Big Freedia Is Mardi Gras' Ambassador

Few other contemporary New Orleans artists sit perched on as high of a royal pedestal as Big Freedia. From underground local stardom to collabs with Beyoncé and Drake, Freedia seems to be gradually taking over and becoming bigger than anyone would have imagined. If you’ve ever attended a Big Freedia show, you know that it’s a participatory act. She spearheads a crowd so convincingly that they would probably follow her into a burning building. They move with her. They shake, wobble, and twerk with her.

Krewe du Kanaval Defined the Kanaval Spirit at its Ball

On Valentine’s Day, the third annual Kanaval Ball took place at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, and it presented a krewe learning to grow. The first Krewe du Kanaval Ball in 2018 took place at One Eyed Jacks with co-founder and Arcade Fire member Win Butler performing under his DJ name, DJ Windows 98. Last year, the ball moved to the Civic, where Boukman Eksperyans and Diplo and Jillionaire of Major Lazer topped the bill. 

Krewe du Kanaval Returns Friday with Arcade Fire, Preservation Hall, Mia X and More

Arcade Fire will headline the Krewe du Kavanal's third annual Kanaval Ball on Friday, February 14.  Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne (whose family is of Haitian decent) formed the krewe with Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall, and it debuted in 2018 with the goal of linking Carnival traditions with their roots in Haiti’s past.

Sleigh Bells Powercharm Republic During Carnival

Last Friday night, Sleigh Bells played Republic, and according to photographer Steph Catsoulis, the years in service and size of the room haven’t quieted the band at all. Five albums into its exploration of the place where heavy metal guitar, hip-hop drums, and high school cheers meet, Sleigh Bells stays true to its core values in concert, which translated to a very loud show.

Tonight the Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave Makes its Virtual Debut

[Updated] As Carnival has calcified into the form it now takes with big-ass nightly spectacles starting on Wednesday, so have others worked to make it something smaller and more personal. Last weekend, ‘tit Rex and Chewbacchus were one manifestation of that impulse, and tonight the Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave is another. At 7 p.m., VKV will “parade” at KreweOfVaporwave.com and you'll be able to see the parade "pass" St. Charles and Napoleon at 7, St. Charles and Louisiana at 8, St.

'tit Rex Meets its People

Saturday night, ’tit Rex, New Orleans’ first microkrewe, rolled through the Bywater and I rolled with it. My wife and I have been a part of the krewe for five years, and this year’s theme, “L’Enfant Terrible,” inspired what I thought to be the krewe’s most consistent parade. To my mind, it had the right balance of heart—two shoebox-sized tributes to the late Veronica Russell, who was also a member of ‘tit Rex—and wit.

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