Arcade Fire Headlines Kanaval Ball (Feb 14)

Music lineup includes krewe co-founders of Preservation Hall Jazz Band plus Michael Brun, Jillionaire, Lakou Mizik, Pierre Kwenders and more

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Ann Ale! (Let’s Go!)! Krewe du Kanaval announced today that Arcade Fire will headline the third annual Kanaval Ball on Friday, Feb. 14 (8 p.m.) at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. A true celebration of Haitian culture and its many contributions to the city of New Orleans, Kanaval Ball’s 2020 theme – “Merci Haiti” –  will pay homage to the longstanding relationship between the two cultures, which dates back for more than 200 years. In addition to music by Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Kanaval Ball’s music lineup will include Michael Brun, Jillionaire, Lakou Mizik and Pierre Kwenders, with additional special guests. The ball kicks off a weekend of celebrations with New Orleans’ newest Mardi Gras Krewe, founded in 2018 by Win Butler and Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire and Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall Jazz Band. TTickets to the 2020 Kanaval Ball go on-sale this Friday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. CST and can be purchased. HERE.

Krewe du Kanaval and Preservation Hall Jazz Band also announced today that they will join the Krewe of Freret parade on Saturday, February 15th for its first time parading on the traditional uptown route, providing an opportunity for Krewe du Kanaval members to ride on two specially-curated parade floats or march down with the Krewe.

“Krewe du Kanaval was created to honor New Orleans’ creole culture with its Haitian and Caribbean roots – a piece of this city’s history that is very important to me,” Said Chassagne. “Our Krewe hopes to join the amazing people of New Orleans carrying this torch and carve a place in the Carnival tradition to explicitly pay tribute to these roots.”

Those interested in taking part in the full Krewe du Kanaval two-day experience can join as a Krewe du Kanaval or Klub Kanaval member, which grants access to attend:

  • TOUR DU KANAVAL. Attend the opening ceremony and walking tour through Louis Armstrong Park & historic Treme neighborhood.
  • KANAVAL BALL at Mahalia Jackson Enjoy special access to the Krewe lounge, complimentary food & beverage and premium viewing for the show.
  • KREWE DU KANAVAL PROCESSION. Take part in the walking parade down St-Charles.
  • CLOSING CEREMONY.  Kanaval’s post-parade dinner at Latrobe’s in the French Quarter, featuring complimentary food & beverage and intimate musical performances.

EXPLORE KREWE DU KANAVAL’S MEMBERSHIP LEVELS HERE. Membership dues are 80 percent tax deductible.

All ball and membership proceeds support Krewe du Kanaval’s philanthropic initiatives: Serving unmet social and cultural needs of New Orleans and Haiti via the KANPE Foundation (founded by Régine Chassagne) and the Preservation Hall Foundation. The KANPE Foundation’s mission is to accompany the most vulnerable families in Haiti towards financial autonomy. In 2020, KANPE will celebrate its 10th anniversary. To date, through various engagements, notably Plus1 and KANPE, Arcade Fire has donated over $3M to Haiti. In June 2019, the group was awarded the Artists for Peace and Justice Humanitarian Award.

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