Carnival is a time for parades, and Mardi Gras Day is the climax. The iconic Zulu and Rex will roll down St. Charles Ave. However, in addition to these giants and neighborhood micro-krewes, several other walking parades will keep the city busy on Fat Tuesday.
Jefferson City Buzzards (Uptown, 6:45 a.m.)
Celebrating their 125th year, the all-male walking krewe is the oldest one of its kind in New Orleans, and they like to get dolled up for the route.
Lyons Carnival Club (Uptown, 7 a.m.)
The krewe makes an impressive ten stops along the route, finally ending at Molly’s at the Market (1107 Decatur) for their Mardi Gras Day celebration. These loveable jesters will entertain you and if you entertain them, you might get a rose.
Mondo Kayo (Uptown, 7:45 a.m.)
A nice break from the usual NOLA-centric Krewes, Mondo Kayo blends their devotion to New Orleans with a strong focus on Caribbean and African cultures. They dance down the route, finally ending at Frenchmen for an all-day dance party.
Corner Carnival Club (Second and Annunciation, 7 a.m.)
You’ve seen these dudes before, and they might have even given you a sloppy peck on the cheek. Ladies, come get a kiss and a Carnival carnation from the guys with the paper roses.
Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club (Uptown, 7:30 a.m.)
Even before Zulu hits the streets, clarinet legend leads his walking krewe onto the route to wake up the city of New Orleans for its big party.
Zulu Social Aide and Pleasure Club (Uptown-Mid-City, 8:00 a.m.)
The storied African American krewe is set to dole out coconuts and joy to wake up the city for Mardi Gras morning once again. Joining Rex as one of the monarchs of all Carnival, King Zulu won his campaign and is ready to be crowned and burst onto the streets with the Mayor, Witch Doctor, Big Shot and other characters. This year the parade wil honor Nelson Mandela
Rex (Uptown, 10:00 AM)
They're the oldest Krewe to parade, established in 1872. The men of Rex invest more in tradition than they do in throws, but you might catch a doubloon or medallion from one of the riders. Plus, you can see the iconic Bouef Gras (Fat Cow) float, the classic crown beads, and more.
Societe de Saint Anne (Marigny, 10:00 AM)
It’s not all about Uptown for Mardi Gras day. Miles away from St. Charles Avenue, join in the loosely organized parade of eccentric French Quarter folk. They’re making their own costumes and following a traditional jazz band down Royal Street into the Vieux Carre.
KOE (French Quarter, 10 a.m.)
A "cyber" krewe made up of Mardi Gras enthusiasts from around the world who come together by the magic of the Internet, the Krewe of Elvis (KOE) sets out to distribute doubloons and share their Carnival obsession in the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day. Join them on a live chat all year long. 2013 marks the krewe's 15th anniversary.
Elks Orleanians, Crescent City Trucks (Uptown-St. Charles route, after Rex) Truck parades prove that anyone with a pickup and a handful of friends can get in on the parade route fun. There's no shortage of creativity and lagniappe during these parades, as they provide the St. Charles crowds with plenty of reasons to spend the day in the roadway.