This weekend in New Orleans, we’re in full-fledged Carnival mode. With parades on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, there’s little sleep to be had between all of the celebrations – and we’re quite alright with that. Experience the first year of Krewe Bohème on Friday, then head out for Carnival favorite Krewe du Vieux on Saturday night. Sunday brings ‘tit Rəx around for the tiniest of krewes, one that you’ll need binoculars to experience. This weekend also sees French Film Festival returning for its 22nd year, along with a gospel music festival and pre-weekend Valentine’s Day festivities. It’s a good time to be in New Orleans!
French Film Festival – The 22nd annual French Film Festival brings critically-acclaimed foreign films to New Orleans during a week-long celebration. This year’s festivities take place Feb. 15-21 at the Prytania Theatre. Complete with screenings, parties, and live music performances, there’s so much to experience at French Film Festival. Learn more about this year’s films with our guide to the festival here. Tickets start at $13 for individual screenings for non-Film Society members.
Krewe Bohème – This new krewe is set to roll through the Marigny and the French Quarter this Friday at 7 p.m. Starting at the Love Lost Lounge, the walking krewe will march to Conti Street following this route. The theme for their first year is “La Vie Boheme,” and the krewe sets out to create a unique parade experience.
The Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra and the Fufu Allstars – These two local bands specializing in West African dance music will perform in an AfroPop concert this Friday at the Jazz & Heritage Center on 1225 N Rampart St. The concert begins at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) and admission is free.
Get Yah Praise On – Celebrate Black History Month at the Audubon Zoo with this annual celebration of gospel music. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., jam out to live music from local and regional gospel artists. The event is included with Zoo admission, which costs $22.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 2-12, and $19.95 for seniors 65 and older (save $3 on each ticket you purchase online here).
Krewe du Vieux/ krewedelusion – Carnival’s naughtiest krewe returns for another year of political commentary, satire, and humor this Saturday. Krewe du Vieux will roll through the French Quarter and Marigny with the theme “City of Yes Yes Oh God Yes” beginning at 6:30 p.m. with krewedelusion to follow. Find the parade route for Krewe du Vieux here and krewedelusion here, then head out for one of the best nights of Carnival season.
Music Box Market: Mardi Gras Edition – Support local artists and celebrate Mardi Gras at the same time at the Music Box Market. From noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, over 40 vendors will set up shop at the Music Box Village (4557 N Rampart St.) with everything form original art to vintage costumes for sale. Admission is free.
‘tit Rəx – New Orleans’ only Micro-Krewe takes cuteness to the next level this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Harkening back to the “shoebox floats” from childhood as a response to the extravagant floats found in Super Krewes, crowds gather around to watch the parade fit for a Barbie doll to roll through the Marigny. This year’s theme is “A Modicum of Decency,” and you can find the parade route here.
Valentine’s Day may fall on a Thursday this year, but you can keep the celebrations going well into the weekend with our picks above. However, if you’re looking to celebrate on the day itself, there’s plenty to do. Read all about how to spend Valentine’s Day in New Orleans with our guide here.