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Mardi Gras Parade Krewes

 
OVERVIEW & HISTORY

Each Mardi Gras Parade Krewe has a unique history and theme. Some have been around for decades, while others have been in existence for just a few years. Below is a full list of Mardi Gras Parade Krewes.


Featured Parade Krewes

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Krewe of Zulu


Home page of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, well-known for its interesting history and "golden nugget" (coconut) parade throws.  read more »
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Mardi Gras Indians


See the beautiful beaded and feathered costumes they hand-design and create throughout the entire year!  read more »
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Krewe of Bacchus


Krewe of Bacchus features national celebrity monarchs each year, and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. Its yearly exclusive Rendezvous can be seen live. Re-broadcasts now online!  read more »
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Krewe of Rex


This parade krewe is the origin of many traditions of Mardi Gras, including the Carnival colors of purple, green and gold, as well as the collectible doubloon coins (introduced by Rex in 1960).  read more »
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Krewe of Endymion


Endymion quickly emerged as one of Carnival's 'Super-Krewes' in 1974 with the inclusion of more floats and celebrity guests.  read more »

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Knights of Babylon


The Knights of Babylon were found in 1939, by a group of professionals called The Jester’s Club. Their goal: to stage a first-class parade that would delight the public. Babylon is a firm believer in tradition and uses floats with the same designs as were used more than seventy years ago. What…  read more »
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Knights of Chaos


According to Greek mythology, Chaos was the void out of which the universe and all its gods were created. In 2000, the Knights of Chaos filled the void created when the Knight of Momus stopped parading in 1992 after 100 years. The 200 member all-male krewe parades on the Thursday before Fat Tuesd…  read more »
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Knights of Nemesis


The Knights of Nemesis take its name from the goddess of retribution in the Greek mythology. In 2004, a group of one-time members from the Krewe of Gladiators and several long-time carnival parade riders came together and formed the Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade. In 2006, the krewe ha…  read more »
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Knights of Sparta


Founded in 1952, the Knights of Sparta take their name from the city-state in southern Greece, renowned for its simple, stoic ways and exemplary disciplines. The Knights of Sparta, an all-male krewe, first paraded in 1981 in Orleans Parish. The Knights are still known for their elaborate bal masq…  read more »
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Krewe Bohème


The Krewe Bohème is a marching parade which travels through the Marigny and the French Quarter. It is the first parade to roll after Twelfth Night. Their goal is to present a visual and auditory feast of mystery, artistry and fun. The procession is led by a symbol of the bohemian spirit, a green a…  read more »
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Krewe d'Etat


Founded in 1996, Le Krewe d'Etat motto is “Live to Ride, Ride to Live. Its floats adhere to a traditional style of design that impart Le Krewe d'Etat's satirical theme, which has been voted "Best of Carnival" by critics. The parade features 21 floats, including a special …  read more »
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Krewe du Vieux


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…  read more »
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Krewe of Alla


For 82 years, the Krewe of Alla was all-male. Those days are over, and now one of the city's oldest parades is officially co-ed. Founded in Algiers in 1932, the krewe now parades Uptown. Since its formation, the krewe has staged over 75 parades, including 11 river parades. Alla is known for…  read more »
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Krewe of Argus


The Krewe of Argus, founded in 1972, includes 450 male, female and child riders. Over a million revelers looking for family-oriented parades flock to the Veterans Memorial Parade Route in Metairie on Mardi Gras Day to see Argus' spectacular floats, marching bands and guest celebrities. To lov…  read more »
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Krewe of Athena


The Krewe of Athena Carnival Club, Inc. is an all-female Mardi Gras club in Greater New Orleans. Founded in 2014, the club is named after the Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts and …  read more »
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Krewe of Bacchus


Early in 1968, the Krewe of Bacchus broke with Carnival tradition by staging a Sunday night parade with bigger and more spectacular floats than anything previously seen in Carnival. They then decided to have a national celebrity king lead the parade, breaking ranks with 113 years of Carnival traditi…  read more »
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Krewe of Barkus


The Mystic Krewe of Barkus isn’t like other Mardi Gras Parade: this one has gone to the dogs. Man’s best friend is the center of this parade through the streets of the French Quarter with their humans acting as their escorts. Barkus was created in 1992 at a meeting of the Margaret Orr…  read more »
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Krewe of Bilge


