Though plenty of fun, parades aren’t all you’ll find in New Orleans this weekend. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum expands its ranks to welcome the Museum of the American Cocktail on Friday, offering visitors a glimpse of iconic beverages past and present. A charity run takes place on Sunday, followed by plenty of live music. Experience Cuba at the New Orleans Photo Alliance, or sing along to Annie (we know you know the words!), showing all weekend at the Saenger.
1. Krewe of Oshun and Krewe of Cleopatra Parades – These two krewes roll through Uptown at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. Cleopatra’s theme is “Strolling Down the Avenue” – no doubt spectators will do the same as they head down St. Charles collecting throws like medallion beads and headbands.
2. The Museum of the American Cocktail Opening – Established by a group of craft cocktail pioneers, the Museum of the American Cocktail opens its exhibits to the public on Friday at 11 a.m. Located inside the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, MOTAC will be open Thursdays through Mondays from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
3. ‘tit Rəx and Chewbacchus Parades – These micro-krewes exemplify the quirkier, funkier side of New Orleans. Both parade through the Marigny at 5 p.m. (‘tit Rəx) and 6 p.m. (Chewbacchus). You’ll want to get there early for a prime view of ‘tit Rəx’s signature mini floats.
4. 504K Run and Music Festival – Partake in a 5.04-kilometer run through the Marigny and Bywater that benefits Youth Run NOLA, Make Music NOLA, McDonough 25 High School, and WWOZ. The run starts at 8:30 a.m. with a music festival to follow – Kermit Ruffins and Evan Christopher are just two of several performers. Register online in advance or the day of the event.
5. Annie at the Saenger – It’s a hard knock life for Little Orphan Annie until she meets Daddy Warbucks. The timeless musical runs all weekend, with twice-daily performances on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster.
Que Bola Asere: Celebrating Cuba at the New Orleans Photo Alliance – In light of diplomatic changes, this newly renovated nonprofit in the Lower Garden District presents a timely exhibit focused on Cuba’s rich artistic culture. The opening reception is on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. – visitors can speak with the artists in person.
Mardi Gras Parades – In addition to the krewes listed above, several others parade through the French Quarter and Uptown this weekend. Check out a complete parade schedule here.