A new year has begun. And while it snows and sleets here in New Hampshire, the Carnival season is underway in Louisiana. Yesterday was Epiphany, the feast that marks the visitation of the Magi. While to most this marks the end of the Christmas season, in New Orleans it is the beginning of Carnival; it will stretch from now until Mardi Gras, which this year falls on February 24th.  In these winter weeks before the solemn season of Lent, revelers will attend masked balls, king cake parties, and parades throughout southern Louisiana. While we focus on the days leading up to Mardi Gras itself, this marks an entire season of celebration.

Although masked balls and parades are scarce here in the Granite State, Basin Street Records, in collaboration with NOLA.com (Times-Picayune online) has created NOLA Radio online, which will feature music from Kermit Ruffins, Henry Butler, Dr. Michael White and others to help mark the season. You can access it from here.

So don’t despair; even though you might have to forgo the king cake and beads, you can savor the music.