Carnival activities heat up, weekend parades in the Quarter, Kenner, and Slidell

Don Ames
February 16, 2019 - 9:28 am

As we get closer and closer to Fat Tuesday, the area's festive feeling is on the increase.

The Marigny got things started Friday night, with the artsy new walking Krewe Boheme.  

"And, of course, Saturday night in the Marigny and the French Quarter, the Krewe du Vieux, and krewedelusion. Those are kind of adult oriented," says Mardi Gras Guide publisher Arthur Hardy.

He says you can expect big crowds for those events 

"Oh, they're very popular," says Hardy. "And these have become major events. Delusion and du Vieux are really something to see, with the satire. But, they're not for kids."  

The kids get their parade Sunday in Metairie, when the Krewe of Little Rascals rolls along Veterans. 

The Northshore is a hot spot this weekend.

"With the boat parade of Bilge at noon Saturday and then the big Poseidon parade that night at 6, and the double-header on Sunday...Slidellians followed by Perseus, there's just an awful lot to do there," Hardy says. "Poseidon is a major event. That parade would stack up to many in Jefferson and New Orleans."

Hardy on weekend parades
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Here's what's on tap in the metro area this weekend:

Friday 2/15

Krewe Boheme, 7 p.m.
New Orleans’ newest walking krewe hits the streets of the French Quarter for its debut, Fri. Feb. 15

Saturday 2/16

Kenner's 50th annual Driftwood parade, 1 p.m. 
The Krewe of Driftwood parades throughout the streets of the Driftwood subdivision in Kenner. The theme is “Driftwood Remembers When.”

New Orleans
Krewe du Vieux, 6:30pm
Krewe du Vieux walking parade returns to the French Quarter with a satire on politicians and more.

krewedelusion follows 
The procession is like an artist: scruffy, self-involved, difficult to follow sometimes, but soulful, smart and strangely adorable.

Krewe of Bilge, 12:00pm
The Mardi Gras boat parade floats on the Northshore to the theme, 'What's On TV?' at

Krewe of Poseidon,  6:00pm
The co-ed Krewe of Poseidon has grown to be one of the largest krewes on the Northshore. They typically roll with over 600 riders and and nearly 30 floats, including super floats, tandems and doubles.

Sunday, Feb 17 

Krewe of Little Rascals Parade at 12 p.m. 
Metairie’s all children’s krewe rolls down the traditional Veterans parade route, except they do not turn on Severn or Bonnabel, on Sunday,

Krewe of Slidellians 1:00pm
This parade is paid for by community sponsors with leased floats, and non-members riding on their Melting Pot float.

Krewe of Perseus follows
Perseus is Slidell’s oldest Carnival organization. Every year, Perseus treats this Northshore community to a thirteen-float parade, with nine double-decker floats.

Pearl River Lions Club 1 o'clock
This beloved day parade in Pearl River is a family affair and the whole town comes out to celebrate together. The krewe rolls with up to15 floats

‘tit R?x, 4:30pm
'tit R?x is New Orleans first and only MicroKrewe. In response to the super krewes constantly setting records for floats, throws and extravagance,
'tit R?x takes an opposite approach. The 'tit R?x floats are made out shoeboxes that look like full size floats.

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