Mardi Gras may be an ancient celebration but there's always some new to discover. As the krewes announce their 2019 themes, throws and celebrity monarchs and riders, we'll post that information here. Check back frequently for the newest information.
Krewe of Zulu
Few throws are more prized than a coconut from the Krewe of Zulu. This year's theme is "Zulu Celebrates Fantasy and Adventure." The Zulu King for 2019 is George V. Rainey. Zulu’s characters for 2019 will be LeBaron Fisher as Zulu Big Shot, Troy Daliet as Zulu Witch Doctor, Gregory Lucien as Zulu Ambassador, Darren G. Mire as Zulu Mayor, Everette Briscoe as Zulu Province Prince, Barrin W. David as Zulu Governor and James A. Mitchel as Zulu Mr. Big Stuff. In other news, singer/songwriter Jeffrey Osborne will be performing at the Zulu Coronation Ball on March 1 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Along with his many solo hits, Osborne is the former drummer and lead singer of L.T.D. Zulu rolls Fat Tuesday, March 5 at 8 a.m. on the Uptown Route, right before Rex.
The theme of the 138th Rex parade is "Visions of the Sun." Parade goers will be looking to catch float-specific beads and other throws, including Rex gold doubloons. Rex rolls on Mardi Gras Day at 10 a.m. on the Uptown parade route. It is followed by two truck parades, the Elks Orleanians and the Crescent City Truck Parade.
Krewe of Argus
For the 47th time, the Krewe of Argus will take the streets of Metairie. This year's theme, "Argus Goes Wild," will include 400 riders on twenty floats. Signature throws include a ten-inch plush peacock named "Gus" and Argus sunglasses. The Grand Marshall this eyar will be Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. The Argus procession will take place on Fat Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Metairie. It is followed by the Elks Jeffersonianas and the Krewe of Jefferson truck parades.
It's a big year for the Krewe of Covington Lions Club. Their parade theme is "60 years of Carnival." Former Saints player Michael Lewis, "The Beer Man," will serve as Grand Marshall. The parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Covington.
The Mystic Krewe of Covington
The Mystic Krewe of Covington parade follows right after the Covington Lions and leads right to a big party at Covington Trailhead with live music, a kids craft area, food and refreshments.
The 20-float Proteus parade's theme for 2019 is "Travel and Treasures of the Silk Road." Look to catch LED flambeaux and LED plush trident throws, as well as silver and red "sovereigns" (doubloons). Proteus will take to the Uptown Route on Monday, March 4, at 5:15 p.m. Photo: Vernon Stancil
Krewe of Orpheus
The theme of Orpheus 2019 on Lundi Gras (March 4) is Orpheus Imaginarium. The parade starts at 6 p.m. on the Uptown route and will feature 38 floats with titles like "The House of Brightness," "The Castle of Life," and "The Chime of the Butterflies." Look for gold Music Legend doubloons honoring Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers who passed away last April. Other collectible throws include LED Orpheus buttercup flower beads and glittery Orpheus masks. The post-parade Orpheuscapade will feature entertainment by Harry Connick, Jr., Trace Adkins, Mario Lopez and the Impractical Jokers, along with the Victory Belles, the 610 Stompers, the Party Crashers and The Mixed Nuts. The event will take place at the Morial Convention Center from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. To purchase tickets, call 504-822-7211.
"Athena Is All That Matters" rolls in Metairie with 20 floats and 400 female riders. Signature throws will include 5th anniversary medallions, Athena dolls, LED medallions and headbands, plush owls, umbrellas, backpacks and custom-desigend fedoras. Athena starts Monday, March 4 at 5:30 pm.
Come beg for a hand-decorated lighted box at Pandora, an offshoot of Nyx. You can also catch lighted necklaces, hats, lunch totes and doubloons shaped like boxes and keys. Pandora follows Athena Monday, March 4.
Head to the West Bank for NOMTOC's 49th annual parade entitled "NOMTOC's Showcase Showdown." Mayor Cantrell will join the 620 members in their 27-float procession. Thows will include plush Jugmen and special medallion beads. They roll Saturday, March 2 at 10:45 a.m.
