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King Cake Hub's Look at the 2020 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule


NOTE! This is a work in progress, last updated 8/20/19. The 2020 parade schedule won't be released until later this year, but we are updating our 2019 post with projected dates and info. We'll be updating this page throughout the year so check back often! (Not obsessively, but still...) 

While Carnival officially begins when we cut the first piece of King Cake on January 6 at our Carnival Kickoff, 2020 brings us almost two months of parading fun. Here's the 2020 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule with appropriate commentary thrown in for good measure.

KING'S DAY, MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2020:

Phunny Phorty Phellows: Monday, 1/6, 7pm, St Charles Streetcar Route

While technically, we now claim the official Carnival Kickoff with our event the morning of January 6 as we celebrate the start of Carnival with the grand arrival and ceremonial cutting of the first piece of King Cake, the Phunny Phorty Phellows is the first parade and it is our duty to toast them as they embark upon the streetcar for their annual journey heralding the onset of Carnival.

Phunny Phorty Phellows, 2017

Krewe of Jeanne d’Arc: Monday, 1/6, 7pm, French Quarter

This year's theme: Joan of Arc meets Joan Van Ark (and I will keep using that joke every year).

Funky Uptown Krewe: Monday, 1/6, 7:05pm, Uptown

The Funky Uptown Krewe or F.U.K. for short (or maybe not) made its debut in 2019 following the Phunny Phorty Phellows on the St Charles Streetcar line.

Societe des Champs Elysees: Monday, 1/6, 7:30pm, Downtown Streetcar Route

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020

St. John Fools of Misrule: Saturday 1/11, 4pm, Covington

The Fools of Misrule announce the arrival of the Carnival season to St Tammany Parish where for some reason the season begins a few days after Twelfth Night. Is Seventeenth Night a thing?

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020

Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus: Saturday 2/1, 7pm, Marigny/Bywater

UPDATE: Chewbacchus normally rolled on the first Saturday of parades but in 2019 kicked off the parade season by rolling two weeks earlier. The Krewe of 'tit-Rex, which used to roll right before Chewbacchus, also rolled earlier than normal. We'll update you if dates change again.

Krewe of Chewbacchus "Space Farce"
Ok- here's some commentary. Chewbacchus is everything that's great about modern-day Carnival. With all of the marching groups and sub-krewes that you see throughout the Carnival season (with new ones being developed every year), it gives the chance for each and every one of us in this city to play a role in creating the Greatest Free Show on Earth. Some us ride in parades. Some of us make and sell king cakes. Some of us are in marching bands. There's a place for everyone in Carnival and Chewbacchus does a great job of offering everyone the opportunity to play a role. Amazing talent and creativity go into the creation of the floats. Whole families take part. Crowds are manageable and come to appreciate the creations the sub-krewes have spent months working on. Chewbacchus is a not-miss, although I'm waiting for the sub-krewe called "And Then There's Maude."

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020

Krewe Boheme: Friday, 2/7, 7pm, French Quarter and Marigny

This new walking Krewe for the French Quarter and Marigny made a splashing debut in 2019 and grabbed a coveted parading spot on an open Friday night. It’s comprised largely of expatriates from the Krewedelusion and had beautiful costumes and headdresses, creative floats and themes and put an overall magnificent parade. We look forward to their 2020 show!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020

Krewe of Bilge: Saturday, 2/8, 11am, Slidell

Every year I think “Oh, we should go to this boat parade. Supposedly they decorate the boats up really nice. It should be fun.” We never do. One day, Bilge, one day. Besides, generally we're tied up with (and possibly a little buzzed during) the Scout parade in Lakeview so during that time we have to recover to make it down for Krewe du Vieux.

Krewe of Poseidon: Saturday, 2/8, 6pm, Slidell

Sorry, Poseidon. It’s Krewe du Vieux night.

