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Pre-Mardi Gras Events, Parades, & Happenings this Weekend In New Orleans

Just one more week before Mardi Gras, and this weekend is jammed packed with parades, music, and other fun events! In collaboration with Defend New Orleans, we are throwing a Carnaval Kickoff Pop-Up Party at DNO’s Downtown location (600 Carondelet Street St 140) this Sunday from 5-7 pm.

Featuring Tristan Dufrene and P-TAB curating the musical sounds, and merch giveaways from DNO. There are only 100 RSVPs available — make sure to reserve your spot ASAP.  Reserve your RSVP here!

River Beats Event Guide Edition 5: February 22 – 25, 2019 

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Friday, February 22

OEDIPUS MAX: A Krewe of Vaporwave Rock Opera

Where: Piazza d’Italia
When: 6 – 10 PM

OEDIPUS MAX: A Krewe of Vaporwave Rock Opera

It’s a ball… it’s an opera… it’s a party… it’s all of the things. Every single one of the things is what this is!

Krewe du Kanaval Ball

Where: Civic Theater
When: 8 PM Doors

Join Arcade Fire’s parade krewe for a night of fun at the Civic Theater. A short Haitian themed parade will be followed by entertainment by Diplo, Jillionaire, DJ Windows 98 and many more.

The Heavy Bass Pajama Slam featuring Krimer & Phiso

Where: Republic NOLA
When: 10 PM – 3 AM
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Techno Club presents Spektrum feat. Disko Obscura

Where: Techno Club
When: 11 PM – 5 AM
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Parade Schedule – Friday

Krewe of Cork

Where: French Quarter
Starts: 3 PM

Founded in 2000, the Krewe of Cork celebrates food, wine and fun with a spirited walking parade through the French Quarter eleven days before Mardi Gras.


Krewe of Excalibur

Where: Metairie
Starts: 7:30 PM

Founded in 2000, Excalibur was named for the legendary sword of King Arthur. Formed by approximately 250 men and women members, the Krewe of Excalibur’s medieval theme lends itself to grand costuming and a unique look.

Krewe of Oshun

Where: Uptown
Starts: 6:00 PM

Founded in 1996, the Krewe of Oshun is named for the Yoruba goddess of love and intimacy. Led by the captain aboard a peacock float, the parade includes 20 Barry Barth floats, several bands who participate in a contest, and marching Baby Dolls.

Krewe of Cleopatra

Where: Uptown
Starts: 6:30 PM

Founded in 1972, the first all-female krewe on the West Bank celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2012 with a movie to the East Bank, becoming the first all-female organization on the Uptown route. Their motto is: “Her beauty is timeless, her age is now…forever!”

Krewe of Eve

Where: Mandeville
Starts:7 PM

Saturday, February 23

Hippie Sabotage

Where: Joy Theater
When: 9 PM
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Bass Church feat. the Return of Kthulu Prime

Where: Santos Bar
When: 11:59 PM – 6 AM
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No Diggity 90’s Night

Where: House of Blues
When: 10 PM
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Mardi Gras Warehouse Show

Where: 6411 St. Claude Ave
When: 8:30 PM – 12 AM
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Electro Parasol

Where: The Pearl Lounge
When: 10 PM – 3 AM
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Parade Schedule – Saturday

Krewe of Caesar

Where: Metairie
Starts: 6 PM

Krewe of Pontchartrain, Choctaw, Freret

Where: Uptown
Begins: 1 PM

Organized in 1975 and named after Lake Pontchartrain, this fun krewe includes both men and women riders. Past grand marshals have included Allen Toussaint, Red Buttons, Bart Simpson, Irma Thomas, Jim Henderson, and Becky Allen.

Krewe of Sparta, Pygmalion

Where: Uptown
Starts: 5:30

Founded in 1952, the Knights of Sparta take their name from the city-state in southern Greece, renowned for its simple, stoic ways and exemplary disciplines.

Sunday, February 24

River Beats X DNO Carnaval Kickoff (FREE Party)

Where: DNO Downtown (600 Carondelet St 140)
When: 5 – 7 PM
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Rewind w/ Unicorn Fukr

Where: Santos Bar
When: 10 PM
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Parade Schedule – Sunday

Krewe of Barkus

Where: French Quarter 
Starts: 2pm 

Femme Fatale

Where: Uptown
When: 11 am


Where: Uptown 
When: 12 pm 

King Arthur-Merlin 

Where: Uptown 
When: 1 pm 



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