While the majority of Mardi Gras parades are too large to squeeze through the narrow, cobblestoned streets of the Vieux Carré, a handful of creative krewes still sashay through the old city, to the delight of locals and visitors alike. The Krewe of Joan of Arc and Société Des Champs Elysée have already rolled into the history books this year, but six parades remain. Check them out below and then book your room in the heart of the action at one of the unique boutique properties that make up French Quarter Collection of Hotels. No two Mardi Gras parades are alike and either are our hotels. Book now while space is still available.
This year, the irreverant revelers who make up Krewe du Vieux are paying their disrespects to NOLA's Tricentennial with the theme, "Bienville's Wet Dream" (New Orleans was built on a swamp, after all). Sub-krewe themes include "300 Years of Ineptitude," "Sewerage and Waterboarding" and "The Besh is Yet to Come." Tip: This is not a G-rated parade.
Rolling on the heels of Krewe du Vieux is another satirical parade, krewedelusion. Their motto: "The People Shall Rule – Until a Suitable Replacement Can Be Found." In December, the krewe celebrated the beginning of the season with their TrySinTennial Bedlam Ball. We'd tell you the theme of this year's parade but it's a secret until parade day.
Pop on over to Krewe of Cork, a walking parade that celebrates wine, food and fun. Marchers, dressed like wine, sip their way through the Quarter with custom-made goblets while brass bands blare.
New Orleans isn't just dog-friendly – we treat our four-legged friends like royalty! At Barkus, show dogs and mutts alike wiggle and waggle through the Vieux Carré in clever costumes. This year's theme is "Game of Bones: Barkus Marks Its Territory." All proceeds from the event are donated to animal welfare groups.
The members of Bosom Buddies & Breast Friends sashay through the Quarter in colorful tutus, bras, and hats, along with the men who "support them" – the "Breast Friends." The theme for the city’s Tricentennial year is “Crescent Titty.” Costumes to watch for include Water Meter, Storyville, Riverboats and World War II Museum. So what do they throw? You got it. Hand-decorated brassieres.
Unless your traveling with children, the French Quarter is the place to be for Mardi Gras. People costume more when they go to the French Quarter and the wrought-iron balconies are filled with generous revelers baring beads. The big parades on Mardi Gras Day roll down Canal Street, just a short walk from the French Quarter Collecton of Hotels. Our hotels fill up every year so book your place in the fun now.
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