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One more look back at the spectacle that was Spanish Town Parade 2015

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- With a boost from dad Al Camp, Belle, 4, left, takes beads from a rider as the pair are joined by friends Benjamin Forkner and his daughter Valentina, 4, as the Spanish Town Parade rolls down Spanish Town Road, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

The crowds are gone, the streets are clean and parade mascot “Flessie” is back with her rightful owners after a brief time on the lam. The spectacle that is the Spanish Town Parade is over for another year. But we couldn’t resist just one more look back at the highlights ... with… Continue reading →

Myer, Dixon reign over festivities in Community Carnival Parade

Photo provided by Tommy Comeaux -- New Roads Mayor Robert Myer and Kayla Alacia Dixon are the king and queen of the 2015 Community Center Carnival Parade in New Roads.

New Roads Mayor Robert Myer served as king and Kayla Alacia Dixon as queen of this year’s Community Center Carnival Parade in New Roads, which is said to be the state’s oldest Mardi Gras parade outside of New Orleans. It’s the first time a sitting New Roads mayor has served as the… Continue reading →

Video: New Roads Lions Club, Community Center of Pointe Coupee parades

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge's Jasmyne Daniel, 6, left, gets a strand of just-caught beads draped over her by Baton Rouge's Easter Sterling, right, a Southern University Police Dept. dispatcher, at the Community Center of Pointe Coupee Parade, the first of two Mardi Gras parades to roll in New Roads on Fat Tuesday. Others in background, left to right, are Vanessa Williams, Brennan Landry, 5, and Romonich Lee, visiting from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Revelers in New Roads braved chilly temps to celebrate Mardi Gras with two parades.… Continue reading →

Photos: Rex, King of Carnival presents its 134th Mardi Gras procession

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Rex, Christian

“Wars That Shaped Early America” was the theme of Rex. Led down St. Charles Aveue by the U.S. Marine Corps Band, the parade features floats like “Beuf Gras” and “Jester” and “Butterfly King.” Rex is the city’s oldest parading organization.… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Zulu features quirky floats and highly sought after throws

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A member of the Tramps leads the way at the start of  the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade on Jackson Avenue. 50 floats and 100 marching units comprised this year's Zulu parade Tuesday, February 17, 2015, Mardi Gras. Featuring signature character floats like

50 floats and 100 marching units comprised this year’s Krewe of Zulu parade Tuesday, February 17, 2015, Mardi Gras. Featuring signature character floats like “The Big Shot,” “The Witch Doctor,” “Ambassador” and “Governor,” Zulu throws perhaps the most sought after throw in carnival, the coconut.… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Argus parades through Metairie

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--   Captain Lawrence Chehardy throws beads from his float as 600 men, women and children rode in the Krewe of Argus on Mardi Gras in Metairie, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Parading under the theme

600 men, women and children rode 20 floats as the Krewe of Argus paraded on Mardi Gras in Metairie Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The theme this year was “Argus Superheroes.” Johnny Matesich and Madeline Cvitanovich reigned as king and queen.… Continue reading →

Photos: Pete Fountain and his Half-Fast Walking krewe one of the many parades across south Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club parades down St. Charles Ave. for their 55th year on Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, in New Orleans, La., Feb. 17, 2015.

From the Bywater to Riverbend, from the river to the lake, New Orleans marked 2015 Mardi Gras with costumes, revelry and the sort of party that can only happen in the city that care forgot.… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Proteus entertains revelers with its venerable traditions

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  The Krewe of Proteus Parades down Napoleon Ave. Monday, February 16, 2015. Founded in 1882, the Krewe of Proteus is the second-oldest krewe in Carnival history. Their floats still use the original chassis from the 1880's.

Proteus is carnival’s second oldest parading organization, founded in 1881. It’s theme this year was “Nature of the Beasts.” 230 members paraded on 20 floats, including those built on vintage chassis from the 19th century.… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Orpheus conjures up its magic

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  The Krewe of Orpheus Parades down Napoleon Ave. Monday, February 16, 2015. Founded in 1993, the Krewe of Orpheus takes its name from the musically inclined son of Zeus and Calliope. Founding members included Harry Connick, both the junior and senior.

