Area Mardi Gras Parades 2014

KREWE OF ZULU: 8 a.m., Uptown New Orleans. KING GABRIEL’S PARADE: 10 a.m., Lafayette. KREWE OF REX: 10 a.m., Uptown New Orleans. KREWE OF ELKS ORLEANS: follows Rex, Uptown New Orleans. KREWE OF CRESCENT CITY: follows Elks Orleans, Uptown New Orleans. KREWE OF GRELA: 10 a.m., Westbank New Orleans. KREWE OF … Continue reading →

Photos: Lundi Gras

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Zulu King Garren Mims Sr., left, shakes the hand of Rex, King of Carnival, John P. 'Jack' Laborde, as they meet in Spanish Plaza during Lundi Gras festivities along the riverfront  in New Orleans, La., on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Zulu King Garren Mims, Sr. and Rex King of Carnival John P. ‘Jack’ Laborde meet in Spanish Plaza during Lundi Gras festivities along the riverfront in New Orleans on Monday. … Continue reading →

Program to show pomp, pageantry of Rex, Comus

The pomp and pageantry of the Rex Ball and the meeting of the courts of Rex and Comus in New Orleans will air Tuesday on LPB2 (cable Channel 122) in Baton Rouge and on WYES, Channel 12 (cable Channel 12) in New Orleans. LPB2’s coverage will start at 9 p.m., while WYES will begin airing the Carnival … Continue reading →

True BR: Spanish Town hosts annual Carnival event (Video)

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Members of the Babycakes strut their stuff down Spanish Town Road during the 2014 Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Revelers turned out in droves this year as the annual Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade took to the streets. “True BR” is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas. By looking at the music, events and food that are loved by those in the city, one can … Continue reading →

Plaquemine’s Le Krewe du Roi celebrates 50 years

Photos provided by Aaron Cormier Photography --- Krewe du Roi Ball Captain Karla Courtade, King Scott G. Courtade, Queen Nealey Laine LeBlanc and Ball Captains Sherry Lambert and Monty Dugas.

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Watch Spanish Town live online; share your photos

Can’t attend this year’s Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade? Join at the start of the parade and the epicenter of the party ­– Spanish Town Road – with live video and commentary from Advocate society columnist Pam Bordelon and Advocate contributor Farren Davis. Check back at noon Saturday, and enjoy the show. … Continue reading →

Arthur Hardy: Druids, Nyx kick off Carnival’s final week

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Riders throw beads at the Mystic Krewe of Druids parade Feb. 6, 2013. The theme of the parade was

Druids and Nyx, the two parades that kick off Carnival’s final week on Wednesday night, couldn’t be more different, yet both are examples of how Mardi Gras accommodates new ideas. The Druids debuted in 1998 to fill an empty slot on the Tuesday parade calendar (but later moved to Wednesday). Organized by Carnival veterans, members … Continue reading →

The very best Monday of the year is here

AP photo -- Orpheus rules the streets with a brightly lit monster parade on Lundi Gras, including the Leviathan float, shown.

If you thought you could squeeze in a few zzzs before Mardi Gras, think again. Lundi Gras celebrations are planned all over town — at festivals, markets and a fundraiser. And don’t forget the parades that just keep on rolling down St. Charles Avenue. Whether you want to … Continue reading →

Mid-City will greet a bigger and brighter Endymion

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- The super krewe of Endymion rolls, drawing throngs along North Carrollton Avenue as the more than 2,650 float riders toss beads and favors on Saturday, February 9, 2013.  Endymion gets its name from the figure of Greek mythology, the most handsome of men and the god of youth and fertility. This year's theme is 'Ancient  Mysteries.'

Everything about Endymion and Samedi Gras is extravagant. The captain and founder, Ed Muniz, and his super krewe know how to throw a party. More than 12 hours of nonstop festivities will take over Mid-City beginning at noon with Endymion’s annual Samedi Gras Festival. “It is a free party that we put on for the residents … Continue reading →

Mardi Gras parades feature youths

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jesuits Marching band marches during the 90th Anniversar of Krewe of Carrollton in Uptown, New Orleans, La. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. This year's parade theme was

From afar, people may think Mardi Gras happens from balconies, is for those with a crown and scepter or is all lights and big floats. But throughout the New Orleans metro area, thousands of young people dance, march, perform and shout, ‘Throw me somethin’ ’’ at the community event we call … Continue reading →

La Vie de Ville: Canines Rule Over Soggy Day

Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE - Volunteers took shelter during the Barkus parade. From left are Ann Sealey of the D.C. area and Rosemary Arriaga of New Orleans.

