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Weekend Picks: Crawfish Mambo, Mother’s Day, and More

Enjoy fresh, hot boiled crawfish at Crawfish Mambo (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day, enjoying an all-day crawfish festival, and joining the slowest second line parade there is. The weekend kicks off with a Shakespeare-inspired original play in the Sculpture Garden. Continuing into the weekend we have Crawfish Mambo, Brennan’s 5th Annual Turtle Parade, and a whole lot more. Enjoy your weekend in New Orleans!


The Pianist of Willesden Lane – Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” tells the true story of a young Jewish pianist in pursuit of her dream: making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall during the Nazi regime. See the performance at Le Petit Theatre in the French Quarter this weekend. Tickets start at $35.

There’s nothing like a New Orleans crawfish boil (Photo: Rebeccca Todd)


Crawfish Mambo – It’s all-you-can-eat crawfish, all-day long out at the University of New Orleans on the Lakefront this Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., sample dozens of different crawfish boils cooked by teams competing for cash prizes and the ultimate bragging rights. The music lineup includes the Bucktown Allstars, the Young Pin Stripe Brass Band, and more. Tickets to the festival are $25.

Head to the Brennan’s Restaurant courtyard fountain to meet the turtles (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Brennan’s 5th Annual Turtle Parade – Known as the ‘Slowest Second Line on Earth,’ Brennan’s annual Turtle Parade began when restaurateur Ralph Brennan and co-proprietor Terry White inherited ten turtles upon the purchase of the Brennan’s restaurant building. Once a year, the turtles come out from their courtyard fountain home within the restaurant and take to the streets via custom wagons. Led by a police escort, the parade starts at 11 a.m. at 550 Bienville and proceeds to Brennan’s Restaurant where the festivities continue.

Treat mom to Mother’s Day Brunch at Salon by Sucré (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


Mother’s Day Celebrations – Celebrate Mother’s Day in New Orleans by taking your loved ones out to eat at one of these restaurants. Not sure how to spend the day? Attend a special Mother’s Day Tiffany Tea at the Newcomb Art Museum, or take mom bowling at Fulton Alley for half-off prices all day long. The New Orleans Museum of Art will have free admission for moms, and Café NOMA will be serving complimentary “Mom-osas.”

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden (Photo: Paul Broussard)


The NOLA Project presents The Henchman: A Shakespeare Story – Imagined as a sequel to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this outdoor theatrical production is the latest from the NOLA Project. Playwright Michael Aaron Santos brings the production to life in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden with performances beginning Wednesday, May 8. Tickets are $25 and the performance begins at 7 p.m.

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