Krewe of Iris
The Krewe of Iris, the oldest all-female krewe, is 3,450-members strong. In fact, this krewe will have the largest ridership for Carnival 2019 of any other krewe (learn more). Their theme for 2019 is "Iris Through a Child's Eyes." The parade will feature 34 floats – all tandem and some triple tandem. Iris will parade March 2 starting at 11 a.m. on the Uptown Route.
The theme of this comedic krewe's 51st parade is "Tucks Get Sick." Come see floats with titles like "Acid Reflux" and "Shingles and Ready to Mingle," and catch colored toilet paper, squirting toilets, toilet brushes and plungers. Tucks rolls at March 2 at noon on the Uptown route.
Krewe of Endymion
The theme of the 2019 Endymion parade will be "Wonder Tales of Science Fiction.'' The $8 million Endymion parade will roll with 3,200 riders on 36 floats along. Floats will be bring to life classic stories such as "Gulliver's Travels," "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, "War of the Worlds," and more. Entertainment for the Endymion Extravaganza will include Lionel Richie, Flo Rida and Chicago. Prepare to party ALL NIGHT LONG. Endymion rolls Saturday, March 2 at 4:15 p.m. on the Mid-City parade route.
Krewe of Isis
The oldest female Mardi Gras organization in Metairie will celebrate their 47th parade with the theme "Under the Sea." The Isis parade will feature theme-inspired floats based on The Lost City of Atlantis, Divers, mermaids, crabs and more. Throws will include decorated flip flops, seashell doubloons, light up KOI bracelets, logo bag and cups and plenty of light up and blinky throws. Isis hits the parade route Saturday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Metairie.
This Uptown parade is entitled "Okeanos Celebrates 70." The most popular throw will be their signture 13-inch crawfish trays, but you can also catch 70th logo bracelets, beads, sand pails and riding crops. Okeanos rolls March 3 at 11 a.m.
Krewe of Mid-City
"Mid-City Thinks Outside the Box" is this 200-member, all-male krewe's 2019 theme. Come catch vinyl stress man dolls, plush gift boxes, t-shirts, sunshades and more. Mid-City kicks off March 3 at 11:45 a.m. Uptown.
Krewe of Thoth
"Thoth Salutes the Greats" is the theme of the 2019 Thoth parade, featuring float titles like "The Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz," "The Greatest Show on Earth," "The Great Gatsby," and "Great Britain." The Special Float for 2019 will be titled, "Thoth Salutes the 75th Anniversary of D-Day." This year, Doug Rushing and Madison Konnecker will reign as king and queen, and Grand Marshall Amanda Shaw will be performing during the parade. Throws will include their signature fedora hats, rubber chickens, doubloons, cups, koozies, capes, scarfs, wallets and more. Expect a "great time" on Sunday, March 3 at 12 p.m. on the Uptown route.
Krewe of Bacchus
The Krewe of Bacchus' 2019 parade theme will be "Starring Louisiana.'' The superkrewe's theme floats will be based on movies and television shows filmed in Louisiana, the Hollywood of the South. Signature throws will include a lighted clapperboard, lighted Bacchus Oscars, The Kong (a 64-ounce King Kong-size cup), a Baccchawhoppa whale hat featuring a fiber optic water spout, Bacchatality kitchen utensils including a supersized lighted spoon, and a number of throw-back toys including a puzzle cube and a view finder. Bacchus rolls Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 5:15 p.m. on the Uptown route.
Hermes' 2019 theme is "Court Music of Louis XIV." Highlights of the parade are the 610 Stompers, the St. Augustine Marching 100 and the Warren Easton High School Band. Signature throws include plush storybooks, LED Hail Hermes bracelets, doubloons in six different colors, and lots of lighted throws. Hermes rolls Friday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. Uptown.
Krewe d'Etat is led by the famous Skeleton Walking Krewe and is followed by 24-satirical floats. Come catch 3D cups, Mardi Gras Ladder pillows, lighted flambeaux beads, wearable Dictator hats, blinking gargoyle beads. as well as wooden nickles and the 16th edition of the d'Etat Gazette. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be there as well as the Nawlin' Nyphs and the Dictator's Dancin' Dawlins. d'Etat rolls right after Hermes at 6:30 p.m. Uptown.
