Mardi Gras may be an ancient celebration but there's always some new to discover. As the krewes announce their 2023 themes, throws and celebrity monarchs and riders, we'll post that information here. For krewe history and more information about the individual parades, check our krewe pages.
Twelfth Night Parades
The Carnival season kicks off on King's Day (a.k.a. Twelfth Night) with the beloved French Quarter procession, Krewe of Joan of Arc. Coincidentally enough, January 6th was Joan's birthday. Joan's party begins January 6th at 7 p.m. The Society of Champs Elysée will follow at 7:30 p.m. Uptown there are two streetcar parades. The Phunny Phorty Fellows and the Funky Uptown Krewe. The fun starts at 7 p.m
Krewe of Chewbacchus
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus will roll Saturday, January 28 at 7 p.m. in the Marigny. Check back here for 2023 theme information. Photo by Jill Norman.
The 24-float Krewe of Titans will roll with the theme, "It Takes Two," celebrating things that go together like Crawfish and Beer. Viewers will catch signature LED tumblers, crawfish trays and logo wands. The parade rolls Friday, February 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in Slidell.
Krewe of Bilge Boat Parade
For 43 years, the Krewe of Bilge has been celebrating Carnival on the canals of the Eden Isles subdivision in Slidell. Today, there are over 400 members and the event is frequently listed as one of the Top 20 Events by the Southern Tourism Society. Come catch beads and cups from the shore on Saturday, February 4th at noon. Learn more.
Krewe of Poseidon
This Slidell krewe Poseidon is rolling with the theme "Carnivals Around the World" with 870+ riders on 28 floats. The 610 Stompers, Mande Milkshakers, Disco Amigos, Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians, Honey Island Clydesdales, and many more will be entertaining the crowds. Look for numerous krewe throws including tridents, seahorses, light up medallions, cups, footballs, frisbees, doubloons, koozies, and many more. Poseidon rolls on Saturday, February 4th, at 6 p.m. in Slidell.
Krewe of Nefertiti
The Krewe of Nefertiti was named for the legendary Egyptian queen. The 16-float parade will roll along Lake Forest and Read boulevards with the theme, "Krewe of Nefertiti Roar," and will salute strong female warriors. Since ancient Egyptians were famous for adorning themselves in jewelry, there will be jewelry boxes handed out along the route. There will also be top secret throws. Don't miss it Sunday, January 29th at 1 p.m in New Orleans East.
Krewe of Little Rascals
Founded 40 years ago, Little Rascals is America's longest-running Mardi Gras krewe for children. They roll on Sunday, February 5 at 12 p.m. in Metairie with the theme, Little Rascal's Presents "Out of the Box." Look for a new Cinderella carriage pulled by white horses.
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" is an apt theme for the new female Krewe of Antheia in St. Tammany. Throws will include flower crowns, hand-decorated headbans, and more. Floats will have names like Come on Barbie, Let's Go Party. Antheia will make its debut in Slidell on Sunday, February 5th at 1 p.m.
Krewe du Vieux
The satirical Krewe du Vieux's 2023 theme has yet to be announced. Krewe du Vieux rolls Saturday, February 4th at 6:30 p.m.
Because of NOPD safety concerns, krewedelusion will not follow Krewe du Vieux this year but will instead roll on Sunday, February 5th at a time and on a route yet to be announced. While their theme is kept secret to parade day, it's slogan should tell you a lot: "The People Shall Rule – Until A Suitable Replacement Can Be Found." The krewe's mission is "to save the Universe, beginning at its center, New Orleans."
'Tit is a Cajun abbreviation for petite or small. This microkrewe, the city's first and only, parades with decorated minature shoebox floats. They even toss mini throws. Watch for 'tit Rex Sunday, February 5th at 4:30 p.m. in the Marigny.
Krewe of Oshun
"Music” is the theme of 26th Annual Krewe of Oshun parade. Float titles include Some Enchanted Evening and This is Your Night. The parade also features a band contest. Oshun rolls on Friday, February 10th, at 6 p.m. Uptown.
Krewe of Cleopatra
The Krewe of Cleopatra’s 2023 parade theme will "Cleopatra's Jeweled Jubilee.'' There will be an Egyptian title float and theme floats include Emerald, Diamond and Turquoise. Their signature barge was built 40 years ago in Spain. It will depart Friday, February 10th following Oshun on the Uptown parade route. Photo by Ellen Kempner.
