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It’s Mardi Gras 

Rex Duke previews Carnival parades

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11 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Okeanos Getaways
Floats: 21
King: Roberto Esteban Cuca
Queen: Marissa Marie Fabacher
Throws: crawfish trays, plush logo horses, refrigerator magnets, cups, doubloons in seven colors
Okeanos members have vacation spots on their minds. Floats depict the Casino de Monte Carlo as well as popular spots in Italy, Mexico and Canada. Vince Vance and the Valiants ride as special guests.

11:45 a.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: It's About Time
Floats: 17
King: James A. Brenner
Queen: Cheryl H. Koch
Throws: potato chips, plush clocks, slap band watches, long beads, logo beads, krewe T-shirts, cups, doubloons
The Krewe of Mid-City is right on time with its theme. Floats illustrate common phrases involving time, including "Time is Money," "It's Game Time" and "Toasting Father Time."

click to enlarge Young revelers shout for throws. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

Location: Uptown
Theme: Thoth Salutes the Kings
Floats: 46
King: Frank Guastella
Queen: Amanda Held
Throws: king hand puppets, medallion beads, footballs, "The King" sunglasses, doubloons and krewe cups
The Thoth parade is a completely royal affair. Floats celebrate famous kings, including King Kong, Ole King Cole, King Arthur and Stephen King. There's also a new tandem float carrying the King of Pop and the King of Jazz. The procession also features Egyptian stilt walkers.

5:15 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Bacchus Sails the Seven Seas
Floats: 39
King: G.W. Bailey
Throws: glowing chalice lanyards, krewe logo cups, doubloons and bouncing balls, flashing Hawaiian leis with pirate medallion, swords, hand-painted medallions
The Bacchus parade sets sail for exotic destinations. Floats are decorated like exotic ports of call including the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, Bali, New Zealand and the Maldives.

5:30 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler
Floats: 21
King: Alvin "Bart" Ricouard
Empress: Nicole LaFrance
Throws: cups, doubloons
The Corps of Napoleon celebrates festivals from around the world. Floats depict Chinese New Year, Oktoberfest and Mardi Gras. Bag of Donuts rides as special guests.



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