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New Orleans is known as a ‘museum city’ with 46 museums and arts and culture attractions. However, the arts and culture scene is rich in live music, all star bands, local artists, theater and many cultural festivals. Soak it up!

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NOLA History: Mardi Gras Indians on “Super Sunday”

Arts & Culture History

We New Orleanians believe that, with everything, there should be “lagniappe,” that little something extra. Just a little something extra out of the kitchen at a restaurant, or perhaps a few donut holes to go with the dozen you just picked up on Saturday morning. Or just that one more encore at the end of a brass band’s set in …

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Wednesday at the Square Spring Concert Series Returns

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Spring marks a very special time of year in New Orleans that brings outdoor festivals and concerts aplenty. While Jazz Fest may draw huge crowds from around the world, locals know that Wednesday at the Square is where it’s at for a mid-week break. This free, 12-week concert series got its start in 1999, and serves as a fundraiser for …

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A Place Made for the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival

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The arts and New Orleans are undeniably connected at the hip. First Opera in North America? New Orleans. Birthplace of American music? New Orleans. Spiritual home and muse for a many a writer? You guessed it, New Orleans. One such writer who was deeply moved by the energy of the city was Tennessee Williams, who after having only been in …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

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This weekend in New Orleans promises a little bit of something for everyone, with entertainment choices ranging from theatre to comedy, country music, sports and New Orleans bounce. Head to the Marigny neighborhood for unconventional entertainment as Equus takes center stage at the Marigny Opera House and local favorite bounce artists perform at Siberia. Basketball fans will have two chances …

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New Orleans All The Way Live: Ooh Lawdy My Baby

Arts & Culture Music New Orleans All the Way Live

Each week on New Orleans All The Way Live, we take you into the world of New Orleans music, food, culture, and tradition through live performance and interviews with the special people that make up our diverse city.

Marcia Ball at WWOZ’s Piano Night. Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, www.rhrphoto.com

This week’s program brings you the blues, inflections of West …

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New Orleans All The Way Live: New Orleans Sacred Music Festival

Arts & Culture Music New Orleans All the Way Live

Each week on New Orleans All The Way Live, we take you into the world of New Orleans music, food, culture, and tradition through live performance and interviews with the special people that make up our diverse city.

Ensemble Fatien. Photo by Hunter King, via WWOZ.org

This week New Orleans All the Way Live presents an hour of cross-cultural …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

Arts & Culture Events Things To Do

This weekend in New Orleans means Mardi Gras, parades and parties. From the Greasing of the Poles in the French Quarter this Friday, to Uptown parades all weekend long, to the neighborhood-wide block party that is Endymion, this weekend is the one New Orleanians wait in anticipation for all year long.

Friday, February 28

1. Greasing of the Poles at

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NOLA History: Women in Carnival

Arts & Culture History

For generations, the public face of Mardi Gras in New Orleans was parades put on by “krewes” of men — no women allowed, or so it seemed. In spite of that public face, women have been very active participants in Carnival since the beginning.

It may have been six men who gathered in 1856 to form the Mystic Krewe of …

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GoNOLA Instagram Pick of the Week: Mystic Krewe of Barkus

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This Sunday, New Orleans goes to the dogs, as the Mystic Krewe of Barkus overtakes the French Quarter with its annual dog parade. Now in its 22nd year, this year’s theme is “Dogzilla: Barkus Licks the Crescent City.” Visit the French Quarter this Sunday afternoon, and you’ll be sure to see plenty of costumed canines, adorned in everything from traditional …

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GoNOLA’s Ultimate Guide to Mardi Gras 2014

Arts & Culture Events Travel

When a native New Orleanian, or really anyone who has experienced Mardi Gras even once tries to explain it to someone who never has, it’s hard to find the exact words. Besides all the parades and events, Mardi Gras is a sensory experience. A rush of smells, tastes, colors, feelings and sounds combine to form that Mardi Gras je ne

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BUKU Music + Art Project 2014 in New Orleans

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BUKU Music + Art Project was founded in 2012 and has quickly become a destination festival for both out-of-towners and locals alike. The experience BUKU offers is quite unique: it takes place along the Mississippi River in walking distance to the French Quarter and has five independent stages, ranging from one inside of Mardi Gras World to a three story …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly Music Things To Do

This weekend in New Orleans kicks off Carnival in earnest, with parades rolling around town all weekend long. Whether it’s traditional family fun along the Uptown parade route or wacky hijinks involving dogs, wine, Wookies and more downtown, this weekend promises plenty of entertainment for all. Those looking for live music should look no further than the Civic Theater, as …

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New Orleans All The Way Live: Musical and Culinary Families

Arts & Culture Music New Orleans All the Way Live

Each week on New Orleans All The Way Live, we take you into the world of New Orleans music, food, culture, and tradition through live performance and interviews with the special people that make up our diverse city.

Ellis Marsalis (Photo by Leon Morris, courtesy of WWOZ.org)

Mardi Gras in New Orleans means more than just booze and beads …

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Underground Guide to Mardi Gras: Special Traditions and Events

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As the days of late February fall off the calendar, bringing us closer and closer to Fat Tuesday, New Orleans begins to come more alive with each passing day. Soon the trees on St. Charles Avenue will be covered in only-in-NOLA decorations with hundreds of beads hanging off the branches over the street. It’s an exciting time to be in …

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Mardi Gras 2014: A Carnival Krewe Guide

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It’s that time of year again in New Orleans: Carnival Time! With over 50 parades in the metro area between now and Mardi Gras Day – Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – there are so many different krewes, each with its own unique vibe and traditions. From the elegant and traditional old-line parades to the absolute wild and wacky, this is …

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New Orleans All The Way Live: Little Freddie King and The B3 Summit

Arts & Culture Music New Orleans All the Way Live

Each week on New Orleans All The Way Live, we take you into the world of New Orleans music, food, culture, and tradition through live performance and interviews with the special people that make up our diverse city.

Little Freddie King’s 2012 album, “Chasing tha Blues.” (Image courtesy of littlefreddieking.com)

On this week’s program, we listen to the one …

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