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Krewe of Proteus Parade Route

in Uptown New Orleans
  • The Krewe of Proteus parade will start at the intersection of Napoleon Avenue and Magazine Street in New Orleans.
  • The parade will head along Napoleon Avenue north until St. Charles Street, where the parade will turn east.
  • The Krewe of Proteus will follow St. Charles all the way to Lee Circle, around the circle and back on St. Charles northward to Canal Street.
  • At Canal, the parade turns right until the intersection of Chartres Street, where the parade will end.

Krewe of ProteusFounded in 1882, the Krewe of Proteus is the second-oldest krewe in Carnival history. Their floats even still use the original chassis from the 1880's.

The Krewe of Proteus parade is based on Greek mythology. Proteus was the son of Poseidon, herded Poseidon’s seals, the great bull seal at the center of the harem. He can tell the future, change his shape and will only answer to someone who can capture him.

Proteus withdrew from the parade schedule in 1992 but rejoined in 2000. Proteus was once known as the most miserly of the krewes in the area of throws. However, their trinkets now include 60-inch red-and-white pearl bead necklaces, plastic tridents and polystone medallions.

Like many of the traditional krewes, the King of Proteus is never revealed to public. His float is a giant seashell.

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