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New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Of Weekend Events
Written by  // Friday, 04 March 2011 13:30 //

So, It is Mardi Gras weekend in New Orleans and all is fun.  Check out things to do, parades and events courtesy of Lafete News

LaFete News     Frank Stansbury
 
Editor/Publisher
 
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Friday 3-4-11
    Tonight's Parade
 
Friday, March 4th
 
Krewe of Hermes - New Orleans, 6:00 pm
 
Krewe of Morpheus - New Orleans, 7:00 pm  
 
Krewe of Centurions - Metairie, 7:00 pm  
 
 
 
Let the
'Greasing of the Poles' Begin
Friday March 4
 
Kick-off Mardi Gras 2011 with one of the most unique Carnival events you will ever experience.  On Friday March 4 at 10:00 a.m. sharp, the Royal Sonesta Hotel will present the 41st Annual "Greasing of the Poles."  The Greasing Ceremony celebrates the spirit of Mardi Gras on one of the world's most famous corridors, Bourbon Street.  Local historian and Mardi Gras authority, Arthur Hardy, describes the Greasing of the Poles as an "event not to be missed, performed with great style and a hint of mischief."
 
The Royal Sonesta Hotel originated this long-standing tradition of greasing the support poles as a means to deter over-zealous revelers from shimmying up to coveted balcony space.  "Over the years, the Greasing of the Poles has evolved into a popular Mardi Gras spectacle which attracts hundreds of visitors and media from across the globe," explains Alfred Groos, President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta.  Where else in the world can you experience a ceremony centered around petroleum jelly.
 
With suspense building, the Royal Sonesta Hotel is pleased to reveal this year's "Celebrity Greasers."  Competing for the ultimate first prize title are WVUE Fox 8's Nicondra Norwood, WDSU's Siemny Chhuon, WGNO's Chriss Knight, and WWL's Jill Hezeau.  An esteemed panel of celebrity judges will rate each Greaser's performance in a 'Dancing with the Stars' style format.  This year's judges include songwriter-performer Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Mardi Gras historian Arthur Hardy and last year's Greasing Champion, WDSU's Randi Rousseau.  The audience will also have a chance to select their favorite performance when they vote on a "People's Choice Award" winner.  Attempting to keep all of this madness under control will be the job of local personality Mike Theis and Rita Benson LeBlanc Owner and Executive Vice President of the New Orleans Saints, who will serve as the Greasing's Co-Master of Ceremonies.
 
As is tradition, Royal Sonesta President Alfred Groos will welcome the King & Queen of Zulu and their entourage with a celebratory champagne toast. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy Zulu Royalty and their fabulous costumes up-close!
 
A party just isn't a party without a 2nd line parade, so New Orleans' trumpeter Leroy Jones will lead his Original Hurricane Brass Band through the streets of the French Quarter arriving at the Royal Sonesta precisely at 10 a.m.  Making a special guest appearance will be members of the New Orleans Saintsations Cheerleading Team.  Even celebrity judge Al 'Carnival Time' Johnson gets into the Mardi Gras spirit with a command performance of his hit tune 'It's Carnival Time.'  Mark your calendars now because you don't want to miss this one!
 
WHO:          Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
WHAT:       41st Annual Greasing of the Poles Ceremony
WHEN:       Friday March 4at 10:00 a.m. Sharp
WHERE:    300 Bourbon Street
 
 
 
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 Carnival in New Orleans, A Fantasy
 
The Bard's Press   
 
Carnival in New Orleans, a Fantasy, a new Mardi Gras collection authored by Maurice Le Gardeur, illustrated by Robert Seago, including a Mardi Gras music CD of 16 hits by John Preble. The book has just been released to rave reviews. It can be purchase at various outlets in the Greater New Orleans area for $29.95.  It can also be purchased online for $29.95 and with shipping and handling is $34.94.
ttp://www.thebardspress.com
 
From the Author,  
This book is a work of fiction probably stimulated by a slice of stilton or a generous shot of brandy in my cafe brulot.
From Arthur Hardy, Publisher of The Mardi Gras Guide:
Maurice Le Gardeur's irreverent wit combined with Robert Seago's elegant Mardi Gras art, make this carnival collection lovely to look at and fun to read
 
Friday       Radio Interview The Lake Radio 94.7 FM  - morning time TBD - will be played throughout day
 
Saturday   Signing    Covington. Farmer's Market, downtown Cov. 10 - 12 noon
                
                Signing    B & Noble 3414 Highway 190 Mandeville 1 - 3 PM


Sunday     Signing    A Tisket A Tasket 910 Decatur St. NO  1 - 3 PM    King Cake Served!


Monday     Interview, WWL TV The Morning Show, approx 7 45 AM

                Signing   Peaches Records   408 N.. Peters, corner Conti St. (former Tower Records location)    11 AM - 2 PM   King Cake Served!

Ash Weds.   Signing  Hudson News Stores, Near Departure Terminals, NO Int'l Airport, 2 - 5 PM      Alka Seltzer Served!                

 
 
Where Y'Art? Friday evenings at NOMA, enjoy live music, performances, children's activities, exhibition walk-throughs, guest speakers, theater and - of course - GREAT ART.

This Friday's events include:
 
March 4
•    Walk-through: Marie Antionette gallery (6 pm)
•    Art-making activity: Crowns
•    Music by Dorian Rush
Ralph Brennan's Courtyard Cafe is open late!
All events are included with museum admission.
 
 
Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days & Arts-Craft Fair
FREE ADMISSION
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
March 4-6, 2011
9 am - 5 pm
www.ponchatoulachamber.com

Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days and Craft Fair
Antique & Collectibles Booths,
Fine Arts & Crafts Booths
Food Booths,
Live Music by Rocky Denney and Lagniappe

Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee is proud to  
present The Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days and Art -Craft Fair being  
held March 4th, 5th and 6th 9:00 AM ? 5:00 PM. This three day outdoor  
free festival is located in historic downtown Ponchatoula, featuring  
antique, collectible, fine arts and crafts booths. Food vendors  
feature local cuisine and fun festival food. Live music by Rocky  
Denney and Lagniappe.  1:00PM to 4:00PM Saturday March 6th sponsored  
by First Guaranty Bank. Children?s Activities include, Pony rides,  
Inflatable Slide, Bungy Jumping,  face painting. Ponchatoula earned  
the title of America?s Antique City for its many antique, collectible  
shops, art galleries and specialty shops housed in our wonderful old  
historic buildings. In addition we have some wonderful local  
restaurants from home style cooking to casual fine dining.

There are lodging and RV parks nearby. Ponchatoula is conveniently  
located at the crossroads of interstate I-55 and I-12 less than and  
hour from New Orleans or Baton Rouge.

