Who Dat?! It’s the KEXP Mardi Gras Show live in The Roadhouse tonight!

Yeah you right! It’s Carnival time once again and of course we’ll deliver with 3 hours of New Orleans brass, funk, old-time R&B, and carnival classics. It’s Mardi Gras Day next Tuesday Feb 16th and we’ll celebrate over the radio and through your media players, like we always do, in The Roadhouse with Greg Vandy tonight from 6PM to 9PM and archived after.

And this year, as you’ve got to know, the Dat nation has been gifted the perfect storm of a Super Bowl ring during Mardi Gras thanks to The Saints! The excitement is palpable, even up here after watching the post-game bedlam and the Black & Gold Super Bowl parade last night. It’s like pouring gasoline on a flambeaux! Throw Me Sumthin’ Mister!

The regular Mardi Gras parades will continue rollin’ down St Charles in the next 6 days before Fat Tuesday — about 25 Krewes will parade on huge floats as people line up to catch beads, doubloons, or if you’re lucky, gilded coconuts from Zulu.

It’s a deep, 150-year tradition that even Katrina couldn’t stop. The “season” which begins on the 12th Night of Christmas (Jan 6th) and culminates on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent (Ash Wednesday), includes more than two weeks of parades and unpublicized street parading by Mardi Gras Indians who roam New Orleans’ neighborhoods in full, hand-stitched “suits” of feathers. It’s krazy.
Kingcake house parties are the norm and you can get one for yourself here in Seattle at Borracchinis (call first) or at Marcela’s Cookery in Pioneer Square during their Wednesday kingcake lunches (if you get the baby, lunch is free!).

Since we can’t be down South this year, we’ll bring ya the classic sounds of New Orleans and get you as close to Rampart & Dumaine, at least in spirit. And you’ll definitely hear funky folks like these on Greg Vandy’s 10th annual Mardi Gras show tonight! Who Dat?!

Professor Longhair, Rebirth Brass Band, Wild Magnolias, Earl King, Dr John, Kermit Ruffins, Huey Piano Smith, Eddie Bo, Wild Tchoupitoulas, The Meters, Champion Jack Dupree, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Danny Barker, Jesse Hill, The Neville’s, Pin Stripe Brass Band, Al Carnival Johnson and much, much more.

It’s a sound only New Orleans can make! Check this super old-timey footage of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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