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Endymion kicks off on Orleans Avenue after the krewe's musical 'Samedi Gras' celebration.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

We can expect larger crowds this weekend than on Fat Tuesday itself.

The Saturday before Mardi Gras features five parades, starting with Iris, Carnival’s oldest female krewe, which celebrated its centennial last year. It parades Uptown with 37 floats and a record high membership of 2,048. This year’s theme is "Iris Begins a New Era." Throws include Iris plush king cake baby dolls, Iris hard hats and the club’s signature throw, hand-decorated sunglasses.

NOMTOC rolls out its 48th annual parade on the West Bank. Its name stands for New Orleans’ Most Talked Of Club. This krewe presents a 25-float tricentennial-themed parade titled "300 Reasons to Love New Orleans." Among their many throws, the 650 members will toss their signature Jugman medallions and fidget spinners.

The Krewe of Tucks celebrates a special anniversary with its 45-float parade titled "50 Shades of Gold." This 1,600-member, coed club is known for its irreverence. Signature floats include Funky Tucks, Naughtyham and the Giant Royal Throne. New floats this year include the Brothel Funk Tucks and an animated Friar Tucks. Tucks throws a wide assortment of signature items, including socks and logo toilet paper in three colors; 1,200 numbered toilet brushes decorated by the Magnolia School will be handed out.

Endymion’s day begins hours before the parade starts rolling at 4:15 p.m.; the Samedi Gras Festival on Orleans Avenue kicks off at noon. Under the leadership of captain and founder Ed Muniz, Carnival’s largest male krewe presents a parade called "Jazz — Our Gift to the World." Jon Batiste will serve as grand marshal, and NFL Rookies of the Year Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore will ride in the parade, as will Steve Gleason.

This super-super-krewe of 3,300 men features the spectacular nine-section Pontchartrain Beach float, the E-TV float and the Club Endymion float, which salutes the Superdome. All props feature new LED lighting. Some 30 college and high school bands will perform.

The men will be throwing Endymion lighted theme pillows and lighted laser spinners. Also expect doubloons in several colors and a wide array of other krewe-logo merchandise.

Rod Stewart and Jason Derulo will entertain more than 20,000 guests at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, site of the post-parade Endymion Extravaganza.

The 200 female members of the Krewe of Isis, the oldest Carnival organization in Jefferson Parish, will celebrate the club's 46th anniversary with the theme "Saturday in the Park." Leading the parade for the 46th time is the Ponchatoula High School Band. This year’s most popular throw may be the new ankh-shaped doubloons. Marching bands will participate in the Rhythm on the Route band contest.