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2015 Mardi Gras Guide
Posted: December 12, 2014

The 2015 Mardi Gras Guide went to press at 10 AM Friday, December 12.

Distribution of the magazine begins shortly after Christmas, when a digital version of the 39th annual edition will also be released for the same $4.99 price.

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Book Signing
Posted: November 06, 2014

The fifth revised (2014) edition of my coffee table book, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, An Illustrated History, has arrived from the printer and is available with free shipping from my site,

I will be doing several book signings, starting this Saturday from 1-3 PM at Winn Dixie, 3008 Holiday Drive in Algiers.

Posted: October 02, 2014

Endymion founder and Captain, Ed Muniz, announced some of the celebrity riders and performers for Mardi Gras' Main Event, the Krewe of Endymion Parade & Extravaganza! Endymion rolls on the streets and into the Superdome on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2015. Country music superstar, Luke Bryan will headline the Extravaganza along with Simply Irresistible, Groovy 7 and The Wise Guys!

America's largest neighborhood block party kicks it all off on Saturday, February 14th at noon. Samedi Gras attendance swells to 35,000+ and features area favorites the Topcats, Groovy 7 and The Bucktown All Stars! Endymion rolls after Samedi Gras at 4:30 on the traditional Mid-City route!

Posted: September 18, 2014

The Krewe of ISIS, which has been parading in Jefferson Parish for more than forty years, has no plans to change its name because of current events in the Middle East. The captain said:

"No name change here. We ARE the Krewe of Isis, not an acronym and for 43 years our name has represented a wonderful group of woman who are proud American and who will not give in or give up a title we have created and maintained with dignity and pride!"

Meanwhile, the Order of Isis in Mobile is going to parade under the name OOI for the foreseeable future.

Posted: September 17, 2014

KREWES FOR KOPS Tomorrow Night

The Third Annual KREWES FOR KOPS, a fund raiser for the NOPD sponsored by the parading krewes, is set for September 18, at Fulton Alley, 600 Fulton Street, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. $40 at the door. For more information contact Kellie Barnes,


The summer’s biggest news has been the Krewe of Alla's decision to accept women within its ranks.

KREWE NEWS from their Captains
This week we asked the captains of all parading organizations to share summer news about their clubs. Here's what the respondents had to say:

The Knights of Sparta have established a new "Leonidas Memorial Award" to honor our fallen Spartan Brothers who we deem worthy of special recognition. Leonidas was the leader of the Spartan warriors at the Battle of Thermopile and was considered the bravest of all Spartans.

The award plaque will be affixed to our Signature Float and bear the names of the recipients as the years go on. The "Inaugural Class" of recipients will be announced at the Sparta Bal Masque the coming year.

The Krewe of IRIS's charity committee, known as Operation: BLOOM has successfully organized 3 community service based projects already this year for the 2014-15 Krewe Members to participate and/or donate towards.

On July 26th (65) Krewe of IRIS members teamed up to form Team "Glowin IRIS" in the Black Light Run at the NOLA Motorsports Park in support of New Orleans Children's Hospital.

Then on August 16th (20) Krewe of IRIS members, including 2 Officers, the Captain and even our 2014 Queen, volunteered and participated in our first ever "IRIS Build Day" with the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity.

Just this past week at our September 8th Krewe Meeting, we held a very successful donation drive for our furry friends at Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO). We collected over $1,400 in requested pet supplies, medications and monetary donations.

And we are not done yet... on deck we have signed up and are getting our costumes and (20) Krewe of IRIS members ready for our volunteer night (October 25th) at Boo at the Zoo, a fundraiser for Children's Hospital.

Tucks membership grew by over two hundred to over 1200. Tucks is building 3 new signature floats one a tandem. Funky Tucks and Funky Fox will have an additional unit making it the largest three-unit float in Mardi Gras. The identity of the four new units will be released shortly before the parade. In addition to the four new units being built, Tucks will have four additional theme floats to go with the 18 theme floats and the 10 signature floats.

The two new female parading krewes, both predominately African American, report good progress toward mounting successful inaugural
processions in 2015.

The KREWE OF ATHENA CARNIVAL CLUB, INC. was established in March of 2014. Spearheaded by a group of Mardi Gras veterans, Athena was born out of the desire to create a Mardi Gras Krewe open to professional women from diverse backgrounds. The krewe's goal is to promote a sense of community through service, fellowship, and fun. We are excited to host our Inaugural Ball and Parade during the 2015 Mardi Gras Season. Our parade is the first Friday of Mardi Gras, Feb 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM on the traditional Veterans route.

Meanwhile, the newest parade in Orleans Parish posted this news:

The MYSTIC KREWE OF FEMME FATALE recently received approval by the New Orleans City Council to parade during the 2015 Mardi Gras season. The all-female krewe is set to roll the first weekend, Sunday, February 8, on the traditional Uptown route.

"This was a really wonderful surprise as we had been preparing to ride in 2016, based on previous discussions related to obtaining the permit,” said Founder and Board President Gwen Rainey. “It's an exciting time for women in New Orleans and history in the making! We are now part of a colorful tapestry and are ready to join the cultural landscape of the Crescent City."

Predominantly African-American, MKFF seeks to offer women of all creeds and colors a unique opportunity to promote and support New Orleans’ cultural landscape, while uplifting the community. It is now accepting applications for new members and riders (at least 21 years of age) for the 2015 Carnival season. For information, email

While the KREWE OF ZEUS lost its permit to parade in Metairie in 2015, the captain reports:

The Krewe of Zeus are actively working with St. Charles Parish Officials, Civic Groups, Businesses, and Ormond Residents on the Logistics involved in the crafting of our proposed Feb 7th 2015 return of the Zeus traditional nighttime neighborhood parade. We hope to announce publicly our plans of this historic endeavor early next month.

The KREWE OF ADONIS, whose Jefferson Parish parade permit has been restored, announced:

Mystic Knights of Adonis is alive and well. We will be rolling on the 1st Saturday of Carnival in our usual time and slot, Saturday, February 7 at 11:45 am. We will be following our usual route, starting in Algiers on Gen. DeGaulle an ending at Oakwood Shopping Center. Also our Mid-Year Mardi Gras (our version of a coronation) will take place Halloween weekend (Costume Party). Anyone interested in attending please call Mary Dufresne 504-352-8165.

The 2015 Mardi Gras Guide is now in production.

The fifth revised and expanded edition of our Mardi Gras In New Orleans, An Illustrated History, will be released November 1.

Both publications may be pre-ordered from this website.

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