Fun for the Entire Family Outdoor Festival.
For more information contact 1-800-617-4502
of visit us on the web @
www.ponchatoulachamber.com
Vendors call Mary @ 985-386-0026
Luther Kent & Trickbag
kick off two nights
Friday & Saturday, March 4 & 5
10 pm
Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine Street
504-899-4800
 
 
Blue Nile
532 Frenchmen Street
New Orleans, LA, 70116
(504) 948-BLUE
(504) 948-2583

Frisay 03/04/2011 - 10:00pm
* Mardi Gras Throwdown with Cyril Neville & Tribe 13
   + Khris Royal & Dark Matter

Sunday 03/06/2011 - 10:00pm
* Mardi Gras Madness with Honey Island Swamp Band
   + Honeyboy Carencro

Monday 03/07/2011 - 9:00pm
* Big Pearl & The Fugitives of Funk
 


 
 628 St Charles
504-523-7600

 
 
Palm Court Jazz Cafe
1204 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA
www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com/
Dinner & Traditional Jazz
Wed-Sun 7pm-11pm
 
 
 
Chickie Wah Wah
2828 Canal Street
near Broad Street in Mid-City New Orleans
504.304.4714
Friday,  March 11 -   Happy Hour w/ Call Club  @ 5

NOLA  County   /  country  @  9

Friday,  March 18 - Happy Hour w/ the Pfister Sisters  @ 5:30
Paul Sanchez  /  roots, rock, originals  @ 8
Joan Caddell & The Midnight Choir  /  Americana, Rock  @  10

Friday,  March 25 - Happy Hour w/ By and By String Band   @ 5:30
Paul Sanchez  /  roots, rock,  originals /  @ 8:00
Bob Livingston  /  Americana,  folk,  rock  @  10

Saturday, March 5 - Endymion Party w/the Clements Brothers Band  /  @   1

Saturday,  March 12 - Hotels and Highways   /  Americana, roots rock  @  9

Saturday,  March 19 - The Iguanas /  @   10

Saturday, March 26 - WTUL's 6th Annual Hootenanny  /  roots, folk, Americana
@  8

Sunday, March 20 - Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout w/ Johnny Sansone &
Jason Ricci   /  blues   @  7  
 
 
Happy Mardi Gras!
Our exhibit, Mardi Gras: It's Carnival Time in Louisiana! has reopened. Come visit us on the second floor of the Presbytère where we celebrate carnival yearround! The Louisiana State Museum is deeply committed to collecting and exhibiting artifacts related to this unique, rich tradition in our state. In fact, Mardi Gras costumes, photographs and other items have been displayed at the Museum since the 1930s
 
Louisiana State Museum  751 Chartres St. New Orleans, La 70116 800-568-6968
Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism
 Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne
 
 
This March Muriel's Jackson Square and Chef Gus Martin
Present a 10th Anniversary Celebration

First Course
Oysters Muriel
Corn-fried Louisiana oysters with an Herbsaint cream sauce
Muriel's 2009 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Second Course
Duck Pastrami Salad
With baby greens, pickled red onion, ginger bread Dijon vinaigrette and a gruyere tuile
Muriel's 2007 Merlot, Chalk Hill District

Third Course
Blackened Yellowfin Tuna
With "salade nicoise" of haricots verts, red onion, boiled egg, fingerling potatoes, and finished with a calamata olive vinaigrette

or

Wood Grilled Prime Ribeye
with parmesan steak fries and topped with New Orleans BBQ shrimp
Muriel's 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Dessert
Strawberry Napoleon
Flaky puff pastry layered with Louisiana strawberries
and pastry cream covered with chocolate ganache
Domaine Carneros Brut Rose, Carneros


Four Course Menu
$45 Per Person plus tax and gratuity
$75 per person with paired wines

10th Anniversary dinner menu available
throughout March, 2011

All Items available a la carte
Full á la carte & Table d'Hote also available
 
Muriel's Jackson Square
Opened March 14, 2001

For more information or reservations please call
504-568-1885 or visit www.muriels.com
 
 
 
 
 *We are getting ready for the biggest weekend in our city here at Donna's on
Rampart, located at 800 Rampart Street directly across from the Louis
Armstrong Park.*

FRIDAY 3/4/11 @ 10 P.M.--SOUL PROJECT (FUNK/BLUES)

SATURDAY 3/5/11 @ 10 P.M---ILLUMNASTI WITH MIKE DILLON, SKERIK AND JAMES
SINGLETON FOLLOWED BY THE DEAD KENNY G'S

SUNDAY 3/6/11 @ 10 P.M.--BOB FRENCH AND THE ORIGINAL TUXEDO JAZZ BAND

MONDAY 3/7/11 @ 10 P.M.--KEVIN O'DAY AND FRIENDS WITH REGGIE SCANLAN, SAM
HOTCHKISS AND JESSE HIATT

COME DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY WITH US AT DONNA'S. WE WIL ALSO HAVE FOOD EVERY
NIGHT PREPARED BY VENESSA WILLIAMS OF VJ'S CONGO SQUARE CAFE

 
    
 
Seasonal Tour Examines the History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans
"Myth, Mayhem and Majesty" tour available for a limited time only
 
The Historic New Orleans Collection
"Myth, Mayhem and Majesty: A History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans,"
A themed tour of The Collection's Louisiana History Galleries
 
Tuesday-Sunday, March 3 - March 4 • 2 p.m.
THNOC will be closed Mardi Gras weekend, Saturday,
 March 5-Tuesday, March 8.
 
The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street
French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
 
Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.
 For more information, visit www.hnoc.org.
 
The popular themed tour of The Historic New Orleans Collection's Louisiana
History Galleries returns this year, and due to demand, will last the entire
month of February leading up to Mardi Gras. "Myth, Mayhem and Majesty: A
History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans" follows thecity's Carnival
traditions, beginning with celebrations during the French and Spanish colonial
periods and in the early days of statehood. Utilizing items from The
Collection's permanent holdings, the guided tour will then examine the
additions of Comus, Rex, Zulu and Mardi Gras Indians to current Mardi Gras
traditions. Each tour lasts approximately one hour..
 
Tours are available daily Tuesday-Sunday, February 1-March 4 and begin
promptly at 2 p.m. Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.
 
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Preserving our Past for a Brighter Future.
 
 
    
 
 
 
IRVIN MAYFIELD'S JAZZ PLAYHOUSE AT THE ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL
300 BOURBON STREET
No Cover
(504) 553-2299

Friday, March 4
5pm - Kipori Woods Blues Bash
8pm - Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown
12 Midnight - Kinfolk Brass Band

Saturday, March 5
8pm - Joe Krown and Wendell Brunious quartet
12 Midnight -  Brass Band Jam featuring Brass-a-Holics Brass Band

Sunday, March 6
7pm - Jaz Sawyer

Monday, March 7
5pm - Kipori Woods Blues Bash
8pm - Bob French and The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

Tuesday, March 8
6pm - Khris Royal
 
 
   
New exhibition, book commemorate Tennessee Williams centennial
 The Historic New Orleans Collection
  with the Al Hirschfeld Foundation
 "Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams," an exhibition and catalogue
 March 4 - April 2, 2011
 Gallery Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday
 Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, in the French Quarter
 This exhibition is free and open to the public; details are available at www.hnoc.org.
    *** Please remember to ring the bell to enter the Williams Research Center.
 