The weather gods were just not kind to members of the Mystic Krewe of Barkus, which rolled through the streets of the French Quarter on Sunday despite frequent and unrelenting downpours. With an army of hardworking volunteers along with a dedicated team of organizers, the dogs did indeed have their way and their day of celebration demonstrating for … Continue reading →

Mardi Gras in St. Tammany rolls and floats along

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Ava Mastromatteo, left, and Ellen Gilson toss trinkets as the Krewe of Tchefuncte parades Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, on the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville. The crews of 16 boats  paraded to the theme,'Krewe of Tchefuncte Sails to a Tropical Paradise.'

Mardi Gras in St. Tammany rolled and floated along as residents alternated between sunshine and showers for a busy Carnival weekend. The Krewe of Eve rolled Friday with this year’s theme of ‘Under the Big Top.’ Decorated boats floated to the theme ‘Krewe of Tchefuncte Sails to a Tropical Paradise’ … Continue reading →

Mardi Gras in Addis

Addis Volunteer Fire Department Parade

The Addis Volunteer Fire Department Parade rolled an hour later because of threatening weather, but the procession soon passed through the Addis community without a hitch. … Continue reading →

Arthur Hardy: ‘Carrollton Sunday’ triple-header of fun

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ ---The Krewe of Carrollton rolled at noon on the uptown route with 25 floats to the theme of Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler. This year's king was John Louis Echeverri and the queen was Alexandra Elizabeth Pfefferle.

Sunday’s parade calendar features a triple-header in Uptown New Orleans. Historically, “Carrollton Sunday” usually features wonderful parade weather and more manageable crowds than those that gather on Mardi Gras weekend. Led by the captain and lieutenants on horseback, the 375-member, all-male Krewe of Carrollton presents one of the most popular parades of the season. The … Continue reading →

King and Queen Orion XVI roll through downtown BR

Photos by Eric Frank Photography --- Krewe of Orion King and Queen XVI Christopher and Tammie Cappo with, from left, Pages Dylan Rousselle, Colin Coates, Connor Cappo, Madison Calandro, Alex Babin and Alexis Harvey.

Christopher and Tammie Cappo reigned as King and Queen Orion XVI as the krewe’s 16th annual parade rolled Saturday through downtown Baton Rouge and through the River Center Exhibition Hall kicking off its Masquerade . The black-tie gala opened with the appearance of krewe Captain Darren Coates and krewe President Charles Harvey. The … Continue reading →

Okeanos celebrates Beatles magic

Photo by Kleinpeter Photography -- King Okeanos XXXV Curtis Robert Bobby Pitre Jr. and his daughter, Queen Tethys XXXV Kellie Rayne Pitre.

The Krewe of Okeanos celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America with a Magical Mystery Tour of some of the Beatles greatest hits Saturday night. The evening’s festivities began with the entrance of Ball Captains Thommy and Pam Boesch with their daughter Carrie Grace Boesch representing “Royal … Continue reading →

Tucumcari roars back to ‘Twenties’

Photo by DARIA DOYLE, Renaissance Gallery -- Queen Tucumcari LXVII Megan Elizabeth Johnson, ball Captain Carter Gresham Dean, King Tucumcari LXVII Neal Johnson.

Founded in 1947, one of Baton Rouge’s oldest continuous running Carnival organizations, the all-male Krewe of Tucumcari, staged its 67th annual ball on Saturday. “The Roaring Twenties,” complete with an elegant ballroom set, was the theme for the ball held at the Baton Rouge River Center Ballroom. Amanda Jane Ourso sang … Continue reading →

Krewe of Romany offers ‘Night at the Cabaret’

Photos provided by Barclell Studio --- Queen Romany LXV Kaci Jordyn Yoder,  Ball Captain Toni Accardo Richard and King Romany LXV Mitchell Wayne Kimble.

