8 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 9 – Feb. 11

We hit the peak of Carnival this weekend with dozens of parades rolling around the New Orleans metro area. Some of the biggest Carnival balls of the season tops this week's list of events. Plus, we found some fun music acts to keep you partying after the parades. Check out our top picks from around the area.

48th Annual Greasing of the Poles

Friday, Feb. 9

This annual Carnival tradition is truly an eye-opening event. Royal Sonesta New Orleans will host its annual Greasing of the Poles at 10 a.m. on Friday. Actor Bryan Batt hosts the event featuring local celebrity greasers including Amanda Shaw, Robin Barnes and Nina Compton. Plus, don’t miss WVUE Fox 8 reporters Rob Krieger and Ryan Naquin as guest judges. Other festivities include appearances by Carnival royalty and other guests. Enjoy performances by Leroy Jones and the Original Hurricane Brass Band, local all-female marching group The Pussyfooters and the Merry Antoinettes. The event is free and open to the public. For prime viewing, spectators should plan to arrive early.

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Fulton Street Mardi Gras Block Party

Friday, Feb. 9

New Orleans-born brass/funk/rock band Bonerama performs at the Fulton Street Mardi Gras Block Party on Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The concert is free and open to all ages. Beverages will be available for purchase and participating restaurants on the street will be offering validated parking in Harrah’s self-park garage with a purchase (details vary per outlet).

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2018 Zulu Ball

Friday, Feb. 9

Fantasia, En Vogue, Rebirth Brass Band and DJ Captain Charles are among the acts performing at the 2018 Zulu Coronation Ball on Friday at the Morial Convention Center. This is a strictly formal event. Tables will only be sold at the Zulu Club in the Finance Office, 732 N. Broad Street. Visit the website for more information.

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French Market Mardi Gras Mask Market

Friday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb. 11

The French Market District hosts the annual Mardi Gras Mask Market in Dutch Alley each day this weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free, family-friendly festival features mask markets from around the country sharing their artisan masks and will include live music such as Little Freddie King, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Gina Brown, and Smoky Greenwell.

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2018 Endymion Extravaganza

Saturday, Feb. 10

Rod Stewart and Jason Derulo will headline the 2018 Endymion Extravaganza at the Mercedes Benz Superdome following the parade on Saturday. During the Extravaganza, New Orleans native Jon Batiste will also perform, along with local favorites the Topcats, Groovy 7 the Wise Guys and the Bucktown Allstars.

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Rebirth Brass Band at the Howlin' Wolf

Saturday, Feb. 10

Keep the party rolling after the parades on Saturday. The Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band takes the stage at the Howlin’ Wolf. The brass band will be joined by funk music act Sexual Thunder. Tickets are $15.

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Big Freedia and Tank and the Bangas at One Eyed Jacks

Sunday, Feb. 11

New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia and breakout local band Tank and the Bangas co-headline a show at One Eyed Jacks this Sunday. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $40.

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Bacchus Bash 2018

Sunday, Feb. 11

Flow Tribe, Mannie Fresh and The TopCats are among the music acts taking the stage on Sunday at Bacchus Bash 2018. The free, annual block party preceding the Bacchus parade kicks off at noon at Generations Hall at 310 Andrew Higgins. The popular Mardi Gras tradition that takes place the Sunday before Fat Tuesday is an indoor/outdoor party showcasing several stages, some of the city’s best local bands and great drink specials. The block party is free and open to the public. VIP tickets are also available for $100 each.

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