 Three Muses
536 Frenchmen St.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 298-8746
www.thethreemuses.com
Great food
No Cover Charge
Contemporary, Late-Night Dining, Small Plates
full bar, handicap accessible, smoke free, vegetarian friendly
Open from 4pm ? ?Til ?Closed on Tuesdays-?
Kitchen Hours:
Sun, Mon & Wed 5?10 .:. Thurs, Fri & Sat 5?12

536 French¬men St..
New Orleans, La 70116
(504) 298-TRIO
 
         
       Fri, 03/04/2011 - 7:00pm
       Aurora Nealand Group
     *
       Fri, 03/04/2011 - 10:00pm
       Monty Banks
     *
       Sat, 03/05/2011 - 7:00pm
       Derek ? Kabuki? Spodie
     *
       Sat, 03/05/2011 - 10:00pm
       St Louis Slim Jug Band
     *
       Sun, 03/06/2011 - 8:00pm
       Jayna Morgan and the Sazerac Sunrise Band
 
 
 Jeremy Davenport
 
 "Davenport Lounge" is the official name of Jeremy's Club

Friday (9pm) + Saturday (9pm)
at Davenport Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

MARCH
Thurs, 3 @ 5:30pm
Fri, 4 @ 9:00pm
Sat, 5 @ 9:00pm
 
 

Friday Mar 4 7pm Some Like it Hot
10pm Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Lagniappe Brass Band, Mainline
Upstairs 10pm Dave Nada, Brice Nice, Musa, Beyonda

Saturday Mar 5th 5pm The Ramblin Letters
  7pm Smoking time Jazz Club
  10pm The Local Skank
11:30 Professor Naughty
1am One Mind Brass Band

Sunday Mar 6th 10pm E. Company
12am Booty Trove
1am Kings of the Fauborg


Monday Mar 7th 10pm Brassaholics
  12am Yojimbo
Upstairs 10pm Bones Dance Party

Tuesday Mar 8th 3pm Meta Space Funk Menagerie
6pm Ashton Hines and the Big Easy Brawlers
10pm Earphunk
 
The Spotted Cat
623 Frenchman Street
New Orleans, LA, 70116
(504) 943-3887

       
           Fri, 03/04/2011 - 4:00pm
       Brett Richardson

       Fri, 03/04/2011 - 6:00pm
       Washboard Chaz Blues Trio

       Fri, 03/04/2011 - 10:00pm
       The New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings


       Sat, 03/05/2011 - 11:00am
       The Loose Marbles

       Sat, 03/05/2011 - 3:00pm
       Luke Winslow King

       Sat, 03/05/2011 - 6:00pm
       Panorama Jazz Band

       Sat, 03/05/2011 - 10:00pm
       The Davis Rogan Band


       Sun, 03/06/2011 - 11:00am
       Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

       Sun, 03/06/2011 - 3:00pm
       Rights of Swing

       Sun, 03/06/2011 - 6:00pm
       Kristina Morales

       Sun, 03/06/2011 - 10:00pm
       Pat Casey & The New Sound


       Mon, 03/07/2011 - 10:00am
       Brett Richardson

       Mon, 03/07/2011 - 2:00pm
       Tuba Skinny

       Mon, 03/07/2011 - 4:00pm
       Brett Richardson

       Mon, 03/07/2011 - 6:00pm
       Dominic Grillo & The Frenchmen St. All Stars

       Mon, 03/07/2011 - 10:00pm
       The Jazz Vipers


       Tue, 03/08/2011 - 10:00am
       The John Royen Band

       Tue, 03/08/2011 - 2:00pm
       The New Orleans Moonshiners

       Tue, 03/08/2011 - 4:00pm
       Brett Richardson

       Tue, 03/08/2011 - 6:00pm
       Smokin? Time Jazz Club

       Tue, 03/08/2011 - 10:00pm
       Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns
 
MAYOR LANDRIEU & CITY OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR MARDI GRAS WEEKEND
City Releases Permitting Fact Sheets for Special Events & Cultural Businesses
 
NEW ORLEANS, LA- Today, Mayor Landrieu and City officials outlined the many preparations underway to ensure that the final weekend of 2011 Mardi Gras goes off without a hitch.  City officials discussed security measures, parking and neutral ground restrictions, revenue and permit enforcement, and sanitation plans.
 
"Our first weekend went smoothly but we know the real test lies ahead," said Mayor Landrieu. "We are committed to a safe and coordinated Mardi Gras.  A lot of hard work goes into making this event happen so that residents and tourists alike can enjoy what we know is the greatest free show on earth."
 
Below is a recap of enforcements and preparations on being taken by the City.
 
PARKING ENFORCEMENT
 
Parking enforcement policies remain the same as in previous years.
 
•         Two hours prior to the scheduled start of each Mardi Gras parade, any unauthorized vehicle on any part of the published parade route will be ticketed and towed. This will ensure public safety and facilitate the flow of the Carnival Krewes ($75 fine and seizure);
 
•         Two hours after a Mardi Gras parade ends, any unauthorized vehicle on any part of the published parade route will be ticketed and towed. This is done to clear the route for the City's Department of Sanitation ($25 fine and seizure);
 
•         Beginning the Friday before Mardi Gras, at 12:01 a.m., until the Wednesday after Mardi Gras, at 6:00 p.m., no vehicles, except those issued permits, are allowed into the French Quarter between Iberville, N. Rampart, Dumaine, and Decatur ($50 fine and seizure);
 
•         Parking of vehicles equipped with living accommodations is prohibited during certain hours. It is strictly enforced during the Mardi Gras season, particularly in the Central Business District, Warehouse and Garden District;
 
•         Before, during and after the parades, the City will extend enforcement efforts into the neighborhoods adjacent to the published parade routes. This will minimize non-residential intrusion.  Parking Officers will primarily enforce the following:
o        Valid Residential Parking Permits ($40 fine),
o        Safety violations which include:
§        Blocking hydrants,
§        Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection, or stop sign,
§        Parking in the wrong direction (vehicles must park in the direction of travel on one way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two way streets),
§        Vehicles blocking sidewalks,
§        Vehicles blocking driveways,
§        Parking in Handicap zone ($500 fine),
o        Scofflaw vehicles that have unpaid parking tickets shall be immobilized.
 
•         Vehicles parked on the neutral ground are subject to a parking violation and seizure ($75 fine).
 
For more information on parking enforcement, citizens may call:
•         Department of Public Works (Parking enforcement and information), (504) 658-8100 (answered 24 hours)
•         Information related to Residential Parking Permits, (504) 658-8200
•         Pay and release of boot, (504) 658-8083.
•         Information on Ticket/Tow Appeals Hearings: (504) 658-8250
PARKS & PARKWAYS NEUTRAL GROUND ENFORCEMENT
The city's neutral grounds are the direct responsibility of the Department of Parks and Parkways; therefore, any prohibited items that are placed on the neutral grounds will be removed and disposed of immediately.
 
The following rules are being enforced:
 
•    No Port-A-Lets can be placed on neutral grounds..
 
•    No bulky furniture can be placed on neutral grounds.
 
•    No structures can be erected (i.e. viewing stands, bleachers). The only allowed structures are those that are provided by the City Of New Orleans in city designated areas or those on privately owned properties that have been granted permission and issued permits by the City's Department of Safety and Permits.
 
•    No roping off or placement of cones or other materials for designation of viewing areas as neutral grounds are public green spaces.
 
•    No cooking appliances can be placed on neutral grounds.
 
