There’s always something to do in Nola! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in New Orleans this week.
1. BLACK MARDI GRAS TRADITIONS
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dianne “Gumbo Marie” Honore’ is joined on stage with members of the Black Baby Dolls, Skull and Bones Gang, Black Indians and Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs. These groups are the bedrock of black mardi gras celebrations which began over a century ago. Enjoy listening to the carnival cultural history through song, dance, and storytelling. Learn more HERE.
2. ATYPICAL HOUSE
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – Friday, February 9, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Let the good times roll… through Atypical House! This Carnival Season, join everyone on the Uptown parade route. There they’ll have a fully stocked bar, food for purchase, and afterparty sets from your favorite DJs (and some new faves). Learn more HERE.
3. FREEDOM’S DANCE – BOOK RELEASE EVENT
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join Karen Celestan and Eric Waters for the release of “Freedom’s Dance,” the new book on Second Lines in New Orleans. Authors, essayists and SAPC members will be on hand to sign books. Refreshments will be served. Pre-event book discount is available. Hope to see you there! Learn more HERE.
4. MARDI GRAS 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
The most popular time to visit New Orleans is the extended weekend before Mardi Gras (February 9- 13). Come then and you’ll be sure to watch the most popular parades, like Endymion, Bacchus, Zulu, Rex and all of the festive celebrations throughout the whole city. Locals and visitors alike fill the streets, rain or shine, catch throws, beads and have a good time. Learn more HERE.
5. THE EVOLUTION OF A BLACK WOMAN: NEW ORLEANS
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The second production of “The Evolution of A Black Woman” is coming home to New Orleans. Written, Directed and Produced by Ariana Antonia Newman, this one-woman show is funny, heartfelt, intriguing and the epitome of the black woman. Come see her evolve in front of your eyes! Learn more HERE.
6. ZULU CORONATION BALL
Friday, February 9, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
The Zulu Ball is one of the most talked about events for Mardi Gras season in the Black community. Featured entertainment includes: Fantasia, En Vogue, Rebirth Brass Band and DJ Captain Charles. This is a strictly formal event. Men- Black Tuxedos only, Ladies- Floor Length Gowns only. No exceptions! So get ready for the ball extravaganza and dress to impress! Learn more HERE.
7. THE TIPPING POINT
Friday, February 9, 2018, 11:00 p.m.
Created by DJ RQ Away it began with the idea of giving those seeking a good time an alternative to what he and his cohorts had come to know as a “regular” night out. With no lines, no cover, no enforced dress code, and a laid-back vibe, The Tipping Point has become a “to do” for good people looking for good music on Friday nights. With the emotionally driven music selections of RQ Away, Good Vibes are always guaranteed at The Tipping Point. Learn more HERE.
8. KREWE OF ENDYMION PARADE
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
The Krewe of Endymion is host to Samedi Gras, the greatest block party on earth. drawing 30,000+ from Mid-City neighborhoods to help kick off Endymion. The krewe’s motto is “Throw ’til it Hurts.” They estimate that they toss more than 15 million throws along the parade route which ends with a ride through the Mercedes Benz Superdome for the Endymion Extravaganza. In recent years, celebrity grand marshalls have included Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Steven Tyler, Pitbull, KC and the Sunshine Band, Kiss and Flo-Rida. Learn more HERE.
9. HANGOVER DAY PARTY: BARDI GRAS
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Mardi Gras is upon us and it’s a good time for the Hangover Party crew to show their appreciation to all their favorite Hangover Brunch regulars. New Orleans’ original Hangover Brunch Day Party brings back Hangover Day Party: Bardi Gras Day Party and Bacchus Parade Watch with liquor sponsor Jack Daniels Honey. Learn more HERE.
10. “THE STNDRD”
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Popular event promoter Larry Morrow has a weekly Sunday residency at Apres Lounge for the football season, so it’s only fitting that you close the Mardi Gras and football season there. Enjoy a good time with friends and meet strangers to make new friends. Learn more HERE.
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