Mardi Gras may be an ancient celebration but there's always something new to discover. As the krewes announce their 2024 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. On the Northshore, the St. John's Fools of Misrule march at 6 p.m.
Krewe of Chewbacchus
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus will roll Saturday, January 20 at 7 p.m. in the Marigny with over 3,000 members and 100 subkrewes. This year's theme is "Nothing To See Here." Photo by Jill Norman.
The 25-float Krewe of Titans will roll with the theme, "Titans Has Class. " Viewers will catch 64-ounce cups, fanny packs, doubloons and more. The parade rolls Friday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Slidell.
Krewe of Poseidon
This Slidell krewe Poseidon is rolling with the theme "A Child's Imagination" with 825+ riders on 28 floats. The Southern University "Human Jukebox," the Campbell University Marching Band from North Carolina, the 610 Stompers, the Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians, the Honey Island Clydesdales, and many more groups will be entertaining the crowds. Look for numerous krewe throws including LED seashell medallion beads, beach towels, crawfish trays and more. Plus, there will be fireworks! Poseidon rolls on Saturday, January 27 at 6 p.m. in Slidell.
Krewe du Vieux
The satirical Krewe du Vieux's 2024 theme has yet to be announced. Krewe du Vieux rolls Saturday, January 27th at 6:30 p.m.
'Tit is a Cajun abbreviation for petite or small. This microkrewe, the city's first and only, parades with decorated miniature shoebox floats. They even toss mini throws. Watch for 'tit Rex Sunday, January 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Marigny.
"Let;s Geaux Girls" is an apt theme for the all-female Krewe of Antheia in St. Tammany. Throws will include their signature flower crowns, pink sunglasses and more. Floats will have names like Let's Go Explore the World, Let's Geaux to Chinatown, and Let's Go To Hollywood. Antheia will roll in Slidell on Sunday, January 28 at 1 p.m.
Krewe of Nefertiti
The Krewe of Nefertiti was named for the legendary Egyptian queen. The 14-float Nefertiti Family Day parade will roll along Lake Forest and Read boulevards with the theme, "Bloom Where You Are Planted." This year's Grand Marshal is Emmy- and Grammy-nominated entertainer Tarriona Tank Ball of Tank and the Bangas. 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 28 at 1 p.m in New Orleans East.
Krewe of Oshun
"Good Eating” is the theme of the 2024 Krewe of Oshun parade. Float titles include Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffée, and Gumbo. The parade also features a band contest. Oshun rolls on Friday, February 2, at 5:30 p.m. Uptown.
Krewe of Cleopatra
The Krewe of Cleopatra’s 2024 parade theme will "Cleopatra's Happy Hour.'' There will be an Egyptian title float and theme floats including Aperol Spritz, Hurricane and Tequila Sunrise. Throws will include 21 recipe cups, lighted martini glass beads, shot glass beads, and lighted ice cubes. Their signature barge was built 40 years ago in Spain. It will depart Friday, February 2 at 6 p.m. following Oshun on the Uptown parade route. Photo by Ellen Kempner.
Krewe of ALLA
The theme for this organization's parade is "Alla's Mythical Menagerie." Local artist Terrance Osborne will be the grand marshal. Floats will have titles like The Jinn, Pegaus, and Cerberus. Throws include those magical hand-decorated genie lamps and cups with Alla-inspired artwork from Osborne himself. The fun starts Friday, February 2 following Cleopatra on the Uptown route.
"Eve Makes the Grade" is the theme of this all-female Northshore parade featuring 32 floats with themes like Marine Biology, Art History, and 4-H Club. We're hoping to catch some glittered apples beads and Eve bead dogs. Eve rolls in Mandeville on February 2 at 7 p.m.
Krewe of Excalibur
The 2024 theme for the Krewe of Excalibur parade is “Chevaliers Tour de France.” There will be 22 floats with titles such as Eiffel Tower, Marie Antoinette, and Moulin Rouge. Throws will include Golden Shields and Scorch and Skey stuffed dragons. Excalibur rolls February 2 at 7 p.m. during Family Gras.
Krewe of Paws
Mardi Gras has gone to the dogs! The Krewe of Paws will parade Saturday, February 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Olde Town Slidell. Photo: Krewe of Paws Facebook page.
Knights of Nemesis
Around 300 riders will be hitting the parade route in St. Bernard Parish in this parade featuring 16 floats. Throws include Nemesis t-shirts, medallion beads, foam swords, and more. The 18th annual Knights of Nemesis parade will roll on Saturday, February 3 at 1 p.m.
Krewe of Pontchartrain
"Pontchartrain Likes It Hot" is the theme of the 49th annual Krewe of Pontchartrain parade. Float titles include Hot Dog, Hot Pursuit and Hot Shot. Come catch throws, oven mitts, and pot holders. Pontchartrain rolls February 3 at 9:30 a.m. on the Uptown route.
