Mardi Gras music fare fixed

The ink is dry on appearance agreements and the entertainment for this year’s Mardi Gras is coming together.

The calendar was reviewed at a planning committee meeting last week, along with the detailed preparations necessary to properly entertain thousands in the six days from Feb. 19 to Feb. 24.

A number of musicians are scheduled to play on the open-air music stage at Second & Walnut. There is no admission for listening, dancing and just general people-watching at the stage.

Stage Manager Fred Charlie said 35 sponsors contributed to the effort necessary to secure the entertainment at the stage.

The stage schedule:

Friday, Feb. 20

7 p.m. until 11 p.m., Mike Dean & James Dupre & Friends.

Saturday, Feb. 21

10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., open Cajun jam session with everyone invited; Brandon Moreau coordinating.

2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Fred Charlie & the Acadiana Cajuns with special guest musicians.

7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., Jesse Lege/Joel Savoy & Friends.

Sunday, Feb. 22

Noon until 3 p.m., Briggs Brown & the Bayou Cajuns.

Monday, Feb. 23

10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Open Cajun jam session with everyone invited; Brandon Moreau coordinating.

2 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Carl Hollier & Cajun Hot.

7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., or maybe later, Lundi Gras street dance, Jr. Melancon & the Comedown Playboys.

Mardi Gras, Feb. 24

Noon until 3 p.m., Ronnie Matthews & Throwdown.

Nick’s on 2nd Street will have special music beginning on Thursday, Feb. 19, with a Cajun jam session.

The rest of the Nick’s playbill, according to material distributed at the meeting:

Friday, Feb. 20

Horace Trahan & his Original Band.

Saturday, Feb. 21

7 p.m. Travis Matte & Zydeco Kingpins.

Sunday, Feb. 22

4 p.m. Kyle Huval & Dixie Club Ramblers.

Monday, Feb. 23

8 p.m. Paul Daigle & Don Fontenot

Mardi Gras, Feb. 24

6 p.m. Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie.

The Liberty Theatre will have its annual Mardi Gras Show at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21. The entertainment lineup has not yet been announced.

The Le Jeune Mardi Gras run begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, with the teenagers scheduled to parade at 3 p.m.

‘Lil Mardi Gras Run, for kids 12 and under, begins at 9 a.m. Sunday. with a parade at 3 p.m.

Also on Sunday is the old-time boucherie beginning at 10 a.m., with Joel Martin & the Classics with Charlo performing beginning at 11:30 a.m.

On Monday, Feb. 23, there will be special activities at the Jean Lafitte Center at noon and the Council on Aging dance will be at 1 p.m. at Northwest Community Center.

The Courir de Mardi Gras will leave Northwest Center at 8 a.m. on Mardi Gras, with the parade beginning about 2:45 p.m

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