“A Night at the Cabaret” was the theme for the Krewe of Romany’s 65th annual Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday at the Baton Rouge River Center. Reigning over the festivities were Queen Romany LXV Kaci Jordyn Yoder and King Mitchell Wayne Kimble. Yoder is the daughter of Belinda and Pete Yoder and represented “Rhythm.” … Continue reading →

Arthur Hardy: 10 — count ’em, 10 — parades to roll on Saturday

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ ---The Krewe of Choctaw rolls along the uptown route with 17 floats with the theme of Avenue of the Americas on Saturday, January 26, 2013 with John Beninate II as Chief waving his tomahawk over the crowd

In the history of Mardi Gras, there has never been a day with more major parades than this Saturday. Ten parades roll in four parishes, in addition to the alternative parades of Petit Rex and Chewbacchus. On the West Bank, the 16th annual parade of the Mystic Knights of Adonis rolls through Orleans and Jefferson parishes … Continue reading →

Mayor Landrieu details Mardi Gras preparations

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A shotgun house in the French Quarter is all decked out and ready for Mardi Gras Tuesday, February 19, 2014.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared the city ready for Mardi Gras on Wednesday, promising extra police officers, an army of cleanup crews and as much space for revelers on the city’s neutral grounds as possible, given the major construction projects taking place along some of the parade routes this year. At a morning news conference, surrounded by … Continue reading →

Video: Krewe of Mutts dog parade

The Krewe of Mutts procession ambled on its downtown Baton Rouge route featuring its own unique canine Mardi Gras pageantry. The parade moved down both sides of North Bouvelard shortly before 2 p.m. with parade participants showing off their Mardi Gras-themed pets. … Continue reading →

Krewe of Mutts takes annual pet event to the streets

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- A dog walks in the CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade last year. The theme was 'Totally Paw-some '80s.'

The Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade is more than dogs in costumes. “People think it’s just a parade, but it’s six hours of fun, things to do and contests,” organizer Freda Yarbrough Dunne said. Bark in the Park begins before the parade and continues until 4 p.m. with vendors, food and drinks, shopping, activities and … Continue reading →

Denham Springs krewe brings Broadway to bayou

Photo by KIM PIERSON -- King and Queen Jim and Jill Rabalais

Jim and Jill Rabalais were crowed king and queen of the Krewe of Denham Springs at its 34th Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday at North Park Recreational Center. This year’s theme was “Broadway on The Bayou.” Jim Rabalais attended his first ball as a krewe member in 2007, where he got down … Continue reading →

Morgan City’s Krewe of Galatea shows off fashions

Queen Galatea XLV Fay Richard

The Morgan City Municipal Auditorium was the scene of the tableau and ball for the ladies of the Krewe of Galatea Saturday night. A theme of “Galatea: VOGUE” set the scene for the elaborate fashion show that celebrated the krewe’s 45th year. Queen Galatea XLV Fay Richard portrayed Coco Chanel. Craig … Continue reading →

Krewe Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler celebrates Bond — James Bond

Photos by RHONDA GERALDBall Captain Christina Wilbert as 'Octopussy' and King LLBTR XXIX Derek Overstreet as 'Agent 007 James Bond.'

Krewe Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler celebrated their 29th annual Mardi Gras gala presentation Saturday night with the theme of “50 Years of The Ultimate James Bond.” Master of Ceremonies Tommy Benoit, representing director of MI6, the covert spy operation for Her Majesty’s Secret Service Agency, welcomed members and guests to a ballroom decorated with James … Continue reading →

Mystic Krewe of Achilles tuned in

Photos by FRED FREY -- Queen Achilles LVIII Jean Ann McKernan LeBlanc, King Achilles LVIII Wallace John 'Jay' Little Jr. and ball Captain Geordy P. Waters Jr.

The Mystic Krewe of Achilles celebrated its 58th Annual Carnival Ball Saturday evening at the Baton Rouge River Center Arena. The Theatre Baton Rouge Dancers performed and introduced the ball’s theme, “Television Rules the Nation,” and then A! Achilles Television hosts Uncle Si from “Duck Dynasty” and his partner, Duck, took over to channel surf reality … Continue reading →