Every weekend is a great weekend to spend in New Orleans, and this one is no exception. Mardi Gras is definitely getting underway with parades on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this weekend, as well as several Mardi Gras-themed events and parties. Let’s get your Carnival kicked off right this weekend!
Friday, Feb 15
Learn how to light up Mardi Gras this year! This workshop by the Electric Girls will teach you how to light up your bead-catcher, costume, or clothing.
It’s the inaugural parade for this brand-new krewe, so come out and show them some support! Vinsantos will be leading this year’s “La Vie Boheme” parade as the Supreme Fairy.
Once you’ve recovered from watching the parade, head over to the Hi-Ho Lounge on St. Claude for this dance party. This week’s event is dedicated to the finest Funk records from right here in New Orleans!
Saturday, Feb 16
Head over and watch the Confetti Kids parade around Algiers Point! The event begins in Confetti Park at 10:30 a.m., with the parade rolling out at 11:30 a.m.
If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, head over to Slidell for the Krewe of Bilge boat parade! This year’s theme is “What’s on T.V.?”
Krewe of Poseidon is another nautical-themed Slidell parade hosted by one of the largest krewes on the Northshore. Their parade features over 600 riders on nearly 30 floats. Get ready to catch lots of “light-ups”!
You might want to leave the kids at home for this one – the Krewe du Vieux is known for its adult themes, with subkrewes like Krewe of C.R.U.D.E, and Krewe of L.E.W.D.
This is one of New Orleans’ newer satire-themed krewes, with the mission “to save the Universe, beginning at its center, New Orleans.” It will roll immediately following the Krewe du Vieux.
Sunday, Feb 17
The Krewe of Little Rascals is considered to be the longest-running Mardi Gras krewe for kids in the United States. Come out and watch the more than 200 members on their 14-20 floats!
This is one of the more unusual parades of the Carnival season, put on by New Orleans one and only MicroKrewe! In contrast to the huge floats designed by the city’s super krewes, ‘tit Rəx features shoebox floats decorated to mimic the larger versions.