 
REVENUE AND PERMIT ENFORCEMENT
 
City of New Orleans Bureau of Revenue field agents and collectors will be canvassing neighborhoods in and around parade routes to ensure businesses (including ABOs) and vendors are properly permitted.   Additionally, residents or businesses charging for parking at commercial properties must be properly permitted.  501c3 organizations may apply for an exemption for a portion of the fees associated with the appropriate permits.
 
To assist cultural events with the permitting, the City has created fact sheets to help residents navigate the process.  Those fact sheets are attached.
 
SANITATION
 
The Department of Sanitation is responsible for cleaning the streets, neutral grounds and sidewalks after parades held on both sides of the Mississippi River in the City of New Orleans.
 
Over 300 city workers, temporary workers, and contractor employees are utilized per day in clean up efforts.  City departments and agencies involved in the clean up effort include NOPD, Public Works, Parks and Parkways, the Equipment Maintenance Division, NORD, Health, Sewerage and Water Board, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Downtown Development District.
 

Saturday 3-5-11
 
 
FRENCH MARKET'S 28TH ANNUAL MASK MARKET

March 5-7th, 2011 alongside Farmers and Flea Markets

Handmade Masks-Live Music-Food Booths-11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For the 28th year in a row,
the historic French Market welcomes mask vendors from around New Orleans
and the country to sell their handmade masks the weekend before Mardi
Gras. Nearly 20 local and national mask artists converge at the French
Market to share their leather, feather, fabric, and neoprene pieces just
in time for Carnival <http://www.frenchmarket.org/events/> . Several of
the visiting mask vendors have been coming to New Orleans annually for
over two decades from Oregon, Virginia, Illinois, New York, Florida, and
Mississippi, serving last-minute Lundi Gras buyers and serious
collectors alike. Visit http://www.frenchmarket.org/events/
<http://www.frenchmarket.org/events/>  for a list of and links to local
and visiting mask makers, from New Orleans Masks and Dante's Masquerade
to Feathers for Pleasure and Maskerville.



In addition to shopping for a one-of-a-kind mask to adorn oneself or
one's home, visitors to the French Market will enjoy plenty of local
food and music during this three-day Mardi Gras festival.  Food booths
will be serving up everything from crab cakes to funnel cakes, and the
new Farmers Market eateries will offer their full menus, including fresh
produce and festival favorites
<http://www.frenchmarket.org/farmers-market/>  like muffalettas,
po-boys, gumbo, and alligator on a stick. While at the Market, shoppers
can scour the always festive Flea Market searching for other Mardi Gras
items and bargains, including local artwork, jewelry, clothing, and
accessories.



COMPLIMENTARY THROW BAGS: Shoppers who venture into French Market
District retail shops <http://www.frenchmarket.org/shopping/>  along
Decatur Street will receive a complimentary Mardi Gras throw bag with a
minimum purchase.



MARDI GRAS PARKING MADE EASY:  Save time and stress by taking advantage
of our new CLICK AND PARK <http://www.nola.clickandpark.com/>  program
at the French Market parking lot. Reserve your spot before you go!
http://www.nola.clickandpark.com/ <http://www.nola.clickandpark.com/>



MASK MARKET LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE

Mask booths open at 11 a.m. & music begins at 12 noon each day

NOTE: Some mask vendors will be open a day early, on Friday March
4th...come on down to get a sneak peek and first dibs before the crowds
arrive on the weekend!



  Music Stage located at Governor Nicholls Street:

Saturday March 5th

12-1 :30 p.m. Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar

2-3:30 p.m. One Mind Brass Band

4-6 p.m.  Mojeaux

  Sunday March 6th

12-1:30 p.m. Rebirth Brass Band

2-3:30 p.m. Change of Pace Rhythm and Blues Band

4-6 p.m. Bo Dollis, Jr. and the Wild Magnolias

MONDAY MARCH 7TH

12-1:30  New Wave Brass Band

2-3:30 p.m. The Wiseguys

4-6 p.m. Hot 8 Brass Band

 Book-Signing: Big Chief Harrison
and the Mardi Gras  Indians
Mrs. Herreast Harrison & Al  Kennedy

Saturday, March 5, 2010
11: a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
A Tisket A  Tasket New Orleans


910 Decatur Street,
504-524-8482

   
Longue Vue House and Gardens
7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA  70124
504.488.5488 ? www.longuevue.com
nativeNOW: Historical Flora of Southeast Louisiana

Saturday, March 5
9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Cost: $8 for members; $10 for nonmembers

Join Longue Vue's native plant specialists in the Wild Garden to learn  

about the beauty and adaptability of Louisiana plants, as well as to  
discuss local habitat, biodiversity, and the ecological impact of  
gardening with native species.
 

Sunday 3-6-11
 
   
MARDI GRAS MADNESS with a double dose of HONEY!

Sunday night March 6, Honey Island Swamp Band and Honeyboy Carencro will rock the Blue Nile all night long....come on down right after the Bacchus parade ends and get yerself a taste of the good stuff!

HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND & HONEYBOY CARENCRO
SUNDAY MARCH 6 - 10:00PM
BLUE NILE on FRENCHMEN ST - NOLA

...featuring many special guests from some of your favorite funk/ska bands!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=200436803306720

Presented by our friends at Hypersoul and the Backbeat Foundation
 
Upcoming Events
       
 Schedule for Mardi Gras Day 2011

Guardians of the Flame
Mardi Gras Indians
March 8, 2011

8 a.m.
Leave from the house of Big Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson
1941 Alvar St. (Intersection of Alvar St. and North Johnson St..)

8:30 am
Ceremony in memory of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr
Harrison Family Home
3630 N. Johnson St.

9:00 a.m.
Musicians? Village - Memory stops at homes of
Mr. Peter "Chuck" Badie
Mr. Bob French
Mr. Joseph "Smokey" Johnson

10:30 a.m. Ceremony for Ancestors, Unity, and Peace
& Release of White Doves*
Tomb of the Unknown Slave,
St. Augustine Church
1205 Gov. Nichols St.

11:00 a.m. Backstreet Museum
1116 Saint Claude Avenue

*Birds released by:

Members of the Guardians of the Flame
Mardi Gras Indian Nation members
Dennis Soriano, Leader of the Congress of Day Laborers
Alison McCrary, Tribal Member
of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation

For more information, contact Cherice Harrison-Nelson,
504-214-6630.
 
Saint Patrick's Day Party
Thursday, March 17
12:00pm - 8:00pm
O'Henry's
8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA
http://www.ohenrys.com/
 
 
 
Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans
April 17 event, which includes a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Pontchartrain, a 56-mile bicycle ride and a 13.1-mile run that ends in front of Jackson Square.
 

