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It’s Mardi Gras

Rex Duke previews Carnival parades

Float riders in the Krewe of Babylon parade throw beads to the crowd. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

Carnival season heads into its final week of parades, and the action promises to be truly super. The Krewe of Orpheus celebrates its 20th anniversary. The Krewe of Endymion debuts a technologically advanced nine-car float celebrating the amusements at Pontchartrain Beach. A band from Switzerland has made the long journey to march in a couple of parades, more krewes are throwing hand-decorated items, celebrity guests are everywhere and there are many more surprises as well.

My previews include information on themes, royalty, throws, special guests, parade routes and more. See below for parade route maps, and watch for my reviews after Carnival concludes. Enjoy!


Monday • Tuesday



6:30 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 20
Archdruid: secret
Throws: plush balls, light-up polystone medallion beads, doubloons and cups
The U.S. Marine Corps band will lead the traditional and secretive Mystic Krewe of Druids. Look for the signature Druid Calliope float.

7 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 26
Queen: Lauren Thom
Throws: hand-decorated purses, light-up martini glasses, plush purses, light-up martini lanyards, light-up headboppers, doubloons

The all-female Krewe of Nyx keeps its theme secret until parade time, but martini-related throws seem to be toasting its second parade. There's also a contest for the high school marching bands in the procession.



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