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Parade Planner: d'Etat, Hermes, Morpheus

After a year of preparation, Carnival 2017 is nearing critical mass. Tonight, the big parades continue to roll as Mardi Gras grows closer. Hermes, d'Etat, and Morpheus are all set to march down the Uptown route tonight. Keep reading for full details, weather, and routes. 

TODAY in NOLA 2.24.17

We're kicking off the last weekend before Mardi Gras, so be sure to check out the ribaldry and satirism on the streets tonight thanks to krewes like DIVA and Le Krewe d'Etat. Or check out the most classic parades put on like Hermes and Morpheus. Be sure to check out one of the many Mardi Gras balls tonight. Now, more to explore this fine Friday.

Tis' The Season

2016 Carnival Parade Schedule

In most years, the day after of the Epiphany is a little early to worry about parade schedules, but Mardi Gras comes early in 2015. So, the floats will be rolling in a couple of weeks. Even with a fairly fixed schedule, the dozens of options (combined with the seasonal libations) can make it all a little confusing. So, NoDef offers our annaul guide to the Carnival parades.

Krewe of Hermes, Le Krewe D'Etat (PHOTOS)

Photos by Brandon Robert

Vendredi Gras took to St. Charles Ave. once again last night, with three parades rolling down the route to make the turn into the weekend. Krewe of Hermes celebrated their 75th anniversary, while Le Krewe d'Etat made 18 and went Under the Influence. Brandon Robert has photographic evidence:

Le Krewe D'Etat Dictator Says Parade Gets D.U.I. on 18th Birthday

If Le Krewe d’Etat were a New Orleans high school student, he would finally be able to get into a bar. In honor of the Krewe’s 18th year, the theme is “D’Etat Under the Influence.” NoDef talked to the Dictator, whose identity must be protected, about the leadership role, tonight’s roll, and some surprises along the route. 

Krewes in View: Hermes, d'Etat (PHOTOS)

by Brandon Robert and Helen Young

Bounties and beauty converged on the main drag of Mardi Gras Friday night. The Krewe of Hermes once again set the bar for float design and execution high, with their parade of "The Theatrical Baroque." Meanwhile, Le Krewe d'Etat went to the Dictator's Reading Room for a series of satirical spins, while Morpheus went to the movies.

Up-to-Date Weather: Clear Skies on Vendredi Gras

There's a zero percent chance of rain,  so pack light for Hermes, Krewe D'Etat, and Morpheus. Bring a jacket, it might get into the low 50's tonight. Stay with NoDef for your weather forecasts throughout Carnival.

Le Krewe d'Etat, Morpheus and Hermes Reign Over the Route Friday

There's little time to nurse a Muses hangover, as Carnival parades get cracking once again down St. Charles Ave. on Friday night. Look for the award-winning splendor of Hermes, the biting satire of Le Krewe d'Etat and the co-ed conviviality of Morpheus. Details and route info:

Mardi Gras 2013 Parade Schedule

The Super Bowl and an early Mardi Gras are pushing Carnival parades up earlier than ever before in 2013. But New Orleans is no less ready for the extended period of partying and, of course, parades. Here's the 2013 schedule for Carnival marches in Orleans Parish, all leading up to the explosion of excess on Mardi Gras Day:

Le Krewe d'Etat's Satirical Songbook

Le Krewe d'Etat rolled for the 16th time last night with deceptively simple theme, "Tells it Like It Is." While it might seem obvious that a satirical krewe would speak truth the Carnival faithful lining the Uptown parade route were delighted to find that there was another layer to this slow-moving onion.

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