Events & Festivals

Friday, August 26, 2016

Second line Sunday: Valley of Silent Men

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Valley Of Silent Mens 2011 parade


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Dedicated to our beloved members Leon Anderson Sr., Larry Mazent and John West

(route details below)

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Doggy fashion show Bad to the Bone: Rescued on the Runway returns Sept. 17

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 3:07 PM

Photo courtesy Diane Lundeen/Petcetera - PHOTO CREDIT: SCOTT STUNTZ
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  • Photo courtesy Diane Lundeen/Petcetera

Bad to the Bone: Rescued on the Runway
is a professionally produced fashion show, but its staff extends beyond the usual cadre of stylists, makeup artists and Zoolander types. Along the runway, dog handlers sub for paparazzi, placed to reassure the dogs who cruise the … er … catwalk with the models.

Bad to the Bone co-founder Diane Lundeen says the dogs have varying degrees of enthusiasm for the spotlight. 

“Some dogs are just fine. They’re like ‘Hey, I’m here! Take me home!’ Other dogs are like ‘Are you kidding me? You want me to do what?’” she says. 

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Daiquiri Season kicks off Sept. 1

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Daiquiri Season, the month-long festival honoring the New Orleans frozen cocktail, kicks off Sept.1. - VALTERS KRONTALS/WIKICOMMONS
  • Daiquiri Season, the month-long festival honoring the New Orleans frozen cocktail, kicks off Sept.1.

Daiquiri Season, the monthlong "festival" honoring New Orleans’ favorite frozen drink, kicks off Sept. 1.

The festival was a two-day event founded in 2011, but it was purchased by Tales of the Cocktail in 2015. This year, the organizers have changed the concept, and restaurants and bars across the city will serve their own original frozen drinks. So far, 44 restaurants and bars have signed on to participate, ranging from high-end to lowbrow places, including Big Easy Daiquiris, Cane & Table, MoPho, High Hat Cafe, Bourree, El Libre, Sidney’s Saloon and others.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lady Buckjumpers host Back To School Picnic

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Lady Buckjumpers Back To School Picnic
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  • Lady Buckjumper's Back To School Picnic

This is year 20-something that the fabulous, charitable and party-loving Lady Buckjumpers have hosted their annual Back To School picnic. The event, which happened Sunday in City Park, has become a sought after and beloved tradition for adults in the community as well as the kids. DJs along with Rebirth Brass Band were on site, rocking the 200-plus crowd who enjoyed free food, drinks (cocktails as well as healthy juices), massages, barbers, manicures and pedicures, baton twirling lessons, hair braidings, group photos, kickball, dodge ball — an extravaganza of feel-good freebies designed to send the kids and their parents into the new school year feeling pampered, nurtured and loved.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Lauryn Hill to perform at New Orleans' Saenger Theatre Dec. 1

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Lauryn Hill performed at Voodoo Music + Art Experience in 2014. - B. BRECHEISEN
  • Lauryn Hill performed at Voodoo Music + Art Experience in 2014.

Lauryn Hill will bring her MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling tour to Saenger Theatre Dec. 1.

The hip-hop and neosoul singer launched the Diaspora Calling festival in April at Kings Theater in Brooklyn. The event featured artists including Machel Montano from Trinidad, Stephen "Ragga" Marley from Jamaica, Stonebwoy from Ghana, Paul Beaubrun from Haiti, Wondaboy from Nigeria and others. The tour will feature artists from African Diaspora nations.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Second line season parade schedule 2016-2017

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 2:27 PM

YAAAAASSS FAM!!! Second line season is NIGH!! And trust and believe, its going down like 4 fat heauxs!!! (and if that declaration hurt your feelings, don’t bother coming to one of our second lines -the assault to your senses will be more than you can bear sweetie…)

For the rest of y'all who need a hit to tie you over til Aug. 28, check out our second line Sunday swag in the video up top. More joy than the law allows. See y'all next weekend!

2016-2017 Second Line Schedule


(more info below the jump!)

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Morris Day, Mystikal, Jodeci performing at West Bank Heritage Fest

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 4:45 PM

click image Morris Day in 2012. - JEREMY PEREZ/FLICKR
  • Morris Day in 2012.

Morris Day
headlines 2016's West Bank Heritage Festival on Labor Day Weekend, joining more than two dozen New Orleans hip-hop, bounce, funk, R&B, jazz and brass bands over two-days at the Alario Center in Westwego.

R&B stars Jodeci also headline the lineup featuring DJ Jubilee, 5th Ward Weebie, Partners-N-Crime, Lucky Lou and the Free Agents Brass Band, among others, on Sept. 3. Day — a longtime Prince collaborator, Purple Rain co-star and, of course, The Time's famously funky, flashy bandleader — headlines on Sept. 4 on a bill with Mystikal, Shamarr Allen and Kourtney Heart.

The second annual festival runs noon-9 p.m. Sept. 3-4. Admission is free.

See the full lineup below the jump.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Scenes from 2016 Satchmo SummerFest second line

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 5:31 PM

Satchmo Summerfest 2016
  • French Quarter Festivals
  • Satchmo Summerfest 2016

As always, this year’s Satchmo SummerFest gave visitors and residents reason to celebrate. In addition to honoring the father of jazz Louis Armstrong with three days of free live music shows in the French Quarter, we got a taste of that second line flavor we’ve been feening for since June when parade season closes for the summer. While there are those diehards who would parade in the dead heat of New Orleans summer, most of us agree that sweating like a $2 hoe is not a cute look not to mention the real imminent threats to our health. And so we’ve come to depend on Satchmo second line to get us second line addicts over that two month hump.

As always, the Treme Brass Band, Grand Marshall Bo Monkey Red and the Baby Dolls set it off followed by the Zulus, Sudan and TBC Brass Band along with other clubs and bands. Check out Sunday’s scenery, allow it to soothe your soul while we wait for September.

(videos below the jump!)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Mannie Fresh, Tank & the Bangas performing at Fried Chicken Festival

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 10:20 AM

  • Mannie Fresh.

New Orleans rap icon Mannie Fresh headlines the music lineup for the inaugural Fried Chicken Festival in September. Also on the bill are Tank & the Bangas, John Boutte, Brass-A-Holics and Sweet Crude.

The festival — presented by Raising Cane's — will have food from Cafe Reconcile, Crepes a la Cart, Diva Dawg, Fiorella's Cafe, Koreole, Liberty's Kitchen and Tracey's, among others. At the end of the fest, judges will determine the best fried chicken.

The festival is 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at Lafayette Square. Admission is free.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Beignet Fest is Oct. 8 in Lafayette Square

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 1:50 PM

The first ever Beignet Fest will be held Oct. 8 in Lafayette Square. - COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • The first ever Beignet Fest will be held Oct. 8 in Lafayette Square.

Just when you thought the city couldn’t possibly dedicate a festival to yet another indigenous food item, a local nonprofit has announced the lineup for the first-ever Beignet Fest this fall.

The festival — which aims to raise funds for children with autism — takes place October 8 at Lafayette Square and will feature both sweet and savory versions of the iconic fried dough confection from local restaurants.

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