Let the good times roll 

At one point in Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, hero Max declares: “Let the wild rumpus begin!” Max must have been from Louisiana.

The wild rumpus that is Mardi Gras is in full swing across the state and parades, food events, balls, parties and other observances are starting to take place. The main event is always a parade, which is a Louisiana way of throwing a giant free party where everyone is invited and everyone always gets something to take home.

Parades have themes, from the bawdy, political-inspired subjects of Baton Rouge’s Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade to the every-dog-has-his-day motif of pet parades like Baton Rouge’s Krewe of Mutts, New Orleans’ Barkus and Lafayette’s Krewe des Chiens.

The people putting on the parades are called “krewes,” and yes, that’s how it’s spelled. Some krewes, like Baton Rouge’s Krewe of Artemis and New Orleans’ Krewe of Nyx and Krewe of Iris are all female. Others are co-ed or all male.

There are no rules governing Carnival except everyone has to have a good time. That’s true whether you’re going to a little parade like New Orleans’ ’tit Rex, which bills itself as a “micro krewe” or it’s better-known big brother, Krewe of Rex, the granddaddy of New Orleans parades. All of them feature something special, like the children’s parades — Krewe of Little Rascals in Metairie and Children’s Parade in Lafayette — where the krewes themselves are children. One parade, Krewe of Chewbacca in New Orleans, features a Star Wars theme and the king of the krewe is the actual actor who played Chewbacca in the movies, 7-foot, 3-inch actor Peter Mayhew.

The first parade of the season in New Orleans will be Krewe du Vieux in the French Quarter Saturday, Jan. 19. In Baton Rouge, there are seven parades this season, beginning with the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno on Saturday, Jan. 26.

“The crew of Jupiter and Juno is excited about being the first parade to roll through the streets of Baton Rouge, kicking off the Mardi Gras season,” Krewe of Jupiter and Juno captain Linda Hendricks said. “We start by the Belle of Baton Rouge and we end up at Indigo as we wind through. We go up the River Road and through Spanish Town. We end up at Convention,” she said. And in true carnival tradition, the whole parade will stop and “toast at 4th and Main at the One American Place. The captains and the king and the queen make a toast to the city.”

It’s how things are done down here, so let down your hair — or dye it blue or green. Just get ready for a wild rumpus and loads of fun.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19

KREWE DU VIEUX: 6:30 p.m., French Quarter, New Orleans. http://www.kreweduvieux.org/.

KREWE DELUSION: Follows Krewe du Vieux, French Quarter, New Orleans. http://krewedelusion.masterplanfoundation.com/?page_id=294.

SUNDAY, JAN. 20

KREWE OF LITTLE RASCALS: Noon, Metairie. http://www.kreweoflittlerascals.org/.

FRIDAY, JAN. 25

KREWE OF CORK: 3 p.m., French Quarter, New Orleans. http://www.kreweofcork.com/.

KREWE OF OSHUN: 6 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule/parade-route/parades-oshun.html.

KREWE OF CLEOPATRA: 6:30 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofcleopatra.org/.

SATURDAY, JAN. 26

THE MYSTIC KNIGHTS OF ADONIS: 11:45 a.m., West Bank, New Orleans. http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule/parade-info/parades-adonis.html.

KREWE OF BILGE: Noon, Slidell. http: http://www.kreweofbilge.com/.

KREWE OF CRONUS: 3:30 p.m., Bunkie. https://www.facebook.com/events/468804556488231/?ref=22.

KREWE OF PONTCHARTRAIN: 2 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kofpont.com/.

KREWE OF CHOCTAW: Follows Krewe of Pontchartrain, Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofchoctaw.com/

’TIT REX: 5 p.m., Marigny New Orleans. http://titrexparade.com/.

KNIGHTS OF SPARTA: 6 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.knightsofsparta.com/.

KREWE OF JUPITER: 6:30 p.m., Baton Rouge. http://www.kreweofjupiter.com.

KREWE OF TITANS: 6:30 p.m., Slidell. http://www.kreweoftitans.com/.

KREWE OF PYGMALION: 6:45 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofpygmalion.org/.

