Weekend Picks (Feb. 7-9): Parade season is here!

While the Uptown parades don't start until next week, krewes roll through the French Quarter and New Orleans East this weekend.

by Mary Staes
February 4, 2020

This weekend is the first weekend of parades on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! While the Uptown parades don’t start until next week, krewes roll through the French Quarter, New Orleans East and the Marigny this weekend.

Here are our weekend picks:

Fri. Feb. 7, 2020

Crawfish at the Rusty Nail | 4 p.m. | The Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance Street | Prices Vary

Football is officially over, but crawfish and Carnival seasons are upon us. Crawfish happen from 4 to 8 p.m. while supplies last. Click here for more information. 

The Rusty Nail
Getting there
1100 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Thu 4pm–12am
Fri 4pm–2am
Sat 2pm–2am
Sun 12pm–1am
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(Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)

Friday Nights at NOMA: African Art panel, Bamboula 2000 | 5 to 9 p.m. | New Orleans Museum of Art | $15 admission, free for members

Bamboula 2000 is deeply rooted in the soul of Congo Square in New Orleans. This exciting music and dance experience formed in 1994 has become beloved in its home city and beyond. Bamboula 2000’s music is influenced by New Orleans, the Caribbean and Africa. This Friday’s night at the museum features a performance by the group and a discussion with multiple artists whose work is inspired by traditional African art practices. Click here for more information. 

New Orleans Museum of Art
Getting there
1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Mon-Fri 10am–6pm
Sat 10am–5pm
Sun 10am–6pm
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Sat. Feb. 8, 2020

2020 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 Marathon | 6 a.m. to Noon | Starts at Lafayette Square | $65 – $189 registration fee

Time to put those New Year’s resolutions to the test! Saturday and Sunday will be the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K, half and Full marathons throughout the city. Even if you don’t plan on hitting the pavement, you should still know about the road closures in effect for the event. Click here for more information.  

Lafayette Square
Getting there
S Maestri Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Sun 6am–9pm
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Art in the Bend | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 728 Dublin Street | Free to attend

Need a unique gift for Valentine’s Day. Still don’t have everything together for your Mardi Gras costume? Local artists are coming to the Riverbend Saturday for a special pop-up shop. Click here for more information. 

728 Dublin St
Getting there
728 Dublin St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA

Sun. Feb. 9, 2020

Red Carpet Oscar Party | 6:30 to 10 p.m. | The Country Club | Free to attend, drink and food prices vary

Get dressed up and watch the Oscars! Enjoy cocktails, beer, or your favorite wine at the party and guess who you think is most likely to win. The person with the most correct answers wins a free membership to the Country Club, and best dressed gets a $25 gift card. Click here for more information. 

The Country Club
Getting there
634 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Mon-Sun 10am–11pm
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Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc | 2:30 p.m. | Mahalia Jackson Theatre | Tickets start at $30

The New Orleans Opera presents Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc, a work focusing on the Maid of Orleans. As newly appointed leader of the French army, she lifted the siege of Orleans and fearlessly won battle after battle to defeat the English and rescue the throne of France. Her capture led to one of the most celebrated trials in history. Click here to buy tickets. 

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Getting there
1419 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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This Weekends Parades

Fri. Feb. 7, 2020

Krewe Bohéme | French Quarter | 7 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 8, 2020

Krewe du Vieux | French Quarter | 6:30 p.m.

krewedelusion | French Quarter | follows

Sun. Feb. 9, 2020

Krewe of Nefertiti | New Orleans East | 1 p.m. 

‘tit Rex | Marigny | 4:30 p.m.

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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