Sometimes floats float! The Krewe of Bilge is a Mardi Gras boat parade in Slidell, Louisiana. For the last 40 years, Bilge has thrown beads, cups and other Carnival treasures to parade goers from the middle of Slidell waterways. The Krewe of Bilge boat parade was founded by locals in 1978 and now…  read more »
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Krewe of Bosom Buddies


The Krewe of Bosom Buddies & Breast Friends is a walking krewe that parades in the French Quarter on the Friday before Mardi Gras. Founded in 2013, they set out to create “a laid-back, inexpensive, fun, colorful and fearless walking krewe full of fabulous women and the men who support them…  read more »
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Krewe of Caesar


Founded in 1979, Caesar is the largest Carnival organization in Jefferson Parish history with more than 800 male and female members. The krewe was the first to introduce lighted, animated headdresses at Mardi Gras and has wowed the crowd with neon and fiber-optic floats. Past grand marshals have …  read more »
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Krewe of Carrollton


The Krewe of Carrollton is the fourth oldest Carnival parading organization, behind Rex, Proteus, and Zulu. It was founded by a group of Oak Street businessmen in 1924 as "The Seventh District Carnival Club” and became the Krewe of Carrollton in 1947. The Krewe made a lasting place for…  read more »
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Krewe of Centurions


The 350+ all-male Krewe of Centurions were named after legendary ancient Roman warriors who commanded “centuries” – companies of 100 men. Founded in 1979 by businessmen from the Harahan – River Ridge area, the krewe paraded on Jefferson Highway for two year before moving t…  read more »
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Krewe of Chewbacchus


The 900-member Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a Sci-Fi themed Mardi Gras parade, as well as a self-described satirical space cult. Chewbacchus consists of over 150 distinct subkrewes, each of which pays loving (and sometimes satirical) homage to the full spectrum of Science Fiction, Fantasy, …  read more »
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Krewe of Choctaw


Although this social club was founded in 1935, the Krewe of Choctaw didn’t have their first parade until 1939 when they bought ten old mail wagons from the U.S. Government – the chassis for the first Choctaw carnival parade floats. They used the New Orleans Sanitation garage and a U.S. N…  read more »
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Krewe of Cleopatra


Founded in 1972, the first all-female krewe on the West Bank celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2012 with a movie to the East Bank, becoming the first all-female organization on the Uptown route. Their motto is: "Her beauty is timeless, her age is now...forever!" Named after the Queen…  read more »
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Krewe of Cork


Founded in 2000, the Krewe of Cork celebrates food, wine and fun with a spirited walking parade through the French Quarter eleven days before Mardi Gras. Krewe members wear costumes with a wine-related theme, toss throws bearing their grape logo, and are accompanied along their route by wine police …  read more »
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Krewe of Crescent City


Founded in 1947, the city’s second-oldest truck parade has over 2,500 male and female riders. While the krewe sets no overall theme, each truck represents a different Carnival organization with its own title and theme. The Krewe of Crescent City follows the Krewe of Elks-Orleans and is the las…  read more »
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Krewe of Dionysus


The Krewe of Dionysus was founded in 1985 by a group of Slidell businessmen intent on bringing an old-fashioned, family-oriented Mardi Gras parade to the Camellia City. Dionysus (Bacchus in Roman Mythology) is the ancient Greek god of fertility and wine, According to legend, he had a dual nature …  read more »
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Krewe of Druids


Established in 1998, the Ancient Druids take their name from the priest class of ancient Celtic societies who connected their people with the gods and nature. Led by the king, the Archdruid, the group is limited to 200 members who belong to other Carnival organizations. Their identities are never…  read more »
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Krewe of Elks Jefferson


Founded in 1974, The Krewe of Elks-Jeffersonians is sponsored by the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks, a worldwide fraternal society dedicated to charitable deeds. Comprised of 4,000 male and female riders and featuring more than 90 trucks, it is the oldest and largest of the all the truck…  read more »
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Krewe of Elks Orleans


The Krewe of Elks Orleans follows Rex down St. Charles Ave with 50 individually designed truck floats carrying 4,600 male and female riders.  Founded in 1935, the Krewe of Elks Orleans is the oldest and largest of all the truck float krewes.  read more »
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Krewe of Endymion


Endymion, a figure from Greek mythology, was a mortal granted eternal youth by Zeus, at the request of the Moon Goddess who loved him for his beauty. It is also the name of Carnival's largest parade with 3,100 riders and 37 floats. Founded in 1967, Endymion emerged as one of Carnival's &#…  read more »
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Krewe of Eve


