There are 53 major parades yet to roll through Greater New Orleans, including Jefferson Parish and Slidell. Varying in size, theme and location, there are enough of these free street shows to accommodate any wannabe parade-goer near the city.
Mardi Gras 2012 is Feb. 21. Fat Tuesday culminates the Carnival season in New Orleans.
Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, is the traditional start date for the season. The Krewe of Joan of Arc and Phunny Phorty Phellows each created spectacular events for the city in January.
Most recently, Krewe du Vieux drew hoards of revelers to the French Quarter on Feb. 3. The theme and costuming of this parade are traditionally geared toward an adult crowd.
When asked to share her love of the season with modenook.com readers, Krewe du Vieux 2012 Queen Deon Haywood offered, “I enjoy the crowds, the partying and just the overall atmosphere associated with Mardi Gras and parading. It is a wonderful time of year that puts the culture of New Orleans on display for the world and you have opportunities to assemble a group of family and friends to make your own contribution to history.”
Next morning, it was Krewe of Little Rascals’ turn to provide family fun in the New Orleanian suburb of Metairie. The krewe’s annual route down Veterans Memorial Blvd. is used by all East Bank Jefferson Parish parades.
The Krewes of Bilge and Perseus have set Carnival in motion for Slidell residents and tourists.
Friday, Feb 10, it’s time for some serious parading to start! Here is a list of upcoming parades and corresponding locations:
Feb 10 Krewe of Cork French Quarter 12:00pm
Feb 10 Krewe of Oshun Uptown 6:00pm
Feb 10 Krewe of Cleopatra West Bank 6:30pm
Feb 10 Krewe of Excalibur Metairie 7:00pm
Feb 10 Krewe of Eve Mandeville 7:00pm
Feb 10 Krewe of Atlas Metairie 7:30pm
Feb 11 Krewe of Choctaw West Bank 11:00am
Feb 11 Knights of Adonis West Bank 11:45am
Feb 11 Krewe of Pontchartrain Uptown 2:00pm
Feb 11 Knights of Nemesis Chalmette 2:00pm
Feb 11 Krewe of Olympia Covington 6:00pm
Feb 11 Knights of Sparta Uptown 6:00pm
Feb 11 Krewe of Caesar Metairie 6:00pm
Feb 11 Krewe of Titans Slidell 6:30pm
Feb 11 Krewe of Pygmalion Uptown 6:45pm
Feb 12 Krewe of Carrollton Uptown 12:00pm
Feb 12 Krewe of ALLA West Bank 12:00pm
Feb 12 Krewe of Dionysus Slidell 1:00pm
Feb 12 Krewe of Tchefuncte Madisonville 2:00pm
Feb 12 Krewe of Thor Metairie 2:00pm
Feb 12 Krewe of King Arthur Uptown 1:15pm
Feb 12 Krewe of Barkus French Quarter 2:00pm
Feb 15 Krewe of Ancient Druids Uptown 6:30pm
Feb 15 Krewe of Nyx Uptown 7:00pm
Feb 16 Knights of Babylon Uptown 5:45pm
Feb 16 Krewe of Muses Uptown 6:30pm
Feb 16 Knights of Chaos Uptown 6:30pm
Feb 17 Krewe of Hermes Uptown 6:00pm
Feb 17 Krewe d’Etat Uptown 6:30pm
Feb 17 Krewe of Selene Slidell 6:30pm
Feb 17 Krewe of Orpheus Mandeville 7:00pm
Feb 17 Krewe of Morpheus Uptown 7:00pm
Feb 17 Krewe of Centurions Metairie 7:00pm
Feb 17 Krewe of Lyra Mandeville 7:00pm
Feb 18 Krewe of NOMTOC West Bank 10:45am
Feb 18 Krewe of Tucks Uptown 12:00pm
Feb 18 Krewe of Iris Uptown 11:00am
Feb 18 Krewe of Endymion Mid-City 4:15pm
Feb 18 Krewe of Chewbacchus Uptown 5:00pm
Feb 18 Krewe of Isis Metairie 6:00pm
Feb 19 Krewe of Okeanos Uptown 11:00am
Feb 19 Krewe of Mid City Uptown 11:45am
Feb 19 Krewe of Thoth Uptown 12:00pm
Feb 19 Krewe of Bacchus Uptown 5:15pm
Feb 19 Krewe of Napoleon Metairie 5:30pm
Feb 20 Krewe of Proteus Uptown 5:15pm
Feb 20 Krewe of Orpheus Uptown 6:00pm
Feb 20 Krewe of Zeus Metairie 6:30pm
Feb 21 Krewe of Zulu Uptown 8:00am
Feb 21 Krewe of Rex Uptown 10:00am
Feb 21 Krewe of Argus Metairie 10:00am
Feb 21 Krewe of Elks Jefferson Metairie Follows Krewe of Argus
Feb 21 Krewe of Jefferson Metairie Follows Krewe of Elks Jefferson
Feb 21 Krewe of Elks Orleans Uptown 11:30am
Feb 21 Krewe of Crescent City Uptown Follow Krewe of Elks Orleans
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
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