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Mardi Gras Playlist: It’s Carnival Time!

Here are a few of our favorite classics – plus a few lesser-known gems – to keep you rolling all the way through Mardi Gras.

Photo: Paul Broussard

Whether you’re chilling on a porch between parades or up late working on your costume, Carnival time demands music to put a smile on your face, a shake in your booty and some soul in your heart. Here are a few of our favorite Mardi Gras classics — plus a few lesser-known gems – to keep you rolling all the way through.

Mardi Gras Playlist Tracks

“Indian Red” by The Wild Tchoupitoulas

“Peace Pipe” by The Wild Magnolias

“Iko Iko” by The Dixie Cups

“Big Chief” by Professor Longhair

“Street Parade” by Earl King

“Hey Now Baby” by Bo Dollis, Jr.

“Lord Lord Lord” by The Original Pinettes Brass Band

“Cassanova” by Rebirth Brass Band

“Ha Di Ka” by Galactic, Big Chief Juan Pardo

“All on a Mardi Gras Day” by The Wild Magnolias

“Sorry Mom” by Morning 40 Federation

“Wind It Up” by Stooges Brass Band

“Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid

“Knock with Me – Rock with Me” by Lil’ Rascals Brass Band

“Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing” by Tom Waits, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

“Golden Crown” by Big Chief Juan Pardo

“Let’s Go Get ‘Em” by Rebirth Brass Band

“The Big Bass Drum” by Dr. John

“Hey Pocky Way” by The Neville Brothers

“Let Me Go Home, Whiskey” by Snooks Eaglin

“The Day After Mardi Gras Day” by Alex McMurray

Jennifer Odell is a freelance music writer. Her work appears regularly in DownBeat, Jazz Times, Offbeat and the Gambit, among other publications, and she leads the New Orleans chapter of the Jazz Journalists Association. In her spare time, she enjoys second lining to the Hot 8 or TBC, costuming, and eating all of the crawfish.

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