Legion of Mars
"Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day" is the theme of this parade from the Legion of Mars. Riders will include first responders and veterans, including Purple Heart recipients. Throws will include special gold and maroon doubloons and camo "Boonie" hats. The parade will roll Uptown on Saturday, February 3 after Pontchartrain.
Krewe of Choctaw
The Krewe of Choctaw has announced that its theme for 2024 will be "Choctaw Visits Versailles" with 16 floats including Sun King, Marie Antoinette, and Salon de Mercure. Keepable throws include signature hand-decorated wooden tomahawks and Chief's Head and Tomahawk cutout doubloons. Choctaw will hit the parade route on Saturday, February 3 after Legion of Mars in Uptown New Orleans.
Krewe of Freret
The theme of Freret in 2024 is "Back That Float Up" with 25 floats, including Juvenile (he'll be riding as well), Boyfriend, Dr. John, 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 Annual Shorty Gras at Mardi Gras World. Throws include fanny packs, sunglasses, cups and more. Freret rolls Saturday, February 3 on the Uptown Route after Choctaw.
The Sparta Society, composed of the Knights of Sparta and their sister organization the Mystical Order of the Phoenix, will roll in 2024 with the theme, "Inspirers of Imagination." A special mystery throw will be announced on the day of the parade. The Sparta/Phoenix parade begins Saturday, February 3 at 1 p.m. on the Uptown route.
Mystic Krewe of Olympia
The 440-member, 25-float Olympia parade will roll with the theme "Thunder and Lightning." Come catch throws such as special cloisonné doubloons and lightning bolt items. The fun begins Saturday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m. in Covington.
The 27-unit Pygmalion progression will roll with the theme "Voyages Into Imagination." Floats to watch for include Gulliver's Travels, Lewis & Clark, and The Odyssey. Come get your share of lighted LED throws, medallions, and doubloons. The procession will roll Sunday, February 4 at 10 a.m. on the Uptown route.The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale
This year's theme for the 1,500-member Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale is "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." There will be 28 floats including Tequila Sunrise, Margarita and Sangria. Come catch their signature throw, a mirrored compact. The krewe parades Sunday, February 4 at 11 a.m. along the Uptown route.
Krewe of Carrollton
The 2024 theme for the 27-float Krewe of Carrollton parade is "A Century of Mardi Gras." The parade will feature floats subjects such as Carrollton Travels the USA, The Immortal Works of Victor Herbert and Cinema Classics. Special throws will include Carrollton's signature decorated shrimp boots. Carrollton rolls Sunday, February 4 at 12:30 p.m. following Femme Fatale on the New Orleans Uptown route.
Krewe of King Arthur
The theme for the Krewe of King Arthur’s 47th Anniversary parade is “King Arthur Breaks a Leg on Broadway." Throws will include Merlin hats, princess cone hats, plush items and, of course, their signature hand-made grails. The parade features the diversity of the Camelot Nation with over 2,100 knights riding on 66 floats. The Krewe of King Arthur will roll Uptown on February 4 at 1:30 p.m. Photo from @KreweofKingArthur. Grail Artist: Bart Gibson.
Krewe of Dionysus
The theme for the 36th annual Krewe of Dionysus parade is "Great American Fiction." There will be 300 riders on 19 floats with titles such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Moby Dick, and The Old Man and the Sea. It will roll Sunday, February 4 at 1 p.m. in Slidell.
Mystic Krewe of Barkus
Barkus, the beloved Carnival canine krewe will again parade through the French Quarter in 2024. This year's theme is "Barkus & Barbie: Pawsitively Pink!" The best dog walk in the world begins at Louis Armstrong Park on Sunday, February 4 at 2 p.m.
The 200-member Krewe of Atlas will roll this year with the theme "Atlas Loves." There will be 14 floats with titles like The Mardi Gras, A Trip to the Zoo, and A Streetcar Ride. Look for them Sunday, February 4 at 4 p.m. in Metairie.
Magical Krewe of MadHatters
This 800+ member Metairie parade features "The Magic of Wonderland" theme with 34 floats including Jabberwocky, MadHatter, and Smokin' Caterpillar. Rockin' Dopsie will be the MadHatter and Dalila Seruntine is Alice. You'll also get a chance to see grand marshal Vince Vance, Amanda Shaw, Bag of Donuts and Four Unplugged. The Magical Krewe of MadHatter's adventure begins Sunday, February 4 at 5 p.m.
Mystic Krewe of Music
The inaugural Mystic Krewe of Music parade is entitled "Music Around the World" and will feature 300 co-ed members on 13 floats with titles like Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez and Jamming to the Music. The procession takes place Monday, February 5 at 6 p.m. in Marrero on the West Bank. Learn more.
