Fat Tuesday falls on March 4, 2014, but the Carnival season starts as always on Twelfth Night (Jan. 6). Several krewes have made announcements about 2014 parades and events. Bacchus will be ruled by Hugh Laurie, the star of House, who was in town recently to perform at a Tipitina's Foundation benefit to restore Professor Longhair's family home.
The Krewe of Orpheus announced the entertainment for the Orpheuscapade (lundi gras, March 3). Cheap Trick will headline the event and other performers include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Party Crashers. The krewe will release the names of its celebrity monarchs Monday, Dec. 23. Cheap Trick fans may remember the band's much discussed 2011 Voodoo Music and Art Experience show.
The Krewe of Alla will ride on the Uptown route for the first time at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Its monarchs are Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Chris Roberts as Maharajah and Gabrielle Lynn Taylor as Maharanee.
A young Carnival club, the Krewe of Freret, is scheduled to debut on the Uptown route on Feb. 22. The group was formed by Loyola University alums. The krewe's royalty will be King Jason Williams and Queen Ary Dotiwala.