Mardi Gras com­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

MARDI GRAS is com­ing to Auck­land city’s most colour­ful strip.

Karanga­hape Rd is bring­ing the colour and cul­ture of New Or­leans’ an­nual Mardi Gras and Jazz fes­ti­val to its First Thurs­days event on De­cem­ber 4 and there will be plenty of free en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer.

About 25 busi­nesses along the K Rd strip will be spic­ing up their menus and lay­ing on live jazz. But you don’t have to book a ta­ble to be part of the fun – just wan­der down the street and soak up the at­mos­phere.

Samba dancers Brazil­ian Di­vas will per­form at Iron­bank, while gypsy jazz band Twist­ing the Swing take over St Kevin’s Ar­cade.

Craftswoman Sarah Lan­caster will also be invit­ing adults and chil­dren to an um­brella dec­o­rat­ing work­shop.

Cu­ra­tor Rose Jack­son says the Louisiana city knows how to throw a good party.

‘‘New Or­leans is the start­ing point where so much amaz­ing jazz, blues and blue grass de­vel­oped. ‘‘It’s a real mu­si­cal melt­ing pot.’’ First Thurs­days will run from 6pm till 9pm on De­cem­ber 4 along K Rd.

Go to first­thurs­days.co.nz for a full list of events.

Photo: REUTERS

Fes­ti­val flavour: A mem­ber of the Krewe of Zulu pa­rades down St Charles Av­enue on Mardi Gras Day in New Or­leans.

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