Krewe of ALLA
The theme for this organizations 91st anniversary parade is "Festing Around the World." Floats will salute events like Day of the Dead, Festival of the Tooth and Northern Lights Festival. Throws include those magical hand-decorated genie lamps. The fun starts Friday, February 10th following Cleopatra on the Uptown route.
"We Go Together Like" is the theme of this all-female Northshore parade featuring 27 floats with themes like Batman and Joker, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Rock and Roll. We're hoping to catch some glittered apples beads nd Eve bead dogs. Eve rolls in Mandeville on February 10th at 7 p.m.
Krewe of Excaliber
The 2023 theme for the 21st anniversary Krewe of Excaliber parade is “ Broadway Knights.” There will be 25 floats with titles such as Wicked, Cats, and Phantom of the Opera. Throws will include shoelaces, 3D full color cups, and Castle, Sword and Shield builders' kits. Excaliber rolls February 10th at 6:30 p.m. during Family Gras.
Krewe of Symphony
"A Salute to Musical Legends" is the them of Symphony's second procession. The 300 all-male Krewe of Symphony will follow Excaliber at Family Gras on February 10th. Look for 15 floats and throws including Symphony chocolate bars and signature hand drums.
Krewe of Paws
"Back in the Saddle Again" is the theme of The Krewe of Paws which didn't get to roll last year. Look for them Saturday, February 11th at 10 a.m. in Olde Town Slidell. Photo: Krewe of Paw Facebook page.
Krewe of Tchefuncte Boat Parade
For 50 years, the Krewe of Tchefuncte has been celebrating Carnival with a boat parade on the Techefuncte River. The procession of decorated boats begins at Salty's Marina, then heads downriver, thru the bridge to Marina del Ray where it turns and docks on both sides of the Hwy 22 Bridge. This year, the good times sail Saturday, February 11th at 1 p.m. in Madisonville. Learn more.
Knights of Nemesis
Around 320 riders on will be hitting the parade route in St. Bernard Parish in this parade featuring 18 Mac Cantrell floats. Throws include Nemesis t-shirts, medallion beads, foam swords, and more. The 17th annual Knights of Nemesis parade will roll on Saturday, February 11th at 1 p.m.
Legion of Mars
"The City of New Orleans Honors Its Heroes" is the theme of this parade from the Legion of Mars and the City of New Orleans. Riders will include first responders, law enforcement personnel and veterans from across the country, including Purple Heart recipients. The Marine Corps Band will be just one of 14 bands. Throws will include red and gold cut-out doubloons, camo hats, and Legion of Mars canteens. The parade will roll on Saturday, February 11th at 11:30 a.m.
Krewe of Pontchartrain
"Guess What Day It Is?" is the theme of the 48th annual Krewe of Pontchartrain parade. Float titles include National Talk Like a Pirate Day, Up and May the 4th Be With You. Come catch crawfish trays, specialty socks, and K of P dog leashes. Pontchartrain rolls February 11th at 1 p.m. on the Uptown route.
Krewe of Choctaw
The Krewe of Choctaw has announced that its theme for 2023 will be "Life is a Fairy Tale" with 14 floats including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Pocahontas. Keepable throws include signature tomahawks and Chief's Head Cutout doubloons. Choctaw will it the parade route on Saturday, February 11th following Ponchartrain on the Uptown New Orleans.
Krewe of Freret
The theme of Freret in 2023 is "Let the Band Play On" with 24 floats, including Big Freedia, Dr. John, Allen Touissaint, and a two-story Trombone Shorty float with a moving trombone slide. Shorty will be playing on the street, and the fun will culminate at the 3rd Annual Shorty Gras at Mardi Gras World. Throws include signature hand-painted masks. Freret rolls Saturday, February 11th on the Uptown Route after Choctaw.
Magical Krewe of MadHatters
This 800+ member Metairie parade features "The Magic of Wonderland" theme with 39 floats including Jabberwocky, Mad Hatter, and Smokin' Caterpillar. This year’s MadHatter is Vince Vance and Faith Becnel is Alice, and there will be a host of other local celebs tossing throws as well. The Magical Krewe of MadHatter's adventure begins Saturday, February 11th at 5 p.m. at Family Gras.
Knights of Sparta/The Mystical Order of the Phoenix
Sparta's theme for 2023 is "Carnival's Songful Celebrations." The throw to catch including coloring books, Spartan helmets, and special doubloons. Sparta's sister organization, The Mystical Order of the Phoenix, will parade on the heels of their brothers. The Sparta/Phoenix parade rolls Saturday, February 11th at 5:30 p.m. on the Uptown route.
