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Mardi Gras 2011 Parade Schedule 

The parades, the routes, the krewes and all the news leading up to Fat Tuesday.

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Carnival marches toward its Fat Tuesday pinnacle with more parades full of kings, queens, floats, flambeaux, marching bands and honored guests. Below are my parade previews for the remaining parades with information on themes, routes, royalty and more. Rex Duke bids you to join him to cheer on bands, laugh at the satire, take in the pageantry, pocket a doubloon and toast our cultural marvel.

 

Wednesday, March 2

Druids
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Announced day of parade
Floats: 18
Archdruid: Secret
Throws: Cups, doubloons, medallion beads

The ever-mysterious Druids uphold the Carnival tradition of krewe secrecy. The name of the Archdruid is never revealed, and the theme is announced at parade time. The krewe's themes are marked by its distinctive wry wit.

 

Thursday, March 3

Babylon
Time: 5:45 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Announced day of parade
Floats: 20
King Sargon: Secret
Queen: Courtney Elizabeth Atchley
Throws: Jester beads, light-up Babylon streetcar, jester hat, light-up medallion necklaces, soft baseballs, lighted tambourines

Although the theme isn't announced until the day of the parade, Babylon hints that floats featuring diamonds and emeralds will dazzle viewers. Signature floats include the Hanging Gardens and Temple of Marduk. New this year are doubloons featuring horsemen given out by mounted officers.

Chaos

Time: 5:45 p.m. (follows Babylon)
Location: Uptown
Theme: Secret until parade time
Floats: 15
King: Secret
Throws: Parade theme cards, light-up Naga beads, silver and periwinkle blue doubloons

click to enlarge The Southern University Marching Band parades at Mardi Gras - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

The Knights of Chaos ride in secrecy on traditional wagon-wheel floats. The theme is always topical and satirical, and decks of cards depicting each float and narrating the parade theme are prized throws. There also are float-specific cups.

Muses

Time: 6:30 p.m. (follows Chaos)
Location: Uptown
Theme: Announced day of parade
Floats: 25
Throws: Glowing crystal necklaces, rhinestone snap bracelets, luggage tags, glitter notebooks, dolphin and duck toys, Musie Bands, black and gold footballs, light-up yo-yos, light-up hair clips

Muses always features a full line-up of marching units, including groups like the Camel Toe Lady Steppers and Pussyfooters. And the ever fashionable krewe outdoes itself with throws. In response to the World Cup craze for vuvuzelas, get ready for the Museuzela. While there are throws for girls, including glittering necklaces, there also are black and gold footballs, and everyone will want a poster featuring all the floats.

Friday, March 4Hermes

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Announced day of parade
Floats: 28
King: Secret
Queen: Announced day of parade
Throws: Plush elephants, horses and winged H's, vuvuzelas, large LED light-up mugs

Hermes follows the tradition of not announcing its theme until the day of the parade, but this year's floats promise a vibrantly colored vision of historic grandeur. Plush toy throws complement the theme.

D'Etat

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Announced day of parade
Floats: 21

Dictator Richard XV: Secret
Throws: Blinking medallion beads, blinking logo rings, krewe magnets, krewe logo bracelets, cups, blinking logo beads, blinking skull beads, blinking gargoyle beads, blinking high priest beads

The Le Krewe d'Etat marks its 15th anniversary in 2011. The satirical krewe announces its theme at parade time and the costumes and routine of the Dictator's Dancing Dawlins are another fun surprise. Watch for signature floats like the mule-drawn Dictator's Banana Wagon and the High Priest's float, and get a parade bulletin from a member of the Skeleton Walking Krewe.

Morpheus

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Morpheus Sings a Tune
Floats: 16
King: Silky Sullivan
Queen: Linda Springer
Throws: Plush moons and sleepy sheep, LED water meter medallion beads, light-up glow tubes called boppers

click to enlarge The masked riders of Proteus parade through Uptown. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

Morpheus is going to rock the night away. The floats will feature songs including Kiss' "Rock and Roll All Nite," Michael Jackson's "Thriller," Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" and the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian." You won't be dreaming if you spot 1959 LSU Heisman trophy winner Bill Cannon. He'll ride as a guest in a 1959 Bentley convertible.