“The Magic of an Ordinary Day” was the theme of this year’s Krewe of Orpheus parade Monday, February 16, 2015. 1200 male and female riders rode 36 floats including super floats like “Smokey Mary” which carried 230 riders.… Continue reading →

Lundi Gras no longer a respite between weekend parades and Fat Tuesday

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Rex, King of Carnival, Christian T. Brown, addressed members of the press after his arrival by train at Spanish Plaza for Lundi Gras on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Lundi Gras used to be a day of rest for people in New Orleans who had spent the weekend partying and wanted to recharge for the final series of parades on Mardi Gras. However, that concept of Lundi Gras was a distant memory Monday, when a multitude of distractions meant revelers could while away the final hours… Continue reading →

The Ultimate Mardi Gras Survival Guide

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ ---  Revelers costume through out the French Quarter and Canal Street and William H. Hines as Rex parades with his krewe to the theme of , All Creatures Great and Small, on Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The Rex parade comes down St. Charles Avenue towards Canal Street. ‚??MAGS OUT / INTERNET  OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

We all do Mardi Gras in our own way, whether we’re ensconced along a parade route, hopping between house parties or wandering the festive streets with family and friends. However you do it, it’s not a normal day by any stretch and it calls for some special considerations before you leave the house.… Continue reading →

Mardi Gras: City or Country: How you celebrate is all about where you celebrate

Advocate file photo --- Tyrone Casby, Big Chief of the Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians tribe, parades in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans in 2014.

When it comes to Mardi Gras, there’s a city party and a country party. Feathers can fly in either. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Creole folklore Professor Barry Ancelet explained the differences between the two. “In Louisiana, we inherited two models of Mardi Gras,” said Ancelet. “One urban… Continue reading →

Le Krewe du Roi theme turns Carl F. Grant Civic Center into bird sanctuary

Photos by Guzzardo Photography -- Ball Captain Rodney Blanchard, King John P. Morgan, Queen Madison Paige Gullatt and Ball Captain Paige Blanchard

Le Krewe du Roi turned the Carl F. Grant Civic Center into a sanctuary of beautiful birds, complete with a gilded cage and nest surrounded by trees, for its 51st annual Mardi Gras Ball on Feb. 14. Reigning over the evening were King Roi LI John P. Morgan and Queen Roi… Continue reading →

Photos: The Krewe of Comogo rolls in Plaquemine

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- A float in the Krewe of Comogo parade rolls Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Plaquemine, La.

The Krewe of Comogo was formed in memory of Brenda Comeaux.and it is the Only Night Time Parade Krewe in Iberville Parish started in 2013. The parade that normally rolls on Lundi Gras was changed to Sunday because of the weather.… Continue reading →

Photos: Uptown parade revelers turn out to party with Bacchus

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  The float Officers of Bacchus rides down St. Charles Avenue during the Krewe of Bacchus in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Parading under the theme

John C. Reilly reigned as Bacchus as the super krewe wound its massive floats down St. Charles Avenue Sunday, February 15, 2015. The theme was “Children’s Stories That Live Forever.”… Continue reading →

One of Baton Rouge’s biggest celebrations, Spanish Town parade wows Valentine’s Day crowd

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Parade-goers grapple for throws from riders as the Spanish Town Parade rolls down Spanish Town Road, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

The average American celebrates Valentine’s Day with chocolates and cards. In Baton Rouge, however, the holiday coincided with the annual Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade, calling for a strange hodgepodge of red hearts and pink flamingos, beer and beads, children and dogs. While the parade has earned a colorful reputation in its 35-year history,… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Okeanos

Advocate photo by ERIKA GOLDRING --

“Okeanos Parades the Kings” was the theme of this year’s Krewe of Okeanos parade Sunday, February 15, 2015. Wayne Ralph Wetzel reigned as Okeanos.… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Mid-City

Advocate photo by ERIKA GOLDRING --

“Dey All Axed for You!” was the theme to this year’s Krewe of Mid-City parade Sunday, February 15, 2015. Marvin Kocian and Victoria Michelle Cambise reigned as king and queen.… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Thoth

Advocate photo by ERIKA GOLDRING --1600 members paraded on 40 floats during the Krewe of Thoth parade Sunday, February 15, 2015, in New Orleans.

1600 members paraded on 40 floats during the Krewe of Thoth parade Sunday, February 15, 2015. “Thoth Says...Express Yourself” was the theme and Jesse M. “Buddy” Hartle, Jr. and Elizabeth Grace Noya reigned as king and queen.… Continue reading →

Photos: Pink wigs, beads, jackets, more; Spanish Town parade draws colorful Baton Rouge crowd

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Parade-goers grapple for throws from riders aboard the Wasted Kruises float as the Spanish Town Parade rolls down Spanish Town Road, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

This year’s theme is “St. Valentine’s Day Masquerade”… Continue reading →

Special king Shelby Holmes reigns over this year’s Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU fans stand in silence to pay respects to Shelby Holmes, who was murdered.

The Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade is perhaps best-known for its biting sarcasm, lewd innuendo and endless homages to pink flamingoes. But there’s an unusually earnest aspect to this year’s parade on Saturday. The parade’s king, Shelby Holmes, 38, was shot and killed more than a year ago in a perplexing case with no named… Continue reading →

Photos: Big crowds come out for Baton Rouge's Krewe of Southdowns

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Krewe of Gleaux members Audrey Alem, 25, left, and Josie Blue Evans, 22, joke around before the start of the Krewe of Southdowns on Glasgow Avenue, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

Krewe of Southdowns rolls through the south Baton Rouge neighboorhood Friday.… Continue reading →

Arthur Hardy: Thursday parades feature Babylon and satirical favorites Chaos and Muses

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- The Bathing Muses float parades the all-female Krewe of Muses parade on Jefferson Ave in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The all-female Krewe paraded with the theme

For most people, “Mardi Gras weekend” actually begins on Thursday with a wonderful trio of parades that represent three centuries of parading lineage. Led by their captain in a carriage and 12 lieutenants on horseback, the 250 Knights of Babylon will present a 21-float procession titled “Babylonian Pantheon.” King Sargon LXIX’s float… Continue reading →

Krewe of Muses

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The Krewe of Muses Bathing Muses float heads down St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

The Krewe of Muses rolled with over 1000 women on 26 floats throwing the krewe’s signiture throw, the decorated shoe. The theme is kept secret till parade time.… Continue reading →

Photos: The Mystic Krewe of Ancient Druids roll

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The float

The Mystic Krewe of Druids a satirical club which reclaimed the name of an earlier organization founded in 1921. The name of the king, the “Arch Druid,” is never revealed. Even the theme is kept secret till parade time. The Druids rolled 20 floats, some from the original Druids processions of 90 years ago.… Continue reading →

Photos: Mystic Krewe of Nyx offers carnival-goers a 35 float procession of goddesses

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- People reached for bead on a balcony on St. Charles Avenue. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx, named after the Greek goddess of the night, rolled Wednesday, February 11, 2015 with 35 floats and a 1500 member female krewe. Jenna Frazier reigned as Goddess Nyx.

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx, named after the Greek goddess of the night, rolled Wednesday, February 11, 2015 with 35 floats and a 1500 member female krewe. Jenna Frazier reigned as Goddess Nyx. The satirical parade keeps its theme secret till parade time.… Continue reading →

Arthur Hardy: 1970s a defining decade for New Orleans Mardi Gras

Parading in the French Quarter was banned in 1973. Photo courtesy Arthur Hardy

A compelling argument can be made for declaring the 1970s the defining decade of 20th century Mardi Gras. During that decade, Carnival grew in size, old traditions ended and new customs were born that endure today. The top stories included the permanent ban on Mardi Gras parades in the French Quarter, the police strike that canceled… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman animation: Mardi Gras 2015 the 'Wonderful World of Make-Believe'

Image from animation

Walt Handelsman, Mardi Gras 2015 and the 'Wonderful World of Make-Believe' is rolling !… Continue reading →

Live Chat at noon Tuesday: Arthur Hardy answers your parade, Mardi Gras questions

New Orleans Carnival expert -- Arthur Hardy

Got a question about Mardi Gras? Arthur Hardy has an answer. He'll take your questions in a live chat Tuesday at noon. Continue reading →

Downtown goes to the dogs as canine superheroes strut their stuff in Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade Sunday

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -Maltese pups, Sparky, left and Putt-Putt, right are on full alert as Terry Price, right, pulls their Captain America float during the CAAWs Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade in downtown Baton Rouge Sunday.

As thousands crammed into downtown Baton Rouge on Sunday morning, the air was filled with barking, yapping and the sound of bagpipes. The occasion was the 16th annual CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade, which featured hundreds of dogs marching or gathering on both sides of downtown city streets to watch, from towering Great Danes to a… Continue reading →

Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--   The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale rides down Magazine St. in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale all-female parade organization followed the Krewe of Alla parade. The theme of the inaugural parade was

New Orleans’ newest carnival parade, Femme Fatale rolled out 14 floats and 300 riders. Femme Fatale is an all woman krewe.… Continue reading →

Oh those krewes of Carnival: Throw your hands up!

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Krewe of Orpheus 2015 throws.

Carnival krewe members are loading floats with an arsenal of throws they hope will make you channel your inner Tony Williams, snatching them from the clutches of fellow paradegoers like a football from a Bengals fan. Whether it’s a plush bear from Endymion’s Valentine’s Day theme, one of Bacchus’ kids games or a purple… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Carrollton

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  St. Paul's School band marches down St. Charles Ave. during the Krewe of Carrollton in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Parading under the theme

The 400 member Krewe of Carrollton presented the largest parade in its history Sunday, February 8, 2015, 25 floats rolled with the theme “Night at the Opera.”… Continue reading →

Knights of King Arthur

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Amith Kamadh of Boston holds niece, Laurel Pane, 5, as floats  ride down St. Charles Ave. during the Krewe of King Arthur in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Parading under the theme

The Knights of King Arthur paraded on 27 floats under theme “It’s in the Mail.” Thomas Adams Bourgeois and Mary Elizabeth LeBanc reigned as King Arthur and Queen Guinevere… Continue reading →

Krewe of Alla

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  The float ÒSheriff Newell Normand Salutes the Sunshine KidsÓ rides down Magazine St. during the Krewe of Alla in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Parading under the theme

The Krewe of Alla rolled Sunday with 20 floats and 450 riders to the theme “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.” Les Falgout and Gabrielle Lynn Taylor were king and queen.… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe Mystique

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Parade-goers, and even the statue of Christopher Columbus, right, hold arms out for beads, as the 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' float passes by, at the Krewe Mystique de la Capitale  Mardi Gras parade in downtown Baton Rouge Saturday.