Krewe du Vieux: Saturday, 2/8, 6:30pm, Marigny & French Quarter

Yes we’ve taken our daughter to this every year and we always get some side-eyes but she has to cheer for Mommy and Aunt Jen and Uncle Peter and Aunt Grace and everybody else in Krewe of Spank and she’s too busy clamoring for throws to notice the giant leaking phallus that’s travelling down the street.

Krewe of Spank, Krewe du Vieux, 2015

Krewedelusion: Saturday 2/8, 7pm, follows Krewe Du Vieux, sort of although they have a different route.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020:

Krewe of Little Rascals: Sunday, 2/9, noon, Metairie

I took my daughter to this a couple of years ago to support this children’s parade and it was a nice day but I almost screamed in terror when I saw this sign identifying a float:

Krewe of Slidellians, Sunday 2/9, 1pm, Slidell

Krewe of Perseus: follows Slidellians

Ok, we went to the Slidell parades once and had a great time. There's plenty of parking, crowds aren't too thick and it's a fun little afternoon jaunt. We'll have no Slidell-shaming here, thank you.

Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club: Sunday 2/9, 1pm, Pearl River

Krewe of ‘Tit-RƏx: Sunday, 2/9, 4:30pm, Marigny:  

Faubourg Marigny is the place to be as the creative walking Krewe of ‘Tit-RƏx takes to the streets with a procession of intricately-designed mini-floats that demand multiple viewings to fully appreciate their creativity. Bonus stars for the mini ladder (pictured below). 2019 had a new date and time for Tit-Rex so maybe it'll catch the Krewe du Vieux stragglers from the night before.

Krewe of Tit Rex 2014Krewe of Tit Rex, 2015

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020:

Krewe du Kanaval: Friday, 2/14, 2pm, Congo Square and an "undetermined route and duration".

Conceived by Ben Jaffe of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, this krewe debuted in 2018 and for some reason nothing to do with actor Bobby Cannavale. Here's more info

Bobby Cannavale

Krewe of Cork: Friday, 2/14, 3pm, French Quarter

This krewe of wine-lovers (which tangentially makes me think that Albino Rhino Gyno Wino would make for a great Mardi Gras costume, especially if you’re a Bojack Horseman fan) makes its way around the French Quarter mid-afternoon before the first weekend of parades yet also feels the need to do a “practice parade” the weekend before just in case any of their members have forgotten how to walk and drink at the same time. Wife is generally finishing her float’s Galatoire’s lunch right around then so we meet up with her for some French Quarter carousing although we usually try to finish up in time to catch the Krewe of Oshun but rarely actually make it. Sometimes we take the daughter out of school early for it. Don't judge.

Krewe of Oshun: Friday 2/14, 6pm, Uptown

Rarely do we catch this parade because we’re still carousing after Krewe of Cork, although every year we urge Parade Tracker to tweet “Oshun is in motion.” (No website, but read their Yelp reviews for extra comedy.)

Krewe of Cleopatra: Friday, 2/14, 6:30pm, Uptown

Krewe of Eve: Friday, 2/14, 7pm, Mandeville

Krewe of Excalibur: Friday, 2/14, 7:30pm, Metairie

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020:

Krewe of Paws: Saturday, 2/15, 10am, Slidell

There's also a Krewe of Paws in Monroe, apparently, so check your Google map otherwise it's a much longer drive.

Mystic Knights of Adonis: Saturday 2/15, 11:45am, West Bank

Alternate title: Krewe of I Am That I Am.

Krewe of Tchefuncte: Saturday, 2/15, 1pm, Madisonville

It's another boat parade!

Knights of Nemesis: Saturday, 2/15, 1pm, Chalmette

Krewe of Pontchartrain: Saturday, 2/15, 1pm, Uptown

When we did our live broadcasts from the Uptown parades a couple of years ago, Pontchartrain refused to give us any advance information about their parade and were actually kind of snippy about it. Negative Eleventy Billion stars.