Mystic Krewe of Druids
While the theme for Druids is kept secret until p-day, they are divulging that there will be 275 riders on 25 floats for their 25th anniversary parade in 2024. Throws include cups, frisbees, lighted balls, and doubloons. Don't miss Druids, Wednesday, February 7 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, wigs, swim caps and bonnets. Special riders will include the group Chapel Heart. The parade rolls with 16 floats on Wednesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. Uptown. Photo by Jennifer Pellegrin.
Nandi, another new parade, will have its inaugural procession this year with the theme "Tipping the Teacup." There will be 13 floats carrying 300 "madams." Nandi will roll into the history books on Wednesday, February 7 at 6 p.m. on the West Bank. Learn more.
Krewe of Symphony
"Name That Tune" is the theme of Symphony's third procession. Look for 14 floats and throws including Symphony chocolate bars and signature hand drums. The 200+ all-male Krewe of Symphony will roll February 8 at 6 p.m. in Metairie.
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. Signature floats include The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Temple of Marduk. Throws will include doubloons, KOB socks, KOB gloves, and LED crowns. The krewe parades Thursday, February 8 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 helmets, shields, and LED swords. See you on the Uptown parade route at 6:15 p.m. following Babylon.
Everybody who's anybody is looking forward to "Muses Hersday." While Muses' theme is not revealed until the parade, set your hopes on catching their famous hand-decorated Muses shoes. a A total of 1,100 riders on 26 floats (including The Shoe, The Bathtub, Goddessy, Sirens and The Ducks) will roll February 8 at 6:30 p.m. Photo by Lisa Herman.
Hermes' 2024 theme is "The Storyville Chronicle.” Look for a new signature float entitled Finis as well as theme floats like Ordinance 13032 & Sidney Story, Absinthe: the Green Fairy, and Jazz in the Parlor. Highlights of the parade include the St. Augustine Marching 100. Signature throws include LED full-length Hermes capes, lighted giant whistles and lots more. Hermes rolls Friday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m. Uptown.
The 545-member 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 (one in the shape of a Mardi Gras ladder), wooden nickels, krewe cocktail shakers, as well as the 20th edition of the d'Etat Gazette. d'Etat rolls Friday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. Uptown.
Krewe of Morpheus
This year Morpheus' theme is "Morpheus Celebrates N'Awlins." There will be 800 riders on 24 floats, including Voodoo, St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, and Beignets at Cafe du Monde. This year, 18 bands from four states will compete in the krewe's first band contest. If you're there for the loot, ask 'em to throw you a Sleepytime Plush Bear. They'll also have a variety of logo beads, burlap tote bags, and four different colored cut-out doubloons. The Morpheus procession takes place Friday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. following d'Etat Uptown.
Krewe of Selene
For its 26th anniversary, the all-female members of this Slidell parade chose the theme, "Selene's Magical Storybook." Floats will feature titles like Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. Like Nyx, Selene throws hand-decorated purses along with signature cosmetic bags, trucker's hats, and lighted beads. They roll Friday, February 9 at 6 p.m. on the Northshore.
NOMTOC (New Orleans Most Talked of Club)
Head to Algiers on the West Bank for NOMTOC. This year's theme is “NOMTOC’s Broadway Tour.” The krewe has 960 members and 38 floats, including Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, and South Pacific. Throws will include items with the krewe’s logo, including Jugman banks, socks, visers, fanny packs, and doubloons. They roll Saturday, February 10 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 2024 is "Iris Travels the World." The parade will feature 37 floats – all tandem and some triple tandem – with titles such as Dubai, France, Costa Rica, and Australia. There will also be the new Iris Signature Sunglass Float. Here's your chance to see the 610 Stompers, the Krewe of Rolling Elvi and more. Signature throws are Iris hand-decorated sunglasses. (We're hoping to catch a plush streetcar). The parade will start Saturday, February 10, at 11 a.m. on the Uptown route. Also, for the first time ever, viewers all over the world can watch the 2024 Bal Masque via the Iris Facebook page or on their YouTube channel on January 27 at 7 p.m. central time.
Krewe of Tucks
The theme of this comedic krewe's 56th parade is "Tucks Faces the Music." Come see 37 floats with titles like If Tucks Could Turn Back Time, Tucks-aritaville, and Fight for Your Right to be Naughty. Catch squirting plastic toilets, toilet brushes, toilet sunglasses, and hand-decorated plungers. Tucks rolls Saturday, February 10 at 12:30 p.m. 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 58th parade is "Silents Are Golden," with floats including Sigfried, Metropolis, and Silly Symphonies. The procession will end at the Endymion Extravaganza at the convention center. Entertainers for the event include Sting and Flo Rida. Endymion rolls Saturday, February 10 at 4:15 p.m.