Krewe Mystique de la Capitale parades rolls downtown.… Continue reading →

Photos: Krewe of Artemis rolls

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Parade-goers surround the

Krewe of Artemis rolls as the first parade of the season in downtown Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

Krewe of Tucumcari presents ‘Camelot’ ball

Tucumcari's Ball Captain Michael Hale Sr.

Founded in 1947, Baton Rouge’s oldest continuous running Carnival organization, the men’s Krewe of Tucumcari, staged its 68th annual ball, “Camelot,” Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Baton Rouge River Center Ballroom. Red velvet curtains trimmed in gold, and two columns of stonework with hanging stained glass windows framed center stage, creating a castle-like appearance. A fire-breathing… Continue reading →

Assumption’s Krewe of Elks takes ‘Tour’

Photo by Crawford Photography -- Krewe of Elks Exalted Ruler Micah Crochet, Queen Bailey Adams Walker and King Jolly Goodfellow LXXXII Robert T. Walker

The Assumption Parish Community Center was the backdrop of a “Magical Mystery Tour” Saturday, Feb. 7, as Donaldsonville’s Krewe of Elks held its 82nd annual Mardi Gras Ball. Serving as ball captain for the evening was Micah Crochet with Brandy and P.L. “Kip” Viallon V as ball chairmen. The evening opened with… Continue reading →

Texan has king-size reign over Krewe of Orion

Photo by ERIC FRANK -- Pages Reid Schmidt and Michael Dunlap, King Michael Schmidt Jr. and Page David Dunlap

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Okeanos takes journey through millennium

Photo by AARON CORMIER -- Kaley Christena Davis, Austin James Boudreaux, Brandon Joseph D'Albor, Kennedy Marie Dupree, Harlan Matthew Bezet and Malori Elizabeth Bezet

The Krewe of Okeanos celebrated its 36th annual Mardi Gras ball on Feb. 7 in the Carl F. Grant Civic Center by taking members on a journey through the millennium of light. Master of Ceremonies Risley St. Germain opened the tableau with the presentation of the 2014 royal court and the 2015… Continue reading →

Krewe of Romany goes back to Broadway for ball

Photos by Barclell Studio -- Queen Romany LXVI Mallory Anne Breaux, ball Captain Melissa Beshears Tolson and King Romany LXVI John McDonald Ratelle

The Krewe of Romany, Baton Rouge’s oldest ladies’ Carnival krewe, partied to a theme of “Romany Goes Back to Broadway” for its 66th annual Mardi Gras Ball Feb. 7. Queen Romany LXVI Mallory Anne Breaux and her king, John “Jay” McDonald Ratelle, reigned over the event at the Baton Rouge River Center. The Broadway-themed tableau began… Continue reading →

BR Mardi Gras krewe decides to sit season out as ranks dwindle

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Paradegoers are silhouetted by a lighted float in the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno parade last year on River Road in Baton Rouge.

If Mardi Gras seems to be getting a late start in Baton Rouge this year, there’s a reason. The krewe that usually rolls first downtown sat it out this year. Four parades will ramble through downtown Baton Rouge this weekend, but the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno is missing from the festivities… Continue reading →

Arthur Hardy Preview Day 1: Twenty parades to roll during first big Carnival weekend

Advocate staff file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Krewe of Oshun parade on Napoleon Avenue in February 2014

With Fat Tuesday falling on Feb. 17 this year, the opening of the official parade schedule arrives 16 days earlier than in 2014. Twenty parades are set to roll this weekend in a four-parish area, an all-time record. Friday night offers the first chance to see how construction on Napoleon Avenue will… Continue reading →

CAAWS promotes pet projects with parade of pooches

Advocate file photo by John Oubre -- Joey Langley, right, along with Codi Blacklock, pulls Banner, an English Bulldog, in front of the judges table for a first place finish in best group competition during CAAWS' Mystic Krewe of Mutts day of fun in dowtown Baton Rouge in 2014. The team also won second place for best float.

The dogs of Baton Rouge will come out in their Mardi Gras best on Sunday for the 16th annual Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade presented by Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS). This year’s theme, “Marvelous Mutts,” boasts a lengthened parade route to accommodate the growing hundreds of dogs and owners who participate each year. It will… Continue reading →