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MARDI GRAS 2016 SCHEDULE
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WEDNESDAY, January 6th

Phunny Phorty Phellows
Uptown 7:00p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe de Jeanne D’Arc
French Quarter 6:00p.m.


Sunday, January 10th

Krewe of Claude
Slidell 1:00 p.m.

Krewe of Poseidon
Slidell follows Claude

Sunday, January 17th

Krewe of Slidellians
Slidell 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 23rd

Krewe du Vieux
French Quarter 6:00 p.m.
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krewedelusion
French Quarter 7:00 p.m.
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Krewe of Bilge
Slidell 12:00 p.m.

Mona Lisa & Moon Pie
Slidell 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 24th

Krewe of Little Rascals
Metairie 12:00 p.m.

Mystic Krewe of Perseus
Slidell 1:00 p.m.

Pearl River Lions Club
Pearl River 1:00 p.m.

Frriday, January 29th

Krewe of Cork
French Quarter 3:00 p.m.

Krewe of Oshun
Uptown 6:00 p.m.
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Krewe of Cleopatra
Uptown 6:30 p.m.
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Knights of Excalibur
Metairie 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Athena
Metairie 7:30 p.m.


Krewe of Eve
Mandeville 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Hercules
Houma 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 30th

Krewe of Pontchartrain
Uptown 1:00 p.m.
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Krewe of Choctaw
Uptown 2:00 p.m.
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Krewe of Freret
Uptown 2:30 p.m.
2016 Pictures

'titRəx Parade
Faubourg Marginy 5:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures by Nick Christopher


Knights of Sparta
Uptown 6:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Pygmalion
Uptown 6:15 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Chewbacchus
Faubourg Marginy 7:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures
2016 Pictures by Nick Christopher
2016 Pictures by Harriet Cross

Mystic Knights of Adonis
Westbank 11:45 p.m.

Krewe of Caesar
Metairie 6:00 p.m.

Knights of Nemesis
St. Bernard 1:00 p.m.

Krewe De Paws
Slidell 10:00 a.m.

Krewe of Push Mow
Abita Springs 11:00 a.m.

Krewe of Olympia
Covington 6:00 p.m.

Mystic Krewe of Titans
Slidell 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Tee Caillou
Chauvin 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Aquarius
Houma 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 31st

Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale
Uptown 11:00 a.m.
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Krewe of Carrollton
Uptown 12:00 p.m.
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Krewe of King Arthur
Uptown 1:00 p.m.
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Krewe of Alla
Uptown 1:30 p.m.
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Mystic Krewe of Barkus
French Quarter 2:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures by Nick Christopher
2016 Pictures by Harriet Cross

Corps de Napoleon
Metairie 5:30 p.m.

Krewe of Dionysus
Slidell 1:00 p.m.

Krewe of Tchefuncte
Madisonville 2:00 p.m.

Krewe of Hyacinthians
Houma 12:30 p.m.

Krewe of Titans
Houma follows Hyacinthians

Monday, February 1st
2.2 Social Aid & Pleasure
Marching Club

Uptown 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 3rd

Mystic Krewe of Druids
Uptown 6:30 p.m.
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Mystic Krewe of Nyx
Uptown 7:00 p.m.
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Thursday, February 4th

Knights of Babylon
Uptown 5:30 p.m.
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Knights of Chaos
Uptown 6:30 p.m.
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Krewe of Muses
Uptown 6:30 p.m.
2016 Pictures

 
Friday, February 5th

Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA
French Quarter 1:30 p.m.

Mystic Krewe of Hermes
Uptown 6:00 p.m.
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Le Krewe d'Etat
Uptown 6:30 p.m.
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Krewe of Morpheus
Uptown 7:00 p.m.
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Krewe of Centurions
Metairie 7:00 p.m.

Original Krewe of Orpheus
Mandeville 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Selene
Slidell 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Aphrodite
Houma 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 6th

Krewe of Iris
Uptown 11:00 a.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Tucks
Uptown 12:00 p.m
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Krewe of Endymion
Mid-City 4:15 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Isis
Metairie 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of NOMTOC
Westbank 10:45 a.m.

Krewe of Bush
Bush 9:00 a.m.

Krewe of Salt Bayou
Slidell 2:00 p.m.

Krewe of Mardi Gras
Houma 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 7th

Krewe of Okeanos
Uptown 11:00 a.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Mid-City
Uptown 11:45 a.m.
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Krewe of Thoth
Uptown 12:00 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Box of Wine
Uptown preceeds Bacchus
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Bacchus
Uptown 5:15 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Grand Isle Independent
Grand Isle 1:00 p.m.

Terreanians
Houma 12:30 p.m.

Krewe of Montegut
Montegut 2:00 p.m.

Monday February 8th

Krewe of Proteus
Uptown 5:15 p.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Orpheus
Uptown 6:00 p.m.
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Krewe of Pandora
Metairie 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Cleopatra
Houma 6:30 p.m.

 MARDI GRAS DAY,
February 9, 2016

Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club
Uptown 8:00 a.m.
2016 Pictures

Krewe of Rex
Uptown 10:00 a.m.
2016 Pictures

Mardi Gras Day
(Around and About...)

2016 Pictures


Krewe of Elks Orleans
Uptown follows Rex Organization

Krewe of Crescent City
Uptown follows Elks

Krewe of Argus
Metairie 10:00 a.m.

Krewe of Elks Jefferson
Metairie after Argus

Krewe of Jefferson
Metairie after Elks Jefferson

Krewe of Grela
Gretna 10:00 a.m.

Covington Lions
Covington 10:00 a.m.

Krewe of Covington
follows Covington Lions

Krewe of Lyra
follows Covington


Krewe of Houmas
Houma 11:00 a.m.

Krewe of Kajuns
Houma follows Houmas

Krewe of Bonne Terre
Montegut 4:00 p.m.

Krewe of Skunks
Lacombe 1:00 p.m.

Krewe of Chahta-Ima
Lacombe 1:00 p.m.

Mardi Gras Day
(var locations)
2012 Pictures

Mardi Gras Day
Marching Clubs

Irish Channel Corner Club
Uptown 6:30 a.m.

Jefferson City Buzzards
Uptown 6:45 a.m.

Lyons Carnival Club
Uptown 7:00 a.m.

Pete Fountain's
Half-Fast Walking Club
Uptown 7:45 a.m.

Mondo Kayo
Social & Marching Club
Uptown 7:45 a.m.

Societé de Saint Anne
Marigney / Bywater
French Quarter 10:00 a.m.

KOE
French Quarter 10:15 a.m.

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HAPPY MARDI GRAS - PARADES FOR TODAY!
Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Krewe of Rex, Krewe of Argus, Krewe of Lions, Krewe of Covington Krewe of Houmas and more... Truck parades include Krewe of Elks Orleans, Krewe of Crescent City, Krewe of Jefferson, Krewe of Elks Jefferson and more... - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club 2016 PicturesKrewe of Rex 2016 PicturesMardi Gras Day (Around and about...) 2016 Pictures

2016 Carnival Royalty Announced

New Orleans businessman and civic leader Michael W. Kearney will reign as King of Carnival on Tuesday, February 9. The Queen of Carnival is Yale University student Adelaide Dabezies Goodyear. On Tuesday Miss Goodyear will greet Rex and watch the Rex procession from the reviewing stand at the Hotel Intercontinental, and Mardi Gras evening Carnival's Monarchs will greet their subjects at the Rex ball. Michael W. Kearney (“Mike") is Chairman / CEO of The Kearney Companies, Inc., a New Orleans based company providing essential services to importers and exporters using the Port of New Orleans. Mr. Kearney has extensive experience in the global shipping industry, and has been involved in the development of trade and commerce in the Port of New Orleans for over forty years. Over those years his companies have provided warehousing, stevedoring, commodity storage, rail trans-loading and import/export freight forwarding. His work with the Port of New Orleans has also been an important part of his civic life. In 2012 he was appointed to a five-year term as a Commissioner of the Port of New Orleans and was elected Vice-Chairman of its Board of Governors. Mr. Kearney has served on the State of Louisiana's Maritime Commission and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the World Trade Center. He is a past President and serves on the Executive Committee of the New Orleans Board of Trade. In 2015, Mr. Kearney received the C. Alvin Bertel award in recognition of his contributions to the Louisiana Maritime Community. Mr. Kearney graduated from De La Salle High School in New Orleans. He attended Louisiana State University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University. He has served as a trustee of Trinity Episcopal School and as trustee and Board Chairman of St. George's Episcopal School. Mr. Kearney served on the Super Bowl Task Force Commission that brought the first Super Bowl to New Orleans, and subsequently chaired the Mayor's Sports Advisory Committee for the City of New Orleans. He was an officer and director of the New Orleans YMCA for eight years, and currently serves on the boards of the New Orleans Louisiana Business Alliance and Ochsner Baptist Hospital. Mr. Kearney is married to Suzanne Wilkins Kearney (“Susu") and has four children: Michael, David, Wilkins and Niquette (who reigned as Queen of Carnival in 2001), and three grandchildren. Mr. Kearney is an accomplished and competitive tennis player and avid sports fan..

