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Weekend Picks: Burlesque Festival, Super Sunday Showdown, and More

A titillating New Orleans weekend, right this way.

Reading about the weekend when it’s not the weekend is such a tease. But the tease continues right on through until Sunday courtesy of New Orleans Burlesque Festival happening all weekend. There’s plenty else to satisfy you, too: DJ Soul Sister’s Birthday Jam happens Friday night at Tipitina’s with a Super Sunday Showdown (note: it’s on Saturday) at the very same venue. For those who seek the sporting life, Porsches parade down Fulton Street and the Saints play their first at-home, regular season game on Sunday.

All Weekend

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The 2014 Queen of Burlesque. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

1. New Orleans Burlesque Festival — Thursday through Sunday, New Orleans Burlesque Festival titillates through book signings, workshops, parties, and a burlesque competition to crown the annual “Queen of Burlesque.” Venues and prices (some events are free) vary.

Friday

2. DJ Soul Sister’s Birthday Jam — Tipitina’s throws a party for DJ Soul Sister featuring musical guests KON and Hot 8 Brass Band. Birthday celebrations commence at 9 p.m.; tickets are $15 online.

Saturday

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Tipitina’s hosts two events this weekend. (Photo via Flickr user Infrogmation of New Orleans)

3. Super Sunday Showdown — Right back to Tipitina’s you go on Saturday night, this time for the Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday Showdown. Musical guests include Mystikal, Kermit Ruffins, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, and more with a silent auction of Mardi Gras Indian artwork to benefit the Bo Dollis Memorial Fund. Tickets are $15 in advance ($17 day of show).

4. Fulton Street Porsche Takeover – Porsches supplant floats for a parade down Fulton Street at about 6:30 p.m., celebrating the 60th anniversary of the appropriately named “Mardi Gras Region” of the Porsche Club of America. The cars will remain on display after the parade for photo opps and general ogling. Free.

Sunday

5. Saints vs. Buccaneers — The Saints play the Superdome at noon on Sunday. Watch at a favorite sports bar or elevate your game-day vittles at Grand Isle, where chef Ryan Haigler serves tailgate-style oysters and a lineup of Saints-inspired cocktails like the refreshing, rum-based Raspberry Brees.

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