Weekend Picks: Mardi Gras is coming quick

T-minus 4 weeks before Fat Tuesday

So you thought it was a “long” Carnival season? Parades kick off this week and every weekend after, a krewe will be taking it to the streets! 💜💚💛

Here are our picks for the weekend:

Friday, Feb. 8

What: Cirque de 610 – 610 Stompers Debutante Ball
Where: Mardi Gras World, 8 p.m. – midnight
Price: Tickets start at $40
Everyone’s favorite all-male marching group the 610 Stompers will be holding their annual debutante ball. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume as their favorite circus character. Click here for tickets. 

Mardi Gras World
Getting there
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Opening Hours
Mon-Sun 9am–5:30pm
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What: BounceHall: Bounce vs. Dancehall Marley Gras Fest Pre-party
Where: The Howlin’ Wolf
Price: Tickets start at $10
It’s a culture collision at Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival’s pre-party. DJ T-Roy and DJ Raj Smoove will be on the 1’s and 2’s. Click here for tickets. 

The Howlin' Wolf
Getting there
907 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Opening Hours
Mon-Sun 11am–7pm
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Saturday, Feb. 9


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What: Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival
Where: Central City BBQ
Price: Tickets start at $20
More than 15 food vendors and performers like DJ Jubilee and Hot Boy Ronald will blend both New Orleans and Jamaican culture. Click here for more information.

Central City BBQ
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Getting there
1201 S Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Opening Hours
Mon-Thu 11am–7pm
Fri-Sun 11am–9pm
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NEW ORLEANS, LA – DECEMBER 30: Star Wars fans particpate in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus’ Princess Leia Tribute Parade honoring actress Carrie Fisher on December 30, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

What: Krewe of Chewbacchus
Where: Marigny – click here for route information
Price: Free
Despite having to change the date of the parade, this nerdy favorite is one of the most innovative and colorful early parades of the season. Click here to download the WDSU parade tracker for Apple and Android and keep up with parades throughout Carnival season.

What: Gluten Free King Cake Showdown
Where: Catalino’s
Price: $10
We know, if you’re gluten-free or trying to stick to that healthier New Year’s Resolution, it’s been hard watching everyone else eat king cake. well, here’s the king cake tasting for you.

Getting there
7724 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
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What: SweetArts Festival 2019
Where: Contemporary Arts Center
Price: $60
SweetArts is the CAC’s premier annual gala, honoring exceptional and diverse artists, performers, educators, and philanthropists whose influence and contributions shape New Orleans’ arts and culture community.

Sunday, Jan. 10

What: ‘Tit Rex Parade
Where: Begins at St. Roch and St. Claude
Price: Free
New Orleans’ only micro-krewe is hitting the streets a week earlier, featuring 34 miniature floats. Click here for more information.

What: Tet Fest
Where: Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
Price: Free to attend – various prices at vendors
Chuc mung nam moi! It’s Lunar New Year and this family friendly festival in New Orleans East spotlights the local Vietnamese community. Click here for a guide to the festival.

Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
Getting there
14001 Dwyer Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70129, USA
Opening Hours
Mon 9am–6pm
Tue-Wed 7am–6pm
Thu-Fri 9am–6pm
Sat 6am–6pm
Sun 5:45am–7pm
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