Parades

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Zulu paraded Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 4:19 PM

The Mondo Kayo walking club showers Lafayette Square with confetti ahead of the Zulu parade. - PHOTO BY KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • PHOTO BY KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • The Mondo Kayo walking club showers Lafayette Square with confetti ahead of the Zulu parade.

The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club kicked off Mardi Gras Day festivities promptly at 8:15 a.m. on Fat Tuesday. The krewe rolled unimpeded by the usual breakdowns and gaps that plague many of the larger krewes, and the weather was nearly perfect. The Zulu Witchdoctor — whose job it is to ensure fair weather for parade day — was on his job this year, notably as forecasters predicted rain chances and overcast skies.

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Rex paraded in Uptown Feb. 13

Posted By and on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 3:22 PM

The John James Audubon float featured a giant pelican. - PHOTO BY ROBERT MORRIS / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • PHOTO BY ROBERT MORRIS / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • The John James Audubon float featured a giant pelican.

New Orleans' tricentennial anniversary may have provided the backdrop for the 2018 Rex parade in Uptown Feb. 13, but unlike other krewes who reviewed the city's entire history, Rex looked to the city's early days for inspiration. In fact, “L’Ancienne Nouvelle-Orléans” covered only about the first third of the city's 300 years, with floats focusing on dates from 1682 (a few decades before the city's founding) to 1815.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Proteus and Orpheus paraded in Uptown Feb. 12

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 11:06 PM

Orpheus' Leviathan float breathes smoke.
  • Orpheus' Leviathan float breathes smoke.

The krewes of Proteus and Orpheus paraded in Uptown with traditional flambeaux and floats covered in paper flowers.

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Y@ Speak: Mardi Gras miracles

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 4:47 PM

An indoor basketball game got rained out, but you had a tarp. A float hit a power line, but you waited for the parade. The route was flooded, but you made a bridge out of beads. Your Uber didn't show up, but you had a motorized wheelchair. As your aunt's 1999 AOL chain email with a picture of a baby's foot once said, "If you don't believe in miracles, perhaps you've forgotten you are one."

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Endymion rolled through Mid-City Feb. 10

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 3:31 PM

A model of St. Louis Cathedral lit by color-changing LED lights sits on the front of a float titled "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans/Professor Longhair" in Endmyion's 2018 lineup of super floats. - PHOTO BY KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • PHOTO BY KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • A model of St. Louis Cathedral lit by color-changing LED lights sits on the front of a float titled "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans/Professor Longhair" in Endmyion's 2018 lineup of super floats.

The great "will-they-or-won't-they" debate of Carnival 2018 ended with a damp but no less deafening roar Saturday as Endymion rumbled through Mid-City on the way to its annual ball/blow out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The saga began early last week when the weather reports for Samedi Gras turned ugly, and the threat of a wash out forced Endymion officials to consider changing the parade start time and even the date to dodge the unseasonal showers. There was also speculation that the krewe would abandon its Mid-City route — and the city — entirely, relocating to Jefferson Parish to avoid the inevitable chaos that would result from adding a fourth parade to the Friday Gras Uptown queue.

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Bacchus paraded in Uptown Feb. 11

Posted By and on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 11:18 AM

J.K. Simmons was Bacchus L. - PHOTO BY ZACK BRIEN
  • PHOTO BY ZACK BRIEN
  • J.K. Simmons was Bacchus L.

The Krewe of Bacchus celebrated its 50th year, and its Uptown parade featured gold-themed floats. It’s “Gold Record” float paid tribute to musicians such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, KISS and others. The “Goldfinger” float celebrated the James Bond film. Actor J.K. Simmons served as Bacchus L.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Okeanos, Mid-City and Thoth parade Feb. 11

Posted By on Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Thoth's 2018 theme was "That's the Way We Roll"
  • Thoth's 2018 theme was "That's the Way We Roll"

Not letting the threat of rain sully the spirit among the crowd at Jefferson and Magazine streets, a U.S. Marine Corps band from Quantico, Virginia led an impromptu performance of "Hey! Baby" as the final float in the Krewe of Okeanos' parade dashed along the route. Despite a heavy but brief downpour along the Uptown route on Feb. 11, Okeanos and the krewes of Mid-City and Thoth brought along with them plenty of sunshine.

Okeanos' 2018 theme "Travel with Okeanos" glimpsed 21 destinations among its fleet of floats, from Paris to Nashville (complete with a live country band onboard) to Rio de Janeiro and the entire continent of Africa (represented on one float: "Africa").

Further up Magazine, the Kenner Kitty Cats dance team anchored on the corner of Cadiz Street performed a choreographed routine to Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and Next's "Too Close" (led by a woman holding a cat poster with the word "CATS" above it).

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

N.O.M.T.O.C. paraded in Algiers Feb. 10

Posted By on Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 7:24 PM

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N.O.M.T.O.C., New Orleans Most Talked of Club, paraded in Algiers Saturday morning, largely spared of rain on a weekend forecast to have bad weather.

The theme celebrated New Orleans' history, and the krewe threw in some Algiers, noting a fire that destroyed most buildings in Algiers and the founding of the U.S. Naval station at Algiers. It also marked landmarks in black history, such as the creation of Dillard and Southern universities. A float honoring Mother Katharine Drexel featured a giant nun.

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Hermes, D'Etat and Morpheus paraded Feb. 9

Posted By on Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 5:46 PM

Le Krewe  d'Etat depicted LaToya Cantrell as Venus.
  • Le Krewe d'Etat depicted LaToya Cantrell as Venus.

The Krewe of Hermes and Le Krewe d'Etat chose art themes for their parades and Morpheus did an animal theme in parades Friday night on the Uptown route.

The krewes of Muses and d"Etat have entertained a rivalry over the years, battling to outwit each other in satirical parades (and some less worthy stunts that amount to vandalism). D'Etat launched one its more amusing parades in recent years, but in a fun irony, the krewe chose the same theme as Muses. Muses' did "A Night at the Museum," which featured plays on famous of works of art by Jackson Pollock, Andrew Wyeth, Banksy and others. Last night, d'Etat's presented "The Dictator's Museum of Art" or "DicMA." It also featured references to Pollock, as well as Andy Warhol and Michelangelo (turning his "Creation of Adam" into the "Mitchelangelo" in reference to Mayor Landrieu).

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Iris, Tucks evade rain and parade in Uptown (slideshow)

Posted By on Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 4:17 PM



The krewes of Iris and Tucks dodged anticipated thunderstorms for parades in Uptown on the last and biggest Saturday of Carnival.

Worries of rain and lightning had prompted the krewes to push back their start times and caused much hand-wringing in the community this week. But "the sun always shines on Iris," says the krewe, and while the sky was really more of a pearly, overcast color the worst of the rain seemed to have passed during the very early hours of Feb. 10.

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