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Mardi Gras 2018 is February 13, 2018!

 

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Sunday Parade Preview

February 11, 2018

The Sunday parade calendar features four parades and starts early at 11 AM.

Travel with Okeanos is the theme of the 69th Okeanos procession. The 275-member club tosses crawfish trays, doubloons in several colors and sand pails from its 21 floats.

Though the club no longer parades through its namesake neighborhood, the Krewe of Mid-City remains a fan favorite with its unique tin foil covered floats. The theme of the 85th annual parade is Mid-City Touring Company. The 200 members throw plush fleur de lis, T-shirts, vinyl stress dolls, potato chips, and doubloons in several colors.

The krewe of Thoth, with a membership of more than 1,700 men and a procession of 38 floats, has become one of Carnival’s most anticipated events. The 71st anniversary parade is entitled, That’s the Way We Roll. Singer Luther Kent rides as Grand Marshal. Themed-related throws include Thoth toilet paper and plush “Thothie Rolls.” Other featured throws are fidget spinners, Fedora hats, and dice-shaped doubloons. Thoth should be saluted not only for its wonderful parade but also for its community outreach as it brings Carnival joy to shut-ins along the parade route.

Starting at 5:15 PM it’s Bacchus, the club that changed Mardi Gras when it debuted in 1969 and now has a membership of 1,600 men. Bacchus L, J.K. Simmons and 30 riding lieutenants lead the krewe’s colorful procession entitled, Bacchus Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary. Two new walking mascots debut this year, along with two new signature floats, the four-float tandem Baccaneer, and Baccakong, featuring three members of the Kong family. Among Bacchus’s many logo items are golden boxing gloves, lighted pirate books, and eye patches. The parade ends inside the Morial Convention Center where the Bacchus Rendezvous is staged

In Metairie there’s a triple-header starting with the Corps de Napoleon, which sadly lost its captain and founder last month. The group’s 300 male and female members roll at 4:30 with a 23-float parade entitled Napoleon’s Time Machine. The 38th annual procession includes several horse-drawn carriages and a band contest.

Following Napoleon is the fourth annual parade of the African-American Krewe of Athena, which used to parade on the first Friday night of the parade season. The krewe promises 335 members aboard 20 floats, whose parade theme is the longest of any this season—Athena Presents Hidden Figures–A Tribute to American Sheroes. Expect to catch fidgets spinner and the cub’s signature throw, the Fedora hat.

The female Krewe of Pandora returns to the parade calendar after a one-year hiatus. The 16-float parade features 200 members who will toss their signature item, hand-decorated boxes.

Saturday Parade Preview

February 10, 2018

We can expect larger crowds on this weekend than on Fat Tuesday. The Saturday before Mardi Gras features five parades starting at 10:45 in the morning when NOMTOC rolls its 48th annual Carnival parade. NOMTOC stands for New Orleans’ Most Talked Of Club. This predominately African-American krewe presents a 25-float parade entitled 300 Reasons to Love New Orleans. Among their many throws, the 650 members will toss their signature Jugman medallions and fidget spinners.

Iris, Carnival’s oldest female krewe, which celebrated its centennial last year, parades uptown at 11 AM with 37 floats and record high membership of 2,048. This year’s theme is Iris Begins a New Era. Throws include Iris plush king cake baby dolls, Iris hard hats, and the club’s signature throw, hand-decorated sunglasses.

The Krewe of Tucks celebrates a special anniversary with its 45-float parade entitled 50 Shades of Gold. This 1,600-member club of men and women are known for their irreverence. Signature floats include Funky Tucks, Friar Tuck, Naughtyham, and the Giant Royal Throne float. New floats to debut include the Brothel Funk Tucks and an animated Friar Tucks float. Tucks throws a wide assortment of signature items, including socks and logo toilet paper in three colors. 1,200 numbered toilet brushes decorated by the Magnolia School will be handed out.

Endymion’s day begins hours before the parade starts at 4:15 PM with the Samedi Gras Festival on Orleans Avenue at Noon.

Under the leadership of captain and founder Ed Muniz, Carnival’s largest male krewe presents a parade entitled Jazz-Our Gift to the World. This super-super-krewe of 3,300 men features the spectacular nine-section Pontchartrain Beach float, the E-TV float, and the Club Endymion float, which salutes the Superdome.

All props feature new LED lighting. Some 30 college and high school bands will perform. The men will be throwing Endymion lighted theme pillows and lighted laser spinners. Also expect doubloons in several colors and a wide array of other krewe -logo merchandise. Rod Stewart and Jason Derulo will entertain more than 20,000 guests at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the post-parade Endymion Extravaganza.

The 200 female members of the Krewe of Isis, the oldest Carnival organization in Jefferson Parish, celebrates its 47th anniversary with the theme, Saturday in the Park. Leading the parade for the 46th time is the Ponchatoula High School Band. This year’s most popular throw may be the new Ankh-shaped doubloons. Marching bands will participate in the Rhythm on the Route band contest.

