8 things to do this weekend: Feb. 1 – 3

Local Who Dats find creative ways to cheer on the black and gold instead of those "other" teams. See our weekend planner for events.

The Who Dat Nation gets creative with ways to avoid watching the game we won't mention. Anti-Super Bowl parties and other ways to protest the big game dominate happenings around the city. We also found some ideas for people looking to completely take a vacation from football. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

Starry Night Gala

Friday, Feb. 1

The 15th annual Starry Night Gala features live music by acclaimed musician, composer and Grammy Award winner Nicholas Payton on Friday. The special evening at the New Orleans Jazz Market and includes both silent and live auctions, raffles, live music, dancing, drinks and food. The event takes place at 7 p.m. A patron party begins at 6 p.m. The gala benefits the Waldorf School of New Orleans. Ticket prices vary, starting at $25.

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BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention

Saturday, Feb. 2 – Sunday, Feb. 3

The first-ever LEGO expo heads to the New Orleans area this Saturday and Sunday. The BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention boasts the ultimate fan experience at the Pontchartrain Civic and Convention Center. The event features massive displays and life-sized sculptures from professional artists. Plus, guests can build their own imaginative structures in the building zone. The event happens 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Advance tickets are $18 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday. Prices jump to $20 on Saturday and $18 on Sunday at the door. Children age 2 and under enter free.

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Zulu Flag Raising Ceremony in Algiers Point

Saturday, Feb. 2

Celebrate a Carnival season tradition at the Zulu Flag Raising Ceremony at noon. The Zulu King, Algiers native George Rainey, and the NOMTOC King Theo Sanders will meet at the Algiers levee and second-line to the Algiers Courthouse. Enjoy food, music and fun. Guests can also visit a special Algiers Mardi Gras exhibit inside the Algiers ferry terminal from noon to 5 p.m.

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Krewe of Tucks Umbrella Walk & Gumbo Gras

Saturday, Feb. 2

The Krewe of Tucks will hosts its second annual “Umbrella Walk & Gumbo Gras” on Saturday at Audubon Park at Shelter No. 10. Festivities kick off with an Umbrella Walk, a second-line with a purpose, at 10:30 a.m. This year, a Gumbo Grass cook-off competition also happens during the event. Celebrity judges chef Susan Spicer and former LSU and NBA All-Star Bob Pettit are set to attend. The event also features live music and entertainment. Food and gumbo served post-walk at 11:15 p.m. Visit the website to register online to attend or compete in the gumbo cook-off. Organizers say charitable contributions will benefit the Louisiana-Mississippi ALS Foundation and Krewe De Camp, a local special needs organization.

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Muses Shoe Decorating Workshop

Saturday, Feb. 2

The Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University hosts a two-part Carnival shoe decorating workshop inspired by the Krewe of Muses. A member of the popular krewe will instruct the fun craft session. Learn tricks to festively decorate a classic Muses shoe. Due to the time required for preparing and decorating the shoes, attendees must be able to attend both workshops on Feb. 2 and Feb. 10. Registration is $20 for members, $40 for non-members, which includes materials plus refreshments. To register, e-mail museum@tulane.edu.

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Boycott Bowl

Sunday, Feb. 3

Choppa, Shamarr Allen & The Underdogs an Flow Tribe are among the local artists scheduled to perform Boycott Bowl, a Super Bowl protest concert set for Sunday. Local Who Dats organized the boycott of the big game after the following the crushing no-call during the Saints’ NFC Championship. The event’s website allows fans to purchase tickets for as little as $10 to reserve a seat. Fans who donate more will have the option of multiple tickets or a VIP package.

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Blackout and Gold Second-Line Parade

Sunday, Feb. 3

Fans can mourn the shocking end of the Saints season with a second-line. The Blackout and Gold Second-Line Parade is set to roll in the French Quarter from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A marching band will lead a sea of decorated umbrellas, black and gold sports attire, referee costumes and commemorative yellow handkerchiefs. Fans can view from the sidelines or join in the parade, which will begin formation in Jackson Square at 1:30 pm. The route moves from Jackson Square to Decatur Street, Decatur to S. Peters to Canal Street, then proceeding to Bourbon Street. The event will disband at Bourbon and Iberville Streets. Participation in this family-friendly event is free. Due to parade permit restrictions, no throws are permitted. Also prohibited are vendors, tents and pets.

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Anti-Super Bowl Boycott Parties

Sunday, Feb. 3

Several local bars and restaurants like Tracey’s and Dat Dog answer the call of New Orleans Saints fans fired up about boycotting this year’s Super Bowl LIII matchup. A response to the infamous “no-call” during the Saints-Rams NFC Championship prompts alternative Super Bowl programming and boycott parties across the city. Many hope to help Saints fans heal their wounds with replays of the 2010 Super Bowl XLIV.

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