Miss Adelaide D. Goodyear, will reign as Queen of Carnival, 2016. Born in New Orleans, Miss Goodyear has lived in Australia, China and England, and is almost surely the first Queen of Carnival to speak fluent Mandarin. Miss Goodyear's primary school years were spent in Melbourne, Australia, and she subsequently attended schools in China (Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin). Before enrolling at Yale, Miss Goodyear attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire, England, and graduated from Westminster School in London. At Yale University Miss Goodyear has been active both on the campus and in the community. She is a Founding Member of Alpha Phi at Yale and has served as a Board Member and Chairwoman of the Social Council of the Yale European Undergraduates. She is a member of the Yale China Economic Forum, the Freshman College Council, and the Yale College Council. She has also served as a Board Member and Social Chair of the Yale European Horizons Conference. As a Yale University Art Gallery Tour Guide Miss Goodyear has drawn on her interest and studies in art history. She has also been a Staff Reporter for the Yale Herald, an online and print newspaper. Working in the New Haven community, Miss Goodyear has volunteered as a tutor for children with learning disabilities. At Westminster College, in London, Miss Goodyear co-founded and chaired the Westminster School Charity Think Tank and led a team teaching Art History to underclassmen. She also supervised an after-school club for disadvantaged children. Miss Goodyear's work experience has been as varied as her education. She has been an intern with Freeport-Mc-MoRan in Arizona, Intralox in Shanghai, and the Brunswick Group in London. She was a Mandarin-speaking guide at Shanghai World Exposition in 2010. When not engaged in her education and volunteer pursuits, Miss Goodyear enjoys skiing, scuba diving, running, art and music. The 2016 Queen of Carnival is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Waterhouse Goodyear IV. Her brother, Charles, is in his Senior year at Yale University.. - REXORGANIZATION.COM

Mardi Gras Parades for Monday, February 8, 2016 Lundi Gras
The Krewe of Proteus will kick off Lundi Gras with astart time of 5:15 and the Krewe of Orpheus will follow rolling on the uptown route in New Orleans. In Metairie look for the brand new all womens Krewe of Pandora to roll for 7:00. - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Proteus 2016 Pictures Krewe of Orpheus 2016 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Sunday February 7, 2016
MARDI GRAS VERSION OF SUPER SUNDAY! The Krewe of Okeanos will start the day a 11:00am . They are followed by the only all foil floats of the Krewe of Mid-City at 11:45 They are then followed by the by The Krewe of Thoth 12:00pm. The evening promises to be Super with the Krewe of Bacchus a 5:15pm..- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Okeanos 2016 Pictures Krewe of Mid City 2016 Pictures Krewe of Thoth 2016 Pictures Box of Wine 2016 Pictures Krewe of Bacchus 2016 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Saturday February 6, 2016
The Krewe of Iris begins the day in New Orleans at 11am with the theme "IrisJust Wants to have Fun ". Following Iris is the Krewe of Tucks with the theme "Tucks visits the Hood ". NOMTOC rolls on the Westbank at 10:45 am its theme is "The best things in Life ". The evening parades include the SuperKrewe of Endymion on it's traditional Mid-City route with the theme "Endymion through the Years " and the Krewe of Isis closes the evening in Metairie with the theme "Isis Celebrates all Seasons "- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Iris 2016 Pictures Krewe of Tucks 2016 Pictures Krewe of Endymion 2016 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Friday February 5, 2016
3 Parades hit the streets of New Orleans Today as the Krewe of Hermes starts the night off. Followed by the satirical Le Krewe d'Etat. Then look for the Krewe of Morpheus. In Metairie the Krewe of Centurions will take to the streets with the Krewe of Selene in Slidell.- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Hermes 2016 Pictures Le Krewe d'État 2016 Pictures Krewe of Morpheus 2016 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Thursday February 4, 2016
Big night Uptown as The Knights of Babylon, Knights of Chaos and the Krewe of Muses hits the streetsthe themes for all krewes remain a secret until they roll .- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Knights of Babylon 2016 Pictures Knights of Chaos 2016 Pictures Krewe of Muses 2016 Pictures

Druids & Nyx tonight Wednesday February 3, 2016
Mystic Krewe of Druids takes to the streets in New Orleans at 6:30pm followed by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx which parades at 7:00pm. - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Mystic Krewe of Druids 2016 Pictures Mystic Krewe of Nyx 2016 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Sunday January 31, 2016
Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale. They hit the streets Uptown starting at 11 Krewe of Carrollton rolls followed by the, Krewe of King Arthur. Followed by the Krewe of Alla . In the French Quarter the iconic Dog Parade Mystic Krewe of Barkus will be sniffing the streets again with this years.".In Slidell the Krewe of Dionysus in Slidell - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale 2016 Pictures Krewe of Carrollton 2016 Pictures Krewe of King Arthur 2016 Pictures Krewe of Alla 2016 Pictures Mystic Krewe of Barkus 2016 Pictures by Nick Christopher Mystic Krewe of Barkus 2016 Pictures by Harriet Cross

Mardi Gras parades for Saturday January 30, 2016
Krewe of Pontchartrain, starts the Uptown parade day with the theme "Can You "State" My Nickname?" Following them will be the venerable Krewe of Choctaw with the theme "Alphabet Soup" and following them will be the Krewe of Freret with the theme "Third Time's the Charm!".The Knights of Sparta, with the theme "A Knight At The Tonys" and Krewe of Pygmalion with it's theme "The Gods Of Carnival" are set to hit the streets of Uptown New Orleans in the evening., The westbank features the always enjoyable Mystic Knights of Adonis and look for the Krewe of Caesar in Metairie with the theme "Caesars Storybook ".Look for the Krewe of Titans in Slidell and the Krewe of Olympia in Covington as well. .- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Pontchartrain 2016 Pictures Krewe of Choctaw 2016 Pictures Krewe of Freret 2016 Pictures Knights of Sparta 2016 Pictures Krewe of Pygmalion 2016 Pictures 'titRəx Parade 2016 Pictures by Nick Christopher Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus 2016 Pictures Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus 2016 Pictures by Nick Christopher Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus 2016 Pictures by Harriet Cross

Mardi Gras parades for Friday January 29, 2016
Krewe of Oshun set to roll with the theme "Sea Of Beauty" followed by the Krewe of Cleopatra with the theme "Cleopatra Rocks The Big Easy" While the Krewe of Excalibur is set to roll in Metairie with the theme "A Knight Remembers " and. look for the premier of the new Krewe of Athena to roll with it's theme "Krewe Of Athena Tops Daty". The Krewe of Eve will light up the Northshore with it's theme "30 Years Of Fun And Games" - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Oshun 2016 Pictures Krewe of Cleopatra 2016 Pictures

Krewe du Vieux hits the streets tonight @ 6:00
Krewe du Vieux takes to the streets of Marigny and the French Quarter this evening at 6:00 pm followed by krewedelusion at 7:00pm. - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM - Krewe du Vieux 2016 Pictureskrewedelusion 2016 Pictures

Bacchus names 'Avengers' actor Anthony Mackie as celebrity monarch
The Krewe of Bacchus' announcement of this year's monarch came down to the wire, with just a month until their parade, but in the end they'll make history, with the parade's first African-American monarch: "Avengers" actor and New Orleans native Anthony Mackie.The announcement of this year's celebrity king had been delayed later than ever, but on Friday the krewe announced that Mackie will reign as Bacchus XLVIII when the parade rolls on February 7, which is also Super Bowl Sunday this year. A native of the city and NOCCA and Warren Easton alumnus, Mackie is perhaps best known for his heroic turn in the Marvel franchise films "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Antman," and the anticipated "Captain America: Civil War" as avian Avenger “The Falcon. “ He can soon be seen starring opposite Kate Winslet and Woody Harrelson in "Triple 9.". - WWLTV.COM

