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Mardi Gras, Week Two 

Rex Duke™ has parade times, themes, throws, royalty, maps and more

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The final week of Carnival features krewes parading on both Friday the 13th and Valentine's Day. So expect everything from frightening sights and superstitions to charms and baubles. There's also the usual array of parade pageantry, satire and whimsy in 25 parades in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.

My parade previews include information about themes, royalty and special throws.

Enjoy!

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17



Zulu
8 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Salute to the Founding Fathers of Zulu
Floats: 50
King: Andrew Sanchez Jr.
Queen: Dr. Janice T. Sanchez
Throws: Zulu coconuts, medallion beads
Xavier University Pres- ident Norman Francis serves as honorary grand marshal, and special guests include Ricky Smiley and Phaedra Parks of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Rex
10 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Wars That Shaped Early America
Floats: 27
Rex: announced Feb. 14
Queen: announced Feb. 14
Throws: krewe beads, cups and doubloons, float-speci-fic medallion beads
The patriotic theme pays tribute to wars fought in colonial times, ranging from the Natchez War (1729- 1731) to the French and Indian War (1754-1763). It also celebrates famous battles, such as the Battle of New Orleans and landmark events such as the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere's ride. Special throws in-clude individual pillows for each float.

Argus
10 a.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Argus Superheroes
Floats: 20
King: Johnny Matesich
Queen: Madeline Quaid Cvitanovich
Throws: superhero cup with 3-D graphics, doubloons
The salute to super- heroes is reflected on floats and in maids' costumes. Special guests in the parade include The Minions from the forthcoming movie Despicable Me 3. The krewe also introduces two new floats: Mardi Gras and the Streetcar.


Grela

11 a.m.
Location: Gretna
Theme: Friday Night Frights
Floats: 18
King: Jeffrey Badeaux Jr.
Queen: Rachel Lazara Bourgeois
Throws: slap bracelets, cups, footballs
Guests include former Fox 8 reporter Glen Boyd and Gloria and Laura Govan, stars of Basketball Wives L.A. The theme pays homage to Hollywood movie monsters such as Chucky and Count Dracula.



The following parades have come and gone. Check to see if you caught the signature throw. Look for my parade reviews and highlights in the Feb. 24 issue of Gambit.

You can also post your own 2015 parade reflections in the comments section below.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11


Druids
6:30 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 22
Archdruid: secret
Throws: lighted medallion beads, umbrellas, lighted wands, cups, doubloons
The Mystic Krewe of Druids maintains the mystery and tradition of some of Carnival's oldest krewes — announcing the theme the day of the parade. But it doesn't hold a ball and never reveals the Archdruid's identity. It's theme often relies on clever wordplay.

Nyx
7 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 36
Queen: Jenna Frazier
Throws: hand-decorated purses, plush purses, 40 logo items including tumblers, decks of playing cards, sunglasses, cups and doubloons
Members of the legendary New Orleans R&B group The Dixie Cups ride as grand marshals of a parade that's grown to 36 floats and more than 1,500 riders in four years. The procession includes the krewe's dance team, the NOLA Nyxettes.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12


Babylon
5:30 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 21
Sargon: secret
Queen: announced day of parade
Throws: lighted headbands, Babylon T-shirts and jester hats, theme cups, doubloons
The krewe introduced the signaure Babylonian Barge float last year in the group's 75th year. Other signature floats conjure ancient Babylonian lore.

Chaos
6:15 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Throws: krewe medallion beads, blue theme cups, blinking necklaces, lighted swords, doubloons, koozies, footballs, water bottles
The Knights of Chaos follow a tradition of presenting a biting satirical theme addressing news and politics. One of the krewe's annual throws is a deck of cards depicting each float. There also are float-specific cups, and new throws include footballs and reusable water bottles.