Hermes' 2019 theme is "Court Music of Louis XIV." Hightlights of the parade are the 610 Stompers, the St. Augustine Marching 100 and the Warren Easton High School Band. Signature throws include plush storybooks, Led Hail Hermes bracelets, doubloons in six different colors and lots of lighted throws. Hermes rolls Friday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. Uptown.
This all-female Slidell parade's theme is "These Are A Few of Our Favorite Things." Like Nyx, Selene throws hand-decorated purses, as well as lighted wands and fleur de lis beads. They roll Friday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. on the Northshore.
Orginal Krewe of Orpheus
Mandeville is home to this lovely parade who is celebrating with the theme "Orpheus Lights Up the Night." If you're lucky, you'll catch a gold anodized King's doubloon or the signature Pineloon. Orpheus rolls Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m.
Krewe of Centurions
The 350+ Krewe of Centurions will be celebrating four decades of fun in 2019 with the theme "Festive at 40!" Signature throws will include Centurion Swords, light up bouncy balls, light up headbands and Comicus (the Centurion stress doll). Jefferson Parish's largest co-ed krewe will parade on Friday, March 1, in Metairie.
Chaos is another krewe that keeps their theme a secret. This year, they will be throwing float-specific cars and cups, silver doubloons, lighted footballs and light-up swords. They follow Babylon on Thursday, February 28.
Everybody in town is looking for "Muses Hersday," February 28. While Muses' theme is not revealed until the parade, you can expect to catch their famous hand-decorated Muses shoes as well as giant color-changing disco balls, cool hair ties, miracle glow beads, rubber ducks, shoe bracelets, zippered pouches and more. They roll right after Chaos.
Mystic Krewe of Druids
While the 250 men of Druids keep their theme a secret until parade time, this year's throws will include lighup wizard hats, beads and flags, and new plush golden acorns. Look for a gold acorn-shaped doubloon as well. The parade rolls Wednesday, February 27 at 6:15 p.m. Uptown.
Krewe of Nyx
This huge all-female Krewe of Nyx won't give up the name of this year's theme until they roll but we can guarantee it will be a great surprise. Thows will include those famous hand-decorated Nyx purses, yo-yos, pool noodles, socks and purse-shaped doubloons. The parade rolls Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. Uptown. Photo by Jennifer Pellegrin.
Knights of Babylon
This is the 80th anniversary of the Knights of Babylon parade. Their old-time float procession will include King Sargon on a mule-drawn float surrounded by flambeaux. The theme is always kept secret until parade time but expect to catch Jester koozies, LED flambeaux, and the new Babylon Jester Doll. The parade rolls Thursday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. Uptown.
Krewe of Chewbacchus
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus will roll two weeks earlier than its usual slot. Look for it Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. in the Marigny. Photo by Jill Norman.
This Slidell krewe Poseidon is rolling with the theme "We Will Rock You." Here's your chance to see the 610 Stompers, the Amelia Earhawts, Mardi Gras Indians, the Honey Island Clydesdales and more. They will be tossing, more than 30 different krewe throws, including plush concert tickets, plush guitars and doubloons in four colors. Poseidon rolls on Saturday, February 16, at 6 p.m. in Slidell.
Queen Glenda Drennan and Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal will reign at the Krewe of Slidellians parade, presented by the Slidell Women's Civic Club. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 17th in Slidell.
"Perseus Goes to the Circus" is the theme of the 2019 Perseus parade in Slidell. Throws will include Circus tent cups, Perseus plastic helmets and hand-decorated plastic crabs. Slidell's oldest carnival organization rolls Sunday, February 17, at 1:15 in Slidell.
Krewe of 'tit Rex
The parade time for the Krewe of 'tit Rex has been changed to Sunday, February 17th at 4:30 p.m. The location and route in the Marigny will stay the same.
The theme of the 36th annual Little Rascals parade is "Little Rascals Loves the Arts." Float subjects include Technology, The Art of Sculpture, and the Art of Song. Throws include theme cups, court cups, silvone bracelts and wooden nickels. The Little Rascals roll Sunday, February 17, at noon in Metairie.
