Krewe of Cork
3 p.m. Friday
Grand Marshal Andrew Browne, founder of Browne Family Vineyards, and Queen Paulette Slone lead the krewe of costumed wine enthusiasts on a jaunt around the middle of the French Quarter. The procession begins at 3 p.m. at The Court of Two Sisters (613 Royal St.) and ends at the Royal Sonesta (300 Bourbon St.). Festivities for krewe members include a bloody mary party and Champagne lunch before the parade and a ball afterward. Bar owner Patrick van Hoorebeek founded the group in 2000, and membership includes wine enthusiasts, vintners and wine and restaurant industry professionals.
5 p.m. Saturday
The krewe of 'tit Rex marks the 10th anniversary of its shoebox float parade. The krewe of artists and creative types lines up on the neutral ground of St. Roch Avenue off St. Claude Avenue and parades roughly 10 blocks to the krewe's Ping Pong Ball at the AllWays Lounge (2240 St. Claude Ave.). Many of the 35 floats have satirical or topical themes, and many incorporate toy versions of the krewe's de facto mascot, Tyrannosaurus rex, or T-rex. Krewe members distribute tiny throws, and the procession includes the Panorama Brass Band, Egg Yolk Jubilee, Slow Danger Brass Band and the Where Y'at Brass Band.
7 p.m. Saturday
The Star Wars-meets-Carnival krewe heads for deep funk space with the theme "Get on Board The Mothership." The procession includes the Cult of the Sacred Drunken Wookiee, the Leijorettes dance team and more than 150 subkrewes inspired by everything from Star Wars and Star Trek to Harry Potter, E.T., unicorns and assorted pop culture, science fiction, horror and fantasy tales. The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is shaking up its universe this year. The new route circles Faubourg Marigny, lining up on Press Street and proceeding on North Peters Street to Frenchmen Street to St. Claude Avenue and back to Press. Instead of a single post-parade ball, there will be many parties in the Marigny and Bywater thrown by subkrewes. A post-parade party thrown by the Chewluminati at the Art Garage (2231 St. Claude Ave.) is open to the public. After their reign as 2018 royalty, the krewe's founders — Ryan Ballard, Kirah Haubrich and Brett Powers — turn over leadership of the krewe to the next generation.
2 p.m. Sunday
Winter is here. The Krewe of Barkus turns its parading pack into a marauding horde with the theme "Game of Bones: Barkus Marks Its Territory." Costumed dogs and their human escorts gather in Armstrong Park beginning at 10:30 a.m. for the pre-Pawty. The furry army invades the French Quarter at 2 p.m., following a 15-block route around the center of the historic district and passing the reviewing stand at Good Friends Bar (740 Dauphine St.) before returning to the park for a post-parade Pawty (until 5:30 p.m.). Registration is available on the krewe website. Proceeds benefit animal care organizations in the Gulf South.
Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Friday, Feb. 2
Oshun, Cleopatra and Excalibur
Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Saturday, Feb. 3
Adonis, Pontchartrain, Choctaw, Freret, Sparta, Caesar and Pygmalion
Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Sunday, Feb. 4
Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla
Mardi Gras 2018: walking parades Feb. 2-4
Rolling with the Krewe of Cork, 'tit Rex, Chewbacchus and Barkus
Cyndi Lauper headlines Family Gras 2018
The festival returns to Metairie Feb. 2-3