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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. 


The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts temperatures in the high 70's all day. Bundle up because night time will get colder, and a bit wetter. The NWS forecasts a drop into the mid 50’s and there is a 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight. 


Krewe of Hermes (Uptown-St. Charles route, 6:00 PM) 

Making way for another night of mischief and merrymaking, the Krewe of Hermes was founded in 1937, and remains one of Carnival's most revered marching groups. Many of its royalty remains secret, but the krewe's Henri Schindler designed floats remain among the most beautiful to traverse the route. 

Hermes was one of the first parades to use neon lighting, so expect that to be incorporated into their floats and their always-excellent throws, like elaborate beads, cowbells, and lots of blinking items. They take to the route at 6PM, beginning from Napoleon and Magazine.


Le Krewe d'tEat (Uptown-St. Charles route, 6:30 PM) 

D’etat was founded in 1996, but quickly acquired a loyal following on account of their biting wit. In lieu of a king, Le Krewe D’Etat has a Dictator whose identity remains a secret.

D'Etat is not only known for their shameless satire. Every year, the kind dictator bestows some of the best Mardi Gras throws on to the crowd, with light-up skull beads, wooden doubloons, and a number of stuffed animals.

D’Etat begins at 6:30PM at Jefferson and Magazine and rolls down the traditional Uptown route. 


Krewe of Morpheus (Uptown-St. Charles route, 7:00 PM) 

Steeped in mythology, the Krewe of Morpheus honors the God of Dreams. Morpheus was founded in 2000, and they began parading in 2002. The co-ed group grew quickly and now boasts over 600 members. 

2017’s parade will feature 22 floats themed around "Morpheus Takes a Gamble."

Morpheus is the last parade of the night, beginning at 7:00PM at Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue.

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