Update, 3:24 p.m., Friday Feb. 17, 2017
The Krewe of Excalibur and the Krewe of Athena have postponed their parades in Metairie to Feb. 24 and Feb. 26, respectively.
This weekend’s slate of 19 traditional parades in a four-parish area features more parades than are scheduled for Mardi Gras weekend.
And that's not counting the Krewe of Cork walking parade Friday or the popular alternative parades of 'tit Rex and Chewbacchus on Saturday, or Sunday’s Barkus dog parade and Tchefuncte’s boat parade.
The Krewe of Oshun kicks it all off in New Orleans with its 21st annual presentation, titled "Mythological Creatures." Oshun’s new float builder promises 18 terrific floats.
Following Oshun is the 44th annual Cleopatra procession, titled "Cleo Las Vegas." This female club moved from the West Bank to Uptown in 2013 and has doubled its membership to 800. Look for 21 floats and nearly 70 units, and wave at the captain, who founded the club in 1972.
In Metairie, Family Gras starts with entertainment by Creole Stringbeans, the Cowsills and the Association.
This year’s 16th annual Excalibur procession rolls with 20 floats and the theme "Carnivale Knights." The signature collars and costumes, which the captain emeritus designed, are highlights of the parade. The club’s 275 men and women will hand out individually decorated wooden shields.
Following Excalibur in Metairie will be the third parade of the Krewe of Athena, which promises 300 members aboard 19 floats with the theme "Athena Salutes the FabOWLous Festivals of Louisiana." Expect to catch plush owls and the club’s signature throw, the fedora hat. Enjoy Athena in Metairie while you can because the club hopes to move its parade to Terrytown on the West Bank in 2018.
In Mandeville, the 430-member Krewe of Eve rolls at 7 p.m. with a 22-float procession titled "Eve on Broadway." Look for a salute to the men and women in blue. Eve’s members create unique krewe costumes by decorating sweatshirts. Try to catch the glitter apple medallion beads and the Krewe of Eve pillows.