Love New Orleans, She Will Love You Back
 
Sincerely,
 
Frank Stansbury
LaFete News

     
Arthur Hardy's 2011 Mardi Gras Guide magazine is now available on the iPhone. Live parade tracking for 24 uptown parades is included, courtesy WDSU-TV. The Mardi Gras Guide app won Gambit's Best Mobile App Award for 2010. Order now from the Apple Store
 
 

 
 
 
   

 
 
Custom Seasonings
go to their store on Jackson Square
533 St Ann
 
 504-523-6425
Check out the great variety of Mardi Gras
and Fleur de Lis items
 www.cookincajun.com
 
 
 Mardi Gras Dip makes
6 cups of dip!
$4.98 per pack
Perfect for Mardi Gras Parties
 
 
 
Large Mask
29.98 each
 
 
 3 Bottles Hot Sauce
$19.98
 
 
The 2011 Mardi Gras  
 
 On Sale Now
 
 
Carnival in New Orleans, A Fantasy
 
The Bard's Press   
 
Carnival in New Orleans, a Fantasy, a new Mardi Gras collection authored by Maurice Le Gardeur, illustrated by Robert Seago, including a Mardi Gras music CD of 16 hits by John Preble.. The book has just been released to rave reviews. It can be purchase at various outlets in the Greater New Orleans area for $29.95.  It can also be purchased online for $29.95 and with shipping and handling is $34.94.
ttp://www.thebardspress.com
 
From the Author,  
This book is a work of fiction LaFete News     Frank Stansbury
 
Editor/Publisher
 
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Friday 3-4-11
    Tonight's Parade
 
Friday, March 4th
 
Krewe of Hermes - New Orleans, 6:00 pm
 
Krewe of Morpheus - New Orleans, 7:00 pm  
 
Krewe of Centurions - Metairie, 7:00 pm  
 
 
 
Let the
'Greasing of the Poles' Begin
Friday March 4
 
Kick-off Mardi Gras 2011 with one of the most unique Carnival events you will ever experience.  On Friday March 4 at 10:00 a.m. sharp, the Royal Sonesta Hotel will present the 41st Annual "Greasing of the Poles."  The Greasing Ceremony celebrates the spirit of Mardi Gras on one of the world's most famous corridors, Bourbon Street.  Local historian and Mardi Gras authority, Arthur Hardy, describes the Greasing of the Poles as an "event not to be missed, performed with great style and a hint of mischief."
 
The Royal Sonesta Hotel originated this long-standing tradition of greasing the support poles as a means to deter over-zealous revelers from shimmying up to coveted balcony space.  "Over the years, the Greasing of the Poles has evolved into a popular Mardi Gras spectacle which attracts hundreds of visitors and media from across the globe," explains Alfred Groos, President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta.  Where else in the world can you experience a ceremony centered around petroleum jelly.
 
With suspense building, the Royal Sonesta Hotel is pleased to reveal this year's "Celebrity Greasers."  Competing for the ultimate first prize title are WVUE Fox 8's Nicondra Norwood, WDSU's Siemny Chhuon, WGNO's Chriss Knight, and WWL's Jill Hezeau.  An esteemed panel of celebrity judges will rate each Greaser's performance in a 'Dancing with the Stars' style format.  This year's judges include songwriter-performer Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Mardi Gras historian Arthur Hardy and last year's Greasing Champion, WDSU's Randi Rousseau.  The audience will also have a chance to select their favorite performance when they vote on a "People's Choice Award" winner.  Attempting to keep all of this madness under control will be the job of local personality Mike Theis and Rita Benson LeBlanc Owner and Executive Vice President of the New Orleans Saints, who will serve as the Greasing's Co-Master of Ceremonies.
 
As is tradition, Royal Sonesta President Alfred Groos will welcome the King & Queen of Zulu and their entourage with a celebratory champagne toast. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy Zulu Royalty and their fabulous costumes up-close!
 
A party just isn't a party without a 2nd line parade, so New Orleans' trumpeter Leroy Jones will lead his Original Hurricane Brass Band through the streets of the French Quarter arriving at the Royal Sonesta precisely at 10 a.m.  Making a special guest appearance will be members of the New Orleans Saintsations Cheerleading Team.  Even celebrity judge Al 'Carnival Time' Johnson gets into the Mardi Gras spirit with a command performance of his hit tune 'It's Carnival Time.'  Mark your calendars now because you don't want to miss this one!
 
WHO:          Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
WHAT:       41st Annual Greasing of the Poles Ceremony
WHEN:       Friday March 4at 10:00 a.m. Sharp
WHERE:    300 Bourbon Street
 
 
 
 Catch Frank Stansbury on Eric Asher's Show
Today 2:40pm
LafeteNews Events
 
 
 Carnival in New Orleans, A Fantasy
 
The Bard's Press   
 
Carnival in New Orleans, a Fantasy, a new Mardi Gras collection authored by Maurice Le Gardeur, illustrated by Robert Seago, including a Mardi Gras music CD of 16 hits by John Preble. The book has just been released to rave reviews. It can be purchase at various outlets in the Greater New Orleans area for $29.95.  It can also be purchased online for $29.95 and with shipping and handling is $34.94.
ttp://www.thebardspress.com
 
From the Author,  
This book is a work of fiction probably stimulated by a slice of stilton or a generous shot of brandy in my cafe brulot.
From Arthur Hardy, Publisher of The Mardi Gras Guide:
Maurice Le Gardeur's irreverent wit combined with Robert Seago's elegant Mardi Gras art, make this carnival collection lovely to look at and fun to read
 
Friday       Radio Interview The Lake Radio 94.7 FM  - morning time TBD - will be played throughout day
 
Saturday   Signing    Covington. Farmer's Market, downtown Cov. 10 - 12 noon
                
                Signing    B & Noble 3414 Highway 190 Mandeville 1 - 3 PM


Sunday     Signing    A Tisket A Tasket 910 Decatur St. NO  1 - 3 PM    King Cake Served!


Monday     Interview, WWL TV The Morning Show, approx 7 45 AM

                Signing   Peaches Records   408 N.. Peters, corner Conti St. (former Tower Records location)    11 AM - 2 PM   King Cake Served!

Ash Weds.   Signing  Hudson News Stores, Near Departure Terminals, NO Int'l Airport, 2 - 5 PM      Alka Seltzer Served!                

 
 
Where Y'Art? Friday evenings at NOMA, enjoy live music, performances, children's activities, exhibition walk-throughs, guest speakers, theater and - of course - GREAT ART.

This Friday's events include:
 
March 4
•    Walk-through: Marie Antionette gallery (6 pm)
•    Art-making activity: Crowns
•    Music by Dorian Rush
Ralph Brennan's Courtyard Cafe is open late!
All events are included with museum admission.
 
 
Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days & Arts-Craft Fair
FREE ADMISSION
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
March 4-6, 2011
9 am - 5 pm
www.ponchatoulachamber.com

Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days and Craft Fair
Antique & Collectibles Booths,
Fine Arts & Crafts Booths
Food Booths,
Live Music by Rocky Denney and Lagniappe

Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee is proud to  
present The Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days and Art -Craft Fair being  
held March 4th, 5th and 6th 9:00 AM ? 5:00 PM. This three day outdoor  
free festival is located in historic downtown Ponchatoula, featuring  
antique, collectible, fine arts and crafts booths. Food vendors  
feature local cuisine and fun festival food. Live music by Rocky  
Denney and Lagniappe.  1:00PM to 4:00PM Saturday March 6th sponsored  
by First Guaranty Bank. Children?s Activities include, Pony rides,  
Inflatable Slide, Bungy Jumping,  face painting. Ponchatoula earned  
the title of America?s Antique City for its many antique, collectible  
shops, art galleries and specialty shops housed in our wonderful old  
historic buildings. In addition we have some wonderful local  
restaurants from home style cooking to casual fine dining.

There are lodging and RV parks nearby. Ponchatoula is conveniently  
located at the crossroads of interstate I-55 and I-12 less than and  
hour from New Orleans or Baton Rouge.

