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Parade Preview for Sunday, January 31, 2016
Posted: January 31, 2016

This year's reshuffled parade schedule in uptown New Orleans features the city's newest parade going first rather than last as it did in 2015. At 11 AM the African-American female club, Femme Fatale leads off a quartet of parades. The day's oldest parade, the Krewe of Carrollton follows with its largest membership ever-450 men. Krewe-emblemed throws include Fedora hats and decorated shrimp boots. The 610 Stompers and the Rolling Elvi will perform. King Arthur's band of 975 merry men and women, also its largest membership ever, follow with 34-floats with the theme King Arthur's Classified Information. Throws include selfie sticks and shield-shaped doubloons. The Krewe of Alla, which includes Legion of Mars members, follows with a 24-float parade entitled A Salute to American Icons. The Alla parade always features a large number of high quality marching bands. In Slidell the 31st Dionysus parade rolls with the theme Dionysus Tours the World. For the animal lovers of New Orleans, the 24th annual Krewe of Barkus parade strolls through the French Quarter Sunday afternoon commencing near Armstrong Park. This year's theme is From the Dog House to the White House. On the Northshore in Madisonville, the 43rd annual Krewe of Tchefuncte Boat Parade cruises up and down the riverfront starting at 1 PM. Because of Sunday's Super bowl, the Corps de Napoleon's parade rolls tonight instead of its regular spot next Sunday. This will help the crowds at Family Gras in Metairie. The 250 male and female member group presents a 21-float parade entitled Napoleon Jet Sets. The parade includes horse-drawn carriages and an appearance by the Mardi Gras Indians. Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni rides as guest grand marshal.

Friday Night preview
Posted: January 29, 2016

The official parade season starts tonight and there are more parades on this weekend than next-21 major float parades in a four parish area, not including the "alternative parades" of Cork, Barkus, tit Rex, Chewbacchus, and the boat parade of Tchefuncte.

Friday night features a double-header uptown with Oshun and Cleopatra, while Eve rolls in Mandeville. In Metairie you'll see Excalibur and Athena.

And don't forget the free concert at Carnival on the Square across from Gallier Hall, and Family Gras in Metairie.

Posted: January 28, 2016

The official start of the Mardi Gras Parade Season is Friday, January 29.

The weather should be terrific this weekend, so join me at the parades.

Posted: January 28, 2016

Friday morning on Fox 8 Morning News I will be on live around 8:15 with a weekend preview, and again live on the 4 PM and 5 PM newscasts at the start of the Oshun parade.

During the 9PM Fox 8 newscast, I will present a profile of Carnival memorabilia collector Herbie LeBlanc.

I will also be on WWL Radio with Timmy Tucker at 9:20 AM.

My parade previews and feature stories start Friday in the New Orleans Advocate.

Posted: January 25, 2016

Fat Tuesday is two weeks from today! And the weather for this weekend’s parade looks super.

The Krewe of Orpheus announced yesterday that Nathan Fillion from the ABC hit series, "Castle," will reign as monarch. Joining Fillion on his ride will be his real-life leading lady, Krista Allen, star of CW’s "Significant Mother." Orpheus co-founder Harry Connick Jr. will also ride. Headlining the 2016 Orpheuscapade will be Chevy Metal featuring Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters fame, The Party Crashers, No Limits and Bianca Del Rio.

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