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It’s Mardi Gras

Rex Duke previews Carnival parades


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10:45 a.m.
Location: West Bank
Theme: Of Imagination and Dreams
Floats: 19
King: Vincent T. Lombard Jr.
Queen: Lo'Gon F. Lombard
Throws: canteens, bracelets, light-up medallion beads
The members of New Orleans Most Talked Of Club (N.O.M.T.O.C.) are led by the Walking Jugs and a brass band. The theme includes everything from mythological creatures like the centaur to the god Apollo. Since last year's parade was postponed and moved due to rain, last year's king and queen ride again in 2013.

11 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Louisiana Festivals Reign Supreme
Floats: 33
King: Robert "Bob" Kutcher
Queen: Renee Kutcher
Throws: plush Iris flowers, hand-decorated sunglasses, Iris license plate medallion beads, reusable/collapsible water bottles, reusable grocery bags, large cups, doubloons
Fiddler Amanda Shaw serves as grand marshal for a parade celebrating Louisiana festivals. Floats are decorated to represent the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Zydeco Festival, French Quarter Festival, New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, Voodoo Experience and Essence Festival.

Location: Uptown
Theme: Tucks Uncovers History
Floats: 32
King: Kabir Kalsi
Queen: Carlene Oehler
Throws: Tucks toilets, plungers, toilet paper and sunglasses, hand-decorated toilet brush scepters, doubloons, wooden nickels, theme medallion beads
The irreverent Krewe of Tucks exposes what promises to be revisionist history. Float titles include "The British are Coming," "Spanish Fly," "Storyville" and "New Orleans Gets Balls." Lee Zurik serves as grand marshal. The krewe distributes 7,000 toilet brush scepters hand decorated by members and students from Magnolia Special School and Holy Rosary Academy.

4:15 p.m.
Location: Mid-City
Theme: Ancient Mysteries
Floats: 42
King: Daniel Dwight Curole
Queen: Victoria Michelle Hanzo
Throws: plush Pontchartrain Beach clown dolls, spinning guns, light-up medallions, Kelly Clarkson cups, footballs, throwing discs, doubloons
Endymion introduces a new signature float this year. The Pontchartrain Beach, Then and Now float includes nine cars, carries 230 riders and has high-tech LED lighting programmed to run like amusement park lights. Theme floats will feature King Arthur, Dracula, Noah's Ark and Atlantis. Kelly Clarkson rides as a special guest.

6:30 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Floats: 19
King: Scott McCarley
Queen: Susan Kinsley Kolb
Throws: Hand-decorated flip-flops, light-up crown boppers, light-up batons, king's and queen's beads and cups
The women of the Krewe of Isis like to have a good time. Their theme floats depict exotic destinations, including Maxim's in Paris, a trip to China to celebrate the Chinese New Year, as well as local fun spots, such as the casino, zoo, aquarium and parks. The Ponchatoula High School band leads the parade for the 40th time.



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