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Mardi Gras 2018: week one 

Rex Duke™'s guide to the parades, the throws, the themes and the walking krewes

click to enlarge The Sophie B. Wright Charter School marching band plays in a Carnival parade.

Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

The Sophie B. Wright Charter School marching band plays in a Carnival parade.

Hail, loyal subjects! Carnival always is a celebration of life in New Orleans. As the city marks its tricentennial year, many Carnival krewes are saluting the history, culture and traditions of our city and state in their parade themes. What could be more entertaining?

  I, Rex Duke™, the world's first and foremost parade critic, have prepared parade previews for the first weekend of Orleans and Jefferson parish parades. On the following pages, there's information about themes, honored royalty, throws to watch for, schedules and maps. I've also added information about walking krewes.

  Every parade season showcases longstanding traditions and witnesses some changes. This year, all krewes parading on the Uptown route will forego a few blocks on Canal Street — the loop between St. Charles Avenue and Roosevelt Way — and some will add several blocks between Magazine Street and Tchoupitoulas Street. In Metairie, Excalibur will not parade on Bonnabel Boulevard. (See parade route maps on page 27.)

  As always, I will review parades and post recaps and photos on as well as in my annual review in Gambit after Mardi Gras revelry concludes.

  Enjoy the parades!

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

Parade maps


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