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Weekend Picks: Krewe du Vieux and More

Peak Carnival time kicks off with Krewe du Vieux on Saturday night, plus plenty more to do.

Big Freedia at the 2016 Krewe du Vieux parade. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

It’s finally here! Peak Carnival time kicks off with Krewe du Vieux on Saturday night. Elsewhere in New Orleans, check out a market in the Bywater, catch a live performance at Marigny Opera House, and get your jerk chicken fix at Central City Barbecue. Even more picks are below.

An exterior shot of the Marigny Opera House. (Photo via Marigny Opera House on Facebook)


1. The Art of Jazz Dance meets jazz at this live performance happening Friday night at 6 p.m. at Marigny Opera House, a hauntingly beautiful space. There’s also a Sunday night showing. General admission tickets are $35; $25 for students and seniors.


2. Krewe du Vieux Parade — Learn about the origins of this bawdy krewe here, then catch ’em in action anywhere along this route. Expect even more political satire than usual… Free.

Krewe du Vieux parade. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

3. Jerk Chicken Festival — Spice up your Saturday with the inaugural Jerk Chicken Festival (formerly Marley Gras) at Central City BBQ. You’ll get your food fix and honor the rasta —who would’ve turned 71 on Feb. 6 — to boot. Admission is $10

4. Piety Street Art Market — From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 50 vendors offer handmade jewelry, crafts, vintage clothing, collectibles, and more near the “Rusty Rainbow” bridge in Crescent Park, just across the street from Pizza Delicious. Free.

The colorful climbing wall at NOBL. (Photo via New Orleans Boulder Lounge on Facebook)


5. AcroYoga at NOBL — New Orleans Boulder Lounge (NOBL) hosts this acrobatic yoga hybrid class from 12 to 2 p.m. on Sunday. No prerequisites for this class, and tickets are discounted for the price of two ($25 for one, $45 for two), so bring a date!


Mardi Gras Fashion Show at Republic On Thursday night, see Mardi Gras through the eyes of its fashionable revelers. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the (fashion) show stars at 9 p.m.; tickets are $10.

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