Grasnado Broadcast Central, 2017

Krewe of Choctaw: Saturday 2/15, follows Pontchartrain

Krewe of Freret: Saturday, 2/15, follows Choctaw

Parading on the first Saturday, Freret hires our friend Professor Carl Nivale every year to call the parade from Gallier Hall and last year he invited us to join the Freret group on the reviewing stand. Plus when we did the parade broadcasts Freret graciously sent us their entire parade script. Five stars.

Krewe of Freret from the Gallier Hall viewing stands, 2018

Will Samuels of Pizza Nola and Professor Carl Nivale, Mardi Gras 2017

Knights of Sparta: Saturday, 2/15, 5:30pm, Uptown

Sparta puts on a pretty parade, but normally it's Chewbacchus night so we're having dinner at Kebab. But, since they're moving Chewbacchus maybe we'll make our way Uptown.

Krewe of Pygmalion: Saturday, 2/15, follows Sparta

Krewe of Caesar: Saturday, 2/15, 5:30pm, Metairie

Scratch that. Caesar ain't 'dere no more. 

Magical Krewe of MadHattersSaturday, 2/15, 5pm, Metairie

Krewe of Centurions: Saturday, 2/15, TBD, Metairie

BREAKING NEWS! Centurions used to roll on the Friday of the 2nd Weekend but Jefferson Parish announced on June 17 that Metairie's oldest Krewe, Centurions, along with a new krewe called the "Magical Krewe of MadHatters" will roll during the Saturday of Family Gras, Metairie's family-friendly Carnival celebration. Each of the Metairie parades will roll on the new route, starting at Bonnabel and ending at Clearview center.

Krewe of Olympia: Saturday, 2/15, 6pm, Covington

Krewe of Titans: Saturday, 2/15, 6:30pm, Slidell

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2020:

Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale: Sunday, 2/16, 11am, Uptown

Krewe of Carrollton: Sunday, 2/16, follows Femme Fatale

I remember when Carrollton used to roll in Mid-City by my house and when I was a kid Mr. Stokes the milkman used to ride in it and my mom would call out "Mr. Stokes!" Not sure if he threw anything to us. Whatever happened to milkmen? Discuss.

Krewe of King Arthur: Sunday, 2/16, follows Carrollton

King Arthur is one of the more underrated gems of Carnival but it puts on a good parade and membership is open to all. Our friends Meghan and Andy ride in it and wife and I always talk about joining up since it would be the chance to ride together. One day. It's the 9th largest Krewe and the first weekend's largest parade so by the end you're ready to call it a day but you can't because...

Krewe of ALLA: Sunday, 2/16, follows King Arthur

Impress your friends by telling them ALLA stands for "ALgiers, LA," the original home for the parade until it moved to the Uptown route in 2014. Further impress your friends by telling them ABBA stands for Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid. Or, tell them Abba is Hebrew for Father. Either way, I just offered several potential parade themes.

Krewe of Hyacinthians: Sunday, 2/16, 12pm, Houma

The oldest women's carnival club in Terrebonne Parish. I include them here because I used to be a Houma radio DJ and one day had to toss out to a live broadcast from this parade and I was terrified of having to say “Krewe of Hyacinthians” on-air. 

Krewe of Claude: Sunday, 2/16, 1pm, Slidell

"And Then There's Claude." There's a theme for you. Call me and we'll hash it out.

Krewe of Dionysus: Sunday, 2/16, follows Claude

Krewe of Barkus: Sunday, 2/16, 2pm, French Quarter

When we had a French Quarter restaurant we would always get stink-eye when we would tell Barkus guests they couldn't bring in their boa-laden pets into the restaurant due to health department ordinances. Ah, good times.

Krewe of Kings: Sunday, 2/16, 5:30pm, Metairie

Hey, it's a new Metairie parade! Hopefully they will include King Ahasuerus and King Vitaman. Speaking of King Vitaman (yes, for some reason it's King Vitaman and not King Vitamin), I bring you Mardi Gras 2014:

King Vitaman, Mardi Gras 2014

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020:

Krewe of Druids: Wednesday, 2/19, 6:30pm, Uptown

"These aren't the Druids you've been looking for" has been used many times. Don't say it, 'cause you may be banned.

