By Carrie Dow
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Want to start Mardi Gras a little early? The 16th annual Pardi-Gras is bigger and better than ever as music lovers the world over ‘phlock’ to New Orleans for this tropical music party held January 17-20, 2013.
Pardi-Gras started in 1997 by a group of Parrot Heads, fans of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffet, as they are otherwise known. The event began as a way for these human parrots to ‘phlock’ together to enjoy their two favorite activities, drinking and music.
What began as a weekend event for a small group of people is now a five-day extravaganza open to anyone who likes good music with a tropical flair. Pardi-Gras features awesome live bands as well as other activities all in the famous French Quarter of New Orleans.
Musical acts schedule for 2013’s Pardi-Gras include Trop Rock favorites such as Brent Burns, John Friday, The Boat Drunks, Don Middlebrook, Rob Mehl, Paul Roush, and Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef. Both Radio Margaritaville and Beachfront Radio will have special broadcasts from the French Quarter during the week.
Other Pardi-Gras events include a Bourbon Street pub crawl, a pirate toast at Laffite’s Blacksmith Shoppe, and the crowning event, the coronation of the Pardi-Gras King and Queen on Friday, January 18, followed by a Bourbon Street parade.
The event ends with a Bourbon Street block party on Saturday, January 19, starting at noon. If you survive the block party, a brunch will be held on Sunday, January 20.
Tickets for Pardi-Gras are available by registration on the official Pardi-Gras website. Cost is $77 per person and registration is open until December 31, 2012. But you don’t have to be a Parrot Head to join in “The Ultimate French Quarter Party.” The entire French Quarter will be filled with live music and drink and dining specials. Get updates on bands and happenings from the Pardi-Gras Facebook page.
So put on your brightest Hawaiian shirts to drink some hurricanes and sing songs about palm trees while eating jambalaya. With this year’s theme “Hand Grenades and Grand Parades,” (bad pun alert ahead!) this French Quarter party tradition is sure to be the bomb!