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Mardi Gras 2017: week one 

Rex Duke™'s guide to parades and throws, walking krewes, maps and more

click to enlarge Krewe members throw beads in Uptown.

Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Krewe members throw beads in Uptown.

The NBA All-Star Game returns to New Orleans Feb. 19, just in time for our season of courts, balls, free throws, crowds and excitement. The first weekend of the official Carnival season offers plenty of action for fans throughout the New Orleans area.

  Putting on a parade is the ultimate team effort, with members of krewes, marching bands, dance teams and other groups working hard to entertain us. They're all all-stars in Rex Duke's view, and I salute their efforts.

  On the following pages you'll find my previews with parade themes, honored royalty, coveted throws to watch for, maps and schedules. There's also information about walking parades.

  This year, Rex Duke is changing his game plan. While I'll still view and review parades, I am retiring the crown ratings. There will be highlights of Carnival events throughout parade season online, and readers can share their reviews as well. My annual recap will appear in Gambit after the Mardi Gras revelry concludes.

  Enjoy the parades!


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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