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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

A pup dressed for Bastille Day (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans will be full of celebration and commemoration both for a native son and foreign friends. This weekend we honor the life of “Uncle” Lionel Batiste, French Independence and Spanish tradition. There’s also a new free music series to discover and an adult Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament just to mix things up. Get ready for the weekend, New Orleans!

Friday, June 13:

1. Uncle Lionel’s Second Line – A true New Orleans gentleman has passed on to the other side. At age 80, “Uncle” Lionel Batiste, the beloved patriarch of the Treme Brass Band, passed away this past Sunday. The bass drummer embodied the style, exuberance and beat – literally – of New Orleans. Always dressed to the nines, deftly dancing and charming ladies young and old, Uncle Lionel was a true character whose spirit will live on in New Orleans forever. To celebrate his life, there will be a second line starting at Tuba Fats Square on the corner of St. Philip and N. Robertson in the Treme and ending at Sweet Lorraine’s with performances by Kermit Ruffins, Kid Merv, Michael Baptiste and many other of Uncle Lionel’s friends. Admission is a minimum of $25 donation to the Lionel Batiste memorial fund.

2. Jamming on the River – Coming right off the heels of Wednesdays at the Square and Jazz in the Park was Wednesdays on the Point, and now there’s yet another free concert series to enjoy called Jammin’ On The River. The new summer series along the Riverfront by Mardi Gras World kicks off this Friday with The Boogiemen and Vox and the Hound. Besides awesome music and a fun family friendly environment, local gourmet food trucks will be at the ready for delicious sustenance. Parking is available for $5. Check out their schedule for the great lineup through August!

3. Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament – The childhood game turned sometimes adult tie-breaker/decision maker will be quite the serious competition at the local favorite watering hole, Flanagan’s in the French Quarter. New Orleans’ first Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament is sure to be an incendiary night of fierce competition, all to benefit the making of “Wicked Fingers Finds Love,” a short film. Enjoy being a participant or spectator of the MC’d night with performances by Bella Blue and VeVe la Roux and music by DJ Mr. The Kid. There is no cover for the event but a $5 entry fee to compete.

Saturday, June 14:

4. Running of the Bulls Encierro – San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is underway! There’s a whole weekend of events including a Marques de Caceres at 7 on Fulton, the El Txupinazo official pre-party pm Friday from 5-9 p.m. at the Sugar Mill before the main event on Saturday – the Encierro! Celebrate the Running of the Bulls Spanish holiday in New Orleans with our own interpretation of a bull run – a stampede of feisty roller girls skating through the Warehouse District and French Quarter! The bulls will be released at the Sugar Mill at 1021 Convention Center Blvd.  Register for SFNO to take part in all the festivities and the RollerBull run, or just come and cheer on the runners and skaters in the French Quarter starting at 8 a.m.!

5. Bastille Day Fete – This weekend is full of fun events to commemorate Bastille Day on June 14! There will be fireworks over the Mississippi River on Friday at 9:00 p.m., a block party on the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon Street in Faubourg St. John and a street parade starting outside of Molly’s at the Market on Decatur Street in the French Quarter on Saturday and the annual Waiters Race from Artillery Park to the French Market at 4 p.m. on Sunday! Celebrate French Heritage in New Orleans at Bastille Day Fete.

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