 The More You Know

Krewe of Nyx: Wednesday, 2/19, 7pm, Uptown

With almost 3400 riders, Nyx has become the largest krewe of Carnival and puts on a spectacular parade despite the fact that it rains on it pretty much every year. Sorry Zhu-Lée.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020:

Knights of Chaos: Thursday, 2/20, 5:30pm, Uptown

We usually pass the Chaos den as the floats and riders are pulling out as we walk to our Muses party. They use the old Momus floats and members are in current and former Carnival krewes. Watch to see how they make fun of the other parades.

Krewe of Babylon: Thursday, 2/20, 6:15pm, Uptown

Old-school Carnival traditions are reflected in this classic parade which features floats with wooden wheels that generally break down before the parade turns on to Napoleon thus delaying Muses.

Krewe of Muses: Thursday, 2/20, 6:30pm, Uptown

Muses is an incredible parade with amazing throws and beautiful floats with the best marching bands and the most creative marching groups that puts on a super-fun after-party and even if my wife was not a long-standing member I’d still give it a good review. But let’s work on getting the Pointer Sisters to play the after-party one year.

Muses 2018

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020:

Krewe of Bosom Buddies: Friday, 2/21, 11:30am, French Quarter

A relatively new walking krewe that parades in the French Quarter wearing tutus, bras and hats. No word if Peter Scolari will make an appearance. Or Wendie Jo Sperber. Speaking of Bosom Buddies...

 

 Krewes of Hermes, d’Etat and Morpheus: Friday, 2/21, 6pm, Uptown

These three parades roll the Friday night before Fat Tuesday and we generally miss them because Wife is tired from her Muses ride the night before. But we usually catch them on the ParadeCam which entails us yelling at the computer at the interns they recruit to be the parade hosts and cringing when they blatantly mispronounce the name of the parade which they are covering. Hint: It’s not “Krewe OF detat” (yes, hosts, the final t is silent) and Hermes is not pronounced “Herms.” Since I usually have that night free I hereby volunteer as tribute to host the coverage.

Krewe of Selene: Friday, 2/21, 6:30pm, Slidell

According to Greek mythology Selene, the goddess of the moon, had fifty daughters with Endymion so I don't know how she had time to get anything done, let alone put on a parade especially with Endymion tied up with all of his mishegash for the next day.

Original Orpheus: Friday, 2/21, 7pm, Mandeville

BREAKING: the Original Krewe of Orpheus announced they will not parade in 2020 but plan to take a break to build up membership and hopefully will return on January 29, 2021. Here's more on the story.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020:

Krewe of Iris: Saturday, 2/22, 11am, Uptown

Iris celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2017 making it Carnival's oldest all-female krewe and also the largest parading krewe with over 3400 members and 1600 riders. In 2020, Iris will debut their mounted Cavaliers so check them out and catch a pair of hand-decorated sunglasses.

Krewe of Tucks: Saturday, 2/22, 11am, Uptown

Okay, technically we haven't seen Iris and Tucks in many years since it's a big king cake day for us plus we're hunkered down in Lakeview getting ready for Endymion. But, Tucks, can we chill on the toilet paper that stays in the trees forever?

Krewe of NOMTOC: Saturday, 2/22, 10:45am, West Bank

NOMTOC stands for “New Orleans’ Most Talked of Club” and admittedly I have never heard anybody actually talking about it, even my mom’s mah-jongg group, and they talk about EVERYTHING. Although NOMTOC is sponsored by the Jugs Social Club and used to be listed in the schedules as NOMTOC/Jugs which brought about a tee-hee or two in Middle School.

