The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale celebrated the world of children’s stories from classics to today’s cartoons as it opened the Uptown parade route on Sunday morning with floats like Pinocchio, the Flintstones and others.
The first Uptown parade weekend closes out today with a full slate of four crowd-pleasing parades. The National Weather Service predicts perfect parade conditions: sunny with a high near 66 degrees.
Established in 2013, the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale presents one of Uptown’s newest parades. This year’s grand marshals are Grammy-winning singer Irma Thomas and Essence Fest producer Gina Charbonnet. The 600-member all-female krewe’s colors are candy-apple red, white and black, and the signature throw is a mirrored compact. Look for Cherchez La Femme, a 40-member dance troupe comprised of krewe members. The 2019 theme is “MKFF Presents Story Time!”
START: 11 a.m. at Napoleon Avenue and Magazine Street
Proceeds on Napoleon to St. Charles Avenue. Then it takes St. Charles to Canal Street to Tchoupitloulas.
END: Tchoupitoulas and Poydras
See the route map below.
The Krewe of Pygmalion presented a celebration of its home state Saturday night, closing out the second day of Uptown parades with “Louisiana’s Bounty.”
The Knights of Sparta gave Uptown parade-goers a tour of the world on Saturday night, only to remind them at each stop that the real attraction was Sparta’s throws.
The Krewe of Freret made a variety of sarcastic allusions to the New Orleans Saints’ playoff loss as they rolled on the Uptown route, with float titles such as “Carnival No Call,” “Reffed out in the Cold” and “Where the Blind Refs Are.”
The Krewe of Choctaw paraded Saturday morning on the Uptown route, dedicating each of their floats to prominent former members.
The Krewe of Pontchartrain proclaimed Saturday morning that “Pontchartrain Rocks” — and proved it with a celebrity appearance by Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider.
Saturday’s parade were moved up, with their start times an hour earlier, because of a threat of storms today. On Friday, the National Weather Service was predicting a cloudy day with a 50 percent chance of rain, a high near 81 and potential wind gusts as high as 25 mph. The predicted rainfall amounts were reduced to less than a tenth of an inch, but could go higher if thunderstorms occur.
The Krewe of Cleopatra had an “animated adventure” Friday night, bringing larger-than-life heroes and cartoon characters to the Uptown parade route.
The Krewe of Oshun kicked off the 2019 Mardi Gras parading season with a musical theme on Friday night under nearly perfect weather.
The Uptown parade season begins tonight with the krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra. The National Weather Service has predicted a slight (20 percent) chance of rain with lows around 69 degrees.
The Krewe of Oshun, named for the Yoruba goddess for love and sensuality, was formed in 1996. Despite its namesake, the krewe prides itself on presenting a family-friendly parade. Its king, or Shango, rides on a peacock float, and peacocks images are also prominent in the krewe’s throws. Watch for Baby Doll groups in this parade.
Well before the first marching band strikes up in the Oshun parade on Friday evening, city officials have been working to make this year’s Uptown parade season safe and enjoyable.
Trees have been trimmed, response plans tested, first-aid and lost-child stations have been set up, porta-potties are in place and information lines and apps established. The city is also asking parade-goers and neighborhood residents to do their part by showing consideration for all.
Uptown residents know parades and festivities draw many revelers and heavy traffic. The city is encouraging residents to consider alternative transportation options to get around, including bus, streetcar, bike or for-hire rides.
New Orleans Fire Department firefighters battled a seven-alarm blaze that threatens a notable historic building in the 2500 block of St. Charles Avenue on Wednesday morning.
The 150-year-old mansion, the home to several kings and queens of Carnival, was in danger of collapse Wednesday morning, NOFD Superintendent Timothy McConnell said. The fire was brought under control 1:45, but the mansion’s three residents lost their home.
The movers and shakers of Louisiana including quite a bit of New Orleans, and more than a few hundred Uptowners recently descended on the nation’s capital to celebrate the annual Washington Mardi Gras.
“If a bomb dropped on this ballroom tonight, Louisiana as you know it would cease to exist,” said one of the organizers at the Saturday night ball. Leaders of business, law partners, CEOs, congressmen, congresswomen, mayors, senators and the governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, were all present.