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Rex Duke previews Carnival parades

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5 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 29
King: secret
Queen: announced at krewe ball (Feb. 7)
Throws: krewe emblem cups, doubloons and plush items, silver goblets, footballs, light-up Hermes necklaces, light-up winged headbands, light-up theme medallions
Hermes doesn't announce its theme until parade time, but it often uses themes featuring the ancient world and combining literature, mythology and the arts. Some sample floats to look for include Vivaldi's Primavera and Mozart's Magic Flute.

6:30 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 26
Dictator: secret
Throws: blinking plush D'Etat scepters, blinking logo bracelets and key rings, Candy Wagon cups, doubloons, krewe cups
The satirical Krewe D'Etat introduces the Candy Wagon float this year. The theme for the parade and the Dictator's Dancin' Dawlins routine are revealed at parade time.

7 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Friday Night at the Movies
Floats: 21
King: Emilio S. Gonzalez Jr.
Queen: Alicia Marie Aucoin
Throws: plush moons, plush bears, decorated night masks, LED masks and necklaces, theme cups, doubloons
Morpheus stays up late with some movies. Floats depict recent films and classics including Miracle on 34th Street, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Devil Wears Prada. The procession includes the Guggenmusik Kamikaze band from Switzerland.

7 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Happy Holidays
Floats: 20
King: James S. Spangler III
Queen: Lisa Michelle Barbiero
Throws: "Comicus" stress dolls, swords, krewe emblem footballs, cups and beads
Centurions enjoys the holidays with floats dedicated to Halloween, Valentine's Day, Christmas, President's Day and the Fourth of July. Guest riders from the Magnolia School ride the Magnolia Float.



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