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Rex Duke previews Carnival parades

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click to enlarge Zulu brings pageantry to Fat Tuesday morning. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

8 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Zulu: One World, One Love
Floats: 50
King: Cedric Givens
Queen: Monica V. Givens
Throws: Zulu coconuts, krewe emblem medallions
Members of Zulu award one of the most prized throws of the Carnival season — hand-decorated coco-nuts. The parade is lead by the royalty, the Soulful Warriors and characters including the Big Shot and Witch Doctor.

click to enlarge A rider prepares to hand out Zulu coconuts. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

10 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: All Creatures Great and Small
Floats: 28
Rex: announced Feb. 9
Queen: announced Feb. 9
Throws: folding discs, individual float medallion beads, krewe beads, cups and doubloons
The procession includes animals both great and small and real and mythical. There's everything from bees, frogs and snakes to polar bears and lions as well as a unicorn, Sphinx and Cyclops.

click to enlarge The Rex Proclamation. The identity of Rex, 
traditonally announced on Fat Tuesday, will be named early this year. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • The Rex Proclamation. The identity of Rex, traditonally announced on Fat Tuesday, will be named early this year.

10 a.m.
Location: Gretna
Theme: Grela's Gretna Centennial
Floats: 20
King: Jeff Badeaux
Queen: Callie Tillis
Throws: centennial bobble-heads, plush versions of the Jefferson Memorial in Gretna, doubloons
The Krewe of Grela celebrates Gretna's centennial. Floats depict Gretna landmarks and businesses including the Bingo Palace, Tower Theater, Maison Blanche, Lawson's Liquors and others. Sal DiVincenti of Sal's Meat Market serves as grand marshal.

10 a.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Argus Memories
Floats: 26
King: Raymond J. Brandt
Queen: Lydia Louise Netterville
Throws: medallion beads, plush animals, theme cups, doubloons
Argus gets nostalgic with a parade featuring floats titled "Love is in the Air" and "Greatest Show on Earth." Special guests in the parade include cast members from the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild as well as Minions from the forthcoming film Despicable Me 2.

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