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Family Fun In New Orleans Week of 02/15 – 02/21/19

Mardi Gras Family Fun In New Orleans

Family Fun in New Orleans Week of 02/15/19 – 02/21/19

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This is another exciting week for Families attending Conventions in New Orleans. It is a week full of family fun and educational things to do. Every week Fun In New Orleans offers a list of the many activities focused on Family Friendly Activities.

These Activities are Family-Focused. They have been conveniently arranged by Festivals & Entertainment, Museums, Sporting Events, and Other Fun Filled Activities occurring this week. Please consider Subscribing to our Monthly Newsletter or Sharing it with your friends. After your visit we’d love to hear about your experiences!

Mardi Gras Parades

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The Mardi Gras season in full swing

Looking for some Mardi Gras Family Fun in New Orleans? Why not help New Orleans kick off the 2019 Carnival Season?

Each year, the 12th night after Christmas marks the beginning of the Mardi Gras season. Twelfth Night, or the Epiphany, marks the official beginning of the Mardi Gras season on Jan. 6. The king cake debuts on this day, making its way into homes, offices, and parties until Fat Tuesday (March 5, 2019).

Chewbacchus may be over, but the rest of the Mardi Gras season has just begun! Below, we list this week’s Mardi Gras parades:

Krewe Bohème: Friday, February 15th @ 7PM, French Quarter

  • The newly formed Krewe Bohème has the distinct honor of being the very first parade of the Carnival season.
  • For their first year parading, the theme will be “La Vie Bohème” and the Supreme Fairy this year will be Vinsantos.
  • Parading through the Bywater, Marigny and French Quarter, Krewe Bohème will bring to paradegoers a visual and auditory feast of mystery, artistry and fun.
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  • Parade Route

Krewe du Vieux: Saturday, February 16th @ 6:30PM, French Quarter

  • Founded in 1987, born from the ashes of the fabled Krewe of Clones.
  • The Clones began in 1978, based out of the Contemporary Arts Center. This “Art Parade” became wildly popular for their imaginative and creative street performance art.
  • They march in the French Quarter on the third Saturday before Fat Tuesday.
  • The Krewe’s historical name, suggested by Don Marshall, paid homage to Le Petit Theatre, one of KdV’s earliest supporters.
  • Krewe du Vieux is an existential culmination of vision and spirituality, not easily described. Our parade brings us together from our everyday lives for one glorious night of love, primitive desires and ecstasy. We bond to the people around us as we playfully exchange smiles, hugs, and the joi de vivre that New Orleans brings to the world.
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krewedelusion: Saturday, February 16th @ 7PM, French Quarter

  • “By establishing a Foundation, appointing a Benevolent Ruler and embracing the forms and traditions of New Orleans’ Satirical parading Krewes, our mission is to save the Universe, beginning at its center – New Orleans.”
  • The Big Easy’s newest satirical parade will roll once again through the streets of the Marigny and French Quarter.
  • Parade Route

Krewe of Bilge: Saturday, February 16th @ 11AM, Slidell

  • Founded by locals in 1978 and now has 400+ members. This is a must-see event in Slidell!
  • Has been frequently listed as one of the Top 20 Events by the Southern Tourism Society.
  • Some great spots to catch the parade are at The Dock of Slidell off Lakeview Drive, along Highway 11 at Michael’s Restaurant, The Landing, and Tooloula’s, and on the east side of the parade route at the firehouse on Marina Drive.
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Krewe Poseidon: Saturday, February 16th @ 6PM, Slidell

  • Coed carnival organization dedicated to supporting the community of Slidell through the promotion of social interaction, philanthropy, and advancing the overall quality of life.
  • Founded in 2015 by a handful of Slidell residents who envisioned a revitalization of Carnival for the Northshore.
  • Aims to provide the citizens of Slidell and the surrounding areas with an exceptional parade indicative of the traditions and history of New Orleans Mardi Gras.
  • This year’s theme is “We Will Rock You!” and will feature over 600 riders on 28-30 floats.
  • Each float will represent well-known songs such as “Sharp Dressed Man” – (ZZ Top), “Viva Las Vegas” – (Elvis), “Rock n Roll All Nite” – (KISS), as well as songs by Chicago, Elton John, Foreigner, Huey Lewis, Billy Joel, and others!
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Krewe of Little Rascals: Sunday, February 17th @ Noon, Metairie

