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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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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

Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly Instagram

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

Arts & Culture Events Music Things To Do

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

Arts & Culture Events Travel

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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Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Defined

Arts & Culture Events

New Orleans has a language all its own and Mardi Gras is certainly no different. And because in every Mardi Gras crowd, there are plenty of first timers, we’ve cobbled together a bit of a Mardi Gras glossary of terms and traditions. If this is your first rodeo, feel free to use this guide to fit right in. If you’re …

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Mardi Gras Lagniappe: Dance Troupes and Marching Clubs

Arts & Culture Events

Mardi Gras parades are full of floats, high school marching bands, cheer teams, and many other entertaining groups, including dance troupes and marching clubs. These groups are an integral part of Carnival season and after joining a dance troupe myself this year, I can attest that there is something just so New Orleanian about every aspect of being in one. …

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New Orleans All The Way Live: Valentine’s 2014

Arts & Culture Food 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.

Grammy award-winning R&B singer Irma Thomas performs. (photo by WEBN-TV, via Flickr)

This week’s program is a mixture of love songs …

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Rock Star for a Night: Riding in the Krewe of Muses

Arts & Culture Events GoNOLA Radio

Mardi Gras has come a long way – both literally and stylistically – since the first parade rolled through New Orleans in 1857. Now, we’ve got glitter on our king cakes, dancing men in windbreakers and all-girl krewes, the most celebrated of which is the Krewe of Muses.

Virginia with a beautiful Muses shoe

When …

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All Dolled Up in Purple, Green and Gold: Mardi Gras Decor in New Orleans

Arts & Culture

In New Orleans, the old adage “All that glitters is not gold” certainly holds true. All that glitters in the Big Easy is purple, green and gold. Our beloved Mardi Gras season is here and many residents and businesses have already hung bright wreaths, bunting, masks and garlands with the same passion and creativity that other cities usually reserve for …

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