Muses
6:30 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 26
Throws: hand-decorated shoes, shoe bracelets, toy diamond rings, rhinestone bracelets, reusable tote bags, lighted shoes
The Krewe of Muses marks its 15th anniversary with an array of new and revived throws, including the return of shoe bracelets. Riders on the Sirens float toss temporary Siren tattoos. The 2015 cup was designed by McDonogh 35 student Myron Solomon. Chef Sue Zemanick rides as honorary Muse.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13


Hermes
6 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: The Ballet Russes
Floats: 29
King: secret
Queen: announced at krewe ball
Throws: plush "H"s, plush spears, footballs, roses, medallion beads, head boppers, throwing discs, medallion beads
The theme celebrates famous ballets, including The Rites of Spring and Swan Lake. The procession features the St. Augustine Marching 100 band and the 610 Stompers.

d'Etat
6:30 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 24
Dictator: secret
Throws: Dictator bobbleheads, blinking Dictator beads and flambeaux beads, plush Dictator dolls, cups with 3-D images, doubloons
The satirical krewe adds two new floats — the Dictator's Navy and the Dictator's Guard — to its pool of signature floats (including the Banana Wagon and High Priest's Candy Wagon). The procession always features topical routines performed by its dance teams, the Dictator's Dancin Dawlins and N'Awlins Nymphs. The musical lineup features bands from Tulane University, Brother Martin High School and Mississippi Delta Community College.

Morpheus
7 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Freaky Friday
Floats: 20
King: William A. Moore III
Queen: Caroline Noel Moore
Throws: blinking spider rings, krewe bracelets, plush moons, plush black sheep, bobbing head sheep
The Morpheus procession features several brand new floats in a parade scaring up Hollywood horrors and superstitions. Floats depict black cats, vampires, voodoo dolls and Chucky from Child's Play. The krewe's usual plush sheep throw is a black sheep this year. The parade features nearly 20 marching bands.

Centurions
7 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Centurions Explores the World of Emotions
Floats: 18
King: Rick Mercer
Queen: Emily Lauren Kiefer
Throws: lighted wristbands and batons, cups, doubloons
In Centurions tradition, the Archbishop Rummel High School marching band leads the procession. The theme gets emotional, with floats depicting love, rage, greed and melancholy. The krewe hosts guests from the Magnolia School on the float titled Wonder.

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14


N.O.M.T.O.C.
10:45 a.m.
Location: West Bank
Theme: A Tribute to Algiers: Places Remembered
Floats: 21
King: Sherman L. Weary Sr.
Queen: Kourtney Ann Williams
Throws: krewe crest and medallion beads
New Orleans Most Talked of Club (N.O.M.T.O.C.) takes a nostalgic look at its home. Floats depict Ella's Cafe, Rainey's Restaurant, Frost Top, All Saints School and Clement's Sno-balls & Po-boys. The signature Jugman float is new. Guest riders include former WDSU-TV anchor Norman Robinson.

Iris

11 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Iris Loves to Party
Floats: 36
King: John L. Eckholdt
Queen: Rhonda P. Eckholdt
Throws: hand-decorated sunglasses, plush king cake babies, Iris tutus, krewe Valentine hearts, lavender-colored theme cups
Though it's on Valentine's Day, the festive theme salutes gatherings for more than two, including bachelorette parties, luaus, costume parties and beach parties. Special guests include grand marshal Chris Owens and the Rolling Elvi.

Tucks

Noon
Location: Uptown
Theme: Tucks' Superheroes Save the Day
Floats: 34
King: Chet Randle
Queen: Brooks Zitzmann
Throws: Decorated toilet brushes, plungers, krewe tiaras, flyswatters, large cups, squirting toilets, foghorns, Tucks super capes, beer pong guns, sunglasses
Tucks' superheroes are not clean-cut Marvel Comics types. Its roster of superheroes includes Trojan Man, Bluntman, Aqua Dude, Paperman, The Incredible Bulk, Captain Underpants and Piyush the Boy Wonder. The krewe introduces four new floats, including the Robin Hood tandem float and the Champagne Challis Tucksedeaux. The procession includes 25 marching bands as well as marching groups the Dragons of New Orleans and Ducks of Dixieland.

Endymion

4:30 p.m.
Location: Mid-City
Theme: Fantastic Voyages
Floats: 35
King: William Garcia
Queen: Rachel Miriam Blanchard
Throws: Valentine's Day-themed throws including lighted roses, heart pendants and rings, bracelets, teddy bears, pillows, foam glow sticks,
Endymion celebrates historic, literary, mythical and spiritual journeys. Floats depict Apollo missions, Gulliver's Travels, Columbus discovering America, Marco Polo, Exodus, The Odyssey, Vishnu and more. The new Endymion TV float features video projections of the crowd as it passes. Country singer Luke Bryan is grand marshal, and the procession includes five university marching bands as well as the St. Augustine Marching 100.

