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Rex Duke previews Carnival parades

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click to enlarge A cascade of oyster
shell beads provides a golden cape for a
gold-masked reveler. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

5:45 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 21
King: secret
Queen: announced day of parade
Floats: light-up Babylon sticks, bracelets, jester hats, LED streetcars, LED Babylon crests, doubloons, theme cups
Babylon announces its theme and queen the day of the parade, and the krewe welcomes the Guggenmusick Kamikaze band from Switzerland to the procession.

6:30 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 15
Number One: secret
Floats: decks of cards depicting floats, individual float cups, light- up beads, knight and crest blinkies, plush shields and swords, light up swords
The Knights of Chaos follow the Carnival tradition of not announc- ing the theme until parade time, but its 15 wagon wheel floats typically illustrate a satirical take on timely subjects.

6:30 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 26
Floats: silver-metallic shoe bracelets, strobe theme beads, rhinestone bracelets, "reMusable" grocery bags, flasks, flashlights, light-up ray guns
New Orleanian Ruby Bridges, who was the first black child to go to an all-white elementary school in the South, rides as honorary Muse. The parade includes the debut of a new Sirens float, as well as the signature bathtub and shoe floats. The krewe's wide array of throws includes many fashion-themed and practical items.



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