It’s Time for Mardi Gras, Let’s Pick a Parade!

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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:

Truck Parades

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.

Muses

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

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.

Meet the Real New Orleans Irish

The newest addition to New Orleans’ collection of museums,  the Irish Cultural Museum, pays tribute to the many sacrifices and accomplishments of our Irish ancestors. The Irish are remembered in a big way every year on St. Patrick’s day with parades and green beer but the real story behind this people and their great impact on our wonderful city can be learned throughout the year at this boutique museum in the historic French Quarter. If you are interested in uncovering the background behind the historic Irish Channel neighborhood, or the famed architect James Gallier, an Irish descendant, or even the delicious Irish coffee found in many local bars and restaurants, then definitely make it a point to stop by this learning center!

Artist Spotlight: Terrance Osborne

The sensory experience New Orleans is so well known for, its sights, sounds, and tastes, are all due to the population of creative people who call this beloved city home. Today we will recognize one of these artists, Terrance Osborne. Terrance is a local New Orleanian who paints vibrant, colorful scenes of life in the Crescent City. One of his iconic works Post Hurricane Blues (pictured above) was actually done a few years before Hurricane Katrina. Post-Katrina, his depictions of Hurricane Solutions have become quite popular as well.  He has also been commissioned to design the official poster for the Jazz and Heritage Festival. If you are looking for gift ideas on this Black Friday and want to support a local New Orleans artist, you can buy poster size prints of his works for $50.  Check out his amazing talent at his website here!

Rebirth of an Historic Landmark: Municipal Auditorium

The Municipal Auditorium, shuttered since Katrina, is undergoing a multi million dollar clean up. But at the end will it once again be where Mardi Gras Krewes stage their balls, or will it be renovated for new uses, starting another era for the 85 year old building? http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/local/orleans/2015/02/04/municipal-auditorium-mardi-gras-balls-errol-laborde-cedric-grant-hurricane-katrina-damage/22885381/

4th Annual Bugs & Brew

This Saturday, April 20, will mark the 4th annual Bugs & Brew event, hosted by the Drew Brees Foundation, and featuring 50 teams from around the city competing for the title of best crawfish boil(ers). The event also features a local craft brewing exposition, which will includ free tastings from upcoming breweries and home brewers, as well as great live music from local favorites such as the Honey Island Swamp Band and Papa Grows Funk. Admission is free, but if you want unlimited tastes of the eponymous bugs and brews be sure to snag yourself a Cajun Pass–all you can eat and all you can drink for just $60. You can get passes and more information here.

Satsumas Everywhere!

Satsumas are ripe and delicious! A little green but rip and juicy on the inside…a 15lb box ships for $49 (about 42 pieces per box). Give Isabelle's orchard a call: 888-223-2093. She'll just need credit card information and a box will be on the way! You can also visit Isabelle's Orange Orchard on Facebook or visit the orchard page of our website.