Solange Knowles to ride in Muses Mardi Gras parade Feb. 4
Recording artist Solange Knowles will ride in the all-female Krewe of Muses' signature two-story shimmering shoe during the 2016 parade on Feb. 4, according to Muses Captain Staci Rosenberg.In a written statement, Rosenberg said that Solange will serve as the krewe's honorary Muse, a position "selected annually to honor a female role model who inspires the women of Muses by contributing to the arts in extraordinary ways and embodying the creative spirit of the nine original muses of Greek mythology. "In a subsequent telephone conversation, Rosenberg said she thought Knowles would be the perfect honorary Muse considering her devotion to music, fashion, charity and New Orleans. Muses, Rosenberg said, first approached the singer more than a year ago. "It is a true and incredible honor to be the 2016 Honorary Muse," Knowles said, in a written statement, "I am immensely humbled to join such an inspiring organization that celebrates such diversity, leadership, and philanthropy."The Krewe of Muses and I share the same passion for rejoicing in the overall magic and bad ass-ness of girlhood and all of the many ways we are able to express and embody being women!," she continued. - NOLA.COM

Phunny Phorty Phellows Herald the arrival of the 2016 Carnival Season
Carnival Officially begins with the ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows on Twelfth Night.The Phunny Phorty Phellows will board at the RTA streetcar barn, located on Willow Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Twelfth Night, Wednesday, January 6th, 2016. The Phunny ride will begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Also look for the Krewe de Jeanne D’Arc marching in the French Quarter with a medieval, French and Joan of Arc theme. - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM -
Phunny Phorty Phellows 2016 Pictures

krewedelusion Mardi Gras parade crowns Blaine Kern Sr. as 2016 king
The krewedelusion Mardi Gras marching group has announced that Blaine Kern Sr., patriarch of the Kern float building empire, will reign as "King Bragadocious and Captain of New Orleans" during Carnival 2016."I've been putting on parades for over seventy years," the 88-year-old Kern said in a statement accompanying the announcement Friday (Dec. 18), "practically all the big ones in New Orleans and all over the world, but krewedelusion is unique. Being King is going to be exhilarating!" Kern may very well be exhilarated on Jan. 23, but he will probably not be as eye-catching as last year's krewedelusion monarch, burlesque bombshell Trixie Minx. In its seventh year, krewedelusion 2016 will feature its customary do-it- yourself costumed marchers and small human-powered floats, following a route through the Marigny and French Quarter on Jan. 23, starting at 6:45.- NOLA.COM

Chewbacchus Awakens: 2016 Route Released
Who is Kylo Ren really? Where is Luke? What's up with the new lightsabers? There are a lot of questions in the sci-fi world these days. However, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus answered a few of their own this morning. The science fiction (and fantasy) themed carnival organization announced a new route and time today. According to an online statement from Space Commander Chewbaccacabra Ryan Ballard, the 2016 theme will be, "The Chewluminati: Nerd World Order." “Rules were made to be broken. Do whatcha wanna shall be the whole of the law. For the first time ever, this years Chewbacchus Parade will also feature the inclusion of gas powered Art Cars on a case-by-case approval basis. Several individuals with amazing art cars have clamored for years to roll in the parade. And the time has come to open things up to them." Dogs will also be allowed in the parade this year via the newly created sub-krewe of Star Woofs. In previous years, the krewe’s trademark Bar2-D2, and subkrewes such the Krewe de Who and the Elliots (from E.T.) have thrilled parade spectators. They will be joined by Weed2D2 in 2016. Other additions include "a giant Chewluminati Pyramid with an interactive All Seeing Eye, as well as a Reptillian Delorean Pope Mobile fit for a Lizard King." Celebrities on the roster include Corey Glover as well as the cast and crew of NCIS: New Orleans. The parade rolls on January 30, 2016 at 7:00p.m. promptly. Be on time, it’s not wise to upset a wookie.- NOLADEFENDER.COM

Original Krewe of Orpheus plans to parade in Mandeville on Feb. 5
Beset with financial problems and dwindling membership, the Original Krewe of Orpheus has not paraded in Mandeville for the past three Mardi Gras seasons. But the all-male Carnival organization is hoping to roll Feb. 5 now that it has the blessing of Mandeville's special events committee to do so.The committee's approval last week of the krewe's parade permit application will be forwarded to the City Council for a vote in December. If the council votes in favor, the permit request will be sent to Mayor Donald Villere for his signature. Villere said he recently joined the organization and will sign off on the parade.John Lawrence, a north shore attorney who took over as Orpheus captain in February, said the organization currently has 150 to 175 members. A city ordinance requires that Carnival organizations have at least 200 riders to parade. Lawrence said the krewe is still signing up members and he expects to have 200 riders and 13 floats on parade day."We're rolling," Lawrence said. "Everyone seems to be very excited that we're back."- NOLA.COM

Krewe of Grela will not roll for Carnival 2016
Officials tell WDSU it was not economically feasible for the Krewe to roll in 2016. The west bank parade traditionally rolls on Fat Tuesday. Grela was founded in 1947 and rolls in Gretna. The parade takes its name from the first three letters of Gretna and the first two letters in the abbreviation for Louisiana. The Krewe was the first to put on a parade on the west bank of Jefferson Parish on Fat Tuesday. In recent years, Grela had touted about 400 riders. Additional details about the Krewe's decision this year were not released. More information about Grela can be found on its Facebook page. - WDSU.COM

Arthur Hardy, Mardi Gras expert, moves to WVUE, Fox 8
Mardi Gras maven Arthur Hardy will report on Carnival 2016 from the news desk of WVUE, Fox 8, according to a report on the TV station website. Known for his encyclopedic knowledge, bow tie and popular annual Mardi Gras Guide, Hardy had been a seasonal stalwart at WDSU television. According to the announcement from WVUE, Hardy will provide "more in-depth and historical reports on some of the season's more popular parades." He will also "provide insight and expertise during FOX 8's popular live broadcast of the Krewe of Endymion Parade on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016." WDSU's online profile of Hardy includes a short biography of the New Orleans native who attended Warren Easton High School, received a degree in music education from Loyola University and was long-time band director at Brother Martin High School. - NOLA.COM

Blaine Kern, Sr. and son settle succession plan for Blaine Kern Artists, Inc.
The first family of Mardi Gras floats works out an agreement for control and the future of Blaine Kern Artists,Inc. A statement announcing the corporate succession plan says Barry Kern will continue as president and C.E.O. It says Blaine Kern, Sr. "will continue his role as 'Mr. Mardi Gras' and international ambassador for Carnival." The statement also addresses conflicts between father and son which flared in 2010 & 2011 when Barry Kern went to court fighting for control and alleged his father's lavish spending was threatening the company's financial stability. " While there were some misunderstandings in the past, and regretfully things were said that should not have been, Barry and Blaine, with the help of Blaine's wife, Holly, made amends some time ago." It characterizes this week's agreement as a formality, "a final step to move the company forward with a clear, mutually agreed upon vision." Blaine Kern Artists, Inc. designs, builds and stages many of the region's largest carnival parades.- FOX8LIVE.COM

Jefferson Parish makes changes for upcoming Carnival season
WDSU Mardi Gras guide Arthur Hardy said the Corps de Napoleon will move its parade to the first weekend of the parade season. Also, next year's parades will have to go on without the Krewes of Atlas, Thor and Zeus. Hardy said the krewes didn't make the deadline to apply for permits. WDSU reported earlier this month that the all-new female Krewe of Pandora will have its inaugural parade on Lundi Gras. The parade is scheduled to roll at 7 p.m..- WDSU.COM

Metairie gets new, all-female parade krewe for 2016
Bucking the trend of shrinking Carnival offerings in Jefferson Parish, the new all-female Krewe of Pandora has won approval to parade in Metairie on Lundi Gras beginning in 2016. Pandora, which was started by the leadership of the New Orleans-based Mystic Krewe of Nyx, had its permit approved by the Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday. “We are very excited at the opportunity to bring a beautiful parade to Jefferson Parish,” Pandora Captain Lori Seuzeneau said in a written statement. “We are honored that we have received such a warm welcome and that the council believes in our ability to bring a quality parade to their current lineup.” Seuzeneau said the idea for the krewe “began as we talked about the love women have for Mardi Gras and the opportunities for parading with their friends.” Pandora’s entry into Metairie’s Carnival season couldn’t come at a better time for Jefferson Parish Mardi Gras. Declining membership in the face of rising costs and the popularity of parading in New Orleans has kept some of the parish’s traditional krewes from meeting the minimum parish requirements to roll, leading to fines, cancellations and suspensions. Atlas, which hasn’t rolled for the past two years, remains in doubt to parade next year, and the Krewe of Zeus — Jefferson’s oldest — said last week that it will not roll in 2016 following a dispute with the parish over whether its declining numbers of floats and marching band members violated parish rules. At present, the list of Metairie parades includes Excalibur, Caesar, Centurions, Isis, Napoleon and Argus, which is followed on Fat Tuesday by the truck parades of Jefferson and Elks Jeffersonians. The Krewe of Little Rascals parades just before the start of the Carnival season. The Jefferson Parish Council’s vote to approve Pandora’s permit was unanimous.- THENEWORLEANSADVOCATE.COM

