Who says the Big Easy has the best Mardi Gras parties? The Big Apple knows how to celebrate, New Orleans style, with red hot sounds from C. J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Listen to — and dance to — up-tempo, toe-tapping Cajun and Zydeco tunes at a special Mardi Gras event in midtown, on Sunday, February 19, 2012. The song and dance party is at Connolly’s on 45th, 121 West 45th, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway. Doors Open at 5:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing, there’s a Zydeco dance lesson at 6 PM, and the show is 7-10:30 PM. Admission is $24. The dance lesson is for anyone interested in learning basic Cajun and Zydeco dance steps, which are kind of in between swing dancing and country two-step. You don’t need a partner to participate in the lesson, and this is the type of friendly dance scene where people ask strangers to dance. There’s free street parking on 45th Strteet on Sundays, or take the subway. CJ is the son of legendary zydeco master and pioneer, Clifton Chenier, and also an awaard-winning jazz and blues master.
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