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Parade Planner: Iris, Tucks, Endymion


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. 

 

According to the National Weather Service, New Orleans will be under clear, sunny skies for daytime parades, with highs reaching the upper 60's. Things will cool off tonight to the high-50's, but no rain is in the forecast. Full weather forecast below.

 

The Krewe of Iris begins the day of parading on the Uptown route at 11AM. Before the Muses and Nyx, Iris was formed to give women an opportunity to ride in a parade. Founded in 1917, the krewe has been parading since 1959.

 

The parade steps off from the corner of Napoleon Ave. and St. Charles Ave. The rider on their 36 floats wear masks and long white gloves.

Following Iris at noon, the Krewe of Tucks is back with some satire and toiletries. Founded in 1969 by a group of Loyola University students, the krewe is an equal split co-ed group all bonded together by their love of toilet humor. Toilet brushes are signature throw. 

 

2017 willl further explore the Tucks signature brand of humor, with their newest addition to the float fleet, Captain Lloyd Frischhertz's official marching float featuring dozens of gilded toilets and an larger-than-life Friar Tuck with plunger and chalice in hand. The parade lines up at Magazine and Napoleon.

Once the Uptown parades are through, it's time to make way for the season of superkrewes. Endymion begins its long trek through Mid-City at 4:15 PM, eventually winding its way to the Superdome for the all-night extravaganza.

 

The more than 2,000 members of the krewe ride on floats that are two cars long, doling out seemingly endless throws. In Mid-City, it seems like every yard and every bar has their own party for the parade. Bands like KISS, FloRida, and KC & the Sunshine Band will head the after-party at the Superdome. 

 

For those who haven't noticed the tents and chairs already set up, here's the route: 

 



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