TWELFTH NIGHT EVENTS
Société des Champs Elysée Parade
The Rampart-St. Claude Streetcar Line
Sunday, January 6: 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate Twelfth Night with New Orleans’s newest krewe who will be “Making Groceries On The Champs Elysee” to kick off the carnival season. Matthew and Jennifer Hobaugh will be crowned King and Queen, and the krewe will cruise to the tunes of Catie Rodgers & The Elysian Brass Band as well as Al “Carnival Time” Johnson. The parade rides the Rampart-St. Claude streetcar, beginning at Elysian Fields, but the party starts and ends at Kajun’s Pub with Gina Forsyth’s Mid City Aces Cajun Dance Band at 5 p.m. and A Very Danceable Karaoke Show upon their return.
The Phunny Phorty Phellows
The St. Charles Streetcar Line
Sunday, January 6: 6:30 p.m.
Twelfth Night on January 6 means two things: Mardi Gras is almost here, and it’s time for the Phunny Phorty Phellows. Starting at Willow Street, this band of satirical masked individuals will turn the St. Charles streetcar line into their own private parade route. If you stand in the right spot, you can catch two “parades” at once as the Phunny Phorty Phellows and the Société des Champs Élysées intersect each other at Canal Street between Carondolet and Rampart. Get in the carnival spirit and have a good time.
Joan of Arc Parade
The Industry Bar and Kitchen to Jackson Square (from Bienville to Chartres to Ursuline to Decatur)
Sunday, January 6: 7:00 p.m.
Get ready to bring out your medieval side and join the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc for this historic walking parade that honors Joan of Arc—the unofficial patron saint of New Orleans. The parade is highlighted by a toast from the historic New Orleans Collection and Vincent Sciama, a sword-blessing at St. Louis Cathedral by The Very Reverend Father Philip Landry, and a king cake ceremony and crowning of the King at Washington Artillery Park. Guests are encouraged to bring their own king cake so that they can enjoy the ceremony with the king.
Wizard World Comic Con
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center: 900 Convention Center Blvd.
Friday, January 4 – Sunday, January 6: Times vary
Once you’ve recovered from those New Year’s Eve parties, head on over to the Convention Center for Comic Con 2019. Bring the family or just relive your childhood in this magical world where anything is possible and fantasy becomes reality. Also, take this opportunity to meet some of your favorite stars from iZombie, Vampire Diaries, Luke Cage, and many more. Get an autograph for yourself or get a late Christmas present for that hard-to-shop-for friend; it’s all here at Wizard World Comic Con.
PCA Rodeo Finals
Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center: 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS
Friday, January 11 – Sunday, January 13: Times vary
Have a buckin’ great time at the PCA Rodeo Finals. Enjoy rodeo from all levels, including kids and the best of the best, along with all the horses, bulls, and hilarious rodeo clowns you’d expect. The event is filled with games and activities for the whole family. Vendors will also be on site in case the shopping bug bites you while you’re there. Enjoy this amazing family-friendly event with great fun, food, and entertainment.
Calcasieu: 930 Tchoupitoulas St. (Friday, January 18: 7:00 p.m.)
The Sugar Mill: 1021 Convention Center Blvd. (Saturday, January 19: 7:00 p.m.)
This one-of-a-kind event helps support the Link Stryjewski Foundation, which aims to nourish, educate, and empower youth in New Orleans. Friday night’s cocktail party and Chef’s Dinner is followed by Saturday night’s masquerade ball. Spend the weekend celebrating with Caribbean, Cajun, and New Orleans Carnival sounds provided by RAM, The Vermilionaires, Cha Wa, and more, as you are treated to some of today’s finest cuisine from Donald Link, Andrew Carmellini, Nina Compton, and other world-renowned chefs from across the country. Kick off carnival and support a great cause through a dining experience only possible in New Orleans.
Krewe of Stars
Jefferson Performing Arts Center: 6400 Airline Dr., Metairie
Saturday, January 26: 8:00 p.m.
Get ready for a Red Carpet Experience and join Queen and King Chris Owens and Mark Davison, along with Angela Hill, Al Johnson, Irma Thomas, and a slew of other local celebrities, for the Krewe of Stars Ball. The party includes hors d'oeuvres and a buffet, and you can compete for the title of Best Dressed or just boogie down all night. The main event, though, is the special variety show where all sorts of hilarity will ensue.