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We've got your weekend: Where to Mardi

All-female marching troop will perform at the Royal Sonesta’s annual “Greasing of the Poles” on Friday.

All-female marching troop will perform at the Royal Sonesta’s annual “Greasing of the Poles” on Friday.

Thursday - Sunday / Shane’s shout out(s) : Flow Tribe and Stoop Kids at Prytania Bar; Anders Osborne and Lost Bayou Ramblers at Tipitina’s; The Revivalists and Sweet Crude at House of Blues; Morning 40 Federation at d.b.a.; Soul Rebels at Le Bon Temps Roule; Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at Tipitina’s

Read more about each show here.

Friday / Greasing of the poles : The Royal Sonesta (300 Bourbon) officially kicks off the big carnival weekend in the French Quarter with the presentation of the 45th Annual “Greasing of the Poles,” this year, centered around the theme “Friday the 13th.” This year,magician Magic 'Mike' Michael Dardant, burlesque dancer Serpentine Seductress Nikki le Villain’s, vocalist Anaïs St. John compete to be the top pole greaser of 2015. Other highlights include live music from Leroy Jones and the Original Hurrican Brass Band; a dance performance from all-female marching group the Pussyfooters; and numerous taboos, such as walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, and lingering around black cats.

The event is free and open to the public and begins at 10 a.m.


Friday & Saturday / Krewe du Boudoir : For two nights, elements of Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras will coalesce in a Carnival-inspired burlesque/comedy show. Krewe du Boudoir will feature human, burlesque-performing embodiments of Carnival Krewes; each dancing krewe will also answer important Mardi Gras questions, such as “Where do you pee on Mardi Gras day?”

The show begins at 10 p.m. at the Old Marquer Theatre (2400 St. Claude). Tickets are $10 (use discount code VDay for $5 off a pair of tickets purchased online).

Saturday / Pearl’s Endymion block party : Pearl Wine Company (3700 Orleans Avenue) hosts a block party along the route of Endymion, from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sunday. The party will feature live music, Foodie Call Food Truck, draft and canned beers, $5 punch and, of course, $5 glasses of wine. The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday / Ernst Cafe Bacchus Bash : Ernst Cafe’s annual, all-day Bacchus celebration will provide Mardi go-fers with a festive and free way to enjoy the Bacchus parade. The event, held in and outside of Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive) will offer eats from food vendors; drink specials; and three stages, which will feature live music from Flow Tribe, Category 6, Topcats, DJ Wixx and others. Festivities run from noon to 3 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public; VIP tickets ($200) include access to a parade grandstand and private indoor rooms, as well as open bar and free food until 8 p.m.