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New Orleans Events: Mardi Gras Saturday Fun, Endymion Bacchus Sunday
Written by  // Saturday, 05 March 2011 16:16 //

 While rain and bad weather has put a damp on Mardi Gras in New Orleans, there is still plenty to do in the environs for everyone.  Tomorrow will be a super-duper parade event with Bacchus and Endymionwith clearer skies on the horizon.  More New Orleans events from LaFete News by Frank Stansbury:


Saturday 3-5-11
    Tonight's Parade
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 With the likelihood of heavy rain late Saturday, the Krewe of Endymion this evening decided to move the traditional Saturday night parade to Sunday.

Endymion will roll behind Bacchus on Sunday on the Uptown route.
 
 
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

  Music Stage located at Governor Nicholls Street:

Saturday March 5th

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

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
 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!                

 
 
Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days & Arts-Craft Fair
FREE ADMISSION
Sunday
March 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
 

 
 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
 
 05 closed
06 Lucien Barbarin w/Sunday Night Swingsters w/Mark Braud

07 LUNDI GRAS - Lars Edegran & Topsy Chapman w/Palm Court Jazz Band
w/Wendell Brunious,Kerry Lewis, Jason Marsalis,Ronell Johnson,Tom Sancton

08 Mardi Gras day - closed
 
 
Chickie Wah Wah
2828 Canal Street
near Broad Street in Mid-City New Orleans
504.304.4714
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.*

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

 
 
 
 
IRVIN MAYFIELD'S JAZZ PLAYHOUSE AT THE ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL
300 BOURBON STREET
No Cover
(504) 553-2299

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
 
 
 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
 
                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

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

MARCH
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
 

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
 
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.
 
 
Blue Nile
532 Frenchmen Street
New Orleans, LA, 70116
(504) 948-BLUE
(504) 948-2583

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
 
 
   
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 9- 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.
 

 

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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