Fun for the Entire Family Outdoor Festival.
For more information contact 1-800-617-4502
of visit us on the web @
www.ponchatoulachamber.com
Vendors call Mary @ 985-386-0026
Luther Kent & Trickbag
kick off two nights
Friday & Saturday, March 4 & 5
10 pm
Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine Street
504-899-4800
 
 
Blue Nile
532 Frenchmen Street
New Orleans, LA, 70116
(504) 948-BLUE
(504) 948-2583

Frisay 03/04/2011 - 10:00pm
* Mardi Gras Throwdown with Cyril Neville & Tribe 13
   + Khris Royal & Dark Matter

Sunday 03/06/2011 - 10:00pm
* Mardi Gras Madness with Honey Island Swamp Band
   + Honeyboy Carencro

Monday 03/07/2011 - 9:00pm
* Big Pearl & The Fugitives of Funk
 


 
 628 St Charles
504-523-7600

 
 
Palm Court Jazz Cafe
1204 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA
www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com/
Dinner & Traditional Jazz
Wed-Sun 7pm-11pm
 
 
 
Chickie Wah Wah
2828 Canal Street
near Broad Street in Mid-City New Orleans
504.304.4714
Friday,  March 11 -   Happy Hour w/ Call Club  @ 5

NOLA  County   /  country  @  9

Friday,  March 18 - Happy Hour w/ the Pfister Sisters  @ 5:30
Paul Sanchez  /  roots, rock, originals  @ 8
Joan Caddell & The Midnight Choir  /  Americana, Rock  @  10

Friday,  March 25 - Happy Hour w/ By and By String Band   @ 5:30
Paul Sanchez  /  roots, rock,  originals /  @ 8:00
Bob Livingston  /  Americana,  folk,  rock  @  10

Saturday, March 5 - Endymion Party w/the Clements Brothers Band  /  @   1

Saturday,  March 12 - Hotels and Highways   /  Americana, roots rock  @  9

Saturday,  March 19 - The Iguanas /  @   10

Saturday, March 26 - WTUL's 6th Annual Hootenanny  /  roots, folk, Americana
@  8

Sunday, March 20 - Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout w/ Johnny Sansone &
Jason Ricci   /  blues   @  7  
 
 
Happy Mardi Gras!
Our exhibit, Mardi Gras: It's Carnival Time in Louisiana! has reopened. Come visit us on the second floor of the Presbytère where we celebrate carnival yearround! The Louisiana State Museum is deeply committed to collecting and exhibiting artifacts related to this unique, rich tradition in our state. In fact, Mardi Gras costumes, photographs and other items have been displayed at the Museum since the 1930s
 
Louisiana State Museum  751 Chartres St. New Orleans, La 70116 800-568-6968
Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism
 Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne
 
 
This March Muriel's Jackson Square and Chef Gus Martin
Present a 10th Anniversary Celebration

First Course
Oysters Muriel
Corn-fried Louisiana oysters with an Herbsaint cream sauce
Muriel's 2009 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Second Course
Duck Pastrami Salad
With baby greens, pickled red onion, ginger bread Dijon vinaigrette and a gruyere tuile
Muriel's 2007 Merlot, Chalk Hill District

Third Course
Blackened Yellowfin Tuna
With "salade nicoise" of haricots verts, red onion, boiled egg, fingerling potatoes, and finished with a calamata olive vinaigrette

or

Wood Grilled Prime Ribeye
with parmesan steak fries and topped with New Orleans BBQ shrimp
Muriel's 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Dessert
Strawberry Napoleon
Flaky puff pastry layered with Louisiana strawberries
and pastry cream covered with chocolate ganache
Domaine Carneros Brut Rose, Carneros


Four Course Menu
$45 Per Person plus tax and gratuity
$75 per person with paired wines

10th Anniversary dinner menu available
throughout March, 2011

All Items available a la carte
Full á la carte & Table d'Hote also available
 
Muriel's Jackson Square
Opened March 14, 2001

For more information or reservations please call
504-568-1885 or visit www.muriels.com
 
 
 
 
 *We are getting ready for the biggest weekend in our city here at Donna's on
Rampart, located at 800 Rampart Street directly across from the Louis
Armstrong Park.*

FRIDAY 3/4/11 @ 10 P.M.--SOUL PROJECT (FUNK/BLUES)

SATURDAY 3/5/11 @ 10 P.M---ILLUMNASTI WITH MIKE DILLON, SKERIK AND JAMES
SINGLETON FOLLOWED BY THE DEAD KENNY G'S

SUNDAY 3/6/11 @ 10 P.M.--BOB FRENCH AND THE ORIGINAL TUXEDO JAZZ BAND

MONDAY 3/7/11 @ 10 P.M.--KEVIN O'DAY AND FRIENDS WITH REGGIE SCANLAN, SAM
HOTCHKISS AND JESSE HIATT

COME DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY WITH US AT DONNA'S. WE WIL ALSO HAVE FOOD EVERY
NIGHT PREPARED BY VENESSA WILLIAMS OF VJ'S CONGO SQUARE CAFE

 
    
 
Seasonal Tour Examines the History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans
"Myth, Mayhem and Majesty" tour available for a limited time only
 
The Historic New Orleans Collection
"Myth, Mayhem and Majesty: A History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans,"
A themed tour of The Collection's Louisiana History Galleries
 
Tuesday-Sunday, March 3 - March 4 • 2 p.m.
THNOC will be closed Mardi Gras weekend, Saturday,
 March 5-Tuesday, March 8.
 
The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street
French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
 
Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.
 For more information, visit www.hnoc.org.
 
The popular themed tour of The Historic New Orleans Collection's Louisiana
History Galleries returns this year, and due to demand, will last the entire
month of February leading up to Mardi Gras. "Myth, Mayhem and Majesty: A
History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans" follows thecity's Carnival
traditions, beginning with celebrations during the French and Spanish colonial
periods and in the early days of statehood. Utilizing items from The
Collection's permanent holdings, the guided tour will then examine the
additions of Comus, Rex, Zulu and Mardi Gras Indians to current Mardi Gras
traditions. Each tour lasts approximately one hour..
 
Tours are available daily Tuesday-Sunday, February 1-March 4 and begin
promptly at 2 p.m. Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.
 
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Preserving our Past for a Brighter Future.
 
 
    
 
 
 
IRVIN MAYFIELD'S JAZZ PLAYHOUSE AT THE ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL
300 BOURBON STREET
No Cover
(504) 553-2299

Friday, March 4
5pm - Kipori Woods Blues Bash
8pm - Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown
12 Midnight - Kinfolk Brass Band

Saturday, March 5
8pm - Joe Krown and Wendell Brunious quartet
12 Midnight -  Brass Band Jam featuring Brass-a-Holics Brass Band

Sunday, March 6
7pm - Jaz Sawyer

Monday, March 7
5pm - Kipori Woods Blues Bash
8pm - Bob French and The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

Tuesday, March 8
6pm - Khris Royal
 
 
   
New exhibition, book commemorate Tennessee Williams centennial
 The Historic New Orleans Collection
  with the Al Hirschfeld Foundation
 "Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams," an exhibition and catalogue
 March 4 - April 2, 2011
 Gallery Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday
 Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, in the French Quarter
 This exhibition is free and open to the public; details are available at www.hnoc.org.
    *** Please remember to ring the bell to enter the Williams Research Center.
 
