Kick Off Mardi Gras With These Weekend Parades

Mardi Gras is finally here! This weekend (Saturday, January 27) kicks off the Carnival celebration with two parades rolling in town - Krewe du Vieux and Krewe Delusion. These are two of the raunchiest, most profane parades that take place during Carnival season. That being said, they should not be missed! 

 Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Previously the Krewe of Clones, Krewe du Vieux marched in the French Quarter for the first time in 1987. When the Krewe of Clones decided to clean up its act and become more family friendly, Craig "Spoons" Johnson and Don Marshall decided to keep the parade's original raucous, art-inspired spirit alive in the Krewe du Vieux Carre (“Vieux Carre," which means "Old Square," refers to the French Quarter). 

Krewe du Vieux began as a ragtag collection of mule-drawn or hand-pulled handmade floats and 16 subkrewes.  But by 2001, KdV had its first title float, and its legend was growing. In 2006, KdV was the first parade to march post-Katrina, and garnered national attention for its tenacity and lightheartedness in the face of tragedy. That year's theme was "C'est Levee."

Krewe du Vieux is noted for wild satire, adult themes, and political comedy, as well as for showcasing some of the best brass and jazz bands in New Orleans. This year's theme, celebrating the city's tricentennial, is 'Bienville's Wet Dream,' which, of course, refers to the 18th-century French-Canadian explorer's vision of a flourishing settlement in the swampland. The 2018 King is Tulane University geographer and historian Richard Campanella (who, by the way is one of our favorite Twitter follows.) Check out Campanella's virtual tour for NOLA.com for an interesting read! 

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Krewe Delusion, another satirical and naughty parade, rolls immediately after Krewe du Vieux. The Night of Delusion: Episode 9 is the theme, and the parade is composed of "innerkrewes,'' such as Krewe de Seuss and Skinz and Bonez.

Put on your best costume and head to the Marigny or French Quarter to catch these two parades on Saturday, January 27. Krewe du Vieux rolls at 6:30 p.m., with Delusion immediately following. Let us know if you'll be attending by using #soloNOLA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram