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Weekend Picks: Bayou Boogaloo, Royal Wedding Watch Party, and More

Bayou Boogaloo (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Calling all crawfish-eaters, Royal Wedding-watchers, bayou-enthusiasts and more – this weekend in New Orleans is jam-packed with fun. It all kicks off with Bayou Boogaloo, the biggest party on the bayou that lasts all weekend long. If you were hoping to be treated like royalty while watching the Royal Wedding from this side of the bayou — err, pond — you’re in luck! The Windsor Court Hotel is hosting a watch party. Also happening this Saturday is the 8th Annual Bugs & Brew Festival on Fulton Street where they’ll be eating crawfish for a cause. Sunday brings brass bands and bicycles to Mid-City with the Bike Easy Bicycle Second Line, and down in Central City, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum is hosting the ultimate croissant competition. How will you choose to spend your weekend in NOLA?

The bayou comes alive with music, food, and culture during the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo (Photo: Paul Broussard)

ALL WEEKEND

Bayou Boogaloo – Sunscreen, a beach towel, and some shades are all you need for this party on the bayou. With more than 25 food and beverage vendors from the Mid-City area and live music all day long, Bayou Boogaloo is one of our favorite festivals of the year. Enjoy arts and crafts or rent a canoe and take to the bayou by yourself or with friends. Admission to Bayou Boogaloo is free. Come on down to the bayou and check it out for yourself.

Cocktails at the Windsor Court Hotel (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

SATURDAY

Royal Wedding Watch Party – Watch the Royal Wedding in style at the Windsor Court Hotel this Saturday morning with their official watch party. Beginning at 5 a.m., the Polo Club Lounge will feature a British-inspired breakfast menu, bottomless mimosas, mid-morning tea service, and more as the Royal Wedding happens in real time. Tickets to the watch party are $60. If you’re not up for the early wake-up time, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the Royal Wedding on Saturday. May we suggest tea?

8th Annual Bugs & Brew Festival – This Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m., the The Drew Rodrigue Foundation will be hosting the 8th Annual Bugs & Brew for Drew Crawfish Cook-off and Beer Festival. Come down to Fulton Street to see the crawfish cook-off and taste crawfish-inspired dishes from local restaurants. Live music will be provided by Honey Island Swamp Band, Me and My Friends, and Soul Project NOLA, complete with children’s entertainment as well. The event supports the foundation named for Drew Rodrigue, a local football coach who battled against cancer, with the proceeds from this year’s festival going toward Carl Schaubhut, chef/owner of DTB and Bacobar. Tickets start at $60.

If you don’t have a bicycle of your own, rent a Blue Bike to participate in the Bike Easy Spring Bicycle Second Line (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

SUNDAY

Spring Bicycle Second Line – If you love bikes and brass bands, the Bike Easy Bicycle Second Line is where you need to be. The ride kicks off at 10 a.m. in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art and is an ode to New Orleans’ famous second line parades that traditionally roll through the city’s streets. Join hundreds of resident riders of all ages as they bike to Second Line Brewing while brass bands set the pace. The ride is free and all riders are encouraged to join Bike Easy as a member. This year marks Bike Easy’s 15th anniversary, and riders are encouraged to pick a theme and dress up with their riding krewe.

A croissant from Antoine’s Annex (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Croissant Battle New Orleans 2018 – Calling all croissant connoisseurs! The Southern Food & Beverage Museum is hosting the ultimate croissant battle, and anyone can attend the tasty competition on Sunday, May 20. Sample the best freshly-baked croissants complete with selections of jam, cheese, charcuterie, and a complimentary glass of wine before casting your votes for the Fan Prize as judges decide who gets the title of “Best Croissant in New Orleans.” VIP tickets for brunch include access to more food such as crème brulée French toast, fruit-filled crêpes with fresh strawberry whipped cream, and more. Tickets range from $20 to $40 in advance and the event begins at noon.

LIVE MUSIC

This weekend, head to where the music’s at. Check out DJ Soul Sister performing at One Eyed Jacks on Friday at 10 p.m. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra season is brought to a close with one final performance at the Orpheum Theater this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Finally on Sunday, enjoy the soulful sounds of the Bert Cotton Trio at Maple Leaf at 10 p.m.

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