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Mardi Gras 2016: Week 1
Fri., January 29 

click to enlarge The Talladega College Tornado Marching Band performs in a Carnival parade.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

The Talladega College Tornado Marching Band performs in a Carnival parade.


6 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: It's a Sea of Beauty
Floats: 20
Oshun: Mary Williams Hubbard
Shango: Kevin Eugene Crandle
Throws: handmade peacock fans, hurricane glasses, theme beads, krewe bracelets

The Krewe of Oshun marks its 20th anniversary with a theme celebrating things beneath the sea. Floats depict oysters, coral reefs and sea horses. WVUE-TV's Juan Kincaid and Kristi Coleman ride as guests, and the procession includes the New Orleans Baby Dolls.

6 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Cleopatra Rocks the Big Easy
Floats: 22
Cleopatra: Myra F. Cancienne
Throws: hand-decorated beverage glasses, sunglasses, cuff bracelets, scarves, throwing discs, stuffed animals, head boppers, jewelry tattoos, tote bags, krewe medallion beads

The all-female krewe celebrates songs about New Orleans. Floats depict songs including "Mardi Gras Mambo," "City of New Orleans," "Witch Queen of New Orleans" and "Christmas in New Orleans."

7 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: A Knight Remembers
Floats: 23
Queen: Meredith Chehardy
King: Ray Brandt
Throws: hand-decorated shields, lighted bracelets and necklaces, medallion beads, doubloons

The Krewe of Excalibur marks its 15th anniversary with floats recalling past themes, such last year's "A Knight's Sweet Delights" and 2012's "A Knight in China." Riders throw T-shirts and wooden nickels marking the year the float depicts. Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni rides as a guest.

7:30 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Athena Tops Dat
Floats: 18
Queen: Eric Griggs
King: Natisha Joyce Butler
Throws: hand-decorated fedoras, top hat beads, Athena warrior beads, lighted wands, foam Athena swords, selfie sticks

For its second parade, the Krewe of Athena Tops Dat. Floats include "Top of the Class" with the krewe's iconic owl in a graduation cap, "Top of the Charts" celebrating popular music, "Top of the Line," indulging in fine fashion and the "Top of the List" community awareness float about the dangers of heart disease. Tonya Boyd-Cannon of The Voice serves as grand marshal.

Friday, Jan. 29 | Saturday, Jan. 30 | Sunday, Jan. 31


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