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Krewe du Vieux Parade Route

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in the French Quarter
  • The Krewe du Vieux Parade Route begins on the corner of Marigny Street and Chartres Street in New Orleans.
  • The parade will progress east on Chartres until it turns left at Franklin Avenue.
  • The parade will go one block down Franklin Avenue, then take a left on Royal Street.
  • At Touro Street, the parade will turn left, continuing on Royal Street through the French Quarter.
  • The Krewe du Vieux will take another left at Conti Street.
  • The parade turns left at on to Decatur Street.
  • The parade will continue along Decatur until reaching Frenchmen Street and taking a left.
  • The parade will travel two blocks on Frenchmen, before taking a right on to Royal Street.
  • The parade will take another right on Marigny Street.
  • The parade ends at Maringy Street and Chartres Street.

Born of the remains of the Krewe of Clones, which began parading in 1978, Krewe du Vieux marched for the first time in 1987. When the Krewe of Clones decided to become more respectable, Craig "Spoons" Johnson and Don Marshall decided to keep the parade's original raucous, art-inspired spirit alive in the Krewe du Vieux Carre (“Vieux Carre," which means "Old Square," refers to the French Quarter). 

At first, the ragtag krewe had 16 subkrewes, and a collection of mule-drawn or hand-pulled handmade floats. But by 2001, KdV had its first title float, and its membership was growing. The numerous subkrewes meet in the "Den of Muses," a warehouse space, to bring together their costumes and floats. In 2006, KdV was the first parade to march post-Katrina, and garnered national attention for its tenacity and lightheartedness in the face of tragedy. That year's theme was "C'est Levee."

Krewe du Vieux is noted for wild satire, adult themes, and political comedy, as well as for showcasing some of the best brass and jazz bands in New Orleans.