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Mardi Gras 2018 is February 13, 2018!


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January 14, 2018

Corps de Napoleon founder and captain Irvy Cosse passed away last Friday, January 12.

The Rex organization once again donated $1 million in grants to 63 organizations involved in education in New Orleans.

Cyndi Lauper, Michael McDonald, and John Oates will perform at this year’s annual Family Gras concert series during the first weekend of February.

Zulu has announced that Spike Lee will ride as its celebrity guest in its 2018 parade, which will salute the Tricentennial.

Join Peggy Scott and Errol Laborde for King Cake and Conversation on January 20 at 10 AM at the studios of WYES. Tickets at

The Historic New Orleans Collection will present "The History of the Baby Dolls" on January 17 at 6 PM. Reservations at or 504 523-4662.

Keegan-Michael Key, an American actor, writer, and producer, star of Key & Peele, Why Him, Netflix’s Friend’s From College, and the upcoming feature The Predator, will ride atop the Monarch float of the Krewe of Orpheus.

Theme of this year’s Krewe duVieux parade is Bienville’s Wet Dream.

The Mystic Krewe of Barkus, the only officially licensed Mardi Gras krewe for canines, will transform the French Quarter into doggie parade central with the theme, Game of Bones: Barkus Marks Its Territory, Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 2 PM.

The Krewe of Muses 2018 Parade Ride eBay Auction is underway. Join the Goddesses for a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a woman (over 18 years of age) to ride in the all-female Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Join the Friends of the Cabildo and the Louisiana State Museum for two nights only as they open the impressive Carnival Collection for an exclusive behind-the-scenes viewing of historic costumes and other rarely seen artifacts:
Wayne Phillips, Curator of Costumes and Textiles for the Louisiana State Museum, will guide you through an in-depth, first-hand look at Carnivals of years past through a tour of the storage rooms of the State Museum, usually off limits to the general public. Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $20 for Friends of the Cabildo and Louisiana Museum Foundation members. Tickets are limited. Only 20 guests per showing. For tickets click here or call the Friends of the Cabildo at 504-523-3939 to reserve your place.

PPP route change

January 06, 2018

Tonight’s PPP parade will u turn at Lee Circle because of electrical problems on the track near Canal Street.


January 04, 2018

From 7-9 AM PizzaNola at 141 West Harrison Avenue is hosting a King Cake Party with live music from Benny Grunch and the Bunch, free breakfast from BAWK, coffee from Coast Roast, and the grand arrival of the King Cake from Dong Phuong Bakery.

At 10 AM at Mardi Gras World, MAYOR MITCH LANDRIEU, along with officials from all 35 Orleans Parish parading krewes, will kick off the Carnival season with a press conference and king cake cutting ceremony. The Mayor will be presented official posters from Rex and Zulu.

At 2 PM in front of Lakeside Shopping Center, JEFFERSON PARISH will hold a Carnival Kick Off event at Mardi Gras Plaza.

The PHUNNY PHORTY PHELLOWS roll along the St. Charles line in a vintage green streetcar at 7 PM, accompanied by the Storyville Stompers Brass Band. The ride is scheduled to run from the Willow Street Car Barn, just off South Carrollton Avenue, and go all the way downtown to Canal Street and back.

CHRIS OWENS hosts a Twelfth Night Party from 6-8 PM at the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 1010 Conti Street (by $30 admission).

At 7 PM, the JOAN OF ARC walking parade will begin in the French Quarter at Toulouse and Decatur, ending at Washington Artillery Park, just across from Jackson Square. The procession includes krewe members in medieval costumes and armor, horse-back riders, dance troupes and angels, all recounting the story of the saint’s brief but eventful life.

The NOT SO SECRET SOCIETY OF THE ELYSIAN FIELDS rolls at 7:30 PM on the new Rampart-St. Claude line. They will leave the Elysian Fields Station at Elysian Fields and St. Claude, and go to Union Station and back again.

NEW—Fireworks on the river at 9 PM.

On the Northshore in downtown Covington, the ST. JOHN’S FOOLS OF MISRULE will march at 6 PM down E. Lockwood Street to the Covington Trailhead. Accompanied by the Big Fun Jazz Band, the costumed maskers will include flambeaux carriers and fire breathers and will also celebrate the group’s favorite fermented beverage, beer.