KREWE OF MONA LISA AND MOON PIE: 7 p.m., Slidell. http://www.monalisaandmoonpie.com/.

KREWE OF CHEWBACCHUS: 8 p.m., Marigny New Orleans. http://chewbacchus.org/.

SUNDAY, JAN. 27

MYSTIC KREWE OF MUTTS PARADE: activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; parade rolls at 1:30 p.m., Baton Rouge. http://www.caaws.org/parades/.

KREWE OF CARROLLTON: Noon, Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofcarrollton.com/.

KREWE OF PERSEUS: 1 p.m., Slidell. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Krewe-of-Perseus/120489541361676.

KREWE OF KING ARTHUR AND MERLIN: 1:15 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofkingarthur.com/.

KREWE OF BARKUS: 2 p.m., French Quarter, New Orleans. http://www.barkus.org/.

KREWE OF DIONYSUS: 2 p.m., Slidell. http://www.dionysusofslidell.com/.

KREWE OF THOR: 2 p.m., Metairie. http://www.mardigrasparadeschedule.com/krewes/thor/.

KREWE OF CYLLENIUS: 2 p.m., Marksville. No website.

FRIDAY, FEB. 1

KREWE OF HERCULES: 6 p.m., Houma. http://www.kreweofhercules.com/.

KREWE OF OMEGA: 6:30 p.m., Hammond. http://kreweofomega.com/

KREWE OF ANDALUSIA: 6:30 p.m., New Iberia. No website.

KREWE OF ARTEMIS: 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Baton Rouge. http://www.kreweofartemis.net/.

KREWE OF EXCALIBUR: 7 p.m., Metairie. http://www.kreweofexcalibur.com/.

KREWE OF EVE: 7 p.m., Mandeville. http://www.kreweofeve.com/.

KREWE OF ATLAS: 7:30 p.m., Metairie. http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule/parade-route/krewe-of-atlas.html.

SATURDAY, FEB. 2

KREWE OF TEE CAILLOU: Noon-3 p.m., Chauvin. https://www.facebook.com/events/244280021206/.

KREWE OF AQUARIUS: 6:30 p.m., Houma. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Krewe-of-Aquarius-HoumaLA/166336956744942.

CLINTON MARDI GRAS PARADE: 11 a.m., Clinton. No website.

ABITA SPRINGS PUSHMOW PARADE: 11 a.m., Abita Springs http://www.pushmow.com.

CARENCRO MARDI GRAS PARADE: 11 a.m., Carencro. http://carencromardigras.com/.

KREWE OF ALLA: Noon, West Bank New Orleans. http://www.kreweofalla.net/.

ST. JUDE KREWE OF DIVERSION MARDI GRAS ANNUAL BOAT PARADE: Noon, La. 22 bridge on Amite Diversion Canal, Livingston Parish. No website.

KNIGHTS OF NEMESIS: 1 p.m., Chalmette. http://www.knightsofnemesis.org/.

KREWE MYSTIQUE DE LA CAPITALE: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Baton Rouge. http://www.krewemystique.com.

KREWE DES CHIENS CANINE PARADE: 2 p.m., Lafayette. http://www.paradefordogs.com/Krewe_Des_Chiens.html.

KREWE OF DENHAM SPRINGS: 3 p.m., Denham Springs. http://kreweofdenhamsprings.com/.

KREWE OF OLYMPIA: 6 p.m., Covington. http://www.kreweofolympia.net/.

KREWE OF CAESAR: 6 p.m., Metairie. http://www.kreweofcaesar.org/.

KREWE OF ORION: 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Baton Rouge. http://www.kreweoforion.com.

KREWE OF CARNIVALE EN RIO: 2 p.m., Lafayette. http://www.riolafayette.com/.

SUNDAY, FEB. 3

KREWE OF HYACINTHIANS: 12:30 p.m., Houma. http://www.hyacinthians.org/.

KREWE OF TITANS: Following Hyacinthians, Houma. No website.

ADDIS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MARDI GRAS PARADE: 11 a.m., Addis. www.addisla.org/?q=node/145.

