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Parade Planner: Weather, Routes for Krewe of Freret, Sparta and More Uptown

Temperatures are moderate and rain chances are nil for Saturday’s parades, with the forecast featuring a zero percent chance of precipitation, a high of 72 degrees with sunny skies, and a low tonight of 57 degrees. On St. Charles Ave., the Krewe of Pontchartrain kicks off the day parades at 1 p.m., followed by Choctaw, and an inaugural Krewe of Freret roll. Krewe of Sparta begins the night parades at 6 p.m., followed by Pygmalion.


Pontchartrain is in its 39th year, and they encourage members to join for their laidback approach to parading. Choctaw rolls immediately following Pontchartrain, along the same “traditional” route. After moving over to St. Charles Ave. in the Super Bowl shuffle in 2013, Choctaw is making their move from the West Bank permanent in 2014.  




The Krewe of Freret has finally gotten permitted for parades, after a year-long debacle with NOPD. Their inaugural roll stands out due to their promise to only throw locally made beads and trinkets. 


Later, the Knights of Sparta begins on Prytania and Napoleon, rolls down St. Charles to Canal, then loops around down Tchoupitoulas. Parading in Orleans since 1981, Sparta began staging elaborate balls at Municipal Auditorium 30 years earlier. The 250-member krewe of Pygmalion, which follows on the same route. Here's the route for Sparta, direct from the krewe:



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