'Original' Krewe of Orpheus hopes to parade in Mandeville next Mardi Gras season
For the past three Mardi Gras seasons, the Original Krewe of Orpheus has failed to roll through the streets of Mandeville, where it began in 1988 and had been one of the north shore city's longest-running parades. Beset with financial problems and dwindling membership, the all-male organization has worked hard to bolster its ranks since it last rolled in 2012, but to no avail. Now, with a new captain at the helm, the Mandeville Carnival organization is renewing its efforts to attract members so that it can once again hit the streets on the Friday before Mardi Gras 2016. Last year, the all-female Krewe of Eve was Mandeville's only Carnival parade. Lawrence said the organization must reach its membership goal by October if it is to parade in 2016. It already has a permit to parade on Feb. 5, the Friday before Mardi Gras 2016, which will be Feb. 9. Mandeville's Original Krewe of Orpheus began parading several years before the better-known New Orleans krewe of the same name, thus the "original" reference in its name. The New Orleans version, co-founded by entertainer by Harry Connick Jr., parades Uptown on Lundi Gras. Lawrence said he believes Mandeville would benefit from a second parade for the upcoming Mardi Gras season.. - NOLA.COM

Slidell parades dispute probation warning for bad behavior
When the Krewe of Dionysus received a letter from the city of Slidell saying the parade was on probation for one curse word being played in one song on one float, Krewe Officer Andy Frisard was appalled. "If you've got two minor infractions, do you lose your permit if you have a third one the next year? That's scary," he said. The Krewe of Perseus was also told it could lose its riding privileges for 2017 for having too much spacing between floats and because a dance team displayed some distasteful moves. "Well I thought it was a little silly the way they just gave us a letter that says if you are doing this you can be put on probation. It didn't make any sense," said Captain Allen Little. Four out of eight Slidell Mardi Gras krewes received the stern warning, and even though many took part in developing the new rules the city is now enforcing, parade leaders say they're stunned at the blanket, extreme punishments. Not enough to take their party elsewhere, however. "I don't want to do that. We've been here 46 years. We're the oldest Mardi Gras krewe here in Slidell," said Little, "Most of our people are from Slidell. We like to parade here, we want to parade here." One krewe met with city leaders Monday and others plan to follow suit, all with the same goal. "We hope that the ordinance can, the punishment phases of it can be defined so where you know this is a major infraction, it's handled this way, this is a minor infraction and it's handled this way," said Frisard. Krewes just want to make sure fun stays in Mardi Gras while maintaining Slidell's family-friendly standards. Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan said the city is committed to working with the krewes on these issues, but he offered no further comment on the krewe's specific complaints. - WWLTV.COM

Slidell puts half its Carnival krewes on probation for parade violations
Half of Slidell’s Carnival krewes received letters from the city last week outlining rules the city says they broke in 2015 and serving notice that they are on probation for the 2016 parade season — a move that came as a surprise to the parading organizations. City officials declined to say how many organizations were involved or to provide details about their individual infractions. City Administrator Tim Mathison told krewe officials assembled in the City Council chamber Thursday that he had decided it was better not to air everyone’s dirty laundry. City Attorney Bryan Haggerty said that while the letters are public record, the city does not have to provide them while the possibility of adjudication remains. But officials with four of the eight krewes that paraded in 2015 — Claude, Dionysus, Perseus and the Slidell Women’s Civic Club — confirmed that they have been put on probation. Selene, Titans and the city’s two walking parades, Mona Lisa & MoonPie and Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne, were not put on probation, representatives said. However, Selene officials said they had been informed their 2015 parade started eight minutes late. Krewes on probation could lose their right to parade in 2017 if they commit further violations next year. - THENEWORLEANSADVOCATE.COM

Additional Slidell Mardi Gras parade OK'd under revised ordinance
The Slidell City Council adopted an amended parade ordinance that clears the way for a new parading krewe to join the city's lineup. The city's ordinance had been capped at eight parades, but the amended ordinance allows nine. The new parade, the Krewe of Poseidon, will be a daytime parade with male and female riders, Poseidon representatives said. "There was a lot of interest by people in a co-ed, daytime krewe,'' Poseidon captain Ronny Kastner said. "We wanted to bring something more traditional.'' Poseidon president Jack Hutchison said the krewe has 338 riders, much more than 120-rider minimum the city's ordinance calls for.. - NOLA.COM

Endymion Mardi Gras parade rider sues after falling off horse during parade
A family is suing a business claiming its negligence caused personal injuries a Mardi Gras parade participant. William Neubauer, and wife Jane, filed suit against Cascade Stables Inc. on April 13 in Orleans Parish District Court. William Neubauer claims that on February 14, 2015 he was severely injured when the saddle of the horse he was riding on during the Endymion Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans collapsed and caused him to fall “violently” to the ground.The defendant is accused of various acts of negligence such as providing a saddle that was defective and in unsafe condition, failing to properly maintain saddles and other equipment, working in a careless and reckless matter and other acts of omission or commission. An unspecified amount in damages is sought for economic damages to include the loss of the benefit of his Mardi Gras krewe membership, parade throws, related damages, mental anguish, physical pain and suffering and medical expenses.. - LOUISIANARECORD.COM

Zulu crowns Jay H. Banks as its king for Mardi Gras 2016
Jay H. Banks was elected Sunday (May 31) to reign as the 2016 king of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade, held on Mardi Gras morning. Outdoor campaigning took place despite continuous afternoon showers on Sunday as the members of the Carnival organization gathered near their North Broad Street headquarters to crown next year's organization officials.In addition to electing a new king, the membership selected the 2016 roster of "characters," as Zulu parade dignitaries are known. Keith Thomas was elected Big Shot 2016, Keith Celestine ran unopposed in his bid for next year's Witch Doctor, Herbert Dunbar became Ambassador 2016, Dorian R. Rawles Sr. ran unopposed for the position of Mayor, Anthony "Tony" Laurent Jr. ran unopposed for Province Prince, Christopher White ran unopposed for Governor, and Todd Duvernay beat out two competitors for Mr. Big Stuff.. - NOLA.COM

2015 New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Photos are now posted online!
Thank you to everyone on the parade routes who offered hospitality and well wishes. And thank you NOPD again for the wonderful job you do every year. Finally, thank you to all the krewes, bands, marching groups, tractor drivers, float designers, tire repair people, etc, etc, etc. Without you none of this is possible. I look forward to seeing all of you next year!.Mardi Gras Day next year is February 9, 2016 Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club 2015 PicturesKrewe of Rex 2015 PicturesMardi Gras Day (French Quarter & Frenchman) 2015 Pictures Krewe of Proteus 2015 Pictures Krewe of Orpheus 2015 Pictures Krewe of Okeanos 2015 Pictures Krewe of Mid City 2015 Pictures Krewe of Thoth 2015 Pictures Krewe of Bacchus 2015 Pictures Krewe of Iris 2015 Pictures Krewe of Tucks 2015 Pictures Krewe of Endymion 2015 Pictures Krewe of Hermes 2015 Pictures Le Krewe d'État 2015 Pictures Krewe of Morpheus 2015 Pictures Knights of Babylon 2015 Pictures Knights of Chaos 2015 Pictures Krewe of Muses 2015 Pictures Mystic Krewe of Druids 2015 Pictures Mystic Krewe of Nyx 2015 Pictures Krewe of Carrollton 2015 Pictures Krewe of King Arthur 2015 Pictures Krewe of Alla 2015 Pictures Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale 2015 Pictures Mystic Krewe of Barkus 2015 Pictures by Harriet Cross Krewe of Pontchartrain 2015 Pictures Krewe of Choctaw 2015 Pictures Knights of Sparta 2015 Pictures Krewe of Pygmalion 2015 Pictures Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus 2015 Pictures Oshun 2015 Pictures Krewe of Cleopatra 2015 Pictures
- Krewe du Vieux 2015 Pictureskrewedelusion 2015 Pictures Phunny Phorty Phellows 2015 Pictures - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM

