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Mardi Gras on Public Square 

When: Thu., April 28 2011

Now in its 32nd year, the Tri-C JazzFest kicks off today with a Mardi Gras-style parade, starting at Tower City Center and marching into Public Square. Featuring the award-winning Shaw High School Mighty Cardinals (whose assorted honors have included performing for the Prez at Cleveland State University), the free parade steps off at 5 p.m.; helping keep the vibe authentic, Nawlins' own Stooges Brass Band will be taking part as well. As for the popular JazzFest, the fun continues through May 8 with a dizzying array of jazz, blues, and R&B performers appearing at dozens of venues throughout the city. Among the multitude of draws: Trombone Shorty at House of Blues (tonight), blues singer Dee Dee Bridgewater with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall (Friday), and trumpet virtuoso Maurice Brown at Nighttown (Sunday). Some events are free and some are not. For a full schedule, including ticket prices and directions, go to — Elaine T. Cicora


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