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Mardi Gras 2016: Week 1, Sun., January 31 

Sunday parades kick off Uptown at 11 a.m

click to enlarge Ayanna Fultz reigned as queen of the Krewe of Athena in its debut in 2015.

Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Ayanna Fultz reigned as queen of the Krewe of Athena in its debut in 2015.


11 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Femme Fatale Visits the Theme Park
Floats: 12
Queen: Joan Cooper-Rainey
Throws: hand-decorated compacts, lighted cups and wands, umbrellas and medallion beads

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson is an honorary guest in the krewe's sophomore parade. The Zulu Tramps from the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club also march in the procession. Floats depict famous theme parks including Epcot, Disney's Magic Kingdom and Dollywood.

Location: Uptown
Theme: A Krewe for All Seasons
Floats: 26
Queen: Shannon Elaine Lundin
King: Lee Mark Cotaya
Throws: Decorated shrimp boots, fedoras, throwing discs, footballs and doubloons

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Carrollton's tribute to fishing, duck and rabbit seasons, but the parade also includes floats marking New Orleans' sno-ball season and tax season. The krewe introduces a signature throw: decorated shrimp boots. The procession includes the 610 Stompers, the Pussyfooters and the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi.

1 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Classified Information
Floats: 34
Queen: Kelly O'Shaughnessy Trainor
King: Kevin John O'Shaughnessy
Throws: selfie sticks, Merlin and Queen stress-reliever dolls, shield-shaped doubloons

The Krewe of King Arthur's Classified Information theme is a light-hearted jest about items found in classified advertising. The krewe has grown to more than 900 members, and this year it introduces a new title float featuring a dragon and a knight; carrying 104 riders, it's the krewe's largest float.

2 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Salute to American Icons
Floats: 24
Queen: Lauren "Fleurty Girl" LeBlanc
King: Stephen Rue
Throws: plush alligators, footballs, Frisbees, medallions, many types of doubloons

The Salute to American Icons features Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, President John F. Kennedy, Babe Ruth and figures from Hollywood and Washington, D.C. The parade features more than 20 bands, and Maj. Gen Glenn H. Curtis of the Louisiana National Guard rides as an honorary guest.


The canine krewe believes politics has gone to the dogs, and every mutt has his day. Just in time for the presidential primaries, the theme is "From the Dog House to the White House." Costumed dogs and escorts party in Armstrong Park beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, and the parade through the French Quarter starts at 2 p.m. The 15-block route passes the reviewing stand at Good Friends Bar and returns to the park. Registration and parade information are available on

5:30 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Napoleon Jet Sets
Floats: 21
Empress: Alice Palmisano
Emperor: Brian Guilbeau
Throws: theme cups, doubloons

The Corps of Napoleon moves from its traditional time slot to Sunday to parade during Jefferson Parish's Family Gras. The theme also is about travel, and floats depict posh destinations including Paris, London and Napa Valley — as well as a nod to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The procession features Downtown Brave Warriors, the first Mardi Gras Indian group to march in a Jefferson parade.

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


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