HAPPY MARDI GRAS - PARADES FOR TODAY!
Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Krewe of Rex, Krewe of Argus, Krewe of Lions, Krewe of Covington Krewe of Houmas and more... Truck parades include Krewe of Elks Orleans, Krewe of Crescent City, Krewe of Jefferson, Krewe of Elks Jefferson and more... - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club 2015 PicturesKrewe of Rex 2015 PicturesMardi Gras Day (French Quarter & Frenchman) 2015 Pictures

2015 Carnival Royalty Announced

New Orleans businessman and civic leader Christian T. Brown will reign as King of Carnival on Tuesday, February 17. The Queen of Carnival is Vanderbilt University student Charlotte Lane Langenstein, known as "Laney." On Tuesday Miss Langenstein will greet Rex and watch the Rex procession from the reviewing stand at the Hotel Intercontinental, and Mardi Gras evening Carnival's Monarchs will greet their subjects at the Rex ball.Mr. Brown is the Managing Director of NOLA Holdings, LLC, a private equity investment firm owning interests in numerous specialty, niche businesses. His focus is the buy-out of small to medium size family-owned businesses, and he has successfully completed transactions both where family-management desired to remain in the business and where it desired to exit. Further, he provides expansion capital to successful companies showing strong growth opportunities. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of McIlhenny Company, the 147-year-old maker of Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce. Mr. Brown is the Vice President/Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of Avery Island, Inc., a family-owned land management company. Mr. Brown is a member of the Iberia Bank's Advisory Board for the Greater New Orleans Area.Mr. Brown graduated from Tulane University with a B.A., Magna Cum Laude and Honors in History and Phi Beta Kappa in 1982. In 1985, he received a Juris Doctorate from the Tulane University School of Law.Mr. Brown has been involved civically as a volunteer for most of his life. Currently, he is the inaugural chairman of the Audubon Society Louisiana's board; the chairman of the Selley Foundation, a fund that supports quality education, arts, and the environment in the Greater New Orleans Area; a trustee of the James Beard Foundation, whose mission is to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster a deeper understanding of the American culinary culture; and a trustee, Investment Committee Chairman, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the community foundation for southeastern Louisiana.He is a founder and the past Chairman of the Pro Bono Publico Foundation, which provides private grants to organizations, especially charter schools and support entities that have been involved in the post-Katrina rebuilding of New Orleans; today he serves as an advisor to the Board of Trustees. Mr. Brown also is an Executive Committee member of the Mayor's Mardi Gras Advisory Committee and a member of the Cultural and Historical Committee for the New Orleans 2018 Commission.In 2006, he served on the Times-Picayune's Loving Cup Selection Committee. From 2003 until 2005, Mr. Brown was the President of the Louisiana Museum Foundation and a co-chairman of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Celebration in 2003. He served as a Board Member (2004-2008) and Treasurer (2006-2008) of the Louisiana State Museum Board and Chairman of the Irby Trust, which supports the Louisiana State Museum.He was an original member of the steering committee of Women of the Storm, a non-political, non-partisan group dedicated to the recovery of post-Katrina New Orleans (2005-2008). He has served as Chairman (1995-1997) of the Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation (WYES-TV12), as well as numerous other positions, including Vice Chairman (1994-1995), Chairman of the Finance Committee (1993-1994, 1998), Chairman of the Board Governance Committee (1997-1998), and the Past Board Chairman's Committee (1997-1999). He also chaired the station's first major gifts campaign in 1992.He served as a Board Member of the Bureau of Government Research, the chairman of its development committee, and a former member of its Executive Committee (2006-2012). He was a board member and Vice President (2004-2009) of the NOCCA Institute (a foundation that supports the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, a public high school for students gifted in the arts).With Tulane University, he has served as the Chairman of the Liberal Arts & Sciences Capital Campaign (2004) and past-Chairman of the Dean's Council for the Liberal Arts and Sciences School (2001-2003), a member of the Board of Alumni Association and the Provost's Council (1995), and the advisory council of the Associates Program. Mr. Brown has been a board member (1998-2004) and past Treasurer (2001-2003) of Longue Vue House and Garden. He has been a board member of the Louisiana Children's Museum, a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the Easter Seals Society of Louisiana, and he has also served as a board member and chairman of the finance committee of each the Crosby Arboretum and Save Our Cemeteries. He served as a board member of Louisiana Organ Procurement Association from 1996 until 2000.Mr. Brown is married to Kia Brown, formerly of Charlottesville, Virginia. He has two children, Amelie Brown, who is an artist in Nashville, and Christian Brown II, who is a banker at IberiaBank in New Orleans. Numerous other cousins have reigned as the King and Queen of Carnivals of years past.He enjoys the outdoors and is an avid hunter, fisherman, skier, and hiker.

The Queen of Carnival 2015 is Miss Langenstein, who has recently studied abroad at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, is a graduate of Isidore Newman School, where she won numerous awards, including the 2012 Rose Freeman Keller Award for Community Service, the 2012 Frances T. Dyer Biology Award, the 2011 Tulane University Book Award, the 2011 Warren G. Moses World War II Scholar Essay Award, and the 2011 Robert J. Pfister Gold Pen Award.A passionate volunteer, Miss Langenstein was recognized in 2011 by the Association of Professional Fundraisers as the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy. The same year, St. Charles Avenue honored her as the 2011 Student Activist. She was a volunteer leader with Heart of Passion, Relay for Life, Breakthrough New Orleans, Isidore Newman Wonder Week, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and the Magnolia School. In addition to her community service Miss Langenstein was a cheerleader and competed on Newman's varsity soccer team.At Vanderbilt University–Peabody College she is a candidate for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cognitive Studies and a Bachelor in Commerce Degree in Corporate Strategy, with a minor in Creative Writing. She is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and has continued her volunteer service with The Afterschool Program (TAP), the Blood-Water Mission, Kenya Dig It, Habitat for Humanity, and Relay for Life.She has worked as a Marketing Intern with Marathon Music Works in Nashville, and as a Researcher in the Genetics Department of the L.S.U. Health and Science Center. She also worked as a Camp Counselor at Camp Bow Wow, helping with the training of dogs used in discipline and guidance.She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Langenstein, III.Among many Rex connections Miss Langenstein is the granddaughter of Dolly Ann Souchon Johnsen, who reigned as Queen of Carnival in 1949. Her mother was a Maid in the 1973 Rex Court, and her step-grandfather, Erik Frithjof Johnsen, was Rex in 1991. Many other aunts, uncles and cousins have served in the Rex Court, including her Uncle, John Edward Koerner, III who was Rex 2010.. - REXORGANIZATION.COM

***ALERT*** NEW START TIMES: Krewe of Proteus & Krewe of Orpheus
Mardi Gras Parades for Monday,
February 16, 2015 Lundi Gras

The Krewe of Proteus will kick off Lundi Gras with astart time of 4:00 with the theme "Nature of the Beast". The Krewe of Orpheus will follow rolling on the uptown route in New Orleans with the theme "The Magic of an Ordinary Day". Both parades start times have been moved up due to the weather. The route has also been shorted to remove the canal loop and just turn right on Canal St and finish their routes normally Please check back for further changes. - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Proteus 2015 Pictures Krewe of Orpheus 2015 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Sunday February 15, 2015
MARDI GRAS VERSION OF SUPER SUNDAY! The Krewe of Okeanos will start the day the theme "Okeanos Parades the Kings ". They are followed by the only all foil floats of the Krewe of Mid-City with the theme "Dey All Axed for You" They are then followed by the by The Krewe of Thoth with the theme "Thoth Says...Express Yourself ". The evening promises to be Super with the Krewe of Bacchus with the theme "Children's Stories That Live Forever". Corps de Napoleon will be parading in Metairie.- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Okeanos 2015 Pictures Krewe of Mid City 2015 Pictures Krewe of Thoth 2015 Pictures Krewe of Bacchus 2015 Pictures

Valentines Day parades!!!
Mardi Gras parades for Saturday
February 14, 2015

The Krewe of Iris begins the day in New Orleans at 11am with the theme "Iris Loves to Party ". Folling Iris is the Krewe of Tucks with the theme "Tucks Saves the Day ". NOMTOC rolls on the Westbank at 10:45 am its theme is "A Tribute to Algiers: Places Remembered ". The evening parades include the SuperKrewe of Endymion on it's traditional Mid-City route with the theme "Fantastic Voyages " and the Krewe of Isis closes the evening in Metairie with the theme "Music of the Night "- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Iris 2015 Pictures Krewe of Tucks 2015 Pictures Krewe of Endymion 2015 Pictures

