Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Monday, Feb. 12

Proteus and Orpheus
Proteus 5:15 p.m. Uptown Theme: Les Graces des Dieux Pour la Nouvelle-Orleans Floats: 20 King: secret Queen: announced day of parade Throws: lighted miniature flambeaux, silver and red doubloons The krewe's parade theme explores spirituality, and floats include "Baron Samedi," "Abohli" and "Ostara."

Mardi Gras 2018: week two

Rex Duke™’s guide to the parades, themes and throws in the final week of Carnival
Rex Duke™, the world's first and foremost parade critic, offers his annual preview of Mardi Gras parades — Week Two. Hail, loyal subjects!

Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Friday, Feb. 9

Hermes, d'Etat, Morpheus and Centurions
Hermes 6 p.m. Uptown Theme: New Orleans Arts and Letters Floats: 30 King: secret Queen: announced at krewe ball Throws: tricentennial theme medallions, various doubloons and many lighted items, including plush footballs and krewe emblems on lanyards The celebration of New Orleans history focuses on writers and artists, with floats depicting John James Audubon, William Faulkner, John Kennedy Toole, Clementine Hunter and George Rodrigue.

Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Wednesday, Feb. 7

Druids and Nyx
Druids 6:15 p.m. Uptown Theme: announced day of parade Floats: 18 Arch Druid: secret Throws: Druids flags, wizard hats, wands, doubloons and medallion beads The secretive Ancient Druids marks its 20th parade.

Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Thursday, Feb. 8

Babylon, Chaos and Muses
Babylon 5:30 p.m. Uptown Theme: announced day of parade Floats: 26 Sargon: secret Queen: announced day of parade Throws: krewe sweatbands and T-shirts, miniature lighted flambeaux, jester pillows, doubloons, cups with 3-D images, and lighted cords with Babylon crests and streetcars The krewe introduces a new Jazz Jester float.

Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Saturday, Feb. 10

N.O.M.T.O.C., Iris, Tucks, Edymion and Isis
N.O.M.T.O.C. 10:45 a.m. Algiers Theme: 300 Reasons to Love New Orleans Floats: 27 King: Barry Charles Guy Sr. Queen: Rae'Lyn Denise Fazande Throws: cups, drawstring bags with a variety of contents, and purple and gold king's medallion beads The theme highlights famous people and events from 300 years of New Orleans history.

Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Sunday, Feb. 11

Okeanos, Mid-City, Thoth, Bacchus, Napoleon, Athena and Pandora
Okeanos 11 a.m. Uptown Theme: Travel with Okeanos Floats: 21 King: R. Marcus Vennart Queen: Kailey Ragus Throws: teal crawfish trays, bracelets, cups and doubloons Vince Vance rides as grand marshal in a parade with a travel theme.

Mardi Gras 2018: parades for Fat Tuesday

Zulu 8 a.m. Uptown Theme: Celebrating the Tricentennial Zulu Style Floats: 42 King: Brent D. Washington Queen: Troye Madison Washington Throws: hand-decorated coconuts and various Zulu logo beads Filmmaker Spike Lee rides as grand marshal of a procession celebrating New Orleans history.

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Rex's celebrates 'L'Ancienne Nouvelle-Orleans'

A look at the krewe's 2018 bulletin
In the mid-1870s, newspaper coverage of Carnival season began to augment descriptions of the pageants with small, black-and-white engravings of the float designs.

Krewe of OAK parades Feb. 9 in Carrollton

The krewe holds its annual costume crawl
The Krewe of OAK (which stands for "Outrageous and Kinky") gathers at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 in front of its de facto den, the Maple Leaf Bar, for its annual costumed Carnival parade/pub crawl through the Carrollton and Riverbend neighborhoods.

Four music festivals and Carnival concerts celebrating Mardi Gras 2018

Free fests from Zulu and others
With a steady stream of marching bands in Carnival parades, there's plenty of music on the streets.

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