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Mardi Gras 2018

Mardi Gras Parade Schedule 2018
Schedules, Routes, Pictures and Activities

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Phunny Phorty Phellows 7:00 p.m. Uptown Streetcar Ride
Joan of Arc 7:00 p.m. French Quarter Walking Parade
Société Du Champs Elysée 7:30 p.m. French Quarter Streetcar Ride

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Bilge 12:00 p.m. Slidell

Poseidon 6:00 p.m. Slidell
Mona Lisa & Moon Pie 7:00 p.m. Slidell
Krewe du Vieux 6:30 p.m. French Quarter Mature Themed
Krewe Delusion Follows French Quarter Walking Parade

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Little Rascals Noon Metairie
Slidellians 1:00 p.m. Slidell
Perseus 2:00 p.m. Slidell

Friday, February 2, 2018

Krewe of Cork 3:00 p.m. French Quarter Walking Parade
Oshun 6:00 p.m. Uptown
Cleopatra 6:30 p.m. Uptown
Eve 7:00 p.m. Mandeville
Excalibur 7:00 p.m. Metairie

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Krewe of Paws 10:00 a.m. Slidell
Adonis 11:45 a.m. Westbank
Tchefuncte 1:00 p.m. Madisonville
Nemesis 1:00 p.m. St. Bernard
Pontchartrain 1:00 p.m. Uptown
Choctaw 2:00 p.m. Uptown
Freret 3:00 p.m. Uptown
Sparta 6:00 p.m. Uptown
Pygmallion 6:15 p.m. Uptown
Caesar 6:00 p.m. Metairie
‘tit Rex 5:00 p.m. Marigny Walking Parade
Olympia 6:00 p.m. Covington
Caesar 6:00 p.m. Metairie
Chewbacchus 7:00 p.m. Marigny Walking Parade
Titans 6:30 p.m. Slidell

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Femme Fatale 11:00 a.m. Uptown
Carrollton Noon Uptown
King Arthur and Merlin Follows Uptown
Alla Follows Uptown
Claude 1:00 p.m. Slidell
Dionysus 2:00 p.m. Slidell
Barkus 2:00 p.m. French Quarter Dog Walking Parade

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Druids 6:30 p.m. Uptown
Nyx 7:00 p.m. Uptown

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Krewe of Nyx Parade Route
The Krewe of Nyx parade will start immediately after the Krewe of Ancient Druids.
The krewe will start at the intersection of Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue in New Orleans.
The parade will proceed east on Magazine until Napoleon Avenue, where the krewe will turn north.
The parade will stay on Napoleon until St. Charles Street, where the krewe will turn east.
The Krewe of Nyx will follow St. Charles all the way to Lee Circle, around the circle and back on St. Charles northward to Canal Street.
At Canal, the parade will turn east and proceed to Tchoupitoulas Street, where they head south.
The krewe then heads to the intersection of Tchoupitoulas and Poydras Street, where the parade will end.

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx, founded in 2012 is one of the newest Krewe’s to parade in New Orleans Mardi Gras. It is an all-women’s Mardi Gras Krewe, embracing women of diverse backgrounds.

Nyx (pronounced nicks) was the Greek goddess of the night, she was so powerful that not even Zeus dared to upset her. She was one of the most powerful goddesses in Greek Mythology.

The New Orleans City Council approved the Krewe to parade just three months before their inaugural parade. However, they were able to put together a parade that included 534 riders in that short time.

Local chef Susan Spicer was the 2014 Grand Marshall of the Krewe of Nyx. Spicer owns Bayona in the French Quarter and Mondo in Lakeview

In 2014, Krewe of Nyx paraded Uptown with 1,230 members.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Knights of Babylon 5:30 p.m. Uptown
Chaos 6:15 p.m. Uptown
Muses 6:30 p.m. Uptown

Friday, February 9, 2018

Krewe of Bosom Buddies 11:30 a.m. French Quarter
Hermes 6:00 p.m. Uptown
Le Krewe D’etat 6:30 p.m. Uptown
Selene 6:30 p.m. Slidell
Orpheus 7:00 p.m. Mandeville
Morpheus 7:00 p.m. Uptown
Centurions 7:00 p.m. Metairie

Saturday, February 10, 2018

NOMTOC 10:45 a.m. Westbank

Krewe of NOMTOC Parade Route
The Krewe of NOMTOC parade starts at the intersection of Holiday Dr. and Fiesta St.
It travels north on Holiday Dr. to General Meyer. At General Meyer, the parade takes a left and heads west to L B Landry Ave.
It travels south on L B Landry Ave. to Mardi Gras Blvd., where the parade takes a right and heads west towards Nunez St.
At Nunez St, the parade heads north to Lamarque St. There the parade takes a left.
At Teche St., the parade takes another right and heads north to Newton St.
On Newton St. the parade heads east to its conclusion at the intersection of General Meyer Ave. and Shirley Dr.