  • America’s longest running, most flamboyant children’s Mardi Gras Krewe in Carnival history.
  • “Today’s Little Rascals are Tomorrow’s Leaders and Our Hope for the Future”. This is the motto of the Krewe of Little Rascals, a non-profit organization named after Hollywood’s most famous kids group.
  • We are a youth oriented traditional Mardi Gras Ball and Parade, with members ranging in age from 4 – 19 (younger positions are available in the Court).
  • The Krewe of Little Rascals Parade annually rolls along Veterans Boulevard from Clearview Shopping Center to the end at Martin Behrman. Our approximately four-mile Parade makes no turns on Severn or Bonnabel. Led by the Sheriff’s vehicles and our KLR Pace Car, the Parade travels the traditional Metairie Parade Route on Veterans Blvd.
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Krewe of Slidellians: Sunday, February 17th @ 1PM, Slidell

  • The members of the Slidell Women Civic Club invite you to join us as we kick off the Slidell Mardi Gras season! The Krewe of Slidellians will roll on February 12, 2017 at 1 pm.
  • Our parade follows the traditional Slidell route from Salmen High School to Gause near Hobby Lobby.
  • Floats are sponsored by local businesses and organizations.
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Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club: Sunday, February 17th @ 1PM, Slidell

  • Founded in 1953, the Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club supports the Pearl River Lions Club, a group that provides eye care for those who qualify.
  • This beloved day parade in Pearl River is a family affair and the whole town comes out to celebrate together. The krewe rolls with up to 15 floats, the Pearl River High School Band, dance groups, cheerleaders, local clubs, churches, and families – everyone who loves a parade (and who doesn’t?).
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Krewe of Perseus: Sunday, February 17th, follows, Slidell

  • The purpose of the Krewe was (and is) to bring a true Mardi Gras ball,Tableau, and parade to the City of Slidell.
  • Chartered by the State of Louisiana on April 27,1970, thus making it the oldest Carnival organization in Slidell. We are incorporated as “Beau Geste, Inc.” or in English, Graceful Gesture.
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12/01/19 – 03/15/19 – Gone: PhotoNola Exhibition Artist Talk with Nell Dickerson

Experience photographer and architect Nell Dickerson’s photo exhibit “Gone” at the Hermann-Grima House.

Families Fun Gone: Nell Dickerson in New Orleans
Gone: Nell Dickerson

Dr. Lisa Thompson’s  “Single Black Female” is a two-woman show with rapid-fire comic vignettes. She explores the lives of thirty-something African American middle-class women in urban America as they search for love, clothes, and dignity. This is in a world that fails to recognize them amongst a parade of stereotypical images. This week’s performances include Friday, 1/4 through Sunday, 1/6.

Saturdays & Sundays: Jazz Brunch at Commander’s Palace

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Commander’s Palace, outside view

Commander’s Palace, nestled in the heart of the historic New Orleans Garden District and steps from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, is the birthplace of the Jazz Brunch – a clever response to famous New Orleans traditions, such as “Dinner at Antoine’s” and “Breakfast at Brennan’s”. This is a one-of-a-kind event and is entirely different from what you would get with the lunch and dinner menu here. It features a special menu and Live New Orleans Jazz by the Joe Simon’s Jazz Trio.

The following items that you can probably expect to see on the menu are the Turtle Soup, Candy Apple Lacquered Quail, the Creole Gumbo, Pecan Roasted Gulf Fish, Cochon De Lait Eggs Benedict, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Sugarcane & Black Pepper Bacon. Oh, and don’t forget the desserts! Get “The Queen of Creole Desserts” known as Creole Bread Pudding Soufflewith a warm whiskey sauce added table side. Both this and the Strawberry Shortcake must be ordered in advance. Also great desserts are Lally’s Praline Parfait, as well as the Pecan Pie a la Mode. Here is a sample menu – there’s something on here that everyone can enjoy, from age 6 to age 90.

Jazz Brunch Hours:

  • Saturday 11AM – 1PM
  • Sunday 10AM – 1:30PM

You’ll want to dress nice for this occasion and especially make sure the kids are dressed in their “Sunday best”.

The official Dress Code:

  • Business Attire
  • Gentlemen should wear jackets
  • Collared shirts and closed-toe shoes required for gentlemen
  • No shorts, flip-flops, t-shirts, sweat shirts, or sweat pants
  • Jeans are discouraged

Of course, they provide complimentary valet service, so that you don’t have to worry about parking.

Other Exciting Things Going On for Families Visiting New Orleans

While in New Orleans this week, there are numerous venues include tours such as walking Tours of the French Quarter, Swamp Tours,

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Families visiting in New Orleans may want to consider a tour of the Historic French Quarter and other exciting things in the city.

Plantation Tours, Cemetery tours, and many others found under our Tours menu tab.
For Families Visiting New Orleans the fun places to go, the food, and activities are endless. Each week, we provide the Fun Happening This Week in New Orleans offering the Family Friendly activities that can be enjoyed by all members of the family. Come back next week for our updates. Consider following us on Social Media and subscribing to our monthly newsletter, Family Fun In New Orleans!

Come on down as the Cajun French from Louisiana say “Laissez les bons temps rouler”, let the good times roll!