Friday the Thirteenth parades!!!
Mardi Gras parades for Friday February 13, 2015

3 Parades hit the streets of New Orleans Today as the Krewe of Hermes starts the night off. Followed by the satirical Le Krewe d'Etat. Then look for the Krewe of Morpheus. In Metairie the Krewe of Centurions will take to the streets with the Krewe of Selene in Slidell.- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Hermes 2015 Pictures Le Krewe d'État 2015 Pictures Krewe of Morpheus 2015 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Thursday February 12, 2015
Big night Uptown as The Knights of Babylon, Knights of Chaos and the Krewe of Muses hits the streetsthe themes for all krewes remain a secret until they roll .- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Knights of Babylon 2015 Pictures Knights of Chaos 2015 Pictures Krewe of Muses 2015 Pictures

Druids & Nyx tonight Wednesday February 11, 2015
Mystic Krewe of Druids takes to the streets in New Orleans at 6:30pm followed by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx which parades at 7:00pm. - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Mystic Krewe of Druids 2015 Pictures Mystic Krewe of Nyx 2015 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Sunday February 8, 2015
Krewe of Carrollton rolls with the theme "Night at the Opera " followed by the, Krewe of King Arthur with it's theme "It's in the Mail ". Followed by the St. Charles premier of the Krewe of Alla with the theme "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ". and the premier of the brand new Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale. They hit the streets Uptown starting at noon. In the French Quarter the iconic Dog Parade Mystic Krewe of Barkus will be sniffing the streets again with this years theme "BARK WARS: The Return of the K9".In Slidell the Krewe of Dionysus rolls with the theme "Things the go Together "- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Carrollton 2015 Pictures Krewe of King Arthur 2015 Pictures Krewe of Alla 2015 Pictures Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale 2015 Pictures Mystic Krewe of Barkus 2015 Pictures by Harriet Cross

Mardi Gras parades for Saturday February 7, 2015
Krewe of Pontchartrain, starts the Uptown parade day with the theme "Go Jump in the Lake " Following them will be the venerable Krewe of Choctaw with the theme "Through the Years " and following them will be the New Krewe of Freret with the theme "Sophomore Shenanigans ".The Knights of Sparta, with the theme "In the Mood " and Krewe of Pygmalion with it's theme "Spectrum of Emotion " are set to hit the streets of Uptown New Orleans in the evening., The westbank features the always enjoyable Mystic Knights of Adonis and look for the Krewe of Caesar in Metairie with the theme "Broadway on Parade ".Look for the Krewe of Titans in Slidell and the Krewe of Olympia in Covington as well. .- MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Krewe of Pontchartrain 2015 Pictures Krewe of Choctaw 2015 Pictures Knights of Sparta 2015 Pictures Krewe of Pygmalion 2015 Pictures Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus 2015 Pictures

Mardi Gras parades for Friday February 6, 2015
Krewe of Oshun set to roll with the theme "Carnival Around the World" followed by the Krewe of Cleopatra with the theme "Nightmare on the Avenue" While the Krewe of Excalibur is set to roll in Metairie with the theme "A Knight's Sweet Delights " and. look for the premier of the new Krewe of Athena to roll with it's theme "The First of Many". The Krewe of Eve will light up the Northshore with it's theme "Theme Park Adventures " - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM Oshun 2015 Pictures Krewe of Cleopatra 2015 Pictures

Krewe du Vieux hits the streets tonight @ 6:30
Krewe du Vieux takes to the streets of Marigny and the French Quarter this evening at 6:30 pm followed by krewedelusion at 7:15pm. - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM - Krewe du Vieux 2015 Pictureskrewedelusion 2015 Pictures

Labor dispute halts Mardi Gras bead shipments
A labor dispute in California is turning into a possible Carnival crisis. Delays at a Los Angeles port has thousands of signature Mardi Gras beads on back order and local businesses are now concerned the throws will not make it in time for Mardi Gras.Krewes spend all year making, designing and buying throws for Mardi Gras, but right now much of that is just sitting in containers on the West Coast."It's about 20 percent of what we would normal bring in that is not here now," says Dan Kelly, president of Beads By The Dozen. "Unfortunately, a lot of it is the custom product we need for the krewes." Kelly ships up to 150 containers of beads to his store every year and most of them pass through the port in Los Angeles, but, like other businesses, he is stuck in the middle of a bitter contract dispute between dock workers and the shipping companies."It is very disappointing," says Kelly. "We have worked very hard all year long to make it all happen." Kelly says almost every krewe is affected, and since they are still waiting on their shipments of beads to arrive, many krewes have actually had to push back their distribution nights. "We are now proactively looking at what we can use to replace some of the product coming in for the krewes," says Kelly... - WWLTV.COM

Rex ditching boat ride this year for Lundi Gras
The bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans is figuring into this year’s Rex parade. The krewe also announced a change for 2015 that dates back more than 100 years.On Lundi Gras, the day before Fat Tuesday, Rex and his entourage will ditch the more recent tradition of arriving at Spanish Plaza aboard a Coast Guard cutter and instead travel by rail. Rex is taking the train.This year, the krewe says the King of Carnival will arrive aboard a luxury railcar that will be pushed to Spanish Plaza with help from the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad for the meeting with the mayor and Zulu royalty.It’s not the first time Rex has ridden the rails. He arrived by train for the first time in the 1880’s.. - WGNO.COM

Beach Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Easton Corbin and Becky G to headline Family Gras 2015
The Beach Boys, down-home diva LeAnn Rimes, country crooner Easton Corbin, teen rapper Becky G and former Foreigner lead singer Lou Gramm will headline the eighth annual Family Gras, Metairie's free Mardi Gras street party.The festival, which rocks the broad neutral ground on Veterans Memorial Boulevard beside the Lakeside Shopping Center on Feb. 6, 7 and 8, will feature a lineup of local music as well, including Allen Toussaint, Cowboy Mouth and the Creole String Beans.Jefferson Parish president John Young jovially kicked off the Wednesday (Jan. 21) morning press conference, when the Family Gras headliners were revealed. He pointed out that Family Gras, which takes place relatively early in the Carnival season, is not meant to compete with Mardi Gras in New Orleans. He said he sees it as a family-oriented complement.. - NOLA.COM

Phunny Phorty Phellows Herald the arrival of the 2015 Carnival Season
Carnival Officially begins with the ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows on Twelfth Night.The Phunny Phorty Phellows will board at the RTA streetcar barn, located on Willow Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Twelfth Night, Tuesday, January 6th, 2015. The Phunny ride will begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Also look for the Krewe de Jeanne D’Arc marching in the French Quarter with a medieval, French and Joan of Arc theme. - MARDIGRASPARADESCHEDULE.COM -
Phunny Phorty Phellows 2015 Pictures

Mardi Gras 2015 to enjoy more parades, larger krewes
Mardi Gras 2015 is here and the celebration shows few signs of shrinking. In fact, this 10th Mardi Gras after Hurricane Katrina looks to be another growth year, as both Orleans and Jefferson Parishes welcome a new krewe and many of the existing parades continue to grow and add members. With the two newest krewes, you will also see more signs of the growth of what could be called a women's movement in Carnival, since those two clubs – Athena in Metairie and the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale rolling Uptown - are made up entirely of female members. Both krewes are also newsworthy since they are made up of predominantly African-American female members. Add that to the huge success of the krewes of Muses, Nyx and Iris, and you see the booming popularity of all-female Carnival krewes. Also new this year, the Krewe of Alla, which moved from the West Bank to the Uptown route last year, opened its membership to include women for the first time in its 83-year history. The old-line krewes of Rex and Proteus will stage high-quality, all-original parades, as they have since the mid-19th century. Rex's theme, honoring the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans and other battles and their heroes, is "Wars That Shaped Early America." Proteus will honor its 1896 parade by revisiting a theme of "Nature of the Beasts." That parade satirized political events of the day, which leads us to the other satirical krewes: Chaos and Le Krewe d'Etat, who never disappoint. Many other krewes, as well as the smaller marching clubs, have also adopted satire as their signature, which is always welcome. As for the big day itself – February 17 - we can only pray for better weather this Mardi Gras than what we endured on Fat Tuesday 2014 - a cold, rainy and dreary day for the history books. . - WWLTV.COM

