Krewe du Vieux Parade Route

in the French Quarter
  • The Krewe du Vieux Parade Route begins on the corner of Chartres St. and Marigny St. in New Orleans.
  • The parade will proceed a few blocks until it hangs a left on Franklin Ave
  • They will continue on Royal St. until making left on Frenchmen St.
  • Continue a few blocks on Frenchmen St. until they take a left on Decatur St.
  • The parade will travel down Decatur through the French Quarter up until making a right on Dumaine St.
  • Once on Dumaine St. they will go up one block and make a right on back onto Chartres St.
  • Travelling a few blocks down Chartres St the parade will turn left on Barracks St and head up a single block and make a left onto Royal St.
  • The parade will once again travel along Royal St. throughout the heart of the French Quarter before taking it's last turn down Toulouse St.
  • They will then travel the last block and half until they reach the end at about half a block past Chartres St.
Krewe du Vieux logo

When the Krewe of Clones (founded in 1978) decided to become more respectable, Craig "Spoons" Johnson and Don Marshall decided to keep the parade's original raucous, art-inspired spirit alive by starting Krewe du Vieux Carré.

At first, the ragtag krewe had 16 subkrewes, and a collection of mule-drawn or hand-pulled handmade floats. But by 2001, KdV had its first title float, and its membership was growing. Its numerous subkrewes with names like Krewe of C.R.U.D.E., Krewe of L.E.W.D. and Mystic Krewe of Spermes meet in the "Den of Muses," a warehouse space, to bring together their costumes and floats.

In 2006, KdV was the first parade to march post-Katrina, and garnered national attention for its tenacity and lightheartedness in the face of tragedy. That year's theme was "C'est Levee." Other themes over the years have included "Habitat for Insanity" and "Where the Vile Things Are." Their after party is called "The Krewe du Vieux Doo."

Today Krewe du Vieux is loved for its wild satire, adult themes, and political comedy, as well as for showcasing some of the best brass and jazz bands in New Orleans. 

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