January 01, 2018

Look for a fireworks display on Twelfth Night on the Mississippi River. And expect the Lundi Gras celebration on Mardi Gras Eve to move from its traditional venue as Spanish Plaza undergoes renovation. Activities will take place in the Convention Center Plaza at Julia and Convention Center Blvd.

The city's official parade reviewing stand, Gallier Hall, has been gussied up for the Tricentennial, which will be saluted by several krewes this year, most notably by Rex, Hermes, King Arthur, Endymion and Orpheus.

With the Canal Street loop now eliminated, affecting some 20 parades and scores of businesses and hotels along that portion of the route, some krewes are looking for ways to extend their routes. Sparta and Hermes will start their parades on Jefferson and Magazine instead of Napoleon Avenue. Sparta and Hermes have moved their parades up 30 minutes. Minor alterations in starting points will also affect Alla, Iris, and Pontchartrain and the ending spot for Hermes.

Significant anniversaries in 2018 include the Corner Carnival Club, 100 years, 50 years for Bacchus,Tucks and Armenius, and 25 years for Orpheus. The Bacchus anniversary parade, with J.K. Simmons riding as Bacchus L, will be televised on WWL-TV and the krewe is also publishing a history book commemorating its first half-century.
Last September the Krewe of Endymion announced that Rod Stewart and Jason Derulo would headline their Extravaganza at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2018. Captain and founder Ed Muniz has now led the krewe for a record-setting 52 years.

The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club suffered damage to its headquarters on North Broad during May’s floods but has made a full recovery.

In Orleans Parish, after 42 years as founder and captain of the Krewe of Pontchartrain, Sam Z. Scandiliato turns over the reins to his son, Sam T. Scandiliato.
The mega-Krewe of Thoth will feature more animation in 2018.

Membership continues to surge in female krewes based in Orleans Parish. Nyx leads the way with more than 3,320 members, followed by 2,048 in Iris, 1,118 in Muses and 900 in Cleopatra. On the subject of female groups that contribute to Carnival, the popular Pussyfooters marching club has raised over $100,000 for Metropolitan Center Community Advocacy over the years.

The Legion of Mars has broken away from the Krewe of Alla and will parade with the Krewe of Freret.

Float builder Barry Kern of Kern Artists reports his company has fully rebuilt 10 Endymion floats, built three new signature floats for Bacchus, two for Orpheus and Tucks, and one each for Hermes and Muses.

In an effort to shorten the length of parades, the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Advisory Committee has recommended that only one unit be placed between floats and not more than twelve units appear in the front of the parade before the first float. The group is also working on a recommendation to get the issue of tents on neutral grounds under control.

The Krewe of Excalibur will eliminate the Bonnabel Boulevard loop for its parade on the opening night of the season in Metairie. Meanwhile, the Krewe of Pandora, which paraded in 2016 then took a break last year, announced its return with a schedule change from its Lundi Gras slot to the Sunday before Fat Tuesday as part of a tripleheader.

The Krewe of Athena, which had earlier announced plans to move to the West Bank in 2018 after following the Krewe of Excalibur for the past three years, is set to be part of the Sunday line up that includes Napoleon at 4:30, Athena at 5:30, and at Pandora at 6:30.

In Slidell, St. Tammany's largest city, the Krewe of Poseidon is becoming a night parade with a 6 PM starting time on Saturday, January 27, 2018. And the fun-loving Mona Lisa & Moon Pie moves to a post-Carnival season date of March 10.

Mardi Gras Decorators purchased Da Floats earlier this year. They provide floats to the northshore parades of Poseidon, Selene, Dionysus, and the Original Orpheus.

A new walking club debuts in Covington—the Krewe of Bananas Fosters—which hopes to bring public attention to the plight of children in the foster care system.

Following the two downtown Covington parades on Fat Tuesday, a post-parade Carnival celebration featuring a costume contest and entertainment will be at the Covington Trailhead at noon.


December 20, 2017

General distribution of the 2018 Mardi Gras Guide begins after Christmas, but the following retail outlets already have copies available:

Beads by the Dozen
333 Edwards Ave.
Harahan, LA 70123

Plush Appeal
2812 Toulouse St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Barnes & Noble
3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002

Gambino’s Bakery
4821 Veterans Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70006

Garden District Bookstore
2727 Prytania St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Angelo Brocato’s
214 N. Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Place
New Orleans, LA 70130

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