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Rex Duke previews Carnival parades

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5:15 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: The Unseen New Orleans Carnival
Floats: 20
King: secret
Queen: announced day of parade
Throws: plush tridents, king cars and seahorses, LED tridents, LED medallion beads, LED blinking bracelets, doubloons, krewe cups
The old-line Krewe of Proteus celebrates the Carnival clubs that hold formal balls but don't parade. Floats honor The Atlanteans, Knights of Momus and Mystick Krewe of Comus.

click to enlarge The Krewe of Orpheus celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

6 p.m.
Location: Uptown
Theme: Twenty Years of Rhythm, Rhyme and Revelry
Floats: 36
Throws: doubloons featuring the likeness of "Uncle" Lionel Batiste, light-up Smokey Mary medallion bead that plays Harry Connick Jr.'s new tribute song
Orpheus celebrates its 20th anniversary with a host of celebrity guests including Gary Sinise, Mariska Hargitay, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon, The Imagination Movers and Tillman the Skateboarding Bulldog. For the occasion, krewe cofounder Harry Connick Jr. released a song celebrating the signature Smokey Mary float.

6:30 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Preview information not available.

7 p.m.
Location: Metairie
Theme: Zeus Celebrates a Night at the Movies
Floats: 10
King: Henry Nuss
Throws: krewe cups, numbered passports with a drawing at the end of the parade to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle
WWL AM 870 Sports Talk hosts Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia serve as grand marshals for a parade celebrating movies. Floats depict Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean and other popular films.



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