In 1986, six Northshore residents decided to form a ladies-only parade krewe. The Krewe of Eve began with 260 ladies and rolled for the first time in Mandeville on February 14, 1987 with the theme of "Famous Lovers."  Members of the Krewe of Eve participate in many community projec…  read more »
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Krewe of Excalibur


Founded in 2000, Excalibur was named for the legendary sword of King Arthur. Formed by approximately 250 men and women members, the Krewe of Excalibur's medieval theme lends itself to grand costuming and a unique look. Led by a procession of fully-suited knights on horseback, this krewe featu…  read more »
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Krewe of Freret


The Krewe of Freret paraded for more than 40 years until the mid-1990s. In 2011, the resurgence of the krewe began with seven Loyola graduates who wanted to unify enthusiastic young professionals and infuse vigor into Carnival while revitalizing the Freret corridor. Today, the co-ed Krewe of Frer…  read more »
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Krewe of Hermes


In 1937, while America suffered through the Great Depression, a group of New Orleans businessman met to come up with a uniquely New Orleans’ solution to the city’s widespread woes: they decided to throw a party. Years later, after Hurricane Katrina, the krewe solved their problems the sa…  read more »
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Krewe of Iris


Organized in 1917, the Krewe of Iris is the oldest and one of the largest female Carnival organization for women. Holding strong to the honored Mardi Gras traditions in its tableau ball and parade, Iris members always wear white gloves and masks, maintaining the "mystery" of the season. Th…  read more »
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Krewe of Isis


The all-female Krewe of Isis first started parading in Kenner in 1973 before taking the standard Veterans Memorial Boulevard route in Jefferson Parish. Comprised of 250 riders and 21 floats, this Egyptian-themed krewe is known for its marching bands, dance teams and gloriously attired maids, as w…  read more »
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Krewe of Jefferson


In 1972, a former captain of the Krewe of Jason joined with a long-time friend, a former captain of the Krewe of Elks Orleanians truck parade, to organize the first Jefferson Mardi Gras in 1972. The first parade consisted of twelve truck floats down Veterans Highway in Metairie. Today the krewe c…  read more »
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Krewe of Joan of Arc


Founded in 2008, Joan of Arc is an annual walking parade honoring our unofficial patron saint, “The Maid of Orleans”. The event melds medieval revelry with the traditions of Mardi Gras. It’s a celebration of the city’s French culture and heritage as well as St Joan of Arc&rsq…  read more »
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Krewe of King Arthur


Founded in 1977 on the West Bank, the co-ed Krewe of King Arthur now parades on the New Orleans Uptown route. With 1,600+ members and 50+ floats, they are the largest parade on the first weekend of Carnival (known as “Family Sunday”) and the 7th largest Mardi Gras parade overall. The kre…  read more »
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Krewe of Kings


The Krewe of Kings is organized by veteran float builder Mac Cantrell, Jr. The co-ed krewe has approximately 180 members and will roll with 17 floats. The krewe’s goal is to bring floats with more elaborate artwork to Metairie parade route. Cantrell founded the Krewe of Thor in 1974 and ser…  read more »
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Krewe of Little Rascals


Founded in 1983, the Krewe of Little Rascals is America's longest-running Mardi Gras krewe for children. Named after the famous group of kids from TV and film, the krewe patterns itself after adult Carnival clubs in the city with a pre-Mardi-Gras ball and parade.  The Krewe was the visio…  read more »
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Krewe of Lyra


The Krewe of Lyra is a coed social networking organization and Mardi Gras krewe based on the Northshore. They were founded in 2010, as an all-women organization. They became coed in 2013. The krewe's mission is to positively assist the lives of people affected by mental illness. They have an …  read more »
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Krewe of Mid-City


Founded in 1933, the Krewe of Mid-City is the 5th-oldest continuously parading organization of the New Orleans Mardi Gras season. Often called "The best day parade in Mardi Gras," Mid-City has gained a reputation for having themes dedicated to children and for having some of the best bands…  read more »
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Krewe of Morpheus


Established in 2000, the Krewe of Morpheus is named for the Greek god of dreams. The krewe strives to be inclusive in membership, and is formed by more than 500 male and female riders. This krewe seeks to give paradegoers an 'old-school' parade experience.…  read more »
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Krewe of Muses


