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Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Friday, Feb. 2 

Oshun, Cleopatra and Excalibur

click to enlarge A float depicting the band KISS passes crowds in Uptown.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

A float depicting the band KISS passes crowds in Uptown.

Oshun
6 p.m.
Uptown
Theme: Feast on Festivals
Floats: 18
Shango: Julius Feltus
Oshun: Patricia Zaves
Throws: Peacock necklaces, krewe fans
Adrian Long, morning radio host for 98.5 FM, along with New Orleans Saints Super Fans and a New Orleans Baby Dolls group are part of the procession.

Cleopatra
6:30 p.m.
Uptown
Theme: Cleopatra's Animal Kingdom
Floats: 23
Queen: Wanda Adam
Throws: hand-decorated drinking glasses, lighted animal medallion beads, hand-strung beads with faces of Cleopatra, lighted monogram necklaces, rings, swords, wands, throwing discs, sunglasses, tambourines and plush toys
For its 45th anniversary, Cleopatra walks on the wild side. Floats depict animals including panda bears, flamingos, butterflies and zebras. Many throws match float animals.

Excalibur
7 p.m.
Metairie
Theme: A Knight on the Bayou
Floats: 20
King: Ross Bubrig
Queen: Karen Bubrig
Throws: hand-decorated shields, theme T-shirts, alligator-shaped doubloons, lighted Excalibur flags, lighted medallion beads
The theme celebrates local life with floats depicting New Orleans City Park, the Garden District, The National World War II Museum, shotgun homes and Louisi- ana architecture.



Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Friday, Feb. 2
Oshun, Cleopatra and Excalibur

Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Saturday, Feb. 3
Adonis, Pontchartrain, Choctaw, Freret, Sparta, Caesar and Pygmalion

Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Sunday, Feb. 4
Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla

Mardi Gras 2018: walking parades Feb. 2-4
Rolling with the Krewe of Cork, 'tit Rex, Chewbacchus and Barkus

Cyndi Lauper headlines Family Gras 2018
The festival returns to Metairie Feb. 2-3

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