26 Things To Do in March in New Orleans

Glow stick-toting neo-ravers in furry animal hats, serious hip-hop fans and indie-rock scenesters can all find something to love at the BUKU Music + Art Project, now in its third year.

Headliners at this year’s fest, March 21-22 at Mardi Gras World along the Mississippi River, include The Flaming Lips – known for shows along the festival circuit that typically include confetti bombs and frontman Wayne Coyne riding the crowd in a plastic bubble – French house music purveyor David Guetta and effervescent electro-pop star Ellie Goulding. Rapper Nas, performing his debut album Illmatic in its entirety; post-rock band Explosions in the Sky; the noisy pop-rock of Sleigh Bells and many others round up the lineup. Information, TheBukuProject.com

For those already missing Mardi Gras, scope out the annual gathering of Mardi Gras Indians – dressed to the nines in their full regalia, gathering to meet up with the other Indian “gangs.” In good-spirited competition, the tribes and their Big Chiefs try to top the other gangs with dances and chants. The Super Sunday procession typically begins at A.L. Davis Park on Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street Uptown and is held on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day, March 19.

26 Things To Do in March in New Orleans

New Orleans hosts its annual celebration of one of its most famous residents, Tennessee Williams, featuring panel discussions, performances, master classes and more. The 2014 Tennessee Wiliams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s notable guests scheduled to attend include actress, writer and director Diane Ladd, a distant cousin of Williams (see interview with her, pg. 22); Dorothy Allison (Bastard out of Carolina); Lorrie Moore (Self Help, Birds of America); and Hilton Als (White Girls). Guests will get a chance to see some of Williams’ work brought to life; one event includes Williams’ “hotel plays” performed in the rooms of the Hermann-Grima House. Events take place at locations around the French Quarter, March 19-23. Information, TennesseeWilliams.net

26 Things To Do in March in New Orleans

March 6. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks in concert, The Parish at House of Blues. Information, HouseOfBlues.com

March 7. Willie Nelson & Family in concert, House of Blues. Information, HouseOfBlues.com

March 11-16. Memphis, Saenger Theatre. Information, SaengerNola.com

March 11. 311 in concert, Smoothie King Center. Information, NewOrleansArena.com

March 12. Broken Bells in concert, Civic Theater. Information, CivicNola.com

March 12-April 6. The Night of the Iguana, Art Klub. Information, SouthernRep.com

March 13. United Way Got Gumbo? Cook-Off, Royal Sonesta Hotel. Information, UnitedWaySELA.org

March 14. Molly’s in the Market St. Patrick’s Day parade, French Quarter. Information, MollysAtTheMarket.net/St-Paddys-Day

March 14. Friends of City Park Lark in the Park, Pavilion of the Two Sisters. Information, FriendsOfCityPark.com

March 15. Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade. Information, IrishChannelNo.org

March 15. Italian American Marching Club parade. Information, IAMCNola.org

March 18. Miley Cyrus, Icona Pop and Sky Ferreria in concert, Smoothie King Center. Information, NewOrleansArena.com

March 19-20. Art in Bloom, New Orleans Museum of Art. Information, noma.org

March 21. Elton John in concert, Smoothie King Center. Information, NewOrleansArena.com

March 21-29. NOLA Project presents Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Le Petit Theatre. Information, NolaProject.com

March 22. Fleur de Tease Burlesque presents “Alice in Burlesque-land,” One Eyed Jacks. Information, FleurDeTease.com

March 22-23. Congo Square Rhythms Festival, Lafayette Square. Information, JazzAndHeritage.org/Congo-Square

March 22-30. New Orleans Spring Fiesta and Historic Home Tours, French Quarter. Information, SpringFiesta.com

March 23. Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade, Metairie. Information, LaIrish-Italian.org

March 28-30. Symphony Book Fair, UNO Human Performance Center. Information, SymphonyVolunteers.org/Book-Fair

March 29. Louisiana Oyster Jubilee, 300 block of Bourbon Street. Information, OysterJubilee.com

March 29. New Orleans Ballet Association presents Joffrey Ballet, Mahalia Jackson Theater. Information, NobaDance.com

March 29. Louisiana Derby Day, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Information, FairGroundsRaceCourse.com

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