Mardi Gras season is in full swing, and there are plenty of parades to go to if you're staying at Hotel Provincial this weekend. Remember, if you stay with us, you're within walking distance to the parades around Marigny and the French Quarter area, and if you'd like to go to the Uptown parades you can catch a bus or take a cab!
Krewe of Oshun – Oshun will be kicking off the parade season in Uptown at 6 p.m. The parade route begins at the intersection of Napoleon Avenue and Perrier Street. If you’re looking for a great family-friendly parade, then this is it.
Krewe of Cleopatra – This all female krewe will directly follow Krewe of Oshun. Pro-tip: This krewe is known to be fairly heavy handed with beads, so bring a bag to carry all the loot you’ll probably walk away with.
Krewe of Pontchartrain –Pontchartrain starts off a busy day of parades in Uptown – 5 in all.
Krewe of Choctaw – After Pontchartain is the Krewe of Chocktaw. This is one of the oldest krewes, and it’s known for its tradition of family fun.
Krewe of Freret –After a long hiatus, Krewe of Freret is back and only throwing locally made throws, like handmade Mardi Gras masks. Their 2014 theme is, “There’s A First Time for Everything.”
Krewe of Sparta – This krewe will roll down St. Charles Avenue at 6 p.m. to start off the evening parades.
Krewe of Pygmalion – Last, but definitely not least, is the co-ed Krewe of Pygmalion at 6:45 p.m.
Krewe of Carrollton – Krewe of Carrollton starts “Family Sunday” at noon. They expanded their route and this year to start at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Magazine Street.
Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin – This is one of the largest krewes to parade, boasting more than 600 riders!
Krewe of Alla – The Krewe of Alla received such an enthusiast welcome on the Uptown Route last year that they decided to come back for more. This is only its second year parading on the East Bank, and we’re looking forward to it.
Seeing the traditional krewes parade through New Orleans is fun, but there is a whole other world of “alternative” krewes waiting to be explored. These krewes are a little bit quirky, but a whole lot of fun.
Krewe of Cork – If you love wine, then you’ll love the Krewe of Cork. This krewe marches through the French Quarter Friday at 3 p.m.
‘tit Rex – The tiniest of all parades marches Saturday at 5 p.m. through the Marigny. This parade is made up of shoebox size floats that have to be seen to be believed.
Krewe of Chewbacchus –Stark Trek and Star Wars fans can put differences aside with this krewe. All Sci-Fi fanatics will love and relate to this krewe that parades at 8 p.m. on Saturday through Marigny.
Krewe of Barkus – Man’s best friend has whole parade all to itself. Watch dog lovers parade their furry friends through the Quarter Sunday at 2 p.m. Canines can register to be in the parade in advance or in person the day of the parade.
There are plenty of parades rolling through New Orleans’s suburbs this weekend as well, although you would have to take a cab or drive to get there. If you’re okay with that though, you can catch krewes parading in Mandeville, Metairie, Slidell, Covington and Chalmette. There are so many of these parades that we can’t list them individually here, but you can find the full itinerary here.
If you’re bringing your family to New Orleans this weekend, Family Gras is happening in Metarie. It’s a great family Mardi Gras environment, complete with an art market, local rockers like Amanda Shaw, and headliners like Cowboy Mouth.
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