Krewe of Cleopatra
The Krewe of Cleopatra’s 2019 parade them will "Cleopatra's Animated Adventures.'' Their 46th annual parade will feature floats, throws, and costumes inspired by pop-culture’s most influential animated movies, cartoon characters, comic book heroes, and video games. The theme will features an animated Queen Cleopatra, re-imagined as a modern day comic book superhero “Super Cleo.” Cleopatra rolls Friday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. on the Uptown parade route. Photo by Christina Peters.
The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale
This year's theme for the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale is "Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale Presents Story Time." Come catch their signature throw, a mirrored compact, along with the 2019 theme bead, Femme dolls, stuffed lips and lipsticks. The krewe parades Sunday, February 24 at 11 a.m. along the Uptown route.
Krewe of Alla
Throughout the 2019 Mardi Gras season, the Krewe of Alla will be selling special commemorative doubloons with proceeds going to Covenant House, an organization that helps approximately 800 runaway or homeless youth and children in New Orleans every year. Purchase a doubloon here. Alla's theme for 2019 is "Are We There Yet?", featuring floats portraying different destination themes. They will be throwing hand-decorated genie lamps again this year, along with several other new items. Alla will parade February 24 at 2 p.m. on the New Orleans Uptown route.
Krewe of Choctaw
The Krewe of Choctaw has announced that its theme for its 84th Anniversary parade in 2019 will be "A Celebration of Life." The 2019 Chief is Mr. Ricky DeCasto and his Princess is Mrs. Stephanie Croft. Each of the 19 floats will portray past royality, members and vital people throughout the krewe's 84 years. Choctaw will it the parade route on Saturday, February 23 at 3 p.m. in Uptown New Orleans.
Krewe of King Arthur
In honor of the Academy Award ceremony which takes place on the same night, the theme of the 2019 King Arthur parade is "And The ARTHUR Goes To." The 50+ float parade (the first weekend parade of the season and the 7th largest procession in the city) will feature the krewe's first ever three-tandem float. King Arthur 42nd is David L. Parker and Queen Guinvere 42nd is Toni Brice Broadhead. Throws will include rare custom, hand-decorated grails, King and Queen medallion beads, and the King Arthur Toy Army. Arthur rolls Sunday, February 24 at 1 p.m. on the New Orleans Uptown route. Photo from @KreweofKingArthur. Grail Artist:: Bart Gibson
Krewe of Carrollton
The 2019 theme for the Krewe of Carrollton is "Treasures of the Seas." A private ball will take place at the Hilton Riverside Grand Ballroom during the Carnival Season with music by the Garden District Orchestra and David Hanen. King Carrollton XCV is Joe Fazzio and his queen is Jenna LaBruzza. The parade will feature 26 floats with titles such as Mermaid, Orca, Dolphins, Atlantis and Hidden Treasure Chest. They will also have a float honoring the Brothers of the Sacred Heart who are celebrating their 150th year in New Orleans. Special throws will include Carrollton decorated shrimp boots, blue fedoras, sand pails, multiple medallion beads and special doubloons. Carrollton rolls Sunday, February 24 at 12 p.m. on the New Orleans Uptown route.
Krewe of Excaliber
The 2019 theme for Krewe of Excaliber is “A Knight of Wonders.” Mades will feature wonders such as The Universe, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Empire State Building and The Colosseum. Signature throws will stuffed swords, theme t-shirts and, of course, their hand decorated wooden shields. This year, the krewe we will have some fun new doubloons as well, and they are releasing a brand new stuffed dragon. Excaliber rolls February 22 at 7:30 p.m. along the new Metairie route which will go in the opposite direction from previous years and will end by passing through Clearview Shopping Center during Family Gras. This is the krewe's 18th parade.
Knights of Sparta
Sparta's theme for 2019 is "Beyond the Sea" and will focus on destinations that lie beyond the ocean. Each year this krewe selects a prince and princess from a local charity to take place in the coronation ball, the ball masque and parade. Sparta rolls Saturday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. on the Uptown route.
The Mystick Krewe of Barkus
For animal lovers, Barkus is the highight of Mardi Gras. This year's theme is "The Big Bark Theory: Barkus Goes To Comic Con." The pups parade in Armstrong Park at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 but the Pawty in the Park goes from 10:30 a.m. till 5 p.m. Want to parade? Register your pooch here.
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