The Krewe of Alla Goes Coed
The Krewe of Alla, which was established in 1932, is proud to announce that it welcomes women to join the organization. Its board of directors has adopted Bylaws that remove the krewe’s all-male distinction, which it held for 82 years. It is anticipated that Alla will draw couples and families (children age 16 and older) who want to join in the merriment and fellowship that Carnival clubs offer.“We are very excited that women, who have ridden with us as guests for the past two years may become members with all the privileges that entails,” said John A. Beninate II, Alla’s captain. “We heard from many of our members’ spouses, daughters, and girlfriends who want to be members, not merely guests, of our organization. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be, and I’m happy to accept them into our ranks. This is a historic moment for Alla, which has a storied place in New Orleans’ Carnival history and rode on the Uptown route this year for the first time.” Alla’s next membership meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 3, at Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. Those wishing to join the krewe may pay dues online at www.kreweofalla.net/join and may follow the krewe on Facebook and Twitter. Dues are only $450 and the krewe does not require members to purchase throw packages, event tickets, or pay an initiation fee.Alla was founded in Algiers and takes its name for that locale (Al., La.). It parades on the St. Charles Avenue route on the first Sunday of Carnival and is the fifth-oldest parading organization in the New Orleans area. . - KREWEOFALLA.NET

New Mardi Gras parade rules passed by City Council; Tucks is in the clear
Krewe of Tucks riders will be able to toss their toilet paper for the foreseeable future, but other krewes and marching groups will have to make changes to comply with new parading rules approved by the City Council.Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said the new rules are aimed at making Mardi Gras safer for revelers and float riders alike.The rules:
•No generators on truck floats: All electricity will have to come from power inverters in the trucks.•Age limits on riders: No children younger than 3 can ride.•Cap the number of parade permits: The city will issue no more than 30 permits each year, though all existing parading groups will be granted a permit if they paraded the previous year. Right now there are 33 permitted groups.•Strict fire codes for floats and flambeaux.The rules requiring power inverters for truck floats don't go into effect until 2016.
District Chief Charles Jonau said the delay was meant to allow parading groups time to absorb the cost of the new equipment, which will cost them several thousand dollars to buy and install.Sonny Borey, chairman of the mayor's Mardi Gras Advisory Committee, a group that represents the parading organizations, said the new rules were backed by all of the board's members. Cantrell said that there is one remaining change to Mardi Gras rules that she would like to see in place: a prohibition against throwing heavy beads and bags of beads.She said that she and her staff are working on the particulars. If they have them ironed out by next month, or so, and are approved by the council, the new limits would be in place for Carnival next year. If not, they wouldn't go into effect until 2016, so krewes don't waste money on throws they can't use.. - NOLACOM

Metairie's Krewe of Zeus applies for St. Charles Parish parade permit
After losing its permit to parade in Jefferson Parish, the Krewe of Zeus is now seeking a parade permit in St. Charles Parish, hoping to roll on Ormond Boulveard in 2015, parish officials said. Sheriff Greg Champagne is now considering the application which was filed July 7. If the permit is approved, Zeus would roll down Ormond Boulevard on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 7. Fat Tuesday in 2015 is Feb. 17. Although St. Charles has a handful of other parades, there appear to be no other parades scheduled that night.The proposed route of the parade is from Ormond Plantation on River Road west to Ormond Boulevard. The parade will then proceed northbound on Ormond Boulevard to Greenwood Drive where it will make a u-turn on Ormond Boulevard and proceed southbound on the boulevard to River Road and then eastbound back to Ormond Plantation. The route of the parade is essentially an out and back route for almost the entire length of Ormond Boulevard, Champagne said. This year, the Jefferson Parish Department of Citizens Affairs suspended the permit for a year, saying it failed to meet minimum participation requirements. Zeus was cited for an insufficient number of marching bands and only nine floats, one fewer than the minimum. A fixture on Lundi Gras since 1957, Zeus was Metairie’s oldest Carnival krewe. - WWLTV.COM

Krewe of Bacchus' founding captain turning reins over to son
Owen “Pip” Brennan Jr., the founding captain of the Krewe of Bacchus, has turned over the reins of the city’s first super krewe to his son, who was elected captain by a vote of the krewe’s members Wednesday. Brennan’s son, Clark Brennan, has served Bacchus for decades as a member of the krewe’s board and chaired several of the krewe’s committees. He has also been a public face of the krewe throughout the year, doing media interviews and appearing at annual events welcoming each year's celebrity monarch. "I am surrounded by a dedicated board of directors who will help me continue the rich traditions of Bacchus while making headway into the future of this incredible krewe," Clark Brennan said in a statement. "Bacchus will sustain its goal of putting on a premiere Mardi Gras parade that focuses the spotlight on the City of New Orleans." Pip Brennan and the founders of Bacchus introduced the concept of a super krewe in 1968, when they founded the club, with a celebrity monarch, huge floats, throws and a post-parade party called the Rendezvous, originally held at the Rivergate. The founders' original idea was to “wake up” what they saw as a somewhat sleepy Carnival season, which had just a handful of parades at the time and no major parade on the weekend before Fat Tuesday. To honor Pip Brennan, Bacchus' board of directors has created the position of "captain emeritus" and elected him to the position. - WWLTV.COM

All-female Krewe of Athena gets approval to parade in Metairie
The Jefferson Parish Council granted approval Wednesday to the new, all-women Krewe of Athena to parade in Metairie during the 2015 Mardi Gras season, Athena spokesperson Chelsie McCormick said. And members are eager to make history. Assistant Principal Taisha Williams-Payne of L.B. Landry-O. Perry Walker High School started the krewe. Williams-Payne, president and krewe captain, said, "I've been doing Mardi Gras for years,'' but there has never been a krewe for her to join with leaders "who look more like me."She said Athena "is history-making." In her research, Williams-Payne, a Marrero resident, said there has been no other krewe led predominately by African-American women in Jefferson Parish. While membership in Athena is limited to women, it is open to all colors and creeds, she said. Athena also has a strong service component, she said. The krewe recently distributed care packages to homeless people under the Claiborne Avenue bridge, and plans are in place to give away school supplies in August to needy chlidren and offer health screenings to the community. Many women in the krewe are educators and nurses, she said. "Our goal is to do Mardi Gras and serve the community." The krewe is aiming to roll the first Friday of Carnival 2015.Visit www.kreweofathena.org. - NOLA.COM KREWEOFATHENA.ORG

Mardi Gras reality TV show producers seek New Orleans krewe riders
Mardi Gras in New Orleans will get a reality show of its own if TV producers Susie Delava and Johnny Sanchez have their way. The pair sent out a call to krewe members (and to NOLA.com) seeking riders who want to share "the most unique culture in America."Delava, an 18-year veteran of reality TV, has worked on scores of programs seen on Bravo, TLC, Animal Planet, FOX and CBS. Her partner, filmmaker Johnny Sanchez, is a New Orleans native; he has an insider's perspective on Mardi Gras, having experienced the sprawling Carnival season as a band member, float rider and bead-catching spectator.The pair has set up two opportunities for krewe members to meet with them and share stories: Sunday, June 8, noon-5 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St.; and Tuesday, June 10, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Musician's Union Hall, 2401 Esplanade Ave. A short, on-camera interview is part of the process. Coffee and other refreshments will be provided.The producers want a show "about Mardi Gras told through the voices of the people who live it ... complete with the trials and tribulations of balancing family and job with the drive to create the best Mardi Gras possible. - NOLA.COM

Napoleon construction will keep some parades from traditional route
Mardi Gras krewe captains have learned that the Napoleon Avenue route from Tchoupitoulas Street to St. Charles Avenue will not be open for parades by Carnival season because of ongoing construction. "I'm sure that parade routes will have to be adjusted," said the masked captain of the Knights of Sparta. "I have heard the possibility of using either Louisiana or Jackson avenue to come from the river and begin the parades there. Of course, that would shorten the parade route immensely." It certainly is a problem," said co-captain of the Krewe of Freret Bobby Hjortsberg. "My hope is that the city doesn't decide to cut the route shorter." The Krewe of Freret took the Napoleon route for their inaugural parade. "I hope we can come up with something that allows the route to either be extended longer or at least be the same length. Of course, there's trees and all the things involved with it. It's going to be a massive undertaking, but we have no choice but to come up with a solution," said Hjortsberg.Shortening the route wouldn't be the only option. Some parades already start from Jefferson Avenue, which the masked captain said could be another alternative."There are a number of ways to work that problem, and I'm sure we'll be working with the police in the days to come to solve that problem for each individual organization," he said.. - FOX8LIVE.COM