The 70-unit Pygmalion progression will roll with the theme "The Wonderfful World of Thomas Randolph Morrison." Morrison, who passed away in 2022, was a figure sculptor and parade designer in New Orleans. Floats to watch for include Bounty of Bacchus, Scarlett Heart of Romeo and Juliette, and the Metamorphosis of Persephone. Throws will include lighted PYG black necklaces and sequined plush pigs. The procession will roll Saturday, February 11th following Sparta on the Uptown route.
Mystic Krewe of Olympia
The 400-member, 22-float Olympia parade will roll for the 58th time this year. Come catch throws such as special cloisonné doubloons and Olympia-themed items. The fun begins Saturday, February 11th at 6:00 p.m. in Covington.
Krewe of Push Mow
This year's theme for the Krewe of Push Mow is yet to be announced. This parade featuring decorated lawn mowers rolls Saturday, February 11th at 12 p.m. in Abita Springs.
The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale
This year's theme for the 10-year-old, 1,200-member Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale is "Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale Presents the Gems of Femmenation." There will be 25-floats include MKFF Presents Amber, MKFF Presents Emerald, and MKFF Presnts Onyx. Come catch their signature throw, a mirrored compact. The krewe parades Sunday, February 12th at 11 a.m. along the Uptown route.
Krewe of Carrollton
The 2023 theme for the 24-float Krewe of Carrollton parade is "All Things Golden." The parade will feature floats subjects such as The Golden Snitch, Pot of Gold and Pirates Gold. Special throws will include Carrollton's signature decorated shrimp boots. Carrollton rolls Sunday, February 12th following Femme Fatale on the New Orleans Uptown route.
Krewe of King Arthur
The theme for the Krewe of King Arthur’s 46th Anniversary parade is “Are You Smarter Than A Knight Grader?” Throws will include Merlin hats, fedoras, princess cone hats, plush items and, of course, their signature hand-made grails. The parade features the diversity of the Camelot Nation with over 2,400 knights riding on 70 floats. The Krewe of King Arthur will roll Uptown on February 12th at 1 p.m. Photo from @KreweofKingArthur. Grail Artist: Bart Gibson.
Krewe of Dionysus
The theme for the 35th annual Krewe of Dionysus parade is "A Day at the Races," with floats entitled Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of LeMans and Daytona 500. It will roll Sunday, February 12th at 1 p.m. in Slidell.
Mystic Krewe of Barkus
Barkus, the beloved Carnival canine krewe will again parade through the French Quarter in 2023. This year's theme is Top Dogs, 30th Mission, Barkus Comes to the Rescue. The best dog walk in the world begins at Louis Armstrong Park on Sunday, February 12th at 2 p.m.
The Culinary Queens of New Orleans (TCQNO)
In 2022, The West Bank launched a new, all-female krewe called TCQNO for The Culinary Queens of New Orleans. Their second parade will feature the theme "Taste the Love" and will feature 15 floats. Signature throws will include bedazzled chefs hats and custom-painted spatulas. Things will get cookin' on Tuesday, February 14th at 6 p.m. on the West Bank.
Mystic Krewe of Druids
While the theme for Druids is kept secret until p-day, they are divulging that there will be 18 floats. Throws include wizard hats, koozies, cups, clappers and acorn-shaped footballs, lighted medallion beads and cut-out acorn doubloons. Don't miss Druids, Wednesday, February 15th at 6:15 p.m.
Krewe of Nyx
The 250 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. Throws will include those famous hand-decorated Nyx purses. Special riders will include the band Bag of Donuts. The parade rolls with 16 floats on Wednesday, February 16th at 6:45 p.m. Uptown. Photo by Jennifer Pellegrin.
Knights of Babylon
Although the Knights of Babylon's theme is always kept a secret until parade day, it’s no mystery why this old-line krewe draws the crowds. The stunning procession includes King Sargon on a mule-drawn float surrounded by flambeaux. Throws will include doubloons, KOB socks, KOB seafood trays, KOB playing cards and Moonpies. The krewe parades Thursday, February 16th at 5:30 p.m. Uptown.
Knights of Chaos
Chaos will celebrate this year with a 16-float parade (theme to be revealed the night of the procession). This satirical night parade features flambeaux and 200+ members will be on horseback. Look for several old Momus floats. Throws include float-specific cards, knight helmet and LED swords. See you on the Uptown parade route following Babylon.