KREWE OF EZANA JEANERETTE: 1 p.m., Jeanerette. No website.

SCOTT PARADE: 1 p.m., Scott. No website.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6

KREWE OF ANCIENT DRUIDS: 6:30 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.mardigrasparadeschedule.com/krewes/druids/.

KREWE OF NYX: 7 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofnyx.org/.

THURSDAY, FEB. 7

KNIGHTS OF BABYLON: 5:45 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.knightsofbabylon.com/.

KREWE OF MUSES: 6:30 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofmuses.org/.

KNIGHTS OF CHAOS: 6:30 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.mardigrasparadeschedule.com/krewes/chaos/.

FRIDAY, FEB. 8

KREWE OF HERMES: 6 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.semrehclub.org/home.html.

KREWE OF D’ETAT: 6:30 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.lekrewedetat.com/.

KREWE OF SELENE: 6:30 p.m., Slidell. http://kreweofselene.net/.

FRIDAY NIGHT PARADE: 6:30 p.m., Lafayette. http://www.gomardigras.com.

KREWE OF APHRODITE: 6:30 p.m., Houma. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Krewe-of-Aphrodite/106671049384540.

KREWE OF SOUTHDOWNS: 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Baton Rouge. http://www.southdowns.org.

KREWE OF CENTURIONS: 7 p.m., Metairie. http://www.kreweofcenturions.com/parade/.

KREWE OF LYRA: 7 p.m., Covington. http://www.kreweoflyra.com/.

KREWE OF MORPHEUS: 7 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofmorpheus.com/.

KREWE OF ADONIS: 7 p.m., Morgan City. http://www.cajuncoast.com/mardigras.

SATURDAY, FEB. 9

TOWN OF WASHINGTON MARDI GRAS PARADE: 10:30 a.m., Washington. http:// www.townofwashingtonla.org.

KREWE OF NOMTOC: 10:45 a.m., Westbank New Orleans. http://www.nomtoc.org/.

KREWE OF IRIS: 11 a.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofiris.org/.

BALDWIN MARDI GRAS PARADE: 11 a.m., Baldwin. http://www.cajuncoast.com/mardigras.

YOUNGSVILLE MARDI GRAS PARADE: 11 a.m., Youngsville. http://www.youngsvillechamber.org.

KREWE OF SPANISH TOWN: Noon-3:30 p.m., Baton Rouge. http://www.spanishtownmardigras.com.

KREWE OF TICKFAW ANNUAL BOAT PARADE: Noon-3 p.m., Tickfaw River, Livingston Parish. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Krewe-of-Tickfaw/148932818557924,

KREWE OF TUCKS: Noon, Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweoftucks.com/.

CHILDREN’S PARADE: 12:30 p.m., Lafayette. http://www.gomardigras.com.

CYPREMORT POINT MARDI GRAS PARADE: 1 p.m., Morgan City. http://www.cajuncoast.com/mardigras.

KREWE OF DIONYSUS MARDI GRAS PARADE: 2 p.m., Bayou Vista. http://www.cajuncoast.com/mardigras.

LAKE FAUSSE POINTE MARDI GRAS PARADE: 2 p.m., Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville. http://www.lastateparks.com.

KREWE OF ENDYMION: 4:15 p.m., Mid-City New Orleans. http://www.endymion.org/.

KREWE OF BONAPARTE: 6:30 p.m., Lafayette. http://www.gomardigras.com.

KREWE OF ISIS: 6:30 p.m., Metairie. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Krewe-of-Isis/85829113147.

KREWE OF MARDI GRAS: 6:30 p.m., Houma. No website.

SUNDAY, FEB. 10

LIVONIA CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION PARADE: 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Livonia. http://www.pctourism.org/.

KREWE OF OKEANOS: 11 a.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://kreweofokeanos.org/.

KREWE OF MID-CITY: 11:45 a.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofmidcity.com/.

KREWE OF THOTH: Noon, Uptown New Orleans. http://www.thothkrewe.com/.

KREWE OF TERREANIANS: 12:30 p.m., Houma. http://www.terreanians.org/.

THE KREWE OF GOOD FRIENDS PARADE: 1 p.m., Port Allen. No website.