Organized in 2000, the Krewe of Muses is named after the legendary daughters of Zeus. In Greek mythology, muses were patrons of the arts and sciences, as well as sources of inspiration for artists, poets, philosophers, and musicians. The parade has become one of Mardi Gras' favorites, thanks …  read more »
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Krewe of NOMTOC


Founded in 1951, the Krewe of NOMTOC (New Orleans Most Talked Of Club) began parading on the West Bank in 1970. The inaugural parade had six floats, six bands, six marching units, one horse group and a motorcycle squardron. Today, this all-black krewe is comprised of 400 male and female riders, 2…  read more »
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Krewe of Nyx


Founded in 2012, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx is one of the city’s largest all-women's Mardi Gras krewes. It prides itself on embracing women of diverse backgrounds. Their motto is “Friends come and go, but a sister is forever.” Nyx (pronounced nicks) was the Greek goddess of the…  read more »
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Krewe of Okeanos


Founded in 1949, the Krewe of Okeanos is named for the Greek god of oceans and fertile valleys. It is sponsored by the Sonaeko Club (that’s Okeanos spelled backwards) Okeanos was originally formed to create a neighborhood parade on St. Claude. It later moved to the traditional Uptown/Downto…  read more »
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Krewe of Olympia


The Mystic Krewe of Olympia was formed in 1965 by a group of businessmen who wanted to bring a New Orleans-style parade to the Northshore. The Krewe parades through Covington in the evening two Saturdays before Fat Tuesday. They are also known for their Blue Jean Ball and Battle of the Bands.…  read more »
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Krewe of Orpheus


Founded in 1993, the Krewe of Orpheus takes its name from Zeus and Calliope’s musically inclined son. Founding members include musician/actor Harry Connick, Jr. and his father, Harry Connick, Sr., former New Orleans district attorney. With their first parade in 1994, the krewe of 700 members e…  read more »
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Krewe of Oshun


Founded in 1996, the Krewe of Oshun is named for the Yoruba goddess of love and intimacy. Led by the captain aboard a peacock float, the parade includes 20 Barry Barth floats, several bands who participate in a contest, and marching Baby Dolls. Throws include peacock figures and mugs. Oshun’s …  read more »
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Krewe of Pandora


Riding for the first time in 2016, The Krewe of Pandora are “the Jewels of Jefferson Parish Mardi Gras.” In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first mortal women created by the Gods. From Aphrodite, she received unparalleled beauty, grace and desire. Hermes gave her a cunning, deceitful mind and…  read more »
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Krewe of Paws


Founded in 2012, Olde Towne Slidell's canine carnival krewe is based at Café Du Bone Dog Bakery and Boutique. Members of the krewe parade their costumed pooches in wagons, strollers and shopping carts. Non-marching dogs are welcome along the route as well. (This is the only time you ca…  read more »
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Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club


Founded in 1953, the Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club supports the Pearl River Lions Club, a group that provides eye care for those who qualify. This beloved day parade in Pearl River is a family affair and the whole town comes out to celebrate together. The krewe rolls with up to15 floats, the Pearl…  read more »
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Krewe of Perseus


Founded in 1970, the Mystick Krewe of Perseus is Slidell’s oldest Carnival organization. Perseus was the Greek god and slayer of monsters (he beheaded the Gorgon Medusa (yeah, the one with snakes for hair). The son of Zeus and mortal Danaë, Perseus was also the half-brother and great gran…  read more »
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Krewe of Pontchartrain


Pontchartrain rolls on the first Saturday of the official New Orleans Mardi Gras season with some of Mardi Gras’ most memorable floats, such as “Mr. Mudbug” (the world’s largest crawfish) and a giant fish dubbed “The Super Grouper.” Organized in 1975 and named aft…  read more »
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Krewe of Poseidon


What better name than “Poseidon” for a krewe in Slidell, a community surrounded by water. The co-ed Krewe of Poseidon, named after the Greek god of the sea, earthquakes and horses, has grown to be one of the largest krewes on the Northshore. They typically roll with over 600 riders and a…  read more »
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Krewe of Proteus


Founded in 1882, the Krewe of Proteus is the second-oldest krewe in Carnival history. Their floats still use the original chassis from the 1880s. The organization is named after Proteus, the prophetic old man of the sea in Greek mythology, the shepherd of the sea’s flocks. A subject of Pose…  read more »
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Krewe of Pygmalion


In 2000, the Krewe of Pygmalion was founded by a group of Carnival veterans intent on providing a high-quality parade for the first week of the season. In Greek mythology, Pygmalion was a Cypress king who sculpted a statue of the sea nymph Galatea. So real and beautiful was the statue to Pygmalion, …  read more »
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Krewe of Rex


