Fancy some carnival magic? The city’s creative brotherhoods and hardworking artists are here for you. And don’t forget the owners who jumped on the deed! Check out these Mardi Gras events and attractions that take you there in spirit.
Krewe of House floats
Whether you want to walk around your neighborhood or browse the city, the official Krewe of House Floats map has you covered. Check it out here.
Carnival costume bazaar
The Threadhead Cultural Foundation presents the 30th Carnival costume bazaar, postponed from last weekend due to bad weather. The open-air market will showcase unique creations from New Orleans costumers, hatters, assembly artists, mask makers and vintage costume suppliers, according to organizers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at avenue St-Claude and rue d’Espagne. Find out more here.
Mardi Gras for all
Up close virtual Mardi Gras for everyone with floats, food, music, costumes, celebrities and feature stories details the history, culture and traditions behind the carnival season is brought to you by NOLA.com and Mardi Gras World by Blaine Kern.
“Mardi Gras for All Y’all” offers over four hours of programming, with 90 individual segments and 20 musical performances. 8:00 p.m. daily from Friday to Sunday nola.com and theadvocate.com news sites, YouTube and Facebook Live, and rebroadcast on Shrove Monday (Monday) and Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday).
Salute from Mardi Gras
In “Salute to the People of New Orleans on Mardi Gras 2021,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell, holders of Mardi Gras royalty and culture will toast each other in a short show on Carnival day. There will be video presentations from the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club and the Rex Organization, the US Marine Corps Orchestra will perform, and an invocation will be delivered by Msgr. Christophe Nalty. Representatives of the Mardi Gras Indians will speak and Krewe of House Floats Captain Megan Boudreaux will be introduced. Finally, the mayor will in turn deliver a speech and raise a toast to the others. Anyone can watch at home on WWL, WGNO or WVUE, as well as NOLA.com Facebook. 11 am Tuesday.
Photographer Randy Schmidt will take portraits of friends, families and pets on the porch of the floating house decorated by Krewe of Red Beans at McEnery Residential, 4901 Magazine St., New Orleans. Music from The Young Pinstripes, kings cake from Brennan’s, mimosas and raffle are on the program. Profits will be donated to the GNOF Service and Hospitality Family Assistance program to help restaurant workers and their families affected by coronavirus closures. Go here for more information.
Virtual fallback experience
The Krewe of Tucks is planning a “Virtual Tucks Experience” Saturday at noon via YouTube, Facebook and Twitch, featuring former Royal Carnival Leslie Cooper, as well as WGNO’s Kenny Lopez, as co-hosts. Live music from SOUL Project NOLA, live painting with artist NOLA Frenchy, talks with former Tucks royalty and the Tucks Charitable Foundation, plus special video tributes from previous Krewe of Tucks parades. Find out at tucksfoundation.org/
NOJO 7 Mardi Gras Celebration
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra has remained mostly silent throughout the coronavirus pandemic. But on Saturday, NOJO 7, a seven-piece combo from the world’s largest orchestra, will perform a live, carnival-themed concert at the New Orleans Jazz Market, the group’s headquarters in Central City. Artistic director and drummer Adonis Rose will be joined by trumpeter James Williams, saxophonist Ricardo Pascal, trombonist Terrance Taplin, pianist Ryan Hanseler, bassist Amina Scott and singer Gabrielle Cavassa. Show time is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A virtual ticket costs $ 18 for an individual, $ 25 for a group viewing within the same household, via boxoffice.mandolin.com.