Mar 042019
 

The rain has cleared out for Lundi Gras, though some clouds may linger, the National Weather Service reports. Temperatures are expected to drop to the lower 40s tonight, so winter gear will be required to watch last night parades of the season, Proteus and Orpheus.

The “Soma, the Moon” float in the Krewe of Proteus rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 032019
 

Story & Photos by Camille Barnett

Due to the threat of rain and thunderstorms, Uptown’s Sunday morning parades began an hour early. Marching bands and most walking krewes did not parade for Okeanos, Mid-City, or Thoth. Fortunately, the rain held up and skies stayed clear on St. Charles and Napoleon for all three krewes. Continue reading »

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Mar 032019
 

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The crowd reaches towards the “Toxic Shock Syndrome” themed float at Krewe of Tucks 2019 parade.

The sun was bright Saturday morning (March 2), making a beautiful ride for the Krewe of Tucks. This year’s theme was “Tuck Gets Sick.” Following tradition, 37  themed-floats rode down St. Charles Avenue under tissue paper dangling from oak trees.

Crowds reach toward “Friar Tuck.”

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Mar 032019
 

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Krewe of Iris 2019’s theme was “Iris Through a Child’s Eyes”

On Saturday morning (March 2), the Krewe of Iris gave a look “through a child’s eyes.” Detailed, extravagant floats were decorated to center around the theme of nostalgic characters. Despite talks of potential showers, the rain held up for all 33 floats.

The Royal Court rolls to lead the Krewe of Iris.

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Mar 032019
 

With severe thunderstorm threatening the New Orleans area, today’s daytime parades will roll one hour earlier than originally scheduled. So that they can move out ahead of the storms, only the floats will parade. No bands or dance troupes will perform in Okeanos, Mid-City or Thoth. Bacchus currently remains as scheduled.

Okeanos will now roll at 10 a.m. (originally scheduled for 11 a.m.). Mid-City will now roll at 11 a.m. or following Okeanos (originally scheduled for noon). Thoth will now roll at 11 a.m. or following Mid-City (originally scheduled for noon). Continue reading »

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Mar 022019
 

With a 20 percent chance of rain, there’s a chance the Krewe of Iris’ special relationship with the goddess of the skies will keep riders and revelers dry along the parade route today. The National Weather Service on Friday also predicted a high near 75 and a calm wind, meaning the throws will fly freely toward their intended targets.

The Krewe of Iris rolls on St. Charles Avenue in 2018. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 012019
 

There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, about 30 percent before 11 p.m., the National Weather Service predicts, with a low around 64 degrees. It’s looking a little better than other parade nights this week, so Hermes, d’Etat and Morpheus are expected to roll on time.

For updates, see the city’s parade tracker. You can also text MARDIGRAS to 888777 to get updates on your phone. Descriptions and route maps for tonight’s parades are below. Plus you can find need-to-know parade day information here and parking and transportation information here.

The Krewe of Hermes rolls on Magazine Street in 2018. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 282019
 

The crowd on Magazine Street for the Krewe of Muses. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The city has announced changes to tonight’s parade schedule. The rain in the forecast has forced the city to delay the three evening parades. Babylon, Chaos and Muses will now roll later than originally scheduled: Babylon at 7, followed by Chaos and Muses.

The National Weather Service reports that an unsettled flow pattern from the west will bring rain and some storms in the New Orleans area throughout the next few days. Showers and thunderstorms are expected for the remainder of this evening.

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Feb 272019
 

The final week of the Carnival season opens with the Ancient Druids, a highly secretive all-male krewe that presents a parade with old-line elegance, and the Krewe of Nyx, an exuberant all-female krewe that has grown exponentially to become the newest superkrewe. The two krewes are known for taking jabs at each other with their floats.

The parades follow the same route, starting on Jefferson and Magazine and turning on Napoleon before rolling on St. Charles Avenue into the CBD. See the route map below.

The National Weather Service gives Wednesday evening a 30 percent chance of showers, with a low around 64 degrees. For updates on the parades, see the city’s parade tracker. For need-to-know parade day information, see here.  For parking and transportation information, see here.

The Druids roll on Magazine Street in 2018. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 242019
 

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.

The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale “Mistress of the Robes” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue, reflecting the crowd in the mirrored compact adorning the float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Femme Fatale

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
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Feb 232019
 

People cheer for beads from the Krewe of Pontchartrain’s Captain Sam float in 2018. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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. Continue reading »

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Feb 222019
 

Oshun’s captain rides in the 2017 parade.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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.

Oshun

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.

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