Mardi Gras cranks up this weekend with parades in Slidell, Metairie, French Quarter, and the East

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February 07, 2020 - 3:26 pm
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Patty Burnaman | WWL First News

It's preseason for Mardi Gras. There are several parades this weekend.  Officially, Mardi Gras parade season starts twelve days before Fat Tuesday. Since the new Mardi Gras rules and regulations governing throws and themes in New Orleans don’t take effect until next weekend, this is the weekend for “alternative” parades.  

Alternative parades travel on foot, with floats powered by humans and the occasional horse or mule, and their throws and themes can be x-rated, like the adults only Krewe Du Vieux

"There's a bunch of parades this weekend," said Mardi Gras Guide publisher Arthur Hardy. "Most of them are alternative, like Boheme, Krewedelusion, and the x-rated Krewe Du Vieux, but there are some other parades this weekend. .  On Saturday night in Slidell, the Krewe of Poseidon is the largest St. Tammany parade and is quite a parade to see.  There's  Little Rascals, in Metairie on Sunday, and a double header in Slidell Sunday with Perseus and Slidellians."

For the first time since 1992, there is a parade in New Orleans East, the female Krewe of Nefertiti, on Sunday.

It might be unofficial, but it is officially fun for everybody.  

This weekend’s parades and events:

French Quarter/Marigny:

  • Krewe du Vieux, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
  • Krewedelusion, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Metairie:

     Little Rascals, Sunday, Noon

New Orleans East:

     Nefertiti, Sunday, Noon

Slidell

  • Poseidon, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
  • Perseus, Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
  • Slidellians, Sunday, 2:00 p.m.

Click here for more on parades, routes, and times from Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide.

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