Isis

6:30 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Music of the Night
Floats: 18
King: Timothy Richard Sawyer
Queen: Tina Marie Burst
Throws: decorated flip-flops, Isis plush hearts, sunglasses, lighted beads, light sticks, cups
Carnival's senior contin- uously parading all-woman krewe salutes operas and musicals. Floats depict crowd-pleasers include The Pirates of Penzance, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, La Traviata, The Magic Flute and others. The Ponchatoula High School marching band leads the parade.

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15


Okeanos
11 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Okeanos Parades the Kings
Floats: 20
King: Wayne R. Wetzel
Queen: Bailey Elaine O'Connor
Throws: plush seahorses, green crawfish trays, magnets, mirrors, cups, doubloons
Vince Vance rides as grand marshal as the Krewe of Okeanos salutes various kings, from King Kong to the Kingfish, King Tut, King of Rock 'n' Roll and King of Hearts. Marching groups include Skinz and Bonez and the Amelia Earhawts.

Mid-City

11:45 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Dey All Axed for You
Floats: 18
King: Marvin Kocian
Queen: Victoria Michelle Cambise
Throws: plush dolphins and monkeys, bags of potato chips, T-shirts, jester hats, koozies, footballs, throwing discs, sunglasses, cups
The krewe introduced its signature City Park float last year. This year, it looks to Audubon Park, or rather Audubon Zoo, for inspiration. Float titles refer to animals: Working for Peanuts (elephants), Wearing Stripes (zebras) and Born on the Bayou (alligators).

Thoth

Noon
Location: Uptown
Theme: Thoth Says Express Yourself
Floats: 40
King: Buddy Hartle
Queen: Elizabeth Noya
Throws: Thoth fedoras, krewe sunglasses, koozies, throwing discs, footballs, doubloons, cups
The krewe dispenses wisdom with a theme built on common expressions. Floats include A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned, Don't Air Your Dirty Laundry, Can't Have Your Cake and Eat It Too, and Birds of a Feather Flock Together. There are 25 float-specific medallions to go with the theme. Special guest riders include Benny Grunch and the Bunch, who will perform during the parade.

Napoleon

5 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: History's Villains
Floats: 26
Emperor: Christopher Lazarine
Empress: Lori Olister Green
Throws: cups, doubloons
The Corps de Napoleon marks its 35th anniversary and introduces a minifloat featuring a statue of the group's namesake. Several Super Saints Fans ride as special guests. The rogues gallery of villains depicted on floats include Henry VIII, Blackbeard the pirate, Al Capone and New Orleans' own Madame LaLaurie, accused of torturing slaves in the attic of her French Quarter home.

Bacchus

5:15 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Children's Stories That Live Forever
Floats: 31
Bacchus: John C. Reilly
Throws: krewe puzzles, sidewalk chalk, krewe coloring books, lighted items, many types of doubloons, individual float beads and plush items
Besides actor John C. Reilly reigning as Bacchus, celebrity guests include Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke from Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and several Indianapolis race car drivers. There are more than 30 marching bands, including university bands such as Southern University's Human Jukebox. The theme highlights popular children's stories Pinocchio, Winnie the Pooh, The Jungle Book, Polar Express and others.

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16


Proteus
5:15 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: The Nature of the Beasts
Floats: 20
King: secret
Queen: announced day of parade
Throws: plush seahorses, lighted bracelets, whistles, lanyards and sovereigns (the krewe's name for its doubloons)
In its 134th year, the krewe celebrates nature's creatures. Floats include Pretty as a Peacock, In the Surf, Fishing Birds and Hunting Party.

Orpheus

6 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: The Magic of an Ordinary Day
Floats: 36
Throws: Orpheus masks, lighted fedoras, plush Leviathan dolls with lighted eyes, Smokey Mary conductor hats, lighted earrings and rings, large cups, doubloons
Dierks Bentley rides as grand marshal and special guests include the cast of NCIS: New Orleans. Cosimo Matassa is this year's honored music legend. Theme floats include The Splendor of a Sunrise, The Breath of Wind, The Pleasures of the Table and The Folly of Temptation. Marching groups include special flambeaux in front of the captain's float and the 610 Stompers and Pussyfooters. In honor of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts' 40th anniversary, some of its students will ride the Dolly Trolly.

 

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