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King Cake Countdown Party - Thursday, Jan 5, 9pm-midnight

Join us at Zony Mash to ring-in the Carnival Season with music, food, beer and our first-ever King Cake Monarch Pageant! We’ll get started at 9pm on Thursday (the eve of Carnival) and will end the event by sharing the first king cake together at midnight! The Zony Mash tap room opens at 3pm. Southerns food truck will be on site starting at 6pm with their amazing chicken sandwiches. (Cause really what goes better with king cake and beer?)By 9pm Craft culture will be on site to help everyone get sparkly! Matt Haines will be with us signing The Big Book of King Cake as well as his latest The Little Book of King Cake. King Cake Hub won’t be open...

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At King Cake Hub, the tradition goes on after loss of its founder

By Jeanne d'Arcy, Uptown Messenger The King Cake Hub, a Carnival pop-up, opened for its fourth season Jan. 6 with its traditional Twelfth Night kickoff party at a new location next to the Zony Mash Beer Project at South Broad and Thalia Street.  As usual, the first sweet taste of Carnival was enjoyed to live music, Mardi Gras Indian chants and costumed dance troupes at a kickoff event hosted by Professor Carl Nivale and Grand Marshal Marty Graw. There was something missing, however: the energetic presence of King Cake Hub co-founder Will Samuels. Samuels died in September 2021 at 52. His widow, Jennifer Samuels, is carrying on the tradition in his absence. The two shared an unbridled love for all things Carnival, and she...

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Remembering Will Samuels

Will Samuels, the King Cake Hub co-founder, died in 2021 at the age of 52. In the true spirit of New Orleans, he and Jennifer Samuels worked to bring together the very best of Mardi Gras traditions of music, food and fun and share them with the rest of us.    Will began working in radio and music in college and continued as a DJ after graduating with a degree in communications. On air and off, Will kept us entertained, telling jokes just to make himself laugh. In the process, he made everyone around him laugh. He continued to work in music with his brother Mark, at Basin Street Records. He was a fixture in the New Orleans Jewish Community, leading youth...

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King Cake Hub's Look at the 2022 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

King Cake Hub looks at the complete 2022 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule for New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana including parades in Metairie, Slidell, West Bank, Covington, Houma and more. Plus, information on walking krewes, scheduling updates, new events for next year's Carnival and more! Owner Will Samuels provides a unique brand of commentary as a New Orleans native.

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