 Three Muses
536 Frenchmen St.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 298-8746
www.thethreemuses.com
Great food
No Cover Charge
Contemporary, Late-Night Dining, Small Plates
full bar, handicap accessible, smoke free, vegetarian friendly
Open from 4pm ? ?Til ?Closed on Tuesdays-?
Kitchen Hours:
Sun, Mon & Wed 5?10 .:. Thurs, Fri & Sat 5?12

536 French¬men St..
New Orleans, La 70116
(504) 298-TRIO
 
         
       Fri, 03/04/2011 - 7:00pm
       Aurora Nealand Group
     *
       Fri, 03/04/2011 - 10:00pm
       Monty Banks
     *
       Sat, 03/05/2011 - 7:00pm
       Derek ? Kabuki? Spodie
     *
       Sat, 03/05/2011 - 10:00pm
       St Louis Slim Jug Band
     *
       Sun, 03/06/2011 - 8:00pm
       Jayna Morgan and the Sazerac Sunrise Band
 
 
 Jeremy Davenport
 
 "Davenport Lounge" is the official name of Jeremy's Club

Friday (9pm) + Saturday (9pm)
at Davenport Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

MARCH
Thurs, 3 @ 5:30pm
Fri, 4 @ 9:00pm
Sat, 5 @ 9:00pm
 
 

Friday Mar 4 7pm Some Like it Hot
10pm Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Lagniappe Brass Band, Mainline
Upstairs 10pm Dave Nada, Brice Nice, Musa, Beyonda

Saturday Mar 5th 5pm The Ramblin Letters
  7pm Smoking time Jazz Club
  10pm The Local Skank
11:30 Professor Naughty
1am One Mind Brass Band

Sunday Mar 6th 10pm E. Company
12am Booty Trove
1am Kings of the Fauborg


Monday Mar 7th 10pm Brassaholics
  12am Yojimbo
Upstairs 10pm Bones Dance Party

Tuesday Mar 8th 3pm Meta Space Funk Menagerie
6pm Ashton Hines and the Big Easy Brawlers
10pm Earphunk
 
The Spotted Cat
623 Frenchman Street
New Orleans, LA, 70116
(504) 943-3887

       
           Fri, 03/04/2011 - 4:00pm
       Brett Richardson

       Fri, 03/04/2011 - 6:00pm
       Washboard Chaz Blues Trio

       Fri, 03/04/2011 - 10:00pm
       The New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings


       Sat, 03/05/2011 - 11:00am
       The Loose Marbles

       Sat, 03/05/2011 - 3:00pm
       Luke Winslow King

       Sat, 03/05/2011 - 6:00pm
       Panorama Jazz Band

       Sat, 03/05/2011 - 10:00pm
       The Davis Rogan Band


       Sun, 03/06/2011 - 11:00am
       Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

       Sun, 03/06/2011 - 3:00pm
       Rights of Swing

       Sun, 03/06/2011 - 6:00pm
       Kristina Morales

       Sun, 03/06/2011 - 10:00pm
       Pat Casey & The New Sound


       Mon, 03/07/2011 - 10:00am
       Brett Richardson

       Mon, 03/07/2011 - 2:00pm
       Tuba Skinny

       Mon, 03/07/2011 - 4:00pm
       Brett Richardson

       Mon, 03/07/2011 - 6:00pm
       Dominic Grillo & The Frenchmen St. All Stars

       Mon, 03/07/2011 - 10:00pm
       The Jazz Vipers


       Tue, 03/08/2011 - 10:00am
       The John Royen Band

       Tue, 03/08/2011 - 2:00pm
       The New Orleans Moonshiners

       Tue, 03/08/2011 - 4:00pm
       Brett Richardson

       Tue, 03/08/2011 - 6:00pm
       Smokin? Time Jazz Club

       Tue, 03/08/2011 - 10:00pm
       Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns
 
MAYOR LANDRIEU & CITY OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR MARDI GRAS WEEKEND
City Releases Permitting Fact Sheets for Special Events & Cultural Businesses
 
NEW ORLEANS, LA- Today, Mayor Landrieu and City officials outlined the many preparations underway to ensure that the final weekend of 2011 Mardi Gras goes off without a hitch.  City officials discussed security measures, parking and neutral ground restrictions, revenue and permit enforcement, and sanitation plans.
 
"Our first weekend went smoothly but we know the real test lies ahead," said Mayor Landrieu. "We are committed to a safe and coordinated Mardi Gras.  A lot of hard work goes into making this event happen so that residents and tourists alike can enjoy what we know is the greatest free show on earth."
 
Below is a recap of enforcements and preparations on being taken by the City.
 
PARKING ENFORCEMENT
 
Parking enforcement policies remain the same as in previous years.
 
•         Two hours prior to the scheduled start of each Mardi Gras parade, any unauthorized vehicle on any part of the published parade route will be ticketed and towed. This will ensure public safety and facilitate the flow of the Carnival Krewes ($75 fine and seizure);
 
•         Two hours after a Mardi Gras parade ends, any unauthorized vehicle on any part of the published parade route will be ticketed and towed. This is done to clear the route for the City's Department of Sanitation ($25 fine and seizure);
 
•         Beginning the Friday before Mardi Gras, at 12:01 a.m., until the Wednesday after Mardi Gras, at 6:00 p.m., no vehicles, except those issued permits, are allowed into the French Quarter between Iberville, N. Rampart, Dumaine, and Decatur ($50 fine and seizure);
 
•         Parking of vehicles equipped with living accommodations is prohibited during certain hours. It is strictly enforced during the Mardi Gras season, particularly in the Central Business District, Warehouse and Garden District;
 
•         Before, during and after the parades, the City will extend enforcement efforts into the neighborhoods adjacent to the published parade routes. This will minimize non-residential intrusion.  Parking Officers will primarily enforce the following:
o        Valid Residential Parking Permits ($40 fine),
o        Safety violations which include:
§        Blocking hydrants,
§        Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection, or stop sign,
§        Parking in the wrong direction (vehicles must park in the direction of travel on one way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two way streets),
§        Vehicles blocking sidewalks,
§        Vehicles blocking driveways,
§        Parking in Handicap zone ($500 fine),
o        Scofflaw vehicles that have unpaid parking tickets shall be immobilized.
 
•         Vehicles parked on the neutral ground are subject to a parking violation and seizure ($75 fine).
 
For more information on parking enforcement, citizens may call:
•         Department of Public Works (Parking enforcement and information), (504) 658-8100 (answered 24 hours)
•         Information related to Residential Parking Permits, (504) 658-8200
•         Pay and release of boot, (504) 658-8083.
•         Information on Ticket/Tow Appeals Hearings: (504) 658-8250
PARKS & PARKWAYS NEUTRAL GROUND ENFORCEMENT
The city's neutral grounds are the direct responsibility of the Department of Parks and Parkways; therefore, any prohibited items that are placed on the neutral grounds will be removed and disposed of immediately.
 
The following rules are being enforced:
 
•    No Port-A-Lets can be placed on neutral grounds..
 
