It’s Time For Mardi Gras, Let’s Pick a Parade!
“Krewe du Vieux” kicked off the 17-day long Mardi Gras parade season on Saturday, January 27th. Then, everything culminates on Mardi Gras day, Tuesday, February 13th, with a slew of “truck parades.” With so many parades taking place, first time New Orleans Mardi Gras visitors need to figure out the parades they want to see. Specific “krewes,” each with a unique identity, special throws, and certain followers, lead each parade. You won’t be able to see ALL of the parades, so here are a few highlights you won’t want to miss:
If you’re lucky enough to stick around for Mardi Gras Day, check out the Truck Parades! Simple decorations adorn trucks full of thousands of male and female riders of all ages. No one holds back when it comes to “throws.” That’s the reason these parades are really fun for the whole family.
Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club
The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club also “rolls” on Mardi Gras day. They throw one of the most sought-after throws in all of Mardi Gras. Coconuts they have decorated! Being an African American krewe, Zulu celebrates the culture and history of our African American population and their ancestors.
Endymion and Bacchus
Endymion and Bacchus are two “super-krewes” that schedule their parades the weekend before Mardi Gras Day. The Krewe of Endymion rolls on Saturday and the Krewe of Bacchus rolls on Sunday. Not surprisingly, both parades feature “super-floats,” and they really are a sight to behold. Both krewes construct magnificent monster floats that light up the streets. The thick crowds that come out to see these two parades are evidence of their acclaim.
Thursday before Mardi Gras Day is one of the most anticipated and unique parades called Muses. This krewe is comprised entirely of women. Their special throws are THE MOST coveted of all of the parades. They are hand-decorated shoes, often stilettos, adorned with lots and lots of glitter. Will you be lucky enough to catch one of these prized commemorative shoes? If so, you can consider your Mardi Gras a success!
Barkus is a favorite parade among locals. “Floats” in this parade are the size of wagons and men and women pull them along. The riders in this krewe? Dogs! This might just be the best dog parade you will ever see. Dogs and owners who are not participating in the parade line the streets of the French Quarter waiting to catch treats thrown by the riders’ humans.
For details on these parades and to see the full 2018 Mardi Gras parade schedule click here