Centurions

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Myths and Legends
Floats: 20
King: Larry Perez
Queen: Jillian Elizabeth Campbell
Throws: Centurion swords, the Comicus stress doll, doubloons in many colors

Centurions turns to the ancient Greeks in a parade exploring Myths and Legends. Floats depict the story of Pandora's Box, the god Zeus, and Pegasus, the divine winged horse. The procession also includes mounted riding groups, and guest riders from the Magnolia School will ride the Pegasus float.

 

Saturday, March 5

N.O.M.T.O.C.

Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: Algiers
Theme: Great Works of Fiction
Floats: 21
King: Danny V. Kennedy
Queen: Dominique Melder
Throws: Light-up medallion beads, plush jugs, plush spears, flying discs

New Orleans' Most Talked-of Club enjoys a good story, and its procession of floats will depict The Dark Knight, comic world's Justice League and Nosferatu (an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula). Oliver Thomas rides as grand marshal. The krewe is dedicating its parade to longtime krewe president Warren Green, who died Jan. 28.

Iris

Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: In My Wildest Dreams
Floats: 27
King: John Richard Williams
Queen: Sandra "Diane" Drouant
Throws: Coasters, footballs, Iris queen dolls, baseball caps, black and white clappers, 3-D medallions, doubloons

With its al-female riders donning traditional opera-length gloves, the ever-proper krewe of Iris strives to bring your wildest dreams to life. Floats feature astronauts and a trip to the pyramids. Listen for the bagpipes as Kilts of Many Colours marches with the procession. There is a wide variety of doubloons including brass and aluminum colors and a special captains' doubloon.

Tucks

Time: noon
Location: Uptown
Theme: iTucks: What's APPenning
Floats: 31
King: Brad Frischhertz
Queen: Sue Mennino
Throws: fly swatters, beach balls, sunglasses, squirting toilets, plungers, supersize plush dolls, bidets, koozies, soccer balls, shot glasses and beer mug beads

Tucks isn't parting with its signature toilets and plungers, but it is embracing new technology. Floats include "Farmville Gets Plowed" and "Tweet This." Celebrity guest Rob Dyrdek will ride on the skateboard float. The parade's 30 bands will be judged for the marching band contest at the corner of Napoleon and St. Charles avenues.

Endymion

Time: 4:15 p.m.
Location: Mid-City
Theme: Endymion's American Masters
Floats: 31

Endymion XLV: Don DeVille
Queen: Kathryn Elizabeth Schneider
Throws: Lighted windmills, light-up Endymion "Little Man" medallions, plush krewe characters

An array of celebrity grand marshals leads the Endymion parade: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Live with Regis and Kelly star Kelly Ripa, her husband Mark Consuelos and San Francisco pop/rock band Train, and all will throw cups with their own likenesses. The parade highlights American masters in the arts, including Mark Twain, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. Among the many krewe insignia items are special medallions that light up in multiple colors.

Isis

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Did You Ever Say?
Floats: 19
King: John J. Von Hoven
Queen: Charlene Von Hoven
Throws: fans, purses, dolls, snacks,

The all-female krewe of Isis wants to know: Did you ever say? Floats ponder the phrases "Did you ever say I love you?" and "Did you ever say sweet dreams?" As is traditional, Ponchatoula High School leads the parade.

 

Sunday, March 6

Okeanos

Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Children's Fantasies
Floats: 19
King: Garth G. Gilpin
Throws: doubloons, flying discs, polystone and medallion krewe beads, theme cups

Okeanos will be fun for all ages with its Children's Fantasies theme and floats illustrating timeless stories such as Peter Pan and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Honorary parade marshal Vince Vance, creator of "I Am New Orleans," will ride his own float.

Mid-City

Time: 11:45 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Mid-City Marches On
Floats: 18
King: Robert G. Harvey Jr.
Queen: Taylor Harvey
Throws: Basketballs, Mid-City plush hearts, footballs, potato chips

The tin-foiled krewe of Mid-City marches to its own drum this year. The krewe highlights its March theme with a "March Madness" float and tosses toy basketballs. Other floats include "March of the Wooden Soldiers" and "Time Marches On." A traditional Mid-City throw, potato chips, is back this year.

