"Carnival Time"
Season 2, Episode 7
Carnival Time
Air date June 5, 2011
US viewers 0.55 million
Written by David Simon & Eric Overmyer
Directed by Brad Anderson
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"Carnival Time" is the seventh episode of the second season. It is the seventeenth episode of the series overall. It was first broadcast on HBO on June 5, 2011 and drew 0.55 million viewers.[1] It was written by David Simon & Eric Overmyer and directed by Brad Anderson.

Toni suggests to Sofia that they might scatter her father's ashes in the river at Mardi Gras. While Toni finally scatters Creighton's ashes in the Mississippi, Sofia gets drunk at a bar and has to be rescued by Davis. Delmond enjoys the parade in the company of his father. Annie enjoys Mardi Gras in the countryside. Sonny is allowed rejoin the Soul Apostles on condition that he gets clean, and finds temporary work on a shrimp boat, missing Mardi Gras. Colson is satisfied with a relatively peaceful Mardi Gras after having earlier apprehended a gun-wielding teenager.





  1. Khandi Alexander as LaDonna Batiste-Williams
  2. Rob Brown as Delmond Lambreaux
  3. Kim Dickens as Janette Desautel
  4. India Ennenga as Sofia Bernette
  5. Michiel Huisman as Sonny
  6. Melissa Leo as Antoinette Bernette
  7. Lucia Micarelli as Annie
  8. Clarke Peters as Albert Lambreux
  9. Wendell Pierce as Antoine Batiste
  10. Steve Zahn as Davis McAlary
  11. David Morse as Terry Colson
  12. Jon Seda as Nelson Hidalgo


  • Charmaine Neville - "Carnival Time": McAlary at Muses.
  • Unknown Street Band - "Jock A Mo": Bernettes at Muses.
  • O. Perry Walker High School Marching Band - "Toxic": Colson at Muses.
  • USMC Marching Band - "Bourbon Street Parade": McAlary at Muses.
  • St. Augustine Marching 100 Band - "Big Chief": Colson arrests kid at Muses parade.
  • Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra - "Gottschalk Symphony #1 'La Nuit des Tropiques'": McAlary & mom at antiques store.
  • Earl King - "Trick Bag": Between set music, Apostles gig at The Prime Example.
  • Dennis McGee - "Happy One Step": Annie shows off her Mardi Gras costume.
  • Cyril Neville - "Indians Got That Fire": Zulu club gathering, Hidalgo meets club.
  • Soul Apostles & Al "Carnival Time" Johnson - "Carnival Time": Apostles gig at The Prime Example.
  • Little Freddy King - "Mean Little Woman": Sonny at home picks his guitar along to the radio.
  • Professor Longhair - "Go To The Mardi Gras": Bernettes play Fess before they leave the house on Mardi Gras morning.
  • Guardians of The Flame - "Traditional Drums": Guardian gang heads out for Mardi Gras.
  • Guardians of The Flame - "Indian Red": Guardian gang heads out for Mardi Gras.
  • Guardians of The Flame - "Shoo Fly": Guardian gang heads out for Mardi Gras.
  • Pete Fountain - "While We Danced At The Mardi Gras": Pete Fountain plays Commander's Palace.
  • Bo Dollis, Monk Boudreaux, Rebirth Brass Band - "Let's Go Get ' Em": Zulu parade begins.
  • Various Cajun musicians - "La Valse a Jean Billeaudeau": Cajun Mardi Gras begins.
  • The Meters - "Cabbage Alley": Batiste family on the neutral ground.
  • St. Augustine Marching 100 Band - "Sweet Freedon": Batiste & students marvel at marching band.
  • Guardians of The Flame - "Handa Wanda": Guardians gang on St Bernard.
  • USMC Marching Band - "South Rampart St Parade": Zulu parade. Hidalgo sends a coconut high to Reyes.
  • Cajun musicians and Harley - "Une Bamboche Trop Tard": Courir procession continues.
  • Guardians of The Flame - "Shallow Water, Oh Mama": Indians under the Claiborne overpass.
  • Quincy Jones - "Killer Joe": Indians under the Claiborne overpass. Delmond has a eureka moment.
  • Wilson Savoy et al - "Le Danse de Mardi Gras": Chicken run.
  • Roadhouse Kings - "Booze Blooze": Colson on Bourbon St.
  • Linzay Young & Joel Savoy - "Faquetaigue": Revellers at Dennis McGee's grave.
  • Cyril Neville & His Allstars - "(Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone": Batiste family at Mother-in Law lounge.
  • Ryan Brunet and the Malfecteurs - "The Saggy Bottome": After-courir party in full swing.
  • Storyville Stompers - "Down By The Riverside": Revelers of St. Ann at the river, Bernette looks for Sofia.
  • Unknown Street Band - "Caribbean Second Line": Zulu club disbands.
  • The Radiators - "Long Hard Journey Home": McAlary & friends at Tipitina's.
  • Eric von Essen - "I Just Wanted to Talk to You": Desautel dines at Le Bernardin.
  • The Radiators - "Where Was You At?": McAlary & friends at Tipitina's.
  • Alex McMurray - "The Day After Mardi Gras Day": End Titles.


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