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Parade Planner: Oshun, Cleopatra

Details, Routes, & Weather for Tonight's Parades



Krewe du Vieux kicked off Carnival in the French Quarter and Marigny last weekend, but the big floats roll down the Avenue tonight. It is the first Friday of Mardi Gras, and the Krewe of Oshun begins at Perrier and Napoleon Avenue, then rolls down St. Charles to Canal Street. The Krewe of Cleopatra follows behind.


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Carnival Parades Return to St. Charles Ave. with Oshun, Cleopatra (PHOTOS)



After last weekend's vile beginning in the French Quarter, Carnival parades returned in full splendor to the Uptown-St. Charles Ave. route on Friday (2-21). Photographer Brandon Robert was onhand to capture the Krewe of Oshun and Krewe of Cleopatra.


Parade Planner: Krewes of Oshun, Cleopatra


Krewe du Vieux kicked off Carnival in the French Quarter and Marigny last weekend, but the big floats roll down the Avenue tonight. It is the first Friday of Mardi Gras, and the Krewe of Oshun begins at Perrier and Napoleon Avenue, then rolls down St. Charles to Canal Street. This year’s theme is “Night Out in the Big Easy” for the parade’s 18th anniversary. 


Oshun of Bliss

African-American Krewe Rolls First on St. Charles



While Zulu and their golden coconuts tend to steal the spotlight as the last and oldest African-American parade to round out the Carnival season, no one can forget about the first float out of the gate.  For more than 15 years, the all African-American Krewe of Oshun has rolled down the Uptown streets, kicking off the carnival season with their mix of vibrant floats and African inspired themes.   


Today's Events: 2.10.12


Today, Mardi Gras parades roll down St. Charles for the first time in 2012, Oscar Nominated Shorts play at Prytania, and the Apocolypse Ball gets on last party in at a Mid-City spot. Equally notable on this day is the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which gave the Louisiana colony to Spain (1763), the patent for the fire extinguisher (1863), Bob Dylan released The Times They Are A-Changin. It's the birthday of Rockin' Dopsie Sr. (1932) and Tuba Phil Frazier of the Rebirth Brass Band (1966). Let's get happy with the following:


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