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Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Friday, Feb. 24 

Hermes, d'Etat and Morpheus roll Uptown, and Centurions and Excalibur are in Metairie

click to enlarge The Laissez Boys ride in a parade.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

The Laissez Boys ride in a parade.

6 p.m.
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 30
King: secret
Queen: announced at krewe ball
Throws: plush spears, pillows, cups, doubloons and beads
The krewe often chooses a theme from the ancient world or literature and doesn't announce it until the day of the parade. The krewe introduces a new signature float depicting St. George the dragon slayer. The Talladega College Band and the St. Augustine Marching 100 perform in the parade, along with the 610 Stompers.

6:30 p.m.
Theme: announced day of parade
Floats: 24
Dictator: secret
Throws: blinking dictator and high priest beads, plush Dictator's Royal Navy float pillow, 3-D image cups, doubloons, bottle opener key rings, lighted femur bones, bouncing balls and krewe logo throwing discs
The krewe presents a satirical parade heavy on political topics. The procession also features the Dictator's Dancin' Dawlins and N'Awlins Nymphs. Signature floats include the "Banana Wagon," "High Priest's Candy Wagon" and "Dictator's Royal Navy."

7 p.m.
Theme: Morpheus Takes a Gamble
Floats: 22
King: Rock Ruiz
Queen: Marcey Ruiz
Throws: Plush toys including moons and sheep, bracelets with moons and stars, many lighted items, doubloons
The krewe is betting viewers will enjoy its Las Vegas theme. Floats depict hotels and casinos including Caesar's Palace and the Hilton. There also are casino attractions such as the roller coaster at the New York New York. The krewe added fiber optic lighting to its signature floats.

7 p.m.
Theme: Exploring the Orient
Floats: 18
King: Andy P. LeBouef
Queen: Logan F. Hess
Throws: doubloons, cups, krewe swords, lighted balls and backpacks
The krewe's theme celebrates the culture of China, and floats depict the Beijing opera, Chinese dragons, pandas and more. Students from the Magnolia School ride as guests on the Chinese dragon float.

Follows Centurians
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
In a parade postponed from last weekend, Excalibur salutes Carnival celebrations around the world. Floats and costumes depict Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Italy and Canada.

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