With his grand traditions, rich and colorful themes, elaborate costumes and hand-painted floats, Rex is the King of Carnival.  Rex, officially the School of Design, has held more parades than any other organization. They are the origin of many Mardi Gras traditions, including the official Ca…  read more »
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Krewe of Selene


The Krewe of Selene parades in Slidell on the Friday night before Mardi Gras. It was founded in 1998 by a group of local professional women. They’ve grown over the years to include almost 300 members. Past throws have included and-made elaborately decorated purses, star light-up wands and a va…  read more »
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Krewe of Slidellians


Founded by the Slidell Women's Civic Club in 1947, the Krewe of Slidellians takes the traditional Slidell parade route from Salmen High School to Gause near Hobby Lobby.  Unlike most krewes who pay for their Carnival parades with membership dues and only allow members to ride, this parad…  read more »
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Krewe of Tchefuncte


The Krewe of Tchefuncte, organized in 1973, is a boat parade that cruises the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville on the Sunday before Mardi Gras. The boat parade celebrates maritime life on the historic river.  Founded in 1817, Madisonville is one of the oldest communities in Louisiana and is …  read more »
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Krewe of Thoth


Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters. The krewe's original parade route was designed to serve people who were unable to attend other parades in the city. It passed in front of 14 institutions that cared for people…  read more »
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Krewe of Titans


The Mystic Krewe of Titans parade takes place in Slidell on the New Orleans Northshore. In Greek mythology, Titans were immortal giants of incredible strength who had deep knowledge of old religion rituals and magic. Before the Olympians came into power, the Titans ruled the cosmos.  Founded…  read more »
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Krewe of Tucks


The Krewe of Tucks began in 1969 as a group of Loyola University students. The name "Krewe of Tucks" comes from the name of the now non-existent Uptown pub where two college students decided to start their own krewe after failing at their attempt to become white flambeaux carriers. Fr…  read more »
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Krewe of Zulu


Early in 1909, a group of laborers in a club named “The Tramps” went to the Pythian Theater to see a musical comedy that included a skit entitled, "There Never Was and Never Will Be a King Like Me" about the Zulu Tribe. According to legend, after seeing the skit, they retired t…  read more »
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krewedelusion


krewedelusion is one of the city’s newest, satirical parades. It’s slogan: "The People Shall Rule – Until a Suitable Replacement Can Be Found." This unique parade krewe is comprised "innerkrewes" including the Guise of Fawkes, Krewe Dat 504, Krewe of Hellario…  read more »
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The Mystic Knights of Adonis


Founded in 1998, The Mystic Knights of Adonis was named after the Greek god who was the epitome of male beauty, admired by mortals and gods alike.  Comprised of around 200 male and female riders, this West Bank parade includes 16 floats and several marching bands. Along with the parade, the …  read more »
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The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale


The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale, founded in 2013, parades Uptown on the first Sunday of Mardi Gras season. Their colors are candy apple red, black and white and their signature throw is a designer ladies compact, symbolizing a constant inward and outward reflection. Cherchez La Femme, a 40-membe…  read more »
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Original Krewe of Orpheus


In 1987, eleven businessmen set out to form a new carnival krewe that would bring a first-class parade to Mandeville. Today, more than 30 years later, Orpheus is the Northshore's premier men's carnival organization. The krewe is famous for its handmade Pineloon throws (a pinecone on a gold …  read more »
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Phunny Phorty Phellows


Mardi Gras ends every year at the stroke of midnight with the mayor and police officers riding through the French Quarter on horseback. Here’s how it begins. Every year on Twelfth Night, the Phunny Phorty Phellows (or PPP) herald the arrival of Carnival by participating in a “Carnival…  read more »
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Société Des Champs Elysée


Celebrate Twelfth Night and the beginning of Carnival season with one of the city's newest Mardi Gras krewes – La Société Pas Si Secrète Des Champs-Élysées (The Not So Secret Society of the Elysian Fields), a.k.a, the Société Des Champs Elys…  read more »
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'tit Rəx


'tit Rəx is New Orleans first and only MicroKrewe. A group of artists, business people, teachers, workers and bon vivants founded 'tit Rəx in 2009 in a response to the super krewes constantly setting records for floats, throws and extravagance. 'tit Rəx takes an opposite approach f…  read more »