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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. on the Mid-City parade 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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'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. and is followed by the Mystic Krewe of Covington parade.
The 20-float Proteus parade's theme for 2019 is "Trvavel 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.
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.
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. Sidell's oldest carnival organization rolls Sunday, February 17, at 1:15 in Slidell.
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