Founded in 1951, the Krewe of NOMTOC (New Orleans Most Talked Of Club) began parading on the Westbank (Orleans Parish) in 1970.

Their inaugural parade had six floats, six bands, six marching units, one horse group and a motorcycle squadron. Today, this all-black krewe is comprised of 400 male and female riders, 26 floats, ten bands and a number of marching and riding groups. Throws include ceramic medallion beads, jug banks and their signature Jug Man dolls. Their most popular throws for the 2013 parade include: Medallion Tri-Color Bead, Stuffed Baseball, Lighted Medallion Bead, Velour Spear with Krewe Crest, Top Hat Bead with Gold Pearls.

The Krewe suggests that the best spots for family viewing are Holiday Dr. and Gen. Meyer Ave. in front of Behrman Stadium or along Mardi Gras Blvd. or at the intersection of Nunez St. and Mardi Gras Blvd.

The Krewe’s sponsor, The Jugs Social Club has a rich heritage of civic activism, regularly donating funds to local schools, youth groups, and social programs. Each year a group of academic honor students is selected as guest riders in the parade.
Iris 11:00 a.m. Uptown
Tucks Noon Uptown
Endymion 4:15 p.m. Mid-City Superkrewe

Krewe of Endymion Parade Route
The Krewe of Endymion parade starts at the intersection of City Park Avenue and Orleans Avenue.
From there they travel down Orleans Avenue to the intersection with N. Carrolton Avenue.
They take a right onto Carrollton and take that street until it intersects with Canal Street.
The Krewe travels down Canal Street through Mid City until they reach St. Charles Avenue.
At St. Charles Avenue, they take a right and follow it until the intersection with Howard Avenue at Lee Circle.
They take Howard Avenue until taking a right Loyola Avenue.
There is a left turn on to Dave Dixon Drive.
Their next turn is a left on to Liberty Street
That is followed by a right onto Julia Street.
They take a right on to Le Rouge Lane.
There is another right on to Dave Dixon Drive.
Their last turn is on LaSalle Street and into Champions Square at the Superdome.

Krewe of Endymion Endymion, a figure from Greek mythology, was a mortal granted eternal youth by Zeus, at the request of the Moon Goddess who loved him for his beauty. It is also the name of Carnival’s largest parade with 3,100 riders and 37 floats.

Founded in 1967, Endymion emerged as one of Carnival’s ‘Super-Krewes’ in 1974 when it added more floats and celebrity guests. Endymion is so popular that those in the know begin saving their viewing spots in the early morning hours, even though the parade doesn’t start until evening.

The Krewe of Endymion is host to Samedi Gras, the greatest block party on earth. drawing 30,000+ from Mid-City neighborhoods to help kick off Endymion. The krewe’s motto is “Throw ’til it Hurts.” They estimate that they toss more than 15 million throws along the parade route which ends with a ride through the Mercedes Benz Superdome for the Endymion Extravaganza. In recent years, Celebrity Grand Marshalls have included Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Steven Tyler, Pitbull, KC and the Sunshine Band, Kiss and Flo-Rida.
Isis 6:30 p.m. Metairie

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Okeanos 11:00 a.m. Uptown
Mid-City 11:45 a.m. Uptown
Thoth Noon Uptown
Napoleon 5:00 p.m. Metairie
Bacchus 5:15 p.m. Uptown Superkrewe

Krewe of Bacchus Parade Route
The Krewe of Bacchus parade will start at the intersection of Tchoupitoulas Street and Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans.
The parade will head along Napoleon Avenue north until St. Charles Street, where the parade will turn east.
The Krewe of Bacchus will follow St. Charles all the way to Lee Circle, around the circle and back on St. Charles northward to Canal Street.
At Canal, the parade turn right, heading southeast down Canal.
At the intersection of Canal and Tchoupitoulas Street, the parade will turn south down Tchoupitoulas.
The krewe will proceed south to the intersection of Tchoupitoulas and Caliope Street, where the parade will follow through to Convention Center Boulevard.

King Bacchus 2018 will be Academy Award winning actor J.K. Simmons!

Early in 1968, the Krewe of Bacchus broke with Carnival tradition by staging a Sunday night parade with bigger and more spectacular floats than anything previously seen in Carnival. They then decided to have a national celebrity king lead the parade, breaking ranks with 113 years of Carnival tradition.

