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Mardi Gras 2017: week one: Friday, Feb. 17th 

click to enlarge A marching band performs on St. Charles Avenue.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

A marching band performs on St. Charles Avenue.

6 p.m.
Theme: Mythical Creatures
Floats: 18
Shango: Vernon Crandle
Oshun: Stephanie C. Synigal
Throws: Krewe fans, peacock necklaces
Pegasus rides a signature float for the Krewe of Oshun, and this year's theme celebrates mythical creatures. The procession also features New Orleans Baby Dolls and grand marshal Adam Caesar and New Orleans Saints super fans.

6:30 p.m.
Theme: Cleo, Las Vegas!
Floats: 22
Cleopatra: Abigail Kristin Breland
Throws: Hand-decorated beverage glasses, fuzzy dice, Las Vegas sunglasses, pyramid medallion beads, dice beads, head boppers, foam batons, lighted theme medallion beads
The krewe lets it ride — Las Vegas-style — in a parade celebrating gambling, casinos and attractions. Floats depict Caesar's Palace, The Mirage, Rio and other hotels and sites. The krewe also introduces a new title float and a jeweled Mardi Gras cup.

7 p.m.
Theme: Carnivale Knights
Floats: 19
King: Alan David Daigrepont
Queen: Dana Daigrepont-Schloegel
Throws: Theme T-shirts, individual float doubloons, footballs, lighted glitter balls, bracelets and swords
The Krewe of Excalibur salutes Carnival celebrations around the world. Floats and maid costumes depict Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Italy and Canada.

7:30 p.m.
Theme: Krewe of Athena Salutes fabOWLous Festivals of Louisiana
Floats: 17
King: Vaughn Anthony Breaux
Queen: Dr. Chequita Shantel Williams
Throws: Hand-decorated fedoras, fanny packs, cellphone chargers, hula hoops, cups and lighted fans, wands, whistles and logo beads
The krewe debuts its Fancy Fedora Dance Team, which leads the procession. Angela Watson, aka radio host Uptown Angela, rides as grand marshal in a parade celebrating Louisiana festivals such as Essence Music Festival, French Quarter Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Mardi Gras. Signature floats feature the krewe's symbol, Athena's owl, and its favored fedoras.

Friday, February 17 | Saturday, February 18 | Sunday, February 19

Walking Krewes
Rolling with Krewe of Cork, 'tit Rex, Chewbacchus and Barkus

Family Gras returns Feb. 17-19
Metairie's festival features The Association, Lee Brice, Fifth Harmony and others



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