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New Year's Eve in New Orleans 

Lauren LaBorde on where to ring in 2012

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BOURBON VIEUX NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY. Bourbon Vieux, 501 Bourbon St., 586-1155; www.bourbonvieux.com — The event space with a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street hosts a party with an open bar, a buffet, a DJ, party favors and more. Admission $155. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

CRESCENT CITY COUNTDOWN CLUB NEW YEAR'S EVE. The celebration includes a midnight fireworks display above the Mississippi River and a concert in front of Jackson Square with Lagniappe Brass Band, MyNameisJohnMichael and Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs. Visit www.crescentcitycountdown.com for details. 9 p.m. Saturday.

DR. JOHN AND THE LOWER 911 AT HOUSE OF BLUES House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=71947 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Dr. John and The Lower 911 bring their funky vibrations to House of Blues for a New Year’s Eve celebration. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet also performs. NYE ticket includes an open bar. For more information, click here

GEAUX ENTERTAINMENT NOLA NEW YEAR'S PARTY. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; www.cacno.org — The annual party features music by 17th Floor and DJ Drew Ryan, an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, photo booths, party favors and more. A portion of event proceeds benefits the American Cancer Society. Admission starts at $145. Visit www.geauxentertainment.com/nola-years-eve-2012 for details. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

IRVIN MAYFIELD'S JAZZ PLAYHOUSE NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH. Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, 300 Bourbon St., 553-2299; www.sonesta.com — Irvin Mayfield and the Jazz Playhouse Revue, as well as other guests, perform at the party that includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a dinner with wine pairings, and a midnight Champagne toast. Admission $500 (all-inclusive). 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.

KREWE OF KOLOSSOS PARADE & APOCALYPSE BALL. The new krewe has its inaugural street parade through the Bywater, Marigny and St. Claude arts district that culminates in a fundraiser ball at Siberia (2227 St. Claude Ave.). Call 905-2830 or visit www.kolossos.org for details. Ball admission $25. 8 p.m. parade, 10 p.m. ball. Saturday.

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE COUNTRY CLUB. The Country Club, 634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com — The Dapper Dandies featuring Caroline Fourmy perform during the restaurant's four-course dinner service with Champagne. 5 p.m. to midnight. Saturday.

PALM COURT NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA. Palm Court Jazz Cafe, 1204 Decatur St., 525-0200; www.palmcourtcafe.com — Lionel Ferbos performs with the Palm Court All-Stars and Topsy Chapman during the four-course dinner with Champagne and party favors. $120 includes meal, tax and tip. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

PARTY LIKE IT'S 1945. Stage Door Canteen at The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944; www.stagedoorcanteen.org — The museum's 1940s-themed party features a three-course menu with complimentary wine service and a performance by the Victory Belles at the early seating (5 p.m.) and the Victory Big Band at the late seating (9 p.m.). Reservations are required. Call 528-1943 or visit www.stagedoorcanteen.org for details. Saturday.

WESTIN NEW YEAR'S EVE EXPERIENCE. Westin New Orleans Canal Place, 100 Iberville St., 566-7006; www.starwoodhotels.com — The party includes music by Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, DJ Aaron and Uncle Wayne Daigrepont, an open bar, dinner and a midnight Champagne toast. Admission $175. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

ZOO YEAR'S EVE. Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org — The family-friendly celebration features a countdown to noon with a soft drink toast, games, contests and a dance party. Free with zoo admission. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

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