City Council approves Mardi Gras schedule along traditional routes

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 Families navigate around the construction area on Napoleon Avenue to clamor for beads from the Krewe of Carrollton in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Families navigate around the construction area on Napoleon Avenue to clamor for beads from the Krewe of Carrollton in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite construction underway on nearly every major transporation artery in Uptown New Orleans less than two months away from Mardi Gras, the City Council approved a 2016 parade schedule this week that suggests krewes follow their traditional routes.

The first Uptown parade, the Krewe of Oshun, will roll at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, followed by Cleopatra, based on the ordinance passed Thursday by the City Council. Each parade date has a route listed alongside it, and those that roll on Magazine Street, such as Muses or Thoth, are still designated to be on the “Uptown/Jefferson” or even “Uptown/Henry Clay” routes respectively.

City officials are still involved in planning meetings for this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations, said David Winkler-Schmit, a spokesman for City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, but thus far the routes look to be largely unchanged.

“Nothing’s changed as far as we know,” Winkler-Schmit said. “We haven’t heard of any changes as of yet.”

The full schedule of Uptown parades is as follows, according to the ordinance:

  • Friday, January 29, 2016: OSHUN at 6 p.m. (Uptown/Napoleon), and CLEOPATRA at 6:30 p.m. (Uptown/Jefferson).
  • Saturday, January 30, 2016: PONTCHARTRAIN at 1 p.m., followed by CHOCTAW at 2 p.m. and FRERET at 2:30 p.m. (all Uptown/Napoleon).
  • Saturday, January 30, 2016: SPARTA at 6:00 p.m. (Uptown/Napoleon), and PYGMALION at 6:45 p.m. (Uptown/ Jefferson).
  • Sunday, January 31, 2016: FEMME FATALE at 11 a.m. (Uptown/Napoleon), followed by CARROLLTON at noon, KING ARTHUR at 1 p.m. and ending with ALLA at 1:30 p.m. (all three Uptown/Jefferson).
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016: DRUIDS at 6:30 p.m. and NYX at 7 p.m. (both Uptown/Jefferson).
  • Thursday, February 4, 2016: BABYLON at 5:30 p.m. and CHAOS at 6:30 p.m. (both Uptown/Napoleon), and concluding with MUSES at 6:30 p.m. (Uptown/Jefferson).
  • Friday, February 5, 2016: HERMES at 6 p.m. (Uptown/Napoleon), followed by D’ETAT at 6:30 p.m. and MORPHEUS at 7 p.m. (both Uptown/Jefferson).
  • Saturday, February 6, 2016: IRIS at 11 a.m. and TUCKS at noon (both Uptown/Napoleon).
  • Sunday, February 7, 2016: OKEANOS at 11 a.m. and MID-CITY at 11:45 a.m. (both Uptown/Jefferson), and then THOTH at noon (Uptown/Henry Clay).
  • Sunday, February 7, 2016: BACCHUS at 5:15 p.m. (Uptown/Napoleon).
  • Monday, February 8, 2016: PROTEUS at 5:15 p.m. and ORPHEUS at 6 p.m. (both Uptown/Napoleon).
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016: ZULU at 8 a.m. (Uptown/Jackson) and REX at 10 a.m. (Uptown/Claiborne), followed by ELKS ORLEANIANS and CRESCENT CITY truck parades.

Endymion will parade on the Mid-City route at 4:15 p.m. Feb. 6. Westbank parades are Adonis on Jan. 30 and NOMTOC on Feb. 6.

2 thoughts on “City Council approves Mardi Gras schedule along traditional routes

  1. And don’t forget Krewe du Vieux, rolling through the Marigny, French Quarter and Arts District Saturday the 30th with Big Freedia as Royalty!!!!

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