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Weekend Picks: Mardi Gras Parades, NBA All-Star, and More

Cue the dad joke: this weekend is a slam dunk!

Photo: Paul Broussard

Cue the dad joke: this weekend is a slam dunk! With Mardi Gras and NBA All-Star fanfare happening concurrently, there’s a dizzying array of fun (and in Dave Chapelle’s case, funny) things to do.

Krewe of Chewbacchus. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

All Weekend

1. Mardi Gras This weekend’s parades include Cork and Barkus in the French Quarter plus Oshun, Cleopatra, Pontchartrain, Choctaw, and Freret Uptown. Not to mention ‘tit Rex and Chewbacchus in the Bywater… it’s a lot. Check out the full schedule here.

2. Dave Chapelle — Catch a Chapelle show (see what we did there?) Wednesday through Saturday nights at the Saenger Theatre starting at 9 p.m. with fellow funnyman Chris Tucker. Tickets from $55.

Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook at a recent NBA All-Star practice. (Courtesy photo)


3. NBA Celebrity All-Star Game — Watch celebs like Nick Cannon, Ansel Elgort, and Mark Cuban at the Celebrity All-Star Game on Friday night at 6 p.m. CT. New Orleans residents past and present are on the court, too: Anthony Mackie, Win Butler, and Aaron Sanchez are all on the roster. Tickets online, or you can watch on ESPN.


4. NBA All-Star Saturday Night — Three-point contests, dunk contests, skills challenges: it’s all a part of the NBA All-Star Saturday night, melding basketball with pure entertainment starting at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets online, or watch on TNT.


5. NBA All-Star Game — Even if basketball isn’t your thing, you can enjoy a kickoff performance from the Roots and a halftime show from John Legend. But if basketball is your thing — there’s no better showcase of talent as the East takes on the West in this annual tradition. Tickets online, or watch on TNT at 7 p.m. CT.

Note: Don’t miss additional All-Star attractions like NBA Crossover — a free event at The Chicory featuring art, music, fashion, and entertainment — from 4-10 p.m. on Friday and 12-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

The New Orleans Museum of Art. (Photo: Anna-Marie Babington)


“A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s” at NOMA The New Orleans Museum of Art spotlights Carnival, fashion, and street life scenes from 18th-century Venice at this new exhibit, which opens this weekend and runs through May 21.