Friday, Feb. 21
Several local personalities join the procession, including Q93-FM DJ Wild Wayne, WDSU-TV's Damon Singleton, Miss Black Louisiana Chelsea Smith and some of the New Orleans Saints Super Fans. Floats depict Super Sunday, Easy Rider and "Rolling on the River." Prized throws include the krewe's signature peacock necklaces and bracelets.
Parade watchers can do a double take as floats display landmarks located on St. Charles Avenue. Floats include streetcars, Lee Circle, Tulane and Loyola universities, Sacred Heart and Audubon Park.
The Knights of Camelot and Ladies of Avalon time travel to the familiar surroundings of a contemporary renaissance faire. Floats depict jousting and medieval games, Celtic culture, Brighton Castle and more. Prized throws include miniature wooden shields hand-decorated by krewe members. Guest riders include The Top Cats and Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni.
Saturday, Feb. 22
The krewe celebrates a few of its favorite things with floats titled "Nun-sense" and "Happy Birthday George."
Floats will be adorned with muffulettas, king cakes and bananas Foster in honor of all things edible in New Orleans.
The krewe has maintained a boat parade tradition, but the procession rolling on St. Charles Avenue will explore more exotic travel and vacation experiences. Floats depict Southern plantations, the Botanical Gardens and jet setting to medieval Russia. The parade features a dozen bands, including those from Edna Karr and Lutcher high schools.
The Krewe of Freret makes its parade debut. The theme "There's a First Time for Everything" is illustrated on floats such as "Love at First Bite," featuring Dracula. Special marching groups include El Lucha Krewe, costumed as luchadores, and Dames de Perlage, a group dedicated to Carnival beadwork. Hand-decorated items include masks, oyster rings, magnets, hair clips and more.
The krewe marks its 35th anniversary with a special gold doubloon, but the rest is all fun and games. The theme focuses primarily on children's games, including Monopoly, Where's My Water and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. Guest riders include New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead and other players. Black and gold football beads likely will be a popular throw.
The Knights of Sparta celebrate famous couples, including Romeo and Juliet, Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, and Napoleon and Josephine. Mule-drawn floats, including the Spartan helmet mini-float and the king's float, lead the parade.
The krewe added two signature floats in recent years (Jesters, Pygmammoth) and continues to grow. It marks its 15th anniversary with a lighted medallion bead. The theme celebrates music with floats named for the songs "Thriller," "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Love Train" and "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling."
Sunday, Feb. 23
The Krewe of Carrollton marks its 90th anniversary. The theme celebrates famous pairs, including Romeo and Juliet, wine and cheese and Barnum and Bailey.
King Arthur, formerly called the Knights of King Arthur, started running in 1977 through Harvey and Marrero.
Alla has been a West Bank parade for the past 81 years, but this year it moves to St. Charles Avenue. The Legion of Mars combines with Alla to make one big parade. The "NOLA" theme includes floats honoring K&B, D.H. Holmes and Tulane Stadium. Alla's Hope Float is dedicated to breast cancer awareness.