Six parades roll on Friday evening

February 09, 2018

In New Orleans the Hermes parade features new starting and ending points and an earlier starting time. Flambeaux and masked lieutenants on horseback surround the club’s 30 floats. The theme is New Orleans Arts and Letters. The 780 male maskers will wear lighted costumes. Throws include Hermes plush storybooks and Tricentennial themed lighted medallions. Be sure to enjoy the Talladega College Marching Band and the 610 Stompers.

The 545 men of Le Krewe d’Etat present their a 24-float satirically themed parade. Signature floats include the Dictator’s Royal Navy and the Dictator’s Guard. The Candy Wagon and the Dictator’s Banana Wagon are also included, both pulled by mules. Check out the Dancing Dawlins, the New Orleans Nymphs, the Prime Time Brass Band from New York and the Budweiser Clydesdales. The fabled Skeleton Walking Krewe will hand out wooden nickels and the club’s Carnival Bulletin,

The Krewe of Morpheus features more than 700 male and female members. The 18th annual parade rolls with a 24-float procession with the theme Morpheus Goes Wild. Look for six tandem floats and expect to see 16 marching bands. Top throws include sheep-shaped doubloons and red, white and blue Tricentennial doubloons.

Centurions parades in Metairie for the 39th time with 17 floats. This year’s theme is Treasures of the Sea. Marching bands will participate in the Rhythm on the Route band contest. Signature items to be tossed by the krewe’s 300 male and female members include doubloons in three colors and foam swords.

In Slidell the 20-year-old Krewe of Selene presents an 18-float procession entitled, Selene Through Twenty Years. A special past royalty float will feature former kings and queens. Hand-made decorated purses are Selene’s top throws.

The Original Orpheus krewe in Mandeville made a comeback in 2016 year after a three-year hiatus. The 200 members again plan a 13-float parade entitled Orpheus Goes to the Movies. Look for the club’s landmark throw, the pineloon—a pinecone with a doubloon glued to the underside.

Parade Preview

February 08, 2018

For many locals Mardi Gras weekend really begins on Thursday. The trio of krewes that roll tonight have paraded in three different centuries.

Led by their captain on a mini-float and 12 lieutenants on horseback, the 305 Knights of Babylon roll first for the 79th time with 26 floats. King Sargon’s float is mule-drawn and surrounded by flambeaux. Krewe-emblemed throws include jester pillows, 3D cups, but the Knights’ most collectible throws will be the fourth edition of the Babylon t-shirt, which proclaims, “Carnival Begins When Babylon Rolls.” The final float salutes the Tricentennial of New Orelans.

Following Babylon are the Knights of Chaos, founded in 2000, a reincarnation of the Knights of Momus, which paraded from 1872-1991. Chaos purchased the old Momus floats, which are decorated by Royal Artists. Expect political satire in this parade. The 225 men of Chaos throw float-specific cards and periwinkle blue anodized doubloons, Flambeaux are traditionally featured in the procession whose theme is Nature Calls.

The final parade of the evening belongs to Muses, which has been credited with transforming Carnival in a way not seen since the birth of Bacchus in 1969. Muses can rightly take credit for the growth and popularity of new female krewes. Innovative signature throws and the addition of bawdily named, middle aged female marching groups have become the club’s trademarks. The 1,118 female-member krewe promises a 26-float procession, including a new Goddesy float for the officers. The theme is Night at the Museum. Muses’s signature floats include the Shoe, the Bathtub and the new duck family floats introduced last year. This year’s Honorary Muse is New Orleans Mayor Elect, Latoya Cantrell. The club produces an incredible assortment of more than 30 krewe-logo items. One of the most coveted items of the season is the Muses decorated shoe. The Sirens float, the final one in the parade, is one of the season’s best and is worth waiting for.

ARTHUR HARDY MEDIA WATCH

February 08, 2018

The next few days, rain or shine, will be busy ones for me

WWL 870 AM RADIO


My parade preview reports will air during the news at 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM, noon and on your drive home at 5:30 PM.

WYES (PBS) Channel 12


Steppin Out-It’s Carnival Time with Errol and Peggy Scott Laborde

Friday 7:30 PM and 11 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM
Tuesday 10 AM

I will also be a guest on the annual Meeting of the Courts at 10:15 PM

NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE


My daily parade previews continue in the daily New Orleans Advocate and the follow feature stories will run:

Friday, Feb. 09
Henri Schindler

Saturday, Feb. 10
Tucks 50tth Anniversary

Sunday, Feb. 11
Louis Armstrong

Monday, Feb. 12
Orpheus 25th anniversary

Tuesday, Feb. 13
Truck Krewes

WVUE FOX 8


I will be live at the start of the parades with Katherine Muzzone today and tomorrow during the 4 PM and 5 PM newscasts.

Tonight during the 9 PM newscast a story of the 50th anniversary of the Krewe of Tucks will run. Friday we present a story on Orpheus’s 25th anniversary.

Saturday I will help cover the Endymion parade and Extravaganza with John Snell and Nancy Parker inside the Superdome.

On Lundi Gras I will be with Liz Reyes covering the arrival of Rex at 6PM

LE KREWE D’ETAT


Check out float number five in Friday’s d’Etat parade.

That’s me in the middle!


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