With only two days until Mardi Gras break, excitement is building for the 2013 Mardi Gras season. This year, parade schedules were moved around a bit due to the Super Bowl being held in New Orleans, primarily affecting mid-city and uptown parades. However northshore, Metairie, and Chalmette parades have kept their traditional slots.
This past weekend in Mandeville, the Krewe of Eve rolled on Friday night with 450 members, 26 floats, and 15 marching bands, including our own Marching Wolves. The Marching Wolves also performed Saturday night, when the Mystic Krewe of Olympia paraded along the roads of downtown Covington.
Now, for some highlights of upcoming events. With New Orleans parades around the corner, be sure to catch the Krewe of Muses, which rolls uptown Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Muses is most known for the decorative shoes they throw to crowds of people.
Saturday, the Krewe of Endymion will roll at 4:15 p.m. in mid-city New Orleans. The Queen of Endymion this year will be the famous pop singer Kelly Clarkson, backed by none other than our own Jazz Band director, Jimmy Brinkman, on trombone.
On Sunday, the Krewe of Bacchus will roll at 5:15 p.m. in uptown New Orleans. The king of Bacchus this year will be G.W. Bailey from shows “MASH,” “The Closer,” and many more. This is the best weekend of the Mardi Gras parade season and shouldn’t be missed.
If you can manage well with big crowds and enjoy the flashiest floats, then on Fat Tuesday be sure to be in uptown New Orleans. Starting at 8:00 a.m. is Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club. Every year, people are on a mission to catch the rare coconuts thrown by the Zulu Krewe. After Zulu, Rex will Roll at 10: a.m. on the same route, immediately followed by the Krewes of Elks and Crescent City.
Also, be sure to go out and support the St. Paul’s Marching Wolves during the Mardi Gras season. The Wolves will be marching in these remaining parades:
Friday, Feb. 8: Krewe of Hermes (uptown)
Saturday, Feb. 9: Krewe of Endymion (mid-city)
Sunday, Feb 10: Krewe of Bacchus (uptown)