The first weekend of Uptown parades closes out Sunday (Feb. 12) with three crowd-pleasing daytime parades: the enticing Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale, the homeboy Krewe of Carrollton and the regal King Arthur.
One of the city’s newest parading krewes, the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Sunday.
The parades take the Uptown route, with Femme Fatale beginning on Napoleon Avenue and Magazine Street and Carrollton and King Arthur making a Magazine Street strut after starting on Magazine and Jefferson Avenue.
Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale
The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale, the first parading krewe founded by and for African-American women, is staging its ninth parade with about 1,000 riders on 20 floats by Kern Studios. The 2023 floats — named for the amethyst, diamond, emerald and other precious jewels — are designed to shine.
Retired Chief Justice Bernadette Joshua Johnson, a trailblazing jurist who served as the first Black and only the second female chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, will be honored as the parade’s grand marshal.
Start: 11 a.m. at Napoleon and Magazine
Theme: “The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale Presents the Gems of Femme Nation”
Look for: The Caramel Curves Motorcycle Club and Buffalo Soldiers parade with the Femme Fatales. And revelers can see Baby Dolls and the Cherchez La Femme, a dance troupe comprised of 40 Femme Fatale members
Catch it if you can: The krewe’s signature throw is a bejeweled mirrored compact that “symbolizes a constant inward and outward reflection. The coveted compacts will be thrown along with 10th anniversary theme beads, plush toys and many new throws.
Krewe of Carrollton
The all-male Krewe of Carrollton, the fourth oldest parading Carnival organization in the city, is part of New Orleans’ tradition of neighborhood parades.
It was founded by a group of Oak Street businessmen in 1924 as the Seventh District Carnival Club and became the Krewe of Carrollton in 1947. Although the krewe no longer parades on Carrollton Avenue, its den remains in the neighborhood where it was founded.
Start: Noon (follows Femme Fatale) at Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue
Theme: “All Things Golden”
Watch for: The Budweiser Clydesdales march in the Carrollton parade.
Catch it if you can: Decorated shrimp boots are Carrollton’s signature throw.
Krewe of King Arthur
The Krewe of King Arthur, with 1,850 members on more than 50 floats, is the largest krewe to roll during the first Uptown parade weekend and the second largest co-ed parade in the city.
King Arthur prides itself on diversity, bringing everyone to the round table. It is also a DIY krewe; the knights make their own floats and costumes.
Start: 12:30 p.m. (follows Carrollton) at at Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue
Theme: “Are You Smarter Than a Knight Grader?”
Look for: Tulane’s SoundWave Pep Band performs in King Arthur.
Catch it if you can: King Arthur’s signature throw is a decorated grail.