PLEASE NOTE: There will be no New Orleans parades in 2021 due to Covid.
- The Krewe du Vieux Parade Route begins and ends on the corner of Royal & Press St. (Homer Plessy Way) in New Orleans.
- The parade will proceed down Royal St. through the French Quarter until it turns left on Toulouse St.
- They will continue on Toulouse St. until they take a left on Decatur St.
- The parade will travel down Decatur through the French Quarter until making a left on Frenchmen St.
- Once on Frenchmen St. they will go up one block and make a right onto Chartres St.
- Travelling a few blocks down Chartres St the parade will turn left on Homer Plessy St. and head up a single block until they reach the end where they started.
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.