•    No bulky furniture can be placed on neutral grounds.
 
•    No structures can be erected (i.e. viewing stands, bleachers). The only allowed structures are those that are provided by the City Of New Orleans in city designated areas or those on privately owned properties that have been granted permission and issued permits by the City's Department of Safety and Permits.
 
•    No roping off or placement of cones or other materials for designation of viewing areas as neutral grounds are public green spaces.
 
•    No cooking appliances can be placed on neutral grounds.
 
 
REVENUE AND PERMIT ENFORCEMENT
 
City of New Orleans Bureau of Revenue field agents and collectors will be canvassing neighborhoods in and around parade routes to ensure businesses (including ABOs) and vendors are properly permitted.   Additionally, residents or businesses charging for parking at commercial properties must be properly permitted.  501c3 organizations may apply for an exemption for a portion of the fees associated with the appropriate permits.
 
To assist cultural events with the permitting, the City has created fact sheets to help residents navigate the process.  Those fact sheets are attached.
 
SANITATION
 
The Department of Sanitation is responsible for cleaning the streets, neutral grounds and sidewalks after parades held on both sides of the Mississippi River in the City of New Orleans.
 
Over 300 city workers, temporary workers, and contractor employees are utilized per day in clean up efforts.  City departments and agencies involved in the clean up effort include NOPD, Public Works, Parks and Parkways, the Equipment Maintenance Division, NORD, Health, Sewerage and Water Board, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Downtown Development District.
 

Saturday 3-5-11
 
 
FRENCH MARKET'S 28TH ANNUAL MASK MARKET

March 5-7th, 2011 alongside Farmers and Flea Markets

Handmade Masks-Live Music-Food Booths-11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For the 28th year in a row,
the historic French Market welcomes mask vendors from around New Orleans
and the country to sell their handmade masks the weekend before Mardi
Gras. Nearly 20 local and national mask artists converge at the French
Market to share their leather, feather, fabric, and neoprene pieces just
in time for Carnival <http://www.frenchmarket.org/events/> . Several of
the visiting mask vendors have been coming to New Orleans annually for
over two decades from Oregon, Virginia, Illinois, New York, Florida, and
Mississippi, serving last-minute Lundi Gras buyers and serious
collectors alike. Visit http://www.frenchmarket.org/events/
<http://www.frenchmarket.org/events/>  for a list of and links to local
and visiting mask makers, from New Orleans Masks and Dante's Masquerade
to Feathers for Pleasure and Maskerville.



In addition to shopping for a one-of-a-kind mask to adorn oneself or
one's home, visitors to the French Market will enjoy plenty of local
food and music during this three-day Mardi Gras festival.  Food booths
will be serving up everything from crab cakes to funnel cakes, and the
new Farmers Market eateries will offer their full menus, including fresh
produce and festival favorites
<http://www.frenchmarket.org/farmers-market/>  like muffalettas,
po-boys, gumbo, and alligator on a stick. While at the Market, shoppers
can scour the always festive Flea Market searching for other Mardi Gras
items and bargains, including local artwork, jewelry, clothing, and
accessories.



COMPLIMENTARY THROW BAGS: Shoppers who venture into French Market
District retail shops <http://www.frenchmarket.org/shopping/>  along
Decatur Street will receive a complimentary Mardi Gras throw bag with a
minimum purchase.



MARDI GRAS PARKING MADE EASY:  Save time and stress by taking advantage
of our new CLICK AND PARK <http://www.nola.clickandpark.com/>  program
at the French Market parking lot. Reserve your spot before you go!
http://www.nola.clickandpark.com/ <http://www.nola.clickandpark.com/>



MASK MARKET LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE

Mask booths open at 11 a.m. & music begins at 12 noon each day

NOTE: Some mask vendors will be open a day early, on Friday March
4th...come on down to get a sneak peek and first dibs before the crowds
arrive on the weekend!



  Music Stage located at Governor Nicholls Street:

Saturday March 5th

12-1 :30 p.m. Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar

2-3:30 p.m. One Mind Brass Band

4-6 p.m.  Mojeaux

  Sunday March 6th

12-1:30 p.m. Rebirth Brass Band

2-3:30 p.m. Change of Pace Rhythm and Blues Band

4-6 p.m. Bo Dollis, Jr. and the Wild Magnolias

MONDAY MARCH 7TH

12-1:30  New Wave Brass Band

2-3:30 p.m. The Wiseguys

4-6 p.m. Hot 8 Brass Band

 Book-Signing: Big Chief Harrison
and the Mardi Gras  Indians
Mrs. Herreast Harrison & Al  Kennedy

Saturday, March 5, 2010
11: a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
A Tisket A  Tasket New Orleans


910 Decatur Street,
504-524-8482

   
Longue Vue House and Gardens
7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA  70124
504.488.5488 ? www.longuevue.com
nativeNOW: Historical Flora of Southeast Louisiana

Saturday, March 5
9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Cost: $8 for members; $10 for nonmembers

Join Longue Vue's native plant specialists in the Wild Garden to learn  

about the beauty and adaptability of Louisiana plants, as well as to  
discuss local habitat, biodiversity, and the ecological impact of  
gardening with native species.
 

Sunday 3-6-11
 
   
MARDI GRAS MADNESS with a double dose of HONEY!

Sunday night March 6, Honey Island Swamp Band and Honeyboy Carencro will rock the Blue Nile all night long....come on down right after the Bacchus parade ends and get yerself a taste of the good stuff!

HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND & HONEYBOY CARENCRO
SUNDAY MARCH 6 - 10:00PM
BLUE NILE on FRENCHMEN ST - NOLA

...featuring many special guests from some of your favorite funk/ska bands!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=200436803306720

Presented by our friends at Hypersoul and the Backbeat Foundation
 
Upcoming Events
       
 Schedule for Mardi Gras Day 2011

Guardians of the Flame
Mardi Gras Indians
March 8, 2011

8 a.m.
Leave from the house of Big Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson
1941 Alvar St. (Intersection of Alvar St. and North Johnson St..)

8:30 am
Ceremony in memory of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr
Harrison Family Home
3630 N. Johnson St.

9:00 a.m.
Musicians? Village - Memory stops at homes of
Mr. Peter "Chuck" Badie
Mr. Bob French
Mr. Joseph "Smokey" Johnson

10:30 a.m. Ceremony for Ancestors, Unity, and Peace
& Release of White Doves*
Tomb of the Unknown Slave,
St. Augustine Church
1205 Gov. Nichols St.

11:00 a.m. Backstreet Museum
1116 Saint Claude Avenue

*Birds released by:

Members of the Guardians of the Flame
Mardi Gras Indian Nation members
Dennis Soriano, Leader of the Congress of Day Laborers
Alison McCrary, Tribal Member
of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation

For more information, contact Cherice Harrison-Nelson,
504-214-6630.
 
Saint Patrick's Day Party
Thursday, March 17
12:00pm - 8:00pm
O'Henry's
8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA
http://www.ohenrys.com/
 
 
 
Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans
April 17 event, which includes a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Pontchartrain, a 56-mile bicycle ride and a 13.1-mile run that ends in front of Jackson Square.
 

Love New Orleans, She Will Love You Back
 
Sincerely,
 
Frank Stansbury
LaFete News

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