paper flowers and other 3-D adornments on floats, many flambeaux carriers, horseback riders and marching bands.

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