SUNDAY, MARCH 6
Krewe of Okeanos
Year Founded: 1949
Krewe Website: www.kreweofokeanos.org
The Krewe of Okeanos is a New Orleans Mardi Gras Parading Krewe which was organized in 1949 by civic-minded business leaders who were eager to bring a Carnival parade to St. Claude Avenue, their neighborhood’s main street. The club is named for the Greek god of oceans and fertile valleys and is sponsored by the Sonaeko (Okeanos spelled backwards) Club.
Okeanos presented its first ball and parade in 1950. The original parade route has changed, they now roll on the extended Uptown Route. In place of the traditional bal masque, the club presents an elegant Coronation Ball at which its queen is selected by lottery.
Starts at Jefferson and Magazine goes up Napoleon to St. Charles and Canal and ends just past Canal.
Krewe of Mid-City
Year Founded: 1933
Float Designer: Ricardo Pustanio
Theme: Mid-City Marches On
Krewe Website: www.kreweofmidcity.com
Floats are all decorated in Foil, Captain and Officers ride Horseback.
Krewe emblemed bags of Zapp’s Potato Chips are thrown.
Starts at Jefferson and Magazine goes down St. Charles to Canal and ends just past Canal.
Krewe of Thoth
Membership: over 1,200
Year Founded: 1947
Krewe Website: www.thothkrewe.com
The Krewe of Thoth was organized in 1947 in the uptown neighborhood. Thoth designs its parade route to pass in front of 14 institutions that care for persons with disabilities and illnesses, the men of Thoth have become known as the “Krewe of the Shut Ins”.
Krewe of Bacchus–Super-Krewe Parades
Andy Garcia–King 2011
Krewe of Bacchus Mythology
“In Vino Veritas!”
Founded in 1968 by a handful of New Orleans business leaders who wanted to revitalize Carnival.
The original Krewe of Bacchus was the idea of Owen Edward Brennan, Sr. Brennan, owner of the Absinthe House, a famous bar on Bourbon Street, and later founder of the word famous Brennan’s Restaurant on Royal Street.
The first captain of Bacchus was Owen “Pip” Brennan, Jr., and his brothers Jimmy and Ted.
In the late 1940’s, Carnival balls at Mardi Gras were predominately closed to anyone outside of New Orleans’ society circles.
Last years King was Drew Brees (2010 XLII) So, In 1949, Brennan decided to open the Krewe of Bacchus’ ball to tourists. Brennan, Jr. later decided to have a national celebrity king lead its parade, breaking ranks with 113 years of Carnival tradition.
MONDAY, MARCH 7–Lundi Gras, the night before Mardi Gras
Krewe of Proteus
Year Founded: 1882
Krewe Website: www.kreweofproteus.com
Proteus is the Second oldest Parade at New Orleans Mardi Gras.
Proteus did not parade from 1993 – 1999 (City charter changes on membership). Returned to parading on Lundi Gras (The Monday before Mardi Gras Day, Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday) in 2000.
Starts on Napoleon near Magazine and goes up St. Charles to mid-way Canal where it ends.
Krewe of Orpheus–Super-Krewe Parades
Year Founded: 1993
Float Designer: Blaine Kern
Krewe Website: www.kreweoforpheus.com
Starts at Tchoupitoulas and Napoleon goes down St. Charles to Rampart and Canal and ending at the New Orleans Convention Center with the Orpheuscapade–Black tie partying with live music and dancing.
Krewe founded by musician, Harry Connick, Jr.–Hollywood celebrities lead Orpheus each year. This year:
CELEBRITIES: Screen actress, JENNIFER COOLIDGE
STEVE ZAHN , WENDELL PIERCE and the cast of HBO’s New Orleans based series Tremé
MARDI GRAS DAY–FAT TUESDAY–CARNIVAL
“Well it’s Carnival time and every bodies having fun..”
March 8, 2011
Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club
Year Incorporated: 1916
Krewe Website: www.kreweofzulu.com
Parade starts at S. Claiborne goes to St. Charles then Canal to Basin Down Orleans and ends at Broad.
These ward-based groups marched in Mardi Gras in 1901, their first appearance as Zulus was in 1909, with William Story as King.
Zulus 2011: King Anthony “Tony” Barker & Queen Chanel Howard-Barker
“The Greatest Free Show on Earth—the 2010 Zulu Lundi Gras Festival, 18th consecutive year. The 500 members of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club host the 18th Annual Zulu Lundi Gras Festival on Monday, Februrary 15, 2010 in Woldenberg Park along the Mississippi River in the French Quarter.
The festival event will feature local and world–renowned entertainers such as Kermit Ruffin, Amanada Shaw and the Cute Guys, Ed Perkins, Rebirth Brass Band, Pinstripe Jazz Band and many more will be providing non-stop music.
The 17 food vendors kick up the Cajun aroma of crawfish pie, shrimp creole, file’ gumbo, alligator sausage, Jamaican chicken, crawfish bread, barbeque ribs, seafood pasta, catfish po-boys, peach cobbler, pecan pie, and many more New Orleans delicacies.
Everyone can join in a second line as the Zulu Mardi Gras Carnival Characters parade every hour through the thousands of revelers wearing their colorful flamboyant costumes. Who knows — you may be one of the lucky ones to receive a treasured carnival throw — the Zulu Lundi Gras Coconut! Also, witness the arrival of the Zulu King by U.S. Coast Guard Cutter along with his entourage at 5:00pm.”
Krewe of Rex, King Carnival–Super-Krewe Parades
“Pro Bono Publico”
Uptown 10 a.m.
Year Founded: 1872
Krewe Website: www.rexorganization.com
Starts at Napoleon goes down St. Charles to Canal and ends at Tchoupitoulas
Krewe of Elks Orleans
Starts at S. Claiborne and Napaleon goes down St. Charles to Canal and ends at Rampart
Krewe of Crescent City
Jefferson City Buzzards
Lyons Carnival Club
Corner Carnival Club
Pete Fountain’s Half-Fast Walking Club
Mondo Kayo Social & Marching Club
Societé de Saint Anne
Marigney / Bywater