Mardi Gras parades this weekend (Feb. 28 - March 2)
Friday marks one of the biggest weekends for parades in New Orleans during the 2014 Mardi Gras season. No matter where you go in the city, chances are you’ll be able to catch a parade, and “super krewes” like Endymion and Bacchus will be out on Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s who’s parading when and where Friday through Sunday. For a full schedule of parades through Fat Tuesday, as well as a map of their parade routes, see our detailed parade schedule.
Friday, Feb. 28
Krewe of Selene, 6:30 p.m.
Krewe of Centurions, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 1
Krewe of NOMTOC, 10:45 a.m.
Krewe of Endymion, 4:15 p.m. – This krewe is known for their super floats and celebrities.
Krewe of Isis, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 2
Krewe of Okeanos, 11 a.m.
Krewe of Mid-City, 11:45 a.m.
Krewe of Thoth, Noon
Krewe of Bacchus, 5:15 p.m. – Bacchus is known for their especially festive atmosphere. Throws are often grape and wine themed.
Krewe of Napoleon, 5:30 p.m.
There are a couple of other events happening besides the parades that are defiintely worth mentioning:
Ernst Cafe is hosting the annual Bacchus Bash at Generations Hall on Sunday. This giant outdoor party is free and open to the public, unless you want to buy a VIP pass for $100. New Orleans's bands Flow Tribe, The Top Cats and Category 6 will all be playing live. VIP passes include free food, private bathrooms, DJ's, and access to grandstand parade viewing.
And don't forget about the Greasing of the Poles! The spunky members of the burlesque troupe Fleur de Tease will meet Friday at 10 a.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for the petroleum jelly honored tradition. There will be a "best greaser" competition, where the girls will grease the poles so that over-zealous Mardi Gras goers don't climb them.
We’ll be out at the parades and around town all weekend, so we’ll be sending out photos, videos, and updates on any parade route changes or news from Facebook, Twitter (@ExpNewOrleans) and Instagram (@ExperienceNewOrleans). Be sure to follow us to keep up with what’s happening!