Krewe of Endymion: Saturday, 2/22, 4:15pm, Mid-City

Folks start lining up for Endymion a couple weeks in advance of the parade which gave rise to the #KreweOfChad hashtag which I credit myself for incorporating into the Carnival lexicon. We would link here to our Storify story documenting the history of #KreweOfChad but alas Storify got sold to Adobe and they wiped out all their content despite my personal pleas to CEO Jordan Kretchmer whom I knew when he was in high school. But, it’s a good story nonetheless. The picture that started it all  #KreweOfChad

Krewe of Isis: Saturday, 2/22, 6:30pm, Kenner- NEW INFO!

Don't be alarmed when you see the articles about Isis coming to Kenner. It's just the Krewe of Isis becoming Kenner's first Mardi Gras parade in many, many year as the Krewe moves from the controversial Metairie route. For more information including the new route, check out articles here and here.

And then there was SHAZAM! (But sadly, no Krewe of Shazam and no movie starring Sinbad.)

 (Oh, speaking of Sinbad...)Sinbad and Pizza Nola

(Further speaking of Sinbad (still not sure why), there actually was a Krewe of Sinbad that paraded in Metairie from 1990-1999. Okay, here endeth the tangent.)

Krewe of Rosethorne: Saturday, 2/22, 12pm, Lafitte

Sadly, there was not a Saturday morning kids show called Rosethorne. 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2020:

Krewe of Okeanos: Sunday, 2/23, 11am, Uptown

Krewe of Mid-City: Sunday, 2/23, 11:45am, Uptown

Part of the Mardi-Gras Sunday parade marathon, we never make it out to these parades because we’re usually in a food coma due to too much potato salad at the Thoth party (see below). Supposedly Mid-City’s floats are wrapped in aluminum foil or Reynolds Wrap or something. Somewhere in my wife’s lineage there’s a Reynolds line and I’m curious if she’s a long-lost heir to aluminum foil fame and fortune. Three stars.

Krewe of Thoth: Sunday, 2/23, 12pm, Uptown

This Sunday morning superkrewe winds its way through Uptown New Orleans with a special route that takes it past Children’s Hospital. Atara’s parents always have an open house and Ms. Deidre makes the absolute best potato salad in the world. Five stars. Sadly, I don't have a picture of the potato salad, but here's my friend Jim playing the trumpet during Thoth, 2013. 

Jim Thornton plays the trumpet, Krewe of Thoth, 2013

Krewe of Thoth, 2013

Box of Wine Parade: Sunday, 2/23, Uptown

A walking krewe on the Uptown route immediately before Bacchus, we tried to make it out to see Box of Wine but we got frightened by the hordes of drunken teenagers that converge on the corner of St Charles and Amelia. We tried to fight our way through Walking Dead-style but we were rapidly overrun by the adolescent zombies and those of us who survived retreated back to Cait’s for more smoked brisket chili.

Krewe of Bacchus: Sunday, 2/23, 5:15pm, Uptown

For 35 years we’ve had the tradition of watching Bacchus from Billy’s mom’s house. Some years we’re actually invited. Billy makes a mean brisket. One time he cooked a roast on his engine manifold while driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco. (It was a rental car.) Bacchus always picks a celebrity as royalty except the guy who played Rizzo was a bit of a stretch. Five stars.

(UPDATE 1/23/19: It was just announced that this year's Bacchus will be Jensen Ackles who apparently has been on a show after he was Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives.)

Cooking a Roast on the Engine Manifold

Krewe of Athena: Sunday, 2/23, 5:30pm, Metairie

Krewe of Pandora: Sunday, 2/23, follows Athena 

LUNDI GRAS, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2020:

Krewe of Proteus: Monday, 2/24, 5:15pm, Uptown

Krewe of Orpheus: Monday, 2/24, follows Proteus

The Monday night superkrewe which I've had the pleasure of riding in a couple of times. One year it rained super hard and by the time we made it into the convention center I was nearly out of throws so I was scooping them from off the floor of the float which by that point was soaked in rain, beer and mud. But, the formal-clad attendees at the party didn't mind being showered with them. They were leaving with wagons full of throws.

