Mardi Gras Parades
Your trip to Mardi Gras won't be complete without watching at least
one of the many colorful and festive parades. The official parade season begins two weeks
prior to Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras), with most occurring the last few days leading up to Fat
Tuesday. Carnival organizations participate in the parades - tossing beads, doubloons, and
other items to the spectators, which is one of the biggest thrills of watching a parade.
Most of these carnival organizations are referred to as "Krewes;" however some,
such as REX, are not "Krewes" in the formal sense of
the word. It's not uncommon for Krewes to have balls (formal, social events) after
their parades - often lasting late into the evening. Although some Krewes sell tickets to
their balls, most balls are by invitation-only. Below you'll find the 2000 Carnival season
parade schedule and some tips about getting the
most out of parade-watching. Note that some times and locations are missing from the
schedule. I'll add these as soon as I get something definite.
Mardi Gras 2000 Parade Schedule
2001 Parade Schedule TBA
of Ponchartrain - 1 p.m
of Caesar - Metairie,
Sparta - 6 p.m
Shangri-La - St
Bernard, 6:00 p.m
Krewe of Pegasus - 7 p.m
Carrollton - Uptown, Noon
Krewe of Rhea
- Metairie, 1 p.m
Camelot - 1:30 p.m.
of Centurions - Metairie, 5:30 p.m
Zebulus - 6:30 p.m
Sinbad - Metairie, 7 p.m
Thor - Metairie, 7 p.m
Krewe of Aquila
- 7 p.m (was Diana)
Aphrodite - St Bernard, 7 p.m
d'Etat - 7 p.m
|March 6, 2000 - Lundi Gras
|March 7, 2000 -
Grela - Westbank, 11
Crescent City - 11
Elks Gretna -
Westbank, 11 a.m
Krewe of Jefferson -
Elks Orleanians - 11
Elks Jefferson - 11
Krewe of Jefferson -
Krewe of America - 4 p.m
- For the best view, sit in the
grandstand. As opposed to standing on the side of the street, it will cost you; but
if you're into the colors, floats and costumes, it's worth it. Grandstand tickets
can be purchased from TicketMaster.
- When someone on a float tosses something
in your direction, make an effort to snatch it. But be careful not to step on
peoples' feet, bags, etc., or bump other people. Remember, most parade routes are
standing room only - especially along Canal Street.
- Keep the items you collect in a bag by
your feet. The people on the floats are more likely to toss things your way if they
don't see you with beads all over your body.
- Before the parade begins, scope out the
area you will be in so that you'll know where the nearest restrooms are.
- If you decide to use a ladder-type
device to get a better view of the parade, make sure it's securely on the ground and that
you don't reach out too far to snatch items being tossed from the floats.
- Never chase a float or get too close;
accidents can happen. Also, never walk up to or stand right in front of a parked
float. I saw a woman do this once and the float suddenly began moving - splattering
her head like Gallagher's Sledge-O-Matic splattering a watermelon.
- If you get discouraged because you
haven't caught many items thrown from the floats, do NOT get mad and throw your beer at
the people on the float. I've seen a number of people "dealt with" because
of this and similar behavior.