Expect larger crowds this weekend than on Fat Tuesday.
The Saturday before Mardi Gras features five parades starting at 10:45 a.m., when NOMTOC rolls its 47th annual Carnival parade.
NOMTOC stands for New Orleans’ Most Talked Of Club. This predominantly black krewe will present a 28-float parade — its largest — titled "Icons of the Seventies." Among their many throws, the 575 members will toss their signature Jugman medallions.
Iris, Carnival’s oldest female krewe, will celebrate its 100th anniversary with 36 floats and an all-time-high membership of 1,850. Floats will depict past parade themes. The procession features more than 90 units. Throws include Iris plush king cake baby dolls and decorated sunglasses.
"Tucks Happens" is the satirical theme of the 49th annual parade of Tucks, a 1,400-member club of men and women who are known for their irreverence. Signature floats include "Funky Tucks," "Friar Tuck," "Naughtyham" and the "Giant Royal Throne" float.
The krewe will honor its co-captain and co-founder Bobby Reichert, who died in January. His float will be riderless, and the message displayed will be “still leading Tucks from above.”
Tucks throws a wide assortment of signature items, including mini-parachutes and logo toilet paper. And 10,000 toilet brushes decorated by students at the Magnolia School will be handed out.
Endymion’s day begins hours before the parade starts at 4:15 p.m., with the Samedi Gras Festival on Orleans Avenue starting at noon. Under the leadership of captain and founder Ed Muniz, Carnival’s largest krewe will present a parade titled "Constellations."
Notice the new lighting on each float. This super-super-krewe of 3,100 men features the spectacular nine-section "Pontchartrain Beach" float, the "E-TV" float and the "Club Endymion" float, which salutes the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Some 30 college and high school bands will perform.
The men will be throwing Endymion cups that represent the krewe’s many signature floats. Also expect doubloons in several colors and a wide array of lighted merchandise.
After the parade, Kiss and KC and the Sunshine Band will entertain 20,000 guests at the Superdome, site of the Endymion Extravaganza.
The 200 female members of the Krewe of Isis, the oldest Carnival organization in Jefferson Parish, will celebrate its 45th anniversary with the musical theme "Isis Rocks the 45s." Leading the parade for the 45th time is the Ponchatoula High School Band. This year’s most popular throw will be personalized flip-flops.
The procession features more than 40 units. Marching bands will participate in the "Rhythm on the Route" band contest.
Unlike a Mobile, Alabama, parading club by the same name, the local Krewe of Isis decided not to change its name in reaction to problems in the Middle East. They deserve credit for that and for presenting a nice parade each year in Metairie.