Everybody who's anybody is looking foward to "Muses Hersday." While Muses' theme is not revealed until the parade, set your hopes on catching their famous hand-decorated Muses shoes and "reMUSEable" throws you can use or wear throughout the year. The big shoe (and the big ducks) will roll February 16th following Chaos on the Uptown route. Photo by Lisa Herman.
Hermes' 2023 theme is "The Apocalyse.” Look for a new signature float entitled Hermes the Divine Trickster. Highlights of the parade include the St. Augustine Marching 100. Signature throws include LED full-length Hermes capes and lots of iridescent and lighted objects. Hermes rolls Friday, February 17th at 5:30 p.m. Uptown.
Krewe d'Etat is led by the famous Budweiser Clydesdales and the Skeleton Walking Krewe and is followed by 24 satirical floats, the Dictator's Banana Wagon, and the High Priest's Candy Wagon, patterned after the famous New Orleans favorite Roman Candy Wagon. Come catch blinky beads, special doubloons, wooden nickels, LED riding crops, color-changing cups as well as the 19th edition of the d'Etat Gazette. d'Etat rolls Friday, February17th at 6:30 p.m. Uptown.
Krewe of Morpheus
This year Morpheus' theme is "Morpheus Dreams of a Tune." There will be 24 floats, including Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rhinestone Cowboy and Walk Like an Egyptian. Ask 'em to throw you a hand-decorated sleep mask or a plush Morpheus moon or sheep. They'll also have new LED logo beads and five different colored cutout doubloons. The Morpheus procession takes place Friday, February 17th following d'Etat Uptown.
Krewe of Selene
For its 25th anniversary, the 538 all-female members of this Slidell parade chose the theme, "25 Years of Empowering Women." Like Nyx, Selene throws hand-decorated purses. They roll Friday, February 17th at 6:30 p.m. on the Northshore.
NOMTOC (New Orleans Most Talked of Club)
Head to the West Bank for NOMTOC's 52nd annual parade with the theme, “NOMTOC’s Fantasy Library.” This krewe has 1,020 member and 37 floats, including Sponge Bob, Shrek and Sesame Street. Throws will include items with the krewe’s logo, including Jugman banks and hats. They roll Saturday, February 18th at 10:45 a.m.
The Krewe of Iris is the oldest all-female krewe and, with 3,600 members, is the largest krewe in Mardi Gras history. Their theme for 2023 is "Iris Soars to New Heights." The parade will feature 35 floats – all tandem and some triple tandem – with titles like Wonder Woman, The Blue Angels, and Dragons. Here's your chance to see the 610 Stompers, the Krewe of Rolling Elvi and more. Signature throws are Iris hand-decorated sunglasses. The parade will start Saturday, February 18, at 11 a.m. on the Uptown route.
Krewe of Tucks
The theme of this comedic krewe's 55th parade is "Tucks Can't Drive 55." Come see floats with titles like Ghost Busters, The Flint Mobile, and Bat Mobile. Catch squirting plastic toilets, toilet brushes and plungers. Tucks rolls Saturday, February 18th at noon on the Uptown route.
Krewe of Endymion
The 3,200-member Endymion parade is always one of the biggest and most anticpated events of Carnival. The theme of their 57th parade is "Endymion Salutes the Poets," with floats including Oscar Wilde, Maya Angelou and Tolkien. The procession will end at the Endymion Extravaganza at the Caesars Superdome. Entertainers for the event include Darius Rucker and FOREIGNER. Endymion rolls Saturday, February 18th at 4:15 p.m.
The oldest female Mardi Gras organization in Jefferson Parish will celebrate Carnival 2023 with a 200-member, 19-unit parade. This year's theme is “Isis is Good as Gold.” Flats will include Purple, Green and Gold, LSU Golden Girls, and Black and Gold. Isis will be throwing decorated bras and bra beads (they're committed to breast cancer charities). They hit the parade route Saturday, February 18th at 6 p.m. in Kenner.
Krewe of Okeanos
The 25-float Okeanos parade's theme for 2023 is "Festivals of the World," with Vince Vance serving as Grand Marshal. The most sought-after throw will be the famous Okeanos crawfish tray. Save yourself a place on the Uptown parade route on Sunday, February 19th at 11 a.m.
Krewe of Mid-City
The 89th Annual Krewe of Mid-City will feature the theme "Louisiana's Bounty." Float subjects will include Blue Crab, Creole Tomato, and Satsuma. Come join the fun Sunday, February 19th following Okeanos on the Uptown route.
