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Veteran Krewes 

Rex Duke™, the world's foremost parade critic, previews a Carnival weekend in Jefferson

click to enlarge Three parades roll down Veterans Memorial Boulevard during Family Gras, passing right by 
the festival. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Three parades roll down Veterans Memorial Boulevard during Family Gras, passing right by the festival.

The Super Bowl is in New Orleans this week, but even that spectacle can't eclipse the pageantry of Carnival. There are parades and festivites in Jefferson Parish this weekend. Three Metairie parades pass by the Family Gras festivites. And the 80-year-old Krewe of Alla maintains its tradition on the West Bank, although this year's altered route is entirely in Jefferson Parish.

My previews include information about krewe themes, royalty, throws and more. Enjoy the parades, and watch for my reviews after Carnival. Enjoy!


Friday, Feb. 1

7 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Knightingales: The Good, the Bad and the Lovely
Floats: 21
King: Chris Roberts
Queen: Carole DeZarn
Grand Marshal: Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni
Throws: hand-made shields, logo medallions, light-up glitter balls, wands and necklaces, doubloons

The Krewe of Excalibur celebrates famous women from history and literature. Krewe maids will be dressed as notorious women — Cruella de Vil, Delilah, Grace O'Malley and Marie Antoinette. Floats will depict famous and heroic women, including Oprah Winfrey, Mother Teresa and Cinderella, and all women riders will wear light-up headdresses.


7:30 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Enjoying Louisiana Year Round
Floats: 12
Queen: Victoria Thibodaux
Throws: beads

The krewe celebrates Louisiana festivals. Floats depict events including Mardi Gras, French Quarter Festival and the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.



Saturday, Feb. 2


Location: West Bank
Theme: Alla Takes Flight
Floats: 23
Maharajah: William J. Landry Jr.
Maharanee: Sydney Rae Sudderth
Throws: plush genie lamps, golden griffins and spears, throwing discs, doubloons

The Krewe of Alla uses a golden griffin as a symbol. This year, the parade theme presents an array of real and mythical flying creatures. Floats depict the griffin and phoenix as well as the American Bald Eagle and a "Wise Old Owl."


6 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Caesar's Walk in the Park
Floats: 26
King: Sal Gambino
Queen: Eleanor Elizabeth Nix
Throws: plush battle axes, plush teddy bears in Caesar sweatshirts, black and gold beads, krewe logo beads, cups and doubloons

Caesar celebrates famous parks. Floats depict SeaWorld, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Dollywood. One special inclusion in the parade is the Louisiana National Guard Army band with a color guard wearing historical 1812 uniforms.

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