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Parade Planner: Iris, Tucks, Endymion (Weather, Route, Details)

A pair of daytime parades Uptown give way to Mid-City's time to shine on Saturday night. Iris and Tucks preserve elegance and satire, respectively. Then, Endymion once again tests whether there's any limit to the size of a Carnival parade.

Parade Planner: D'etat, Hermes, Morpheus

Details, Routes, Weather

After a year of preparation, Carnival 2016 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 Avenue tonight. Click through for full details, weather, and routes.

Today in NOLA: 2.05.16

Parades Hermes, Krewe D'Etat, and Morpheus ride Uptown, with an underground Krewe of Oak to pub crawl along Oak Street. Music is abundant this evening. Locals will love Morning 40 at Tips. The Krewe de Lune Space Ball takes flight at The Carver Theater, and more! On this day in 1883, the first train service to travel from New Orleans to California departed. Now, more info on Carnival musings tonight.  

Holding Patterns

The Big List of Bathrooms on the Parade Route

There may, in fact, be a place to pee on Mardi Gras Day, and even during the parades this weekend. In fact, there are actually hundreds of places to go along the parade route. Options span from the 250 free port-a-potties set up by the City to bars selling wristbands. Every year, NoDef compiles a list of options for relief flanking the Uptown route.

Parade Planner: Babylon, Chaos, Muses (Route, Weather, Details)

Be sure to bundle up, but you can leave your umbrellas at home. Tonight's Carnival festivities are a go. The Knights of Babylon kick off the evening's processions, followed by Chaos and the the much anticipated Muses, all on the traditional uptown route. Crowds will be large with the night's mix of old line and new school appealing to all tastes.

Carnival Traffic Regulations Rev Up

Driving during Carnival is hard. Parking during Carnival is even harder. Tonight, the ominous “box” will hit Uptown. This weekend, roads in the Vieux Carré will morph into pedestrian malls.

Carnival Weather Outlook

Mardi Gras is now only a week away. That means it is time to start to looking at weather forecasts—a lot. Here at NoDef, we have been aggregating the predictions from, the National Weather Service (NWS), and The outlook is not perfect, but it looks like we may escape the rain. Check out the extended look after the jump.

Parade Planner

Details, Weather, Routes for Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur, Alla

Four parades are rolling uptown today and the weather looks like it is going to hold.  Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur, and Alla are all loading up with throws now. Details, route, and weather follow. So, get your ladders up and your flasks full.

Parade Planner: ’tit Rex, Chewbacchus (Weather, Route, Details)

The Uptown route is packed with five different parades today. Downtown will feature a couple more unorthodox rolls. First, Carnival’s smallest parade, the krewe formerly known as “‘tit Rex” will pull their satirical shoeboxes through the Marigny. Then, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus will celebrate nerdom in all forms in one of the season's longest parades.

Mardi Gras Fest Comes to Treme

In New Orleans, there are no dates as popular as a festival or Mardi Gras weekend. This year, Henry Turner will try to combine both events with the Treme based Ultimate Louisiana Party (ULP), a three day fest celebrating Carnival.

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