Thoth

Time: noon
Location: Uptown
Theme: Thoth Goes to College
Floats: 42
King: Frank Provenza
Queen: Shelby Hoppmeyer
Throws: Squeeze bottles, graduation tassels, diplomas, graduation bears

Thoth indulges in some university appeal with floats featuring medical and law schools. Throws will give spectators a taste of graduation day with items such as tassels and diplomas. The parade includes special marching guests including the Pussyfooters.

Bacchus

Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Bacchus Salutes the Greatest Generation
Floats: 32

Bacchus XLIII: Andy Garcia
Throws: Theme beads and cups, logo footballs

The krewe has partnered with the National World War II Museum to create "Bacchus Salutes the Greatest Generation." Floats will feature Rosie the Riveter, Higgins boats (the troop landing craft built in New Orleans), Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima and the nose cone of a B-52. There also will be historic military vehicles driven by period costumed riders. Special throws include dog tags and red, white and blue patriotic beads and doubloons.

Napoleon

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Ain't Dere No More
Floats: 24

Emperor: Rickey P. Morales Jr.

Empress: Brenda Wakeland
Throws: Krewe cups and hand-strung Ain't Dere No More beads

The Corps de Napoleon parades down memory lane and celebrates sentimental local favorites including K&B, Schwegmann's, Dixie Beer and D.H. Holmes. Of course, the creators of the nostalgic anthem Benny Grunch and the Bunch ride as guests. Watch for the krewe's signature Waterloo super float.

 

Monday, March 7

Proteus

Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: The Prophetic Old Man of the Sea
Floats: 20
King: Secret
Queen: Announced day of parade
Throws: LED light-up trident, 1882 King's Car hand-strung necklace

Symbolized by Poseidon, god of the sea, the old-line Krewe of Proteus parades with a nautical theme.

Orpheus

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Visions of Other Worlds
Floats: 27
Throws: Plush LED flambeaux, Trojan horse necklace, illuminated Treme beads, light-up tambourine beads

Orpheus delves into fantastic visions with floats depicting the "Temple of Diamonds," "Dream of Utopia" and the "Gardens of Xanadu." There are also a few scary floats, including the "Chamber of Horrors." New Orleans' alternate reality via HBO's Treme is featured on a float with riding cast members including Steve Zahn, Wendell Pierce, Khandi Alexander and others. Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie, Best in Show) and Jennifer Finnigan (Better With You) also ride.

Zeus

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Zeus Conquers Ancient Egypt
Floats: 19
King: David Patrick Brousse
Queen: Taylor Marie Heirsch
Throws: Theme medallion beads

Zeus crosses the Mediterranean to conquer Egypt. Floats feature King Tut, the feline goddess Bastet and the Sphinx. The krewe rolls with its traditional chariots and mounted officers. Instead of doubloons, the krewe distributes drachmas.

 

Tuesday, March 8

Zulu

Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Zulu Celebrates Hollywood Movies
Floats: 39
King: Anthony Barker Sr.
Queen: Chanel Howard Barker
Throws: Zulu coconuts, half coconuts

Catch a morning movie with Zulu and floats celebrating Hollywood blockbusters. Decorated Zulu coconuts are lighter than whole coconuts — the milk is drained. The club also throws half-coconut beads with half-shells strung on beads. There also are special medallions for the king and queen.

Rex

Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: This Sceptered Isle
Floats: 27
King: Announced Lundi Gras
Queen: Announced Lundi Gras
Throws: Boeuf Gras and krewe insignia medialions.

Rex's vibrantly colored procession explores the British Isles through both history and literature. Queens Victoria and Elizabeth head their own floats, as do the heroic figures Robin Hood and St. George. Other floats celebrate writers including Lewis Carroll, William Wordsworth and John Milton — with a devilishly Carnivalesque figure depicting his vision of Comus. New this year is the commemorative Jester cup.

Argus

Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: What a Wonderful World
Floats: 25
King: Henry Shane
Queen: Amanda Scott
Throws: Argus medallion beads, stuffed sharks and fish, a variety of doubloons

Argus celebrates the good things. Parade-watchers are sure to enjoy floats dedicated to the New Orleans Saints, Louisiana seafood, "Our Four-Legged Friends," and a salute to the Armed Forces. Guest riders include Days of Our Lives star Crystal Chappell and 1960s singer Lesley Gore (known for "It's My Party"), who will throw flying discs that look like 45 rpm records.

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