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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.

Parade Pics: Krewes of Nyx, Ancient Druids Offer Carnival Cookin'

The rain cleared out Wednesday night, leaving room for a pair of parades to process down St. Charles that heralded the final countdown to Mardi Gras. Photographer Daniel Paschall was on hand to capture the Krewe of Ancient Druids and the Krewe of Nyx. Check out the pictures:

Downtown Parade Planner: Routes, Info for 'tit Rəx, Krewe of Chewbacchus

The Krewe of Freret’s inaugural roll will be chock full of locally made beads and trinkets Uptown, but there's plenty of local action to catch parade-wise below Canal as well. In the Marigny-Bywater, ‘tit r?x and Chewbacchus are the main attractions for Saturday night (2-22). The microkrewe rolls at 5 p.m., followed by the Intergalactic revelers at 8 p.m.

A-Krewe-Ing Interest

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.

Freret's 'First Time'

Krewe of Freret Takes to St. Charles with Locally-Made Throws

The Krewe of Freret will roll this Mardi Gras season after spending a year waiting for approval from NOPD. Fittingly, this year’s theme is “There’s a First Time for Everything.”

Krewe of Chewbacchus Fashion Show Phasers in Galactic Carnival

by Megan Pearl

So Chewbacca, a Dr. Who Catkind Nun, and and some regular guy walk into a bar… because it’s time for the fourth annual “Set Your Phasers to… Stunning!” fashion show from the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus.  The sci-fi (and beyond) krewe won't take it to the street until Feb. 22, but they'll be stepping out in style on Saturday (1-25) at the Howlin' Wolf.

Fats Domino Named Krewe of Orpheus' Honorary Grand Marshal

From Al Johnson to Pete Fountain, local musicians always figure heavily into Carnival parades. But until this year, Fats Domino has largely sat out of the festivities. The legendary R&B crooner is set to have his name illuminated in lights all over again. According to the AP, Domino will serve as honorary Grand Marshal for the Krewe of Orpheus' Lundi Gras procession down St. Charles.

Mardi Gras Rewind: Marching Bands Battle Before Bacchus

by Ryan Sparks/Photos by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

For residents of the riverside neighborhoods in Uptown, the noise of the port is a part of life. Not much can overpower the squealing wheels of the freight trains or the broad tones of a ship’s horns. Except the sounds of a parade, of course. On the Carnival nights when the superkrewes of Bacchus and Orpheus roll, the stretch of Tchoupitoulas between Napoleon Avenue and Bordeaux turns into a full-on battleground for the marching bands getting ready to march down St. Charles Ave.  

Bourbon Street Awards Set to Confer Carnival Costuming Crowns

by Sarah Esenwein

Flamboyance, excess and grandeur hardly describe the scene of fabulousness in the most extreme sense that is preparing to saturate Bourbon St. on Fat Tuesday for the 49th Annual Bourbon St. Awards. The costume contest of the Gay Mardi Gras is one of the best spots to find elaborate costumes on Mardi Gras Day, and doesn't fall short in the people-watching category, either.

After the Parades: 2.7.13

Fussy street cleaners and sirens signal the end of Thursday parades, but once the krewes stop rolling the party really gets in gear.  There’s no better way to kick off Mardi Gras madness than with some pre-weekend Carnival crooners and old New Orleans favorites.  

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