Number of N.O. parades due to shrink gradually to 30
Under the revised ordinance, the city will issue no more than 30 parade permits each Carnival season, four fewer than in the past. However, any organization granted a permit in the prior Carnival season will be able to hold onto its permit if it meets all requirements. Thus, the number of parades will be reduced only gradually and by attrition. As current organizations drop out, they will simply not be replaced until the number hits 30. Meanwhile, no more than two permits can be issued for night parades on the same date, but again with a grandfather clause exempting organizations that paraded on the corresponding night in the prior year. The number of floats allowed in a single parade has been increased from 27 to 45 “pull units,” defined in the ordinance as a single tractor or mule pulling a float or a tandem float. The minimum number of floats still is 14. Parade organizations also will be required to provide each float with a “unique, sequential Arabic number” corresponding with its order in the parade, ending the practice of labeling some floats with letters and others with numbers or Roman numerals. The rules also establish a minimum number of marching bands for each parade, determined by its number of floats. Parades with 14 to 27 pull units must have at least seven marching bands. Those with 28 to 36 pull units must have at least 10. The biggest parades must have at least 14. The previous rules required that parades of all sizes have no less than seven bands. The new ordinance leaves the rescheduling of rained-out parades to the mayor. There previously had been a schedule dictating when each parade would run if it had to be rescheduled because of bad weather. The ordinance also establishes the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Advisory Council, made up of representatives from each Carnival organization that paraded the previous year, as a committee that reports directly to the mayor. The body, among other things, will consider applications from prospective Carnival krewes and make recommendations to the mayor about whether a permit should be granted. - THENEWORLEANSADVOCATE.COM

Jefferson Parish recommends revoking permits for two Mardi Gras season parades
Two Mardi Gras season parades in Jefferson Parish failed to meet minimum participation requirements this year, so regulators are calling for revocation of their permits. Their report was released Friday from the Department of Citizens' Affairs.The Krewe of Zeus, which rolled on Lundi Gras in Metairie, was slapped with four citations, three of them stemming from an insufficient number of marching bands. Jefferson requires at least five, and regulators consider each missing band to be a separate violation. In addition, Zeus had only nine floats, one fewer than the minimum, according to parish records. Adonis, which paraded Feb. 22 in Terrytown, failed to roll with the minimum 200 costumed riders, according to the report, which does not say how many riders participated. After its 2013 parade, Adonis was fined $200 for having 20 unmasked riders and smoking on a float.Zeus is Metairie's oldest Carnival parade group. It canceled its 2013 parade over predictions of inclement weather.Representatives of Zeus and Adonis could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.. - NOLA.COM

Krewe of Gretna trucks seeks permission to roll on Mardi Gras 2015
The Krewe of Gretna formally requested permission to roll on Mardi Gras behind the Krewe of Grela, returning a truck parade to the city for the first time in 14 years. Truck parade Captain Michael Benedetto and organizer Jessica Welty presented their plans to the Gretna City Council last week.Benedetto who runs the Krewe of Jefferson truck parade said that krewe has a number of West Bank members who want to parade at home on Fat Tuesday. “We hope we can help them have this opportunity,’’ he said. Welty, Benedetto’s daughter, said the krewe hopes to have 15 truck floats in its debut. Elected officials welcomed the new krewe, with Mayor Belinda Constant saying residents have been wanting a truck parade for years. - NOLA.COM

Errol Laborde and Arthur Hardy offer a review of Mardi Gras 2014

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2014 MARDI GRAS PARADE PICTURES
Mardi Gras Day, (French Quarter & Frenchman) , March 4, 2014

Rex, King of Carnival
3/4/2014

Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club
3/4/2014

Krewe of Orpheus
3/3/2014

Krewe of Proteus
3/3/2014

Krewe of Bacchus
3/2/2014

Box of Wine
3/2/2014

Krewe of Thoth
3/2/2014

Krewe of Mid City
3/2/2014

Krewe of Okeanos
3/2/2014

Krewe of Endymion
3/1/2014

Krewe of Tucks
3/1/2014

Krewe of Iris
3/1/2014

Krewe of Morpheus
2/28/2014

Le Krewe d'État
2/28/2014

Krewe of Hermes
2/28/2014

Krewe of Muses
2/27/2014

Knights of Chaos
2/27/2014

Knights of Babylon
2/27/2014

Mystic Krewe of Nyx
2/26/2014

Mystic Krewe of Druids
2/26/2014

Mystic Krewe of Barkus
2/23/2014

by Harriet Cross

Krewe of Alla
2/23/2014

Krewe of King Arthur
2/23/2014

Krewe of Carrollton
2/23/2014

Intergalactic Krewe of
Chewbacchus 2/22/2014

Krewe of Pygmalion
2/22/2014

Knights of Sparta
2/22/2014

Krewe of Freret
2/22/2014

Krewe of Choctaw
2/22/2014

Krewe of Pontchartrain
2/22/2014

Krewe of Cleopatra
2/21/2014

Krewe of Oshun
2/21/2014

krewedelusion
2/15/2014

Krewe du Vieux
2/15/2014

Phunny Phorty Phellows
Streetcar Ride 1/6/2014

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2013 MARDI GRAS PARADE PICTURES

Rex, King of Carnival 2/12/2013
Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club 2/12/2013
Krewe of Orpheus 2/11/2013
Krewe of Proteus 2/11/2013
Krewe of Bacchus 2/10/2013 by Harriet Cross
Krewe of Thoth 2/10/2013 by Harriet Cross
Krewe of MidCity 2/10/2013
Krewe of Okeanos 2/10/2013 by Harriet Cross
Krewe of Isis 2/9/2013 by Harriet Cross
Krewe of Endymion 2/9/2013
Krewe of Tucks 2/9/2013
Krewe of Iris 2/9/2013
Krewe of Centurions 2/8/2013 by Harriet Cross
Krewe of Morpheus 2/8/2013
Le Krewe d'État 2/8/2013
Krewe of Hermes 2/8/2013
Krewe of Muses 2/7/2013
Knights of Chaos 2/7/2013
Knights of Babylon 2/7/2013
Mystic Krewe of Druids 2/6/2013
Mystic Krewe of Nyx 2/6/2013
Krewe of Caesar 2/2/2013 by Harriet Cross
Krewe of Caesar 2/2/2013
Knights of Excalibur 2/1/2013
Krewe of Atlas 2/1/2013
Mystic Krewe of Barkus 1/27/2013
Mystic Krewe of Barkus 1/27/2013 by Harriet Cross
Krewe of Thor 1/27/2013 by Harriet Cross
Krewe of King Arthur 1/27/2013
Krewe of Carrollton 1/27/2013
Krewe of Pygmalion 1/26/2013
Knights of Sparta 1/26/2013
Krewe of Pontchartrain 1/26/2013
Krewe of Choctaw 1/26/2013
Krewe of Cleopatra 1/25/2013
Krewe of Oshun 1/25/2013
Krewe of Little Rascals 1/20/2013 by Harriet Cross

Krewe du Vieux 1/19/2013
krewedelusion 1/19/2013

Phunny Phorty Phellows Streetcar Ride 1/6/2013

2012 MARDI GRAS PARADE PICTURES

Mardi Gras Day, (var locations), 2/21/2012
Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club 2/21/2012
Rex, King of Carnival 2/21/2012
Krewe of Orpheus 2/20/2012
Krewe of Proteus 2/20/2012
Krewe of Tucks 2/20/2012
Krewe of Bacchus 2/19/2012
Krewe of Thoth 2/19/2012
Krewe of Mid-City 2/19/2012
Krewe of Okeanos 2/19/2012
Krewe of Iris 2/19/2012
Krewe of NOMTOC 2/19/2012
Krewe of Endymion 2/18/2012
Krewe of Morpheus 2/17/2012
Le Krewe d'Etat 2/17/2012
Mystic Krewe of Hermes 2/17/2012
Krewe of Muses 2/16/2012
Knights of Chaos 2/16/2012
Knights of Babylon 2/16/2012
Mystic Krewe of Druids 2/15/2012
Mystic Krewe of Nyx 2/15/2012
Krewe of Barkus 2/12/2012
Krewe of King Arthur 2/12/2012
Krewe of Carrollton 2/12/2012
Krewe of Pygmalion 2/11/2012
Knights of Sparta 2/11/2012
Krewe of Pontchartrain 2/11/2012
Mystic Knights of Adonis 2/11/2012
Krewe of Choctaw 2/11/2012
Krewe of Caesar 2/11/2012
Krewe of Oshun 2/10/2012
Knights of Excalibur 2/10/2012
Krewe of Atlas 2/10/2012
Krewe of Little Rascals 2/4/2012
Krewe du Vieux 2/4/2012
krewedelusion 2/4/2012

Krewe of Claude 1/29/2012
Phunny Phorty Phellows Streetcar Ride 1/6/2012

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