The oldest female Mardi Gras organization in Jefferson Parish will celebrate Carnival 2024 with a 200-member, 18-float parade. This year's theme is “Lights, Camera, Action!” Floats will include Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and Bridesmaids. Isis will be throwing decorated bras and bra beads (they're committed to breast cancer charities), along with krewe doubloons and multi-colored special edition doubloons. They hit the parade route Saturday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Kenner.
Krewe of Okeanos
The 350 riders of the 22-float Okeanos parade are celebrating their diamond anniversary this year with the theme "Okeanos Celebrates 75." Vince Vance will be serving as Grand Marshal. Save yourself a place on the Uptown parade route on Sunday, February 11 at 11 a.m.
Krewe of Mid-City
In 2024, 210 members of Krewe of Mid-City will be celebrating their longevity with the theme "Cheers to Ninety Years." There will be 14 floats including Things We Do For Love, Games People Play, and Songs Children Sing. Doubloons, crawfish trays and t-shirts will be among the throws. Come join the party Sunday, February 11 at noon following Okeanos on the Uptown route.
Krewe of Thoth
"Thoth Goes Festing" is the theme of the 76th annual Thoth parade, featuring 2,250 men on 42 floats with subjects such as Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, and Burning Man Fest. They'll all be throwing lots of stuff but we're hoping to catch a fedora (there will be four kinds) and an Al "Lil Fats" Jackson doubloon from the grand marshal. Be there Sunday, February 11 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. The theme of their 55th parade is "Take A Number, Please." Floats have titles like 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and 12 Days of Christmas. Throws to covet include glass beads, king cake neck pillows, lighted clown wigs, Dalmatian hats, float-themed socks, and doubloons. Bacchus LV be "Entourage" star Kevin Dillon. The God of Wine rolls Sunday, February 11 at 5:15 p.m. on the Uptown route.
Krewe of Athena
The 750-member, all-female Krewe of Athena's theme for 2024 is "Superbold Sunday ... A League of Their Own." Float titles include League of Legends, A League of Her Own, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Athena is known for tossing hand-decorated fedoras, but you can also catch cellphone fans, Athena dolls and more. Athena will now roll on Monday after the Krewe of Centurions.
The old-line, 20-float Proteus parade is a must! The theme this year is "Commedia Dell'Arte," a nod to the Italian theatrical artform popular from the 16th to the 19th century in Europe. Look to catch LED flambeaux, seahorse beads, silver and red sovereigns (doubloons), and more. Proteus will take to the Uptown Route on Monday, February 12 at 5:15 p.m.
Photo: Vernon Stancil
Krewe of Orpheus
This year Orpheus, co-founded by Harry Connick, Jr., celebrates with the theme, "Music of the Spheres." The Lundi Gras procession will roll Uptown with a procession of 42 floats and 1,500 members. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka will be the celebrity monarchs. Taylor Dayne will be riding as well as performing at 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 12 at 6 p.m. on the Uptown parade route.
Get ready for "Centurions Goes On An Adventure," the 44th annual parade from the Centurions. There will be 400 riders on 21 floats with titles such as Journey to the Center of the Earth, Journey to Neverland, and The Odyssey. Look to catch doubloons, signature swords, themed lighted foam jewelry, and more this year. The Centurions roll Saturday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Metairie.
Krewe of Zulu
Few throws are more prized than a coconut from the Krewe of Zulu. This year's parade, "Celebrations and Libations Zulu Style," will feature125 units and legendary characters like Big Shot, Witch Doctor, and Mr. Big Stuff. Zulu rolls Fat Tuesday, February 13 at 8 a.m. on the Uptown Route, right before Rex. Learn more about Zulu's Lundi Gras Festival, the day before the parade.
Revelers at the 142nd Rex parade will be treated to the theme, "The Two Worlds of Lafcadio Hearn – New Orleans and Japan." The 440 riders on 29 floats will be throwing float-specific beads, sports towels, playing cards, and a trio of Rex doubloons. Signature floats include the animated Butterfly King Float, Jester, His Majesty's Bandwagon, and the Boeuf Gras. Rex rolls on Mardi Gras Day at 10:30 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 30-float Krewe of Argus parade will take the streets of Metairie on Fat Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the theme "Argus Says...I'm Still Standin'!" It is followed by the Elks Jeffersonians and the Krewe of Jefferson truck parades.
Krewe of Bogue Fayala
More than 600 riders will take to the streets in Covington on Mardi Gras Day with a 20-float parade with the theme, "School Daze in a Mardi Gras Haze." Float titles include Mythology, Art History, and Chess Club. The fun begins February 13 at 10 a.m. on the Northshore.
Krewe du Pooch
Thought it was all over? Wrong. This year the Krewe du Pooch will parade on Saturday, February 17 at noon on the Mandeville Lakefront.
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 30th anniversary theme is "Bark 'n Roll." The excitement will be unleashed Sunday, February 18 at 2 p.m.