Not “Long ago in a galaxy far, far away” – Mardi Gras Merriment is here in New Orleans!

Crude de Vieux
Crude de Vieux
Mardi Gras is in Full Swing in New Orleans - Photo © 2013 by Willow's World Photography

Mardi Gras merriment in New Orleans – Photo © 2013 by Willow’s World Photography

Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans and this past weekend the Krewe de Vieux was on center stage for bringing their own version of Mardi Gras madness and merriment!


Crude de Vieux

Crude du Vieux

The Krewe du Vieux is typically the first parade on the Mardi Gras schedule and in a typical year it would be on the docket for this weekend.

However, if you were expecting to see the Krewe du Vieux this weekend you will be sorely disappointed as the Krewe de Vieux came early this year due to the rescheduling of the parades to make room for the Superbowl.

Fortunately there are more parades scheduled for this weekend:

Friday January 25th, 2013 in the French Quarter at 3 p.m., the Krewe of Cork will be “We celebrate Wine! Food! Fun!” says King Patrick van Hoorebeek.

In uptown New Orleans the the Krewe of Oshun is at 6 p.m. with the Krewe of Cleopatra following it.

Saturday will be a full day of parades so pick your favorites and catch them!

In uptown New Orleans the Krewe of Pontchartrain starts at 1 p.m. followed by the Krewe of Choctaw.  After a rest break, parade goers can catch the Knights of Sparta at 6 p.m. followed by the Krewe Pygmalion at 6:45 p.m.

In Slidell the Krewe of Bilge runs at noon and the Krewe of Mona Lisa and Moon Pie is at 7 p.m.

The Mystic Krewe of Adonis is on the West Bank at 11:45 a.m.

For something completely different check out the ‘Tit Rex MicroKrewe parade at 5 p.m. in Marigny.  The floats floats are tiny so if you love miniatures, bring your favorite doll or Godzilla toy and catch a photo or two with the tiny Krewe!  Star Wars fans will love the Intergalactice Krewe of Chewbacchus parade at 8 p.m. with Peter (Chewbacca) Mayhew riding the Millenium Falcon float.

Sunday in the French Quarter the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux will dwarf the ‘tit Rex parade with their dog and cat sized floats with canine and feline festivities.

In uptown New Orleans the Krewe of Carrollton runs at noon with the Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin following at 1:15 p.m.

In Slidell the Krewe of Perseus runs at 1 p.m. followed by the Krewe of Dionysus at 2 p.m.

Last but not least, the Krewe of Thor will be running at 2 p.m. in Metairie.

According the The Weather Channel, it looks to be beautiful weather for Mardi Gras Parades with temperatures in the high 60s to low 70s and a 10-20% of rain for the whole weekend so come on down and join in the fun in New Orleans!

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