Krewes of Tucks, Proteus and Orpheus parade in top form Monday

Each of the Lundi Gras parades this year did what they do best: The Krewe of Tucks served up raunchy, high-concept satire; the Krewe of Proteus evoked the grandeur of aquatic mythologies; and the Krewe of Orpheus produced its immensely popular spectacle of light and music. Tucks, rescheduled after Saturday’s rainout, rolled with the ironic theme of “Tucks Gets Culture,” meshing an Art History 101 course with lowbrow jokes and biting commentary. Proteus followed with a theme of “Mythologica Aquatica,” celebrating watery legends from the world over. Finally, Orpheus offered adoring crowds celebrities like Poison frontman Bret Michaels, singer Cyndi Lauper and actresses Hillary Swank and Mariska Hargitay as well as the “Nonsense and Tomfoolery” theme. To see reaction and photos from parade-goers, see our live coverage from Twitter using the hashtags #Tucks, #Proteus and #Orpheus.

Uptown’s epic Sunday of parades: NOMTOC, Iris, Okeanos, Mid-City, Thoth and Bacchus

After Saturday’s cancellations, Uptown parade-goers were treated to a total of six parades Sunday — five in the morning, and the superkrewe Bacchus in the evening — with dense crowds along the entirety of each route. First were NOMTOC, normally a Westbank parade, and Iris, two Saturday parades added to the Sunday schedule because of rain. NOMTOC’s theme was “A Mythological Nightmare” and Iris was themed “Messenger of the Gods.” Following those were the usual Sunday morning lineup of Okeanos, Mid-City and Thoth. Okeanos’ theme was “Gone but Not Forgotten,” featuring lost local icons, Mid-City presented “Apocalypso: Party at the End of the World,” and Thoth’s theme was “Streets of New Orleans.”