Things to Do in New Orleans: January 2018

King Cake Festival
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The first month of 2018 is filled to the brim with celebrations. Three parades kick off the Carnival season on January 6, plus there’s a multitude of the tricentennial and Prospect 4 events. Here are the highlights of what’s happening in New Orleans this January.

Allstate Sugar Bowl
When: January 1, 7:45 p.m.
Where: The Mercedes-Benz Superdome
What: The popular college football tradition continues with the Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Clemson Tigers game this year. The Fan Jam tailgate party starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Champions Square.

Prospect 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp
When: November 18, 2017 – February 25, 2018
Where: Citywide
What: The fourth annual exhibition draws inspiration from the lotus plant and Louisiana’s nature, its bodies of water in particular. Just like its previous iterations, P.4 is an international exhibition with a southward focus. About two-dozen venues include major museums and public sites.

Exhibition: “The Church in the Crescent: Three Hundred Years of Catholicism in New Orleans”
When: October 13, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Where: The Old Ursuline Convent
What: Part of the tricentennial celebration, this exhibition explores the history of the Catholic Church’s three centuries in the Crescent City. Photographs, portraits, letters, and artifacts present the stories of local churches with special emphasis on the St. Louis Cathedral and the Old Ursuline Convent.

Twelfth Night
When: January 6, fireworks at 9 p.m.; times of parades vary
Where: The Riverfront, Uptown, French Quarter
What: The first day of the tricentennial carnival season will kick off with Mardi Gras themed fireworks on the river, and three parades. Phunny Phorty Phellows will again ride the streetcar from Uptown to Canal Street and back starting at 7 p.m. The walking Krewe of Joan of Arc Parade will roll in at 7 p.m. from Jax Brewery in the French Quarter, and the newcomer Societe Des Champs Elysee Parade will take place starting at 7:30 p.m. on N. Rampart Street and Esplanade, going to the CBD, and following the N. Rampart/St. Claude streetcar route.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
When: January 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Al Davis Park
What: The city of New Orleans is throwing a block party at the historic Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard from noon to 4 p.m., and will also host a celebration program Al Davis Park from 9 to 10 a.m.

Krewe du Vieux
When: January 27, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The French Quarter (route)
What: The bold satire, political jabs and adult themes will shock and enchant again this year when this 17-subkrewe parade rolls with some of the city’s best brass bands starting on the corner of Decatur and Mandeville streets.

King Cake Festival
When: January 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Champions Square at the Superdome
What: Taste the many King Cakes from the city’s best bakeries, enjoy live music, and support pediatric programs and the Ochsner Hospital for Children at this 5th annual festival presented by Ochsner.

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