Prepping for Mardi Gras Madness 2014: Official Parade Schedule

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NEW ORLEANS, February 6th, 2014— New Orleans cuisine, involving spices, seafood, and obscene amounts of carbohydrates, is world-renowned. The ornate French Quarter architecture, the love child of both Spaniard and French influence from former settlements, catches the eyes of even the least engineer-minded. One tradition, however, perseveres above the rest as the reason behind international attraction to the city: Mardi Gras.

A restless hankering for plastic beaded necklaces and sequined costumes spreads contagiously every year around February in the state of Louisiana. While the rest of the nation is building individual arsenals of boxed chocolates and lacy Valentine’s Day crafts, the Big Easy is perfecting the final details of monstrous parade floats, waiting eagerly in warehouses for their turn to roll down the paved parish streets. Almost all primary and secondary schools in the area permit their students a week to celebrate with friends and family. Even the colleges throughout the state grant their scholars a few days to enjoy the festivities.

This year, Fat Tuesday falls on March 4th, but the festivities first commence on Saturday, February 15th. Parade routes range from taking place in the city of Slidell, located forty minutes outside of the Big Easy, to Uptown and West Bank, which exist as different divisions of New Orleans. The scheduled parades, announced at www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule.html, will run as follows:

Saturday, February 15th


The Krewe of Bilge in Slidell (forty minutes from New Orleans) at 12:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Mona Lisa and Moon Pie in Slidell (forty minutes from New Orleans) at 6:00 P. M.

The Krewe du Vieux in the French Quarter (located in New Orleans) at 6:30 P. M.

The Krewe Delusion in the French Quarter (located in New Orleans) following the Krewe du Vieux

Sunday, February 16th

The Krewe of Little Rascals in Metairie (twelve minutes from New Orleans) at 12:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Perseus in Slidell (forty minutes from New Orleans) at 1:00 P. M.

Friday, February 21st

The Krewe of Cork in the French Quarter (located in New Orleans) at 3:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Oshun in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 6:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Cleopatra in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 6:30 P. M.

The Krewe of Excalibur in Metairie (twelve minutes from New Orleans) at 7:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Eve in Mandeville (fifty minutes from New Orleans) at 7:00 P. M.

Saturday, February 22nd

The Mystic Knights of Adonis on the West Bank (located in New Orleans) at 11:45 A. M.

The Knights of Nemesis in Chalmette (twenty minutes from New Orleans) at 1:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Pontchatrain in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 1:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Choctaw in Uptown (located in New Orleans) after the Krewe of Ponchatrain

The Krewe of Freret in Uptown (located in New Orleans) after the Krewe of Choctaw

The Knights of Sparta in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 6:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Caesar in Metairie (twelve minutes from New Orleans) at 6:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Olympia in Covington (fifty five minutes from New Orleans) at 6:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Titans in Slidell (forty minutes from New Orleans) at 6:30 P. M.

The Krewe of Pygmalion in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 6:45 P. M.

The Krewe of Chewbacchus in Marigny (located in New Orleans) at 8:00 P. M.

Sunday, February 23rd

The Krewe of Carrollton in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 12:00 P. M.

The Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin in Uptown (located in New Orleans) after the Krewe of Carrollton

The Krewe of Alla in Uptown (located in New Orleans) after the Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin

The Krewe of Dionysus in Slidell (forty minutes from New Orleans) at 1:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Tchefuncte in Madisonville (an hour from New Orleans) at 2:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Barkus in the French Quarter (located in New Orleans) at 2:00 P. M.

Wednesday, February 26th

The Krewe of Ancient Druids in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 6:30 P. M.

The Krewe of Nyx in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 7:00 P. M.

Thursday, February 27th

The Knights of Babylon in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 5:45 P. M.

The Krewe of Muses in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 6:30 P. M.

The Knights of Chaos in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 6:30 P. M.

Friday, February 28th

The Krewe of Hermes in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 6:00 P. M.

The Krewe d’Etat in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 6:30 P. M.

The Krewe of Selene in Slidell (forty minutes from New Orleans) at 6:30 P. M.

The Krewe of Centurions in Metairie (twelve minutes from New Orleans) at 7:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Morpheus in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 7:00 P. M.

Saturday, March 1st

The Krewe of NOMTOC on the Westbank (located in New Orleans) at 10:45 A. M.

The Krewe of Iris in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 11:00 A. M.

The Krewe of Tucks in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 12:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Endymion in Mid-City (located in New Orleans) at 4:15 P. M.

The Krewe of Isis in Metairie (twelve minutes from New Orleans) at 6:30 P. M.

Sunday, March 2nd

The Krewe of Okeanos in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 11:00 A. M.

The Krewe of Mid-City in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 11:45 A. M.

The Krewe of Thoth in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 12:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Bacchus in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 5:15 P. M.

The Krewe of Napoleon in Metairie (twelve minutes from New Orleans) at 5:30 P. M.

Monday, March 3rd

The Krewe of Proteus in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 5:15 P. M.

The Krewe of Orpheus in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 6:00 P. M.

The Krewe of Hera in Metairie (twelve minutes from New Orleans) at 6:15 P. M.

The Krewe of Zeus in Metairie (twelve minutes from New Orleans) at 7:00 P. M.

Tuesday, March 4th

The Krewe of Zulu in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 8:00 A. M.

The Krewe of Rex in Uptown (located in New Orleans) at 10:00 A. M.

The Krewe of Elks Orleans in Uptown (located in New Orleans) after the Krewe of Rex

The Krewe of Crescent City in Uptown (located in New Orleans) after the Krewe of Elks Orleans

The Krewe of Grela on the Westbank (located in New Orleans) at 10:00 A. M.

The Krewe of Argus in Metairie (twelve minutes from New Orleans) at 10:00 A. M.

The Krewe of Elks Jefferson in Metairie (twelve minutes from New Orleans) after the Krewe of Argus

The Krewe of Jefferson in Metairie (twelve minutes from New Orleans) after the Krewe of Argus

The Krewe of Lyra in Covington (fifty-five minutes from New Orleans) at 7:00 P. M.

Among the dozens of parades, the processions of Endymion, Bacchus, and Orpheus are known as the “super krewes” for their exceptional demonstrations. Often, celebrities are asked to be the grand marshals and lead the routes. The oldest celebration, however, is the Krewe of Rex, who introduced the brilliant Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold. Additionally, the Krewe of Zulu is known for its custom of tossing coconuts into the crowd.

Every festivity upholds its own annual traditions and history. Fortunately for partiers and parade enthusiasts, the list of krewes expands every year with fresh faced processions, eager to create new legacies.  The 2014 season surely won’t disappoint the masses, with the event goers typically ranging into the hundreds of thousands, and a joyous Fat Tuesday can be expected for all.

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