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Krewe du Vieux and Krewedelusion parades (2016) 

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Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Krewe du Vieux gave its 30th parade an appropriate theme: "XXX." The krewe indulges its raunchy side with mule-drawn satirical floats that send up topical subjects including Confederate monuments, several "Hollywood Dirty South" themes, dysfunction at City Hall and other oddities. Bounce artist and reality TV star Big Freedia is the krewe's monarch and rides ahead of 17 subkrewes and brass bands. The procession starts in Faubourg Marigny and crosses the French Quarter en route to its ball at the Civic Theatre, where George Porter Jr. and Runnin' Pardners perform with guest Walter "Wolfman" Washington. Tickets to the ball are $40 and available at the krewe den and a few local businesses. Visit www.kreweduvieux.org for more information.

  Krewedelusion rolls after Krewe du Vieux but on a route that returns to the Marigny. The parade features hand-pulled floats and many local marching groups and krewes. Blaine Kern Sr. is king of the procession and is escorted by an Army of Clowns. The theme is announced the day of the parade, and the procession ends at the Bedlam Ball at Cafe Istanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center, where Tank and the Bangas perform. Visit www.krewedelusion.org for information.

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