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Parade Planner: Proteus & Orpheus

Skies are mostly clear this afternoon for Lundi Gras, but parade goers should bring an umbrella to the route for Proteus and Orpheus tonight. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms before 8PM. Temperatures are set to rise to the high 70's this afternoon, before they drop down to the upper 60's. Click through for tonight's route.


Krewe of Proteus (Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM)

After New Orleanians finish the preparations for Mardi Gras Day, the celebrations return on Lundi Gras night. Founded in 1882, Proteus retains its spot as the second-oldest parading krewe in all of Carnival, and the oldest of the nighttime parades. Many of the float chassis that were used in the krewe's early parades are still in use today. King Proteus' identity remains a secret to the public, but he is immediately recognizable by the passing of his iconic shell float.


Drawing from their propensity toward tradition, this year's theme draws inspiration from Richard Wagner's fifteen hour operatic opus, "Der Ring des Nibelungen." The opera centers on German folklore and mythology, so expect floats of gods, golds, mermaids, and magical beasts. 


Krewe of Orpheus (Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:00PM)

Following Proteus is the main attraction and New Orleans’ youngest super krewe, Orpheus, at 6PM. 


Will Forte will reign over Orpheus in 2017.  Forte was a longtime cast member on "Saturday Night Live," and he's bringing costars from his current show "The Last Man on Earth," including Kristen Schaal and Mary Steenburgen to join in on the fun. Also holding Monarch honors are Jimmi Simpson and Evan Rachel Wood from the HBO series "Westworld." 


This year, Orpheus boasts a 30 float caravan, 32 marching bands, and over 1,400 krewe members parading to this year's theme "On the Waves of a Dream." 


Bret Michaels, the Poison frontman and former "Rock of Love" star, will headline the ball a.k.a. Orpheucapade. Motown legends The Temptations are also set to perform at the event. 


Keep an eye out for Orpheus co-founder and favorite son, Harry Connick Jr., who will also be making at an appearance at both the parade and the party.


In 1993, Connick Jr. started Orpheus along with his father, former Orleans Parish DA, Harry Connick Sr. and Captain Sonny Borey. The trio strove to create an inclusive krewe themed around music (and a massive parade).






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