KREWE OF TCHEFUNCTE: 2 p.m., Madisonville. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Krewe-of-Tchefuncte-Madisonville-LA/104042469649404.

KREWE OF GALATEA: 2 p.m., Morgan City. http://www.cajuncoast.com/mardigras.

KREWE OF MONTEGUT: 2 p.m., Montegut. No website.

KREWE OF BACCHUS: 5:15 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofbacchus.org/.

KREWE OF NAPOLEON: 5:30 p.m., Metairie. http://www.napoleonparade.com/.

MONDAY, FEB. 11

LUNDY GRAS PARADE: Noon-1 p.m., Batchelor. http://www.pctourism.org/.

KREWE OF AMANI: 2 p.m., Patterson. http://www.cajuncoast.com/mardigras.

KREWE OF PROTEUS: 5:15 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofproteus.com/.

KREWE OF ORPHEUS: 6 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweoforpheus.com/.

QUEEN EVANGELINE’S PARADE: 6 p.m., Lafayette. http://www.gomardigras.com.

KREWE OF COMOGO MARDI GRAS PARADE: 6:30 p.m., Plaquemine. http://www.kreweofcomogo.org.

KREWE OF CLEOPATRA: 6:30 p.m., Houma. No website.

KREWE OF HERA: 6:30 p.m., Metairie. http://kreweofhera.com/.

KREWE OF ZEUS: 7 p.m., Metairie. http://www.thekreweofzeus.com/.

TUESDAY, FEB. 12

KREWE OF ZULU: 8 a.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.kreweofzulu.com/.

KREWE OF REX: 10 a.m., Uptown New Orleans. http://www.rexorganization.com/.

KREWE OF ELKS ORLEANS: Follows Rex, Uptown New Orleans. http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule/parade-info/parades-elks-orleans.html.

KREWE OF CRESCENT CITY: Follows Krewe of Elks Orleans, Uptown New Orleans. http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule/parade-info/parades-crescent-city.html.

KREWE OF ARGUS: 10 a.m., Metairie. http://kreweofargus.com/.

KREWE OF ELKS JEFFERSON: Follows Krewe of Argus, Metairie. http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule/parade-info/parades-elks-jeffersons.html.

KREWE OF JEFFERSON: Follows Krewe of Elks, Metairie. http://kreweofjefferson.org/.

KING GABRIEL’S PARADE: 10 a.m., Lafayette. http://www.gomardigras.com.

COMMUNITY CENTER OF POINTE COUPEE PARADE: 11 a.m., New Roads. http://www.pctourism.org/.

GRAND MARAIS MARDI GRAS PARADE: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Jeanerette. http://www.facebook.com/monami.grandmarais.

KREWE OF HOUMAS: 11 a.m., Houma. http://www.kreweofhoumas.com/.

KREWE OF KAJUNS: Following Houmas. Houma. http://www.myspace.com/340313484.

LAFAYETTE MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL PARADE: 1 p.m., Lafayette. http://www.gomardigras.com.

KREWE OF COTEAU MARDI GRAS PARADE: 1 p.m., Coteau. http://www.louisianatravel.com/node/39982.

FRANKLIN MARDI GRAS PARADE: 1 p.m., Franklin. http://www.cajuncoast.com/mardigras.

NEW ROADS LIONS CLUB PARADE: 2 p.m., New Roads. http://www.pctourism.org/.

THE INDEPENDENT PARADE: 2 p.m., Lafayette. http://www.gomardigras.com.

FAMILY AFFAIR MARDI GRAS PARADE: 2 p.m., Loreauville. http://www.louisianatravel.com/node/39978.

KREWE OF HEPHAESTUS MARDI GRAS PARADE: 2 p.m., Morgan City. http://www.cajuncoast.com/mardigras.

KREWE CHIC-A-LA-PIE PARADE: 2 p.m., Kaplan. http://www.vermilion.org/events/krewe-chic-la-pie-mardi-gras-parade.

KREWE OF BONNE TERRE: 4 p.m., Montegut. https://www.facebook.com/events/187414587961226/.