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March 4, 2014: Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans

We’ve made it to the Big Day, which deserves a blog post all its own!

zuluFour parades take place Uptown, starting at S. Claiborne and Jackson Avenue at 8am with the Krewe of Zulu parade. Krewe of Zulu will be fresh from their 21st annual Lundi Gras Festival, and the parade promises to be fabulous with its many characters such as Zulu Big Shot and Witch Doctor. The Zulu’s “golden nugget”, or coconut, throw is a very highly sought-after and collectible item.

At noon, the most famous and traditional Krewe, Rex, starts at Napoleon Avenue and S. Claiborne Ave. Rex has been around since 1872 and has rolled more parades than any other Mardi Gras Krewe. Their king, called Rex, has as his colors the purple, green and gold, the official colors of Mardi Gras. The floats roll on wooden wagons with wood-spoked wheels, and among the throws are the coveted Dubloons. This year’s theme is “Gods of All Ages”.

Following Rex are Krewe of Elks Orleanians, the oldest and largest of all the truck float krewe, with 4600 riders and over 50 uniquely designed truck floats, and then Krewe of Crescent City, a truck parade which signals “the beginning of the End” of grelacarnival season.

At 10:00 am on the Westbank, the Krewe of Grela (first three letters of Gretna, and the abbreviation for Louisiana, LA) begins at the intersection of Stumpf Blvd. and Whitney Avenue. This Krewe had its first parade back in 1947, and has continued on since then with the only parade on the Westbank on Mardi Gras.

Heading over to Metairie? You are in luck! Starting at 10 am, three parades roll, starting argfuswith Krewe of Argus, following the Veterans Memorial Blvd, with 600 riders, 30 floats and marching bands, including the favorite, “George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog,” which throws stuffed Blue Dogs. The Grand Marshall for 2014 is Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints.

After Argus comes Krewe of Jefferson, with 75 truck floats and over 3000 riders, known for its good throws and very family friendly. After Jefferson comes the sister-krewe to the Krewe of Elks Orleanians, The Krewe of Elks-Jeffersonians. With 4,000 male and female riders and featuring more than 90 trucks, it is the oldest and largest of the all the truck krewes.

Finally, Krewe of Lyra rolls in Covington at 10am. The co-ed krewe, whose mission is “Fun, Friendship and Festivity,” will ride “Fire and Reign.”

And for last minute news, it’s just been announced that New Orleans Saint Roman Harper will join Deuce McAllister and Will Smith as celebrity knights on the Knights of Nemesis parade, February 22. Also on February 22, at 5pm, Krewe of ‘tit Rex (‘tit is short for petite, the French for small), which features tiny, toy-sized floats pulled by krewe members in formal dress handing out miniature throws. The theme is “Wee the People.”

Larry Watts
1896 O’Malley House

 

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List of Parades for 2014 Mardi Gras: February 26 – March 3

The parades are growing more numerous the closer we get to the real Fat Tuesday! New Orleans and the surrounding cities are proud to be the real McCoy when it comes to Mardi Gras. Other places do it, but we are the original and most well-known, and we revel in that fact!

Krewe of Druis parade, lady dressed in red fur, man in medieval dressFebruary 26
Starting off Uptown, the Krewe of Druids and their mysterious leader, the Archdruid, begin at 6:30, followed immediately by the all-female Mystic Krewe of Nyx, one of the newer krewes, formed in 2012.

February 27
We stay uptown for the Knights of Babylon parade, at 5:45pm, with it’s mule-drawn king and flambeaux lit floats, telling a story as the traverse the city, followed by the Knights of Chaos, when it’s theme will finally be revealed at 6:30. Also uptown is the Krewe of Muses, another all-female krewe with over 650 riders at 6:30 with their student-designed throw cup.


February 28
Again in Uptown, we have three parades in a row, starting with Krewe of Hermes at 6pm, a krewe started in 1937, whose captain leads the parade in full regalia upon a white horse. Then at 6:30 is the Krewe d’Etat, rolling with 415 male riders, revealing it’s secret theme and throwing blinking beads. Finally at 7pm, Krewe of Morpheus comes through with its 500 male and female riders and “old-time” traditional parade experience.

March 1large mardi gras float with clown face and revelers
At 10:45AM in the Westbank is the parade of the Krewe of Nomtoc, (New Orleans Most Talked Of Club), with its famous throws and 400 all African American male and female riders. 11AM in Uptown is the historic Krewe of Iris, formed in 1917, all female, and following strict traditions such as full masks and white gloves. At Noon, Krewe of Tucks, a humorous group with an “Animal House” flair. Mid-City at 4:15pm, super-krewe Endymion rolls with 2,700 masked riders, throwing millions of beads and Endymion 2014 collectible throws, and Grand Marshall Carrie Underwood. At 6:30PM in Metairie, Krewe of Isis brings the Egypt to Louisiana with 250 riders and 21 floats.

Mardi Gras parade float with enormous green alligatorMarch 2
Sunday is a big day for Uptown with 4 parades, starting at 11am with Krewe of Okeanos with 250 riders of both sexes, then at 11:45, the Krewe of Mid-City, formed in 1933 and considered “The best day parade in Mardi Gras”. At Noon, the Krewe of Thoth rolls with its wonderful throws, and making sure to parade past health care facilities for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to see a parade. Later, at 5:15 pm, Krewe of Bacchus rolls with it’s grand marshall, House himself, Hugh Laurie. If you find yourself in Metairie at 5:30PM, you can see Krewe of Napoleon and its French theme, with the Emperor and Jospehine and the Arc De Triumph pulled by white horses.

March 3
Krewe of Proteus rolls Uptown at 5:15pm with its giant seashell protecting the mysterious king and historical parade chassis from 1882. 6pm will find Krewe of Orpheus, another super-krewe with grand marshall Fats Domino and king Quentin Tarantino. Moving on to Metarie at 6:15PM with Krewe of Hera, one of only two female Krewes in the parish, followed by Krewe of Zeus, a Greek themed parade with a mule-drawn king’s float and calliope.

The next post in our series will be all about the Big Day itself!