Parades

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Krewe of Nyx parades in Uptown

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 1:41 PM

The Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School band played their renditions of popular hits. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
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  • The Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School band played their renditions of popular hits.

Over 2900 women and 42 floats strong, The Mystic Krewe of Nyx rolled uptown Wednesday night. The parade theme, "Dancing the Night Away," was fitting, since almost every float played music from different musical genres for the riders to dance to as the parade wound its way from Magazine and Jefferson to the Convention Center.


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Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 10:10 AM


The Mystic Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown.
  • The Mystic Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown.

The Mystic Krewe of Druids doesn't announce its theme in advance of the parade, and typically it offers dry wit or wry commentary on theme floats, but the group also can't help but grind a few axes and it's always amusing to see what it'll do.

"Druids' Olympics" had some entertaining takes on local icons and recurring grievances. One of the early theme floats featured the "SWB Discus Throw" with a sculpture of the city's iconic water meter plates. There also was a "Crime Camera Dash," with a replica of one of the city's growing number of cameras on the front of the float. There also was a "Po-boy Eating Contest" float with a giant po-boy on front.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Krewe of Muses introduces rubber duck floats

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:37 PM

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Members of the Krewe of Muses have tossed rubber ducks to parade spectators for years. The krewe hopes to supersize the ducks' popularity with a new signature float, which will debut on the Uptown parade route Thursday night.

"The rubber ducks have been really popular," said krewe captain Staci Rosenberg. "So many women (in the krewe) have young kids, we thought this would be popular with families."

Muses joins a small group of superkrewes that field multi-trailer floats in their parades. Orpheus has the Smokey Mary train float and Leviathan. Endymion introduced its nine-trailer Pontchartrain Beach float in 2013. Muses' ducks feature one larger mother duck and three smaller ducks. They will be hitched to the krewe's signature bathtub float, and the entire chain is 160 feet long. The mother duck will carry 14 riders, and each of the smaller ducks will carry 10.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Y@ Speak: Hey now, you're an all star. Guy Fieri? Pa-rades.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 4:32 PM

As the corporate-branded fog over the French Quarter begins to clear, we find a graveyard of Popeyes boxes, broken beads and daiquiri-clutching partiers waking from the peaceful slumber that follows a week of near-belligerence to news that Boogie is coming to New Orleans. Also this week: The Hoy Boys reunite... with Guy Fieri, and Master P transcends incredible levels of petty over the Falcons' loss in the Super Bowl.

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Krewes of Sparta and Pygmalion paraded Saturday night in Uptown

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 9:39 AM

The Landry-Walker High School band marches in the Krewe of Pygmalion parade. - ZACH BRIEN/UPTOWN MESSENGER
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  • The Landry-Walker High School band marches in the Krewe of Pygmalion parade.

The krewes of Sparta and Pygmalion paraded in Uptown Saturday night.

The Knights of Sparta's theme celebrated Cirque du Soleil. Some of the Knights’ floats illustrated acts from the Cirque du Soleil, including “Mystere (Hope you have a VeNice night)” and “Kooza (Who are those masked men),” with 3-D sculptures at the front of the floats.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla parade in Uptown

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 8:18 PM

The St. Augustine Marching 100 led the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale parade.
  • The St. Augustine Marching 100 led the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale parade.

Sunday was busy on the Uptown parade route, as floats, themes and guests included everything from Monty Python quotes to guest riding nuns and NBA moms to military veterans and many of the area's school marching bands. The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale kicked off the procession on Napoleon Avenue at 11 a.m. and was followed by the krewes of Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla on the slightly longer route starting at Jefferson Avenue and Magazine Street.

Mothers of NBA all-stars, in town for the league's all-star game Sunday night, rode on one of the first floats in the Femme Fatale parade. They were soon followed by nuns from the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, who each wore a T-shirt with an inspirational message or statement of devotion.

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Ahoy, Barkus: pups parade the French Quarter Feb. 19

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 5:30 PM

A drum major with the "St. Pawgustine Marching Band."
  • A drum major with the "St. Pawgustine Marching Band."

King Maximilian and Queen Athena led a procession of dukes, maids and past royalty — all of them dogs — as the Krewe of Barkus presented its 2017 parade in the French Quarter Feb. 19.

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Chewbacchus paraded Saturday in Marigny and Bywater

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 12:58 AM

A krewe of space vikings pushed a massive bull in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade.
  • A krewe of space vikings pushed a massive bull in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade.

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus' Revel Alliance parade was a big tent for science fiction fans and Carnival and costuming enthusiasts. A seemingly endless stream of subkrewes celebrated all things Star Wars, especially Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, in a two-hour long procession snaking around Frenchmen Street and down St. Claude Avenue.

There were Star Wars marching groups including the Leijorettes, Death Star Steppers, a galactic senate contingent and the "Sith Happens Jedi Council." The Krewe of Bon Tauntaun Roule featured three men riding plush versions of the snow lizards from the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret paraded Saturday in Uptown

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 11:16 AM

Xavier Prep marched in the Krewe of Pontchartrain parade. - ZACH BRIEN/UPTOWN MESSENGER
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  • Xavier Prep marched in the Krewe of Pontchartrain parade.

The Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret paraded in Uptown on Saturday afternoon.

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’tit Rex parades in Marigny

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 10:46 AM

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New Orleans' smallest parade may not have had many tiny hands clapping. The krewe of ”tit Rex chose a theme about taking a nap, but many floats depicted nightmares, many of them featuring President Donald Trump. In one dark vision, Lady Liberty slept with her head in an oven. In another, titled "Tyrant-asaurus Wrex," an orange dinosaur stood atop the White House next to a massive crane with a swinging wrecking ball. The float creators distributed as throws: free tickets to the future, tiny flags and orange golf balls with a yellow mop of hair combed over the top.

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