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A rider tosses a ball as the Krewe of Nefertiti rolls Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in New Orleans East. Queen Nefertiti III Summer Turner reigned over 200 members on 14 floats as they paraded to the theme 'Nefertiti Roars.' The Krewe is named after the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, who some believe ruled for a time after the death of her husband and before King Tut took the throne. (Photo by Scott Threlkeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

The first of the big street parades start to roll around the greater metropolitan area as Carnival captures the Crescent City in a big way.


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Les Rebelles dance during the Krewe Bohéme parade in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. Artist Charles Gillam Sr. and his wife Susan Gillam sat on the absinthe throne as the parade traveled through the Marigny and French Quarter neighborhoods. (Photo by Sophia Germer, NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

There's plenty of parades happening around town so get in on the Carnival spirit and head out to one of the processions making its way through the area. In Slidell,?TITANS?roll Friday at 6:30 p.m.,?POSIEDON?steps off at 6 p.m. Saturday and ANTHEIA?heads out Sunday at 1 p.m. NEFERTITI?will promenade through New Orleans East Sunday at 1 p.m. In the Faubourg Marigny and the French Quarter,?KREWE BOH?ME?strolls at 7 p.m. Friday, the mammoth?KREWE DU VIEUX?struts out at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the diminutive shoe box?'TIT REX wheels its way Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Get a float-load of information on the parades here.

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Glitter-encrusted parasols are the handmade throw of the Krewe of Themis, and several of the coveted items will be on display for?"PARASOLS ON PARADE"?5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Stella Jones Gallery, 201 St. Charles Ave., No. 132, in the Place St. Charles building. The more than 50 exhibit pieces are part of a larger collection that will be thrown when the members roll with the Krewe of Freret on the traditional Uptown route Feb. 3. The works of art utilize a variety of materials to honor national legends and local institutions. Take a twirl over here for the view of the art.

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Camellias are typically pink, red and white but recent hybrids have produced a yellow variety which was sold at the recent show and sale.

It's camellia time Saturday when the local club dedicated to the blooms stages its annual?NEW ORLEANS CAMELLIA SHOW AND SALE at UNO's Hickey Ballroom in the University Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features a selection of varieties, including hybrids and fragrant types. Judging will be from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There's also a photo show from noon to 4 p.m. Check out more about the show here.

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The Algiers Mardi Gras Festival

Carnival kicks into high gear on the West Bank Saturday for the ALGIERS MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL?from?10 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting with a community parade and a stellar lineup of entertainment, including the Brass-A-Holics, U.S. Marine Forces Reserve Band, Amanda Shaw, Stephanie Jordan and Chiara Nicole. There will be plenty of vendors with food and beverage to add to the fun. The festivities happen in Federal City, 2300 General Meyer Ave., Algiers. Get in on the Carnival capers here.

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President and CEO Stephen J. Watson speaks during the opening of Liberation Pavilion and dedication of Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 3, 2023. (Photo by Sophia Germer, The Times-Picayune)

The National WWII Museum will host an?INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAM Saturday starting with a reception at 10 a.mn. and a program at 11 a.m. The free event will feature Eva P. Nathanson, a Hungarian native who survived and eventually immigrated to the United States in the 1950s. The museum, at 945 Magazine St., recently opened the Liberation Pavilion which explores the Holocaust, the end of the war and the postwar years. Get more information and register here.

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Big Chief Juan Carlos Pardo dances and chants as he walks through Central City on Mardi Gras.

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra highlights local culture just in time for Mardi Gras with a?FAMILY CONCERT:?MARDI GRAS INDIANS.?Matthew Kraemer conducts with Big Chief Juan Pardo at 11 a.m. Saturday at McMain Second School, 5712 S. Claiborne Ave., and feature musician learning stations where kids can ask questions about the instruments and musicians at 10:15 a.m.? On the program will be Wynton Marsalis' "Blues Symphony" and Maxim Samarov's "Birth of a Culture." Tickets start at $18. Check out this unique local tradition here.

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Multimedia artist Cree McCree has helped to run the popular annual Carnival Costume Bazaar since 2003. Demand has increased in recent years because of the multitude of new krewes, balls, and walking parades, she said. ?It?s definitely a bull market in the Mardi Gras costume world,? she said.

Just in time for that special Mardi Gras event, the 32nd annual DESIGNER COSTUME BAZAAR?market for all things Carnival costumery is Saturday at the AllWays Lounge and Cabaret, 2240 St. Claude Ave., from noon to 5 p.m. Costumers, hat makers, assemblage artists, mask makers and vintage costumes will be on hand for sartorial selections to wear to parades, parties and other festivities. Check out the possibilities here.

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New Orleans Big Easy (Black) battled the Conroe (Texas) roller Derby(Red) at the Harbor Center on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023. St Tammany?s Lethal Ladies?s game was canceled due to the other team canceling due to Covid.

Let's get ready to roll! It's not just the parades that roll but also?BIG EASY ROLLER DERBY MARDI GRAS MASHUP Saturday at 1 p.m. when two team face off for a Carnival collision sure to be fun. Costumes are encouraged for this event that features skaters from different teams across the region. The fun takes place at the Big Easy Roller Derby Warehouse, 3632 Desire Parkway, New Orleans. Suggested donation is $10 at the door. Chairs are encouraged. Roll on over here for details.

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Rus Anderson as Sir Elton John in 'The Rocket Man Show' coming to the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.?

In the mood for the little Elton John??"THE ROCKET MAN SHOW" is an homage to Sir Elton by Rus Anderson, his office '70s body double featured in the "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour. The Scotsman, chosen by the Crocodile Rocker himself, presents a live stage production with al the bells and whistles, including the outrageous costumes, instrumentation and, of course, the eyewear. The show, at 8 p.m. Saturday, is at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, with tickets starting at $25. Blast off with the Rocket Man here.


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