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Weekend Picks: Krewe of Barkus, NOJO Honors Mrs. Oretha Castle Haley, and More

Krewe of Barkus (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans, parades are the name of the game. It all begins in the French Quarter, where a walking parade will take the streets by storm. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday sees the first of this season’s back-to-back parades along Uptown’s St. Charles Avenue route. Head downtown on Sunday for the Mystic Krewe of Barkus, where dogs and their owners will parade through the French Quarter. If parades aren’t your style, there are plenty of live music options for the weekend ahead.

Mardi Gras parades roll throughout the weekend in New Orleans (Photo: Zack Smith)


Krewe of Cork – The first parade of the weekend, Krewe of Cork, will take to the streets of the French Quarter at 3 p.m. Friday.

Krewe of Oshun, Cleopatra – Keep things going with the first of the weekend’s Uptown parades. Krewe of Oshun rides at 6 p.m. with the Krewe of Cleopatra to follow.

NOJO Honors Mrs. Oretha Castle Haley – The annual New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Black History Month concert celebrates African American lives, experiences, and achievements that have shaped our nation’s history. This year, NOJO will honor the life and legacy of Mrs. Oretha Castle Haley – a New Orleans civil rights icon. Catch the performance at 6:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Market. Tickets start at $30 + fees.

Photo: Bryce Ell

Oedipus Max: A Vaporwave Rock Opera – The Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave along with the Arts Council of New Orleans will host an opera this Friday at the Piazza d’Italia in downtown New Orleans. The three-act opera features original songs and remixes set to videos made by krewe members and projected onto the Piazza. In addition to the opera, there will be performances from Naughty Palace, Bouffant Bouffant, and other performers. The event starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 in advance. Costumes are required; find more information here.

Cure on Freret Street (Photo: Zack Smith)


Cure’s 10th Anniversary Mardi Gras Ballers Event – In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Cure is teaming up with Hogs for the Cause for a special, charitable Mardi Gras Ballers event. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., pay a $10 donation and enjoy food and drinks on a pay-as-you-wish basis, with all proceeds going to benefit children with pediatric brain cancer through Hogs for the Cause.

Krewe of Pontchartrain, Choctaw, Freret, Sparta, Pygmalion – Saturday brings five parades to Uptown New Orleans beginning with the Krewe of Pontchartrain at noon. The Krewe of Choctaw, Krewe of Freret, Krewe of Sparta, and Krewe of Pygmalion will follow.

Krewe of Barkus (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Krewe of Barkus – Gather your pups and head out to French Quarter for the Krewe of Barkus at 2 p.m. New Orleans’ most dog-friendly parade celebrates this year with the theme “The Big Bark Theory: Barkus Goes to Comic Con.”

Krewe of Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur, Alla – Closing out a weekend chock-full of parades, four will roll along the St. Charles Avenue Uptown Route back-to-back beginning at 11 a.m. with the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale.

Thursdays at Twilight (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


Thursdays at Twilight: Ladies of Soul – Enjoy an evening of music in the Botanical Gardens of City Park this Thursday. This week’s concert features Naydja CoJoe, Rechelle Cook, and Sharon Martin, also known as “The Ladies of Soul,” in a performance featuring everything from Motown to jazz, R&B, and familiar New Orleans tunes. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and admission is $10.

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