Mardi Gras celebrations are held in many parts of south Louisiana, but the largest is in New Orleans.  There’s Cajun Mardi Gras, but we’ll talk about that in a later post.  What I know best is New Orleans Mardi Gras, after more than 35 years of living here.  Mardi Gras is always a Tuesday; that’s what ‘Mardi’ means in French.  This year it’s very late, March 8, 2011.  There are daytime and nighttime parades for about two and a half weeks in advance.

But I’m writing to give you some information on where to hear Cajun, Louisiana Creole and zydeco music while you’re here.  Here are some ideas:

  • Tipitina’s Uptown, 501 Napoleon Ave.  (Corner Tchoupitoulas),  New Orleans, 504- 897-3943,  Sundays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.     Bruce Daigrepont plays most Sundays.  Primarily Cajun with some zydeco.  One of the best.
  • Mid City Lanes Rock ‘N’ Bowl©, 3000 S. Carrollton Ave. (Near corner of S. Carrollton and Earhart Ave.), New Orleans, 504-861-1700 ,    Thursday, 9:30 pm until they stop.     A multi-lane bowling alley. Thursday is zydeco night.
  • Cajun Cabin, 501 Bourbon St., New Orleans, 504-529-4256, Wednesday through Saturday.     In the French Quarter. A restaurant with music.
  • Mulate’s Restaurant, 201 Julia St. (Corner Convention Center Blvd., across from Morial Convention Center), New Orleans, 504-522-1492,    Daily.     This is a restaurant with music. Go to eat or sit at the bar. Also locations in Baton Rouge and Breaux Bridge.
  • Maple Leaf Club, 8316 Oak St., New Orleans, 504-866-9359.     Occasional Cajun and zydeco.  Call.     Small but important club.  This is where Cajun music started in New Orleans.  Beautiful pressed tin ceiling.
  • Margaritaville Cafe, 1104 Decatur St., New Orleans, 504-592-2565     Occasional zydeco. Call.     French Quarter near the French Market.  Owned by Jimmy Buffet.