The History Behind Saturday’s Mardi Gras Parades

By Rachel Hebert | February 8, 2019

What a great time to be in New Orleans. Well, that’s everyday, but it’s especially true during Mardi Gras. We’ve already seen a few parades, with a lot more on the horizon. The fun is just beginning! The Saturday before Mardi Gras is one of the biggest days of the Carnival season. As we watch several of the biggest krewes roll by, let’s get educated and learn a little more about the history behind Saturday’s Mardi Gras parades.

 

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Iris 

Named for the Goddess of the Rainbow, you don’t need to find a pot of gold at the end to have a great time with this parade. The Krewe of Iris was founded in 1917 and is the oldest all-female krewe in New Orleans. They’ve been adorning our parade routes since 1959 and have never wavered from tradition. On Saturday, you’ll see the ladies wearing hand painted masks and traditional white gloves as they throw their coveted custom-designed and hand-decorated sunglasses. Check out all 36 floats on the St. Charles parade route at 11 a.m. and hopefully you’ll be wearing some Iris shades by the end of the day! Source: Krewe of Iris

 

Tucks

Founded in 1969 by a group of Loyola students, the Krewe of Tucks has never shied away from their “Animal House” roots. This half male, half female krewe has grown from a nighttime parade of pickup trucks into one of the biggest parades of the year. Tucks is self-proclaimed as irreverent and will keep you laughing with their satirical humor and no one is spared from the jokes. From poking fun at New Orleans neighborhoods to their ever-popular “King’s Throne” float (a giant toilet), you’re sure to have a belly-achingly good time watching the Krewe of Tucks. This year’s theme is “Tucks Happens” and you can see it all happen on the traditional St. Charles parade route at noon! Source: Krewe of Tucks

 

Endymion

Touted as Mardi Gras’ main event, bigger certainly is better with Endymion. One of three super krewes, Endymion has been rolling since 1967. It now boasts over 3,100 riders and an estimated 15 million throws. This is by far the biggest parade you’ll see during the Carnival season. There are 37 floats many of which are tandem floats with up to nine sections. Their amazing selection of floats include Club Endymion, a tribute to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the ETV float that projects crowd shots on its massive 20′ x 9′ screen and Pontchartrain Beach Then and Now which rolls at over 100 yards long, has 9 sections and holds over 250 riders.

The Krewe of Endymion begins with Samedi Gras, a massive block party in Mid-City and rolls down Canal to St. Charles and into the grand finale Extravaganza in the Superdome where the seasons biggest party takes place headlined by KISS. Check out the Krewe of Endymion beginning in Mid-City at 4:45 p.m..

 

Can’t make it out to the parades this year? No worries! We have you covered with the New Orleans Advocate’s Krewe Cam sponsored by Gardner Realtors!

 


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