Sunday's parade calendar features four processions in New Orleans, starting at 11 a.m., and three in Metairie, starting at 4:30 p.m.
In New Orleans, "Travel with Okeanos" is the theme of the 69th Okeanos procession. The 21 floats include units that bear the past king, queen and maids. The 275-member club tosses crawfish trays, doubloons in several colors and sand pails.
Although the club no longer parades through its namesake neighborhood, the Krewe of Mid-City remains a fan favorite with its unique, tinfoil-covered floats. The theme of the 85th annual parade is "Mid-City Touring Company." The 200 members throw plush fleur-de-lis, T-shirts, vinyl stress dolls, potato chips and doubloons in several colors.
The Krewe of Thoth, with a membership of more than 1,700 men and a procession of 38 floats, has become one of Carnival’s most anticipated events. The 71st anniversary parade is titled "That’s the Way We Roll." Singer Luther Kent rides as grand marshal.
Theme-related throws include Thoth toilet paper and plush “Thothie Rolls.” Other featured throws are fidget spinners, fedoras and dice-shaped doubloons.
Thoth should be saluted not only for its wonderful parade but also for its community outreach, as it brings Carnival joy to shut-ins in various institutions along its parade route.
Starting at 5:15 p.m., it’s Bacchus, the club that changed Mardi Gras when it debuted in 1969 and that now has a membership of 1,600 men. Bacchus L (that's 50 in Roman numerals), actor J.K. Simmons and 30 riding lieutenants lead the krewe’s colorful procession, titled "Bacchus Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary."
Two new walking mascots debut this year, along with two new signature floats, the four-float tandem Baccaneer and Baccakong, featuring three members of the Kong family. Among Bacchus’ many logo items are golden boxing gloves, lighted pirate books and eye patches. The parade ends inside the Morial Convention Center, where the Bacchus Rendezvous is staged.
In Metairie, there’s a triple-header starting with the Corps de Napoleon, which sadly lost its captain and founder last month. The group’s 300 male and female members roll with a 23-float parade called "Napoleon’s Time Machine." The 38th annual procession includes several horse-drawn carriages and a band contest. The krewe has said this will be its final ride in Jefferson Parish.
Following Napoleon is the fourth annual parade of the Krewe of Athena, which used to roll on the first Friday night of the parade season. The krewe promises 335 members aboard 20 floats. Its parade theme is the longest of any this season— "Athena Presents Hidden Figures — A Tribute to American Sheroes." Expect to catch fidget spinners and the club’s signature fedora.
The female Krewe of Pandora returns to the parade calendar after a one-year hiatus. The 16-float parade features 200 members who will toss their signature item: hand-decorated boxes.