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Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Saturday, Feb. 3 

Adonis, Pontchartrain, Choctaw, Freret, Sparta, Caesar and Pygmalion

click to enlarge A baby doll group marches in a Carnival parade in Uptown.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

A baby doll group marches in a Carnival parade in Uptown.

11:45 a.m.
West Bank
Theme: 20 Loving Years on the West Bank
Floats: 14
King: John N. Fortunato
Queen: Kriss Fairbairn Fortunato
Throws: Horns, throwing discs, beads and items commemorating past parades
The krewe commemorates its 20th year with a celebration of daily life on the West Bank. Floats depict seafood, local music and dancing.

1 p.m.
Theme: What's Filming in New Orleans
Floats: 15
King: Dean Allen Shaw
Queen: Olivia Annabelle Kilpatrick
Throws: krewe logo magnets and beads, softballs and large cups
The parade salutes moviemaking in New Orleans. Float titles are presented as missing-letter puzzles, and viewers can figure out which ones depict Interview with a Vampire, King Creole, JFK and The Buccaneer.

2 p.m.
Theme: Born on the Bayou
Floats: 16
Chief: Ricky Perrin
Princess: Lydia Abigail Lanasa
Throws: hand-decorated tomahawks, wooden nickels, plush spears and tomahawks, doubloons and cups
The parade celebrates life in southern Louisiana in its floats and court costumes. Floats include "The Battle of New Orleans" and "Where You Went to School."

3:30 p.m.
Theme: Five Eaux Four
Floats: 20
King: Ryan Gerlich
Queen: Kristi Jacobs-Stanley
Throws: hand-decorated masks, doubloons, sunglasses, water bottles, throwing discs and cups
A theme playing on the number five includes the floats "Take Five" and "504 Felines." Dancing Man 504 leads a procession including El Lucha Krewe, Son of a Saint riders and members of the Louisiana Peace Corps and Legion of MARS.

5:30 p.m.
Theme: A Midsummer Knight's Dream
Floats: 17
King: Jeffrey Pertuit Singley
Queen: Grace Kathryn Ciaston
Throws: Plush Spartan hel-mets, swords, spears and shields, lighted Spartan warrior beads, medallion beads, lighted bowties, cups and koozies
The Knights of Sparta cast the works of William Shakespeare on floats depicting Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest. Queen's doubloons are only distributed at Gallier Hall.

6 p.m.
Theme: Caesar's Cartoon Revival
Floats: 24
Emperor: Craig John Singletary
Empress: Olivia Marie Scarber
Throws: krewe insignia, plus axes, plush parrots, footballs, foam sticks, doubloons and cups
Caesar's parade gets animated with floats depicting cartoon favorites The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

6:15 p.m.
Theme: Secrets of the Sea
Floats: 20
King: Gregory Huet
Queen: Elizabeth Marie Rizzuto
Throws: Pygmalion pigs, krewe logo beads and cups
The theme probes the seven seas, and floats depict Moby Dick, "Poseidon's Kingdom" and "Mermaid Treasure."

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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