MARDI GRAS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020:

Start your morning early with the marching krewes!

North Side Skull and Bone Gang: Treme and the Seventh Ward, 5:00am

Skeleton Krewe, Uptown Route, French Quarter, Marigny, 6:30am

Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club: Uptown, French Quarter, 7am

Since 1961, Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club has led the way on Mardi Gras morning with a musical stroll starting at Commander's Palace and winding its way down the route to downtown, Bourbon Street and finishing up at the Monteleone Hotel. Even though the legendary clarinetist died in 2016, the group carries on in Pete's memory with bright suits and traditional jazz. They even have their own doubloons!

Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club on Royal Street, Mardi Gras 2018

Pete Fountain Half-Fast Walking Club Doubloons

 Mondo Kayo: Uptown Route, French Quarter, Marigny (follows Pete Fountain)

This is Mimi. Mimi makes fabulous costumes every year for Mardi Gras and we always look forward to seeing her latest creations. She marches with Mondo Kayo, a marching group whose mission is to bring the color and joy of Caribbean Carnival to the streets of New Orleans. Catch their fabulous costumes and lively dancing just before Zulu starting at Third and Magazine then throughout the French Quarter and Marigny. 

Mondo Kayo

 

Jefferson City Buzzards: Uptown Route, 7:30am

Societe de Sainte Anne: Bywater, Marigny and French Quarter, 8am

 

One of my favorite annual Mardi Gras traditions occurs when the brightly-costumed members of the Societe de Sainte Anne culminate their march throughout Bywater, the Marigny and French Quarter and end up at the Moonwalk where members pour the ashes of their loved ones who died into the Mississippi River. It's a beautiful tribute to offer one last celebration to those who have passed during the previous year. Here's a great blog post about this tradition which has been going on since the krewe's founding in 1969.

Societe de Sainte Anne, (Krewe of Saint Anne) Mardi Gras 2018

Societe de Sainte Anne at the River, 2018

With Sainte Anne at the River, 2018

Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club: Tuesday, 2/25, 8am, Uptown

 8am? Really? When has Zulu ever actually rolled at 8am? 

Rex: Tuesday, 2/25, 10am, Uptown

We usually try to toast Rex as he makes the turn onto Canal Street, generally timed with stopping in for our Popeye’s picnic. My friend Ian had his rehearsal dinner in the Rex room at Antoine’s. On the wall were pictures of all the previous Kings of Carnival. During my toast I made a joke that they were pictures of my synagogue’s past-presidents. An awkward silence followed. Three stars.

Rex, 2018

Elks, Crescent City: Tuesday 2/25, Follows Rex, Uptown

Truck parades. Can't stand the horns. Really, we hear you. We know you're a big truck. You don't need to keep informing us "this vehicle is equipped with a horn."

Krewe of Argus, Elks Jefferson, Krewe of Jefferson: Tuesday 2/25, 10am, Metairie

Mardi Gras in Metairie. It's a thing. Hey what happened to Grela?

Krewe of Lyra: Tuesday, 2/25, 10am, Covington

Krewe of Pegasus:

Technically this parade hasn’t rolled since 2009 but it still gets three stars because it used to start right by my house until the consolidation of the neighborhood parades into the central Uptown route.

Krewe of America:

Ok, there isn’t really a Krewe of America but there used to be for an ill-fated three years in the late 90s. By the way, Nola.com has a great list of 50 Krewes that ain’t ‘dere no more.

While you wait for the Mardi Gras Guide and a more detailed listing for 2020, check out pics, links and info from 2019 at Nola.com’s very impressive article at https://www.nola.com/expo/life-and-culture/erry-2018/10/2596dd2d482873/mardi-gras-2019-see-the-comple.html. Kudos to Doug MacCash and team for putting it together!