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Stay tuned to WYES for programs that explore the history of Carnival in New Orleans.

WYES has Carnival covered. From the youngest Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in New Orleans to specials highlighting the origins of Mardi Gras, WYES is New Orleans’ storyteller – where history and culture meet. As always, watch on WYES-TV and stream on wyes.org/live and on the free WYES and PBS apps.

JANUARY 2023

Monday, January 23
9pm FROM THE GROUND UP: MARDI GRAS FLOATS
10pm MARDI GRAS STORIES

Saturday, January 28
5:30pm WHILE WE DANCED: THE MUSIC OF MARDI GRAS

Sunday, January 29
10am CARNIVAL MEMORIES

Monday, January 30
9pm NEW ORLEANS PARADES FROM THE PAST

FEBRUARY 2023

Wednesday, February 1
10pm CHAPPY GOES TO MARDI GRAS

Thursday, February 2
7:30pm *PREMIERE* STEPPIN’ OUT: IT’S CARNIVAL TIME  

Saturday, February 4
5:00pm STEPPIN’ OUT: IT’S CARNIVAL TIME
5:30pm WHILE WE DANCED: THE MUSIC OF MARDI GRAS

Sunday, February 5
10am BLAINE KERN: THEY CALL HIM MR. MARDI GRAS
6pm STEPPIN’ OUT: IT’S CARNIVAL TIME
6:30pm WHILE WE DANCED: THE MUSIC OF MARDI GRAS

Monday, February 6
9pm BlAINE KERN: THEY CALL HIM MR. MARDI GRAS

Wednesday, February 8
2pm STEPPIN’ OUT: IT’S CARNIVAL TIME
2:30pm WHILE WE DANCED: THE MUSIC OF MARDI GRAS
10pm CHAPPY GOES TO MARDI GRAS


Saturday, February 11
3pm CHAPPY GOES TO MARDI GRAS
4pm BIG CHIEFS OF CARNIVAL: THE SPIRIT MOVES MY NEEDLE
4:30pm BIG QUEENS OF CARNIVAL: IT’S YOUR GLORY
5pm MARDI GRAS: THE PASSING PARADE
6pm THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW: MARDI GRAS
7pm NEW ORLEANS PARADES FROM THE PAST
8pm *PREMIERE* KREWE OF JANUS: 75 YEARS OF CARNIVAL 
9pm BLAINE KERN: THEY CALL HIM MR. MARDI GRAS
10pm ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY
Midnight STEPPIN’ OUT: IT’S CARNIVAL TIME

Sunday, February 12
10am MARDI GRAS: THE PASSING PARADE

Monday, February 13
9pm ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY

Tuesday, February 14

10:30pm *PREMIERE* POV SHORTS “You Can’t Stop Spirit” (Highlights Baby Doll tradition) *PREMIERE*
Midnight BIG CHIEFS OF CARNIVAL: THE SPIRIT MOVES MY NEEDLE

Wednesday, February 15
2pm FROM THE GROUND UP: MARDI GRAS FLOATS
10pm BLAINE KERN: THEY CALL HIM MR. MARDI GRAS

Thursday, February 16
7pm STEPPIN’ OUT: IT’S CARNIVAL TIME

Friday, February 17
11pm STEPPIN’ OUT: IT’S CARNIVAL TIME

Saturday, February 18
5pm NEW ORLEANS PARADES FROM THE PAST
9pm *PREMIERE* AMERICA REFRAMED: BIG CHIEF BLACK HAWK

Sunday, February 19
10am ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY
3:30pm POV SHORTS “You Can’t Stop Spirit” (Segment highlights Baby Doll tradition)
4pm BLAINE KERN: THEY CALL HIM MR. MARDI GRAS
5pm CARNIVAL MEMORIES
6pm MARDI GRAS STORIES
9:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT: IT’S CARNIVAL TIME

Monday, February 20
3:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT: IT’S CARNIVAL TIME
9pm POV SHORTS “You Can’t Stop Spirit” (Segment highlights Baby Doll Tradition)
9:30pm SONS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

Tuesday, February 21 – MARDI GRAS
9am STEPPIN’ OUT: IT’S CARNIVAL TIME
9:30am WHILE WE DANCED: THE MUSIC OF MARDI GRAS
10am BLAINE KERN: THEY CALL HIM MR. MARDI GRAS
11am CHAPPY GOES TO MARDI GRAS
12pm BIG CHIEFS OF CARNIVAL: THE SPIRIT MOVES MY NEEDLE
12:30pm BIG QUEENS OF CARNIVAL: IT’S YOUR GLORY
1pm MARDI GRAS: THE PASSING PARADE
2pm From the Ground Up: Mardi Gras Floats
3pm All on a Mardi Gras Day
4pm New Orleans Parades from the Past
5pm America Reframed: Big Chief Black Hawk
7pm *PREMIERE* The 2023 Rex Ball & Meeting of the Courts of Rex and Comus (repeats at 11:30pm)