Now, with more than 1,000 members and 31 animated super-floats, the Krewe of Bacchus is revered as one of the most spectacular krewes in Carnival history.

Bacchus is the most innovative and imitated krewe this century. Owen “Pip” Brennan Jr. and a group of 13 friends decided to form Bacchus in 1968 to put spark back into the celebration of Mardi Gras.

The krewe’s large signature floats, Rendezvous supper dance with Las Vegas-type entertainment, and national celebrity monarchs are just a few of the tradition-breaking moves that set the Krewe of Bacchus apart.

Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, has been portrayed by celebrities including Raymond Burr, Bob Hope, Dom DeLuise, Charlton Heston, William Shatner and Kirk Douglas, and Dick Clark.

The parade’s more than 25 floats include several super floats such as the Bacchagator, Bacchasaurus, and Baccha-Whoppa. The Krewe of Bacchus holds its parade on the Sunday before Mardi Gras Day, drawing crowds of several hundred thousands every year.

The Bacchus parades through the streets of New Orleans with its massive floats, marching bands, and ceremonial escort groups… ending up inside the Convention Center for their black-tie Rendezvous party of over 5000 guests from all over the country, featuring celebrity entertainment before and after the parade.
Athena 5:30 p.m. Metairie

Monday, February 12, 2018

Proteus 5:15 p.m. Uptown
Orpheus 6:00 p.m. Uptown Superkrewe

Mardi Gras Day!!!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Zulu 8:00 a.m. Uptown Features Royalty

Krewe of Zulu Parade Route

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The Krewe of Zulu begins at S. Claiborne and Jackson Avenue.
They parade down Jackson to St. Charles Avenue where they take a left turn.
They follow St. Charles Avenue around Lee Circle and then continue back down St. Charles to Canal Street.
At Canal Street, the Krewe takes a left turn.
They follow Canal until Basin Street where they take a right turn.
The continue on Basin Street to where it becomes Orleans Avenue.
The parade follows Orleans Avenue until it concludes at Broad Street.

Early in 1909, a group of laborers who had organized a club named “The Tramps” went to the Pythian Theater to see a musical comedy performed by the Smart Set. The comedy included a skit entitled, “There Never Was and Never Will Be a King Like Me,” about the Zulu Tribe.

That is how Zulu began, as the many stories go…

Years of extensive research by Zulu’s staff of historians seem to indicate that Zulu’s beginning was much more complicated than that. The earliest signs of organization came from the fact that the majority of these men belonged to a Benevolent Aid Society. Benevolent Societies were the first forms of insurance in the Black community where, for a small amount of dues, members received financial help when sick or financial aid when burying deceased members.

Conversations and interviews with older members also indicate that in that era the city was divided into wards, and each ward had its own group or “Club.” The Tramps were one such group. After seeing the skit, they retired to their meeting place (a room in the rear of a restaurant/bar in the 1100 block of Perdido Street), and emerged as Zulus. This group was probably made up of members from the Tramps, the Benevolent Aid Society and other ward-based groups.

While the “Group” marched in Mardi Gras as early as 1901, their first appearance as Zulus came in 1909, with William Story as King.

The group wore raggedy pants, and had a Jubilee-singing quartet in front of and behind King Story. His costume of “lard can” crown and “banana stalk” scepter has been well-documented. The Kings following William Story (William Crawford – 1910, Peter Williams – 1912, and Henry Harris – 1914) were similarly attired.

1915 heralded the first use of floats, constructed on a spring wagon, using dry good boxes. The float was decorated with palmetto leaves and moss and carried four Dukes along with the King. That humble beginning gave rise to the lavish floats we see in the Zulu parade today.

Zulu’s 2017 Mardi Gras theme is “Stop the Violence”
Rex 10:00 a.m. Uptown Features Royalty

Krewe of Rex Parade Route
The Krewe of Rex parade will start at the intersection of Napoleon Avenue and S. Claiborne Ave. (Highway 90) in New Orleans.
The parade will proceed south until St. Charles Avenue, where the krewe will turn east.
The Krewe of Rex will follow St. Charles all the way to Lee Circle, around the circle and back on St. Charles northward to Canal Street.
At Canal, the parade will turn southeast follow the road to the intersection of Canal and South Peters Street where the parade will end.

Krewe of RexThe Rex parade is an annual attraction of traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras and considered a centerpiece of the festival because of the Krewe’s rich and colorful themes, maskers in original costumes and elaborately decorated and hand-painted floats.