Krewe of Thoth
"Thoth's Diamond Jubilee" is the theme of the 75th annual Thoth parade, featuring 2,000 men on 42 floats with subjects such as Ancient China, Ole King Cole, and Mythological Divinities & Demigods. They'll all be throwing lots of stuff but we're hoping to catch some 75th anniversary polystone beads and maybe a fanny pack! Be there Sunday, February 19th at Noon on the Uptown route.
Krewe of Bacchus
The 1,700-member Krewe of Bacchus' is one of the most anticipated processession of Carnival Season. This year's theme is "Throw Me Something, Mister!" Bacchus LIV is actor/screenwriter/producer/comedian Adam Devine. Floats include Mr. Potato Head, Mr. Coffee and Mr. Mardi Gras. The God of Wine rolls Sunday, February 19th at 5:15 p.m. on the Uptown route. The 14-hour-long Bacchus Bash takes place before the parade starting at noon at Generations Hall in the Warehouse District. Billed as New Orleans' Largest Mardi Gras Block Party, this year's entertainers include Bag of Donuts, Mannie Fresh, Bucktown Allstars, The Topcats, Category 6, DJ TAF, DJ WIXX and more. If you've never seen Bag of Donuts, this is your chance. These guys are seriously fun.
Krewe of Athena
The all-female krewe Athena is known for tossing hand-decorated fedoras. Look for them Sunday, February 19th at 5 p.m. in Metairie.
The 210-member Krewe of Atlas will roll this year with 14 floats the 2023 theme, "Atlas Celebrates Music." Look for them Sunday, February 19th at 6 p.m. in Metairie.
The old-line, 20-float Proteus parade is a must! Look to catch LED flambeaux and LED plush trident crowns, as well as silver and red "sovereigns" (doubloons). Proteus will take to the Uptown Route on Monday, February 20th, at 5:15 p.m. Photo: Vernon Stancil
Krewe of Orpheus
This year, the Orpheus, co-founded by Harry Connick, Jr., celebrates its 30th anniversary with the theme, "Dark Dictums of Childhood." The Lundi Gras procession will roll Uptown with a procession of 42 floats, 1,500 members and 30 marching units led by Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Darren Criss, and international pop idol Joey Fatone as monarchs. Fatone will head the post parade gala, Orpheuscapade, which is open to the public. You can try and catch one of their signature hand-decorated tambourines on February 20th at 6 p.m. on the Uptown parade route.
Get ready for "A Blast from the Past," the 43rd annual parade from the Centurions. There will be 400 riders on 22 floats. Look to catch a hand-decorated sword this year. The Centurions roll Saturday, February 20th at 6:30 p.m. in Metairie.
Krewe of Zulu
Few throws are more prized than a coconut from the Krewe of Zulu. The music lineup for their Cornation Ball on February 17 at the convention center includes R&B/soul singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton, R&B singer Lloyd and R&B/Funk band Midnight Star. This year's parade will features 44 floats and Zulus legendary characters like Big Shot, Witch Doctor, and Mr. Big Stuff. Zulu rolls Fat Tuesday, February 21 at 8 a.m. on the Uptown Route, right before Rex.
Revelers at the 141st Rex parade will be treated to the theme, "Palio Di Siena," a horse race in Tuscany. Come catch float-specific beads, classic glass beads and those famous Rex gold doubloons and see 26 floats, including the animated Butterfly King Float and the Boeuf Gras. 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
The 27-float Krewe of Argus parade will take the streets of Metairie on Fat Tuesday at 10 a.m. with the theme "Argus is Golden." It is followed by the Elks Jeffersonianas and the Krewe of Jefferson truck parades.
Carnival in Covington
More than 450 riders will take to the streets in Covington on Mardi Gras Day with a 24-float parade with the theme, "This and Dat." Float titles include Red Beans and Rice with Abita Roasting, Crawfish and Beer with St John's Fools of Misrule, and Lady and the Tramp with Southern Hotel. Learn more.
Krewe du Pooch
Thought it was all over? Wrong. This year the Krewe du Pooch will parade on February 25th on the Mandeville Lakefront. The theme of this year’s parade is "The Great Gatsby by Krewe du Pooch.” The fun will begin at noon. Learn more.
Krewe of Mardi PAWS
The Krewe of Mardi Paws began in Olde Mandeville and paraded on the Lakefront for almost 25 years before moving to downtown Covington in 2020. This year's theme is "Tails from the Barkside." Signature throws are rubber, glitter and gold poops. The fun will be unleashed Sunday, February 26th at 2 p.m with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. Learn more.