The Krewe Of Rex has held more parades than any other organization. They are the origin of many Mardi Gras traditions, including the official Carnival colors of purple, green and gold, as well as the collectible doubloon coins (introduced by Rex in 1960). The Krewe consists of 600 male riders and parades on the New Orleans uptown route on Mardi Gras day.

Founded in 1872, The Krewe Of Rex is one of the oldest participating groups in Mardi Gras. They formed in a New Orleans still recovering from the civil war as a way to entice tourists to visit the city and businesses to put down roots in the community. The city’s businessman originally organized Rex to put on a spectacle for the visiting of Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia (remembered now as “Grand Duke Alexis”).

The actual name for the Krewe Of Rex is The School of Design.

While Rex is one of the prominent parade Krewes, they are not technically a Super Krewe. A Super Krewe uses technology like fiber-optic lightning on floats that carry hundreds of riders. Rex follows a tradition of using techniques that have been used by generations.

Every year, one member of the Rex Organization is selected to be Rex, the monarch of the Krewe for the year. (He’s often called King Rex, but his correct title is just “Rex”) Rex is always an influential resident involved in a multiple civic causes and philanthropic pursuits. Their identity is kept secret until Lundi Gras, the day before Mardi Gras. Traditionally, the Mayor hands over to Rex a symbolic key to the City to Rex for Mardi Gras Day.

The Krewe of Rex has an official song, “If Ever I Cease to Love,” a song heard throughout New Orleans in the Mardi Gras season. It is a tune that some would describe as quirky, a song from an 1870’s musical called “Bluebeard.” The story goes that the song was adopted because the Grand Duke Alexis had a fondness for the actress who sang the song in the musical which was playing at the time of his visit to New Orleans.
Elks Orleanians Follows Uptown Truck Parade

Krewe of Elks Orleans Parade Route
The Krewe of Elks Orleans parade will start at the intersection of Napoleon Avenue and S. Claiborne St. (Highway 90) in New Orleans.
The parade will follow Napoleon Avenue south until St. Charles Avenue, where the parade will turn east.
The Krewe of Elks Orleans will follow St. Charles all the way to Lee Circle, around the circle and back on St. Charles northward to Canal Street.
At Canal, the parade turn northwest and proceed to the intersection of South Robertson Street and Canal, where the krewe will turn southwest on South Robertson Street.
The parade will end at the intersection of South Robertson and Tulane Avenue.

Krewe of Elks OrleansFounded in 1935, the Krewe of Elks Orleans is the oldest and largest of all the truck float krewes.

The Elks Orleans are a group of over 50 individually designed truck floats that parade following Rex down St. Charles Ave. The organization is formed by 4,600 male and female riders.
Crescent City Follows Uptown Truck Parade

Krewe of Crescent City Parade Route
The Krewe of Crescent City parade will start at the intersection of Napoleon Avenue and S. Claiborne Avenue (Highway 90) in New Orleans.
The parade will follow Napoleon Avenue south until St. Charles Avenue, where the parade will turn east.
The Krewe of Crescent City will follow St. Charles all the way to Lee Circle, around the circle and back on St. Charles northward to Canal Street.
At Canal, the parade turn northwest and proceed to the intersection of South Robertson Street and Canal, where the krewe will turn southwest.
The parade will end at the intersection of South Robertson and Tulane Avenue.

Krewe of Crescent CityFounded in 1947, the trucks in the Crescent City parade hold over 3,000 male and female riders.

The trucks each represent a different Carnival organization. The krewe sets no overall theme for their units, with each float bearing its own title and theme. The Krewe of Crescent City follows the Krewe of Elks-Orleans and is the last truck parade in the Orleans Parish. The krewe signals the official “beginning of the end” of Carnival.

The following parades are located in Metairie and they all follow each other, no need to move to another location.
Argus 10:00 a.m. Metairie
Krewe of Elks Jefferson Follows Metairie Truck Parade
Krewe of Jefferson Follows Metairie Truck Parade

The following parade is in Covington a few hours away from New Orleans.
Lyra 10:00 a.m. Covington

Details on specific parade routes and times can be found on the Mardi Gras Parade schedule website here.

http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule.html

If you’re interested in planning a trip for Mardi Gras, you can find future Mardi Gras dates here. You can also book your trip to New Orleans here if your travel dates are less than a year away.

Be sure to pack clothing that is comfortable and can be layered, as the weather is often warm during the day and then cool for the night parades, depending on the time of year.

And don’t be shy—wear a costume, especially on Mardi Gras day. It’s all about fun!

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