At 11 a.m. Sunday, the women of Femme Fatale lead off a quartet of New Orleans parades, with more than 500 members aboard 18 Blaine Kern floats with the theme "Femme Fatale Takes Broadway." As Muses has shoes and Nyx has purses, Femme Fatale features signature compacts. The parade will be led by the Buffalo Soldiers and the Southern University Human Jukebox.
The weekend’s oldest parade, the Krewe of Carrollton, follows with its captain and lieutenants on horseback. Carrollton rides with its largest membership ever — 500 men. The 25-float procession is titled "A Stroll in the Park." Krewe-emblemed throws include decorated shrimp boots. The krewe has teamed up with the ARC Association to decorate some of these specialty throws.
Following Carrollton is King Arthur’s 41st parade, its largest ever with 1,275 men and women aboard more than 30 super-floats. Hand-decorated grails will be unveiled as King Arthur’s signature throw. The captain is also the float builder, and he promises all tandem floats, some of which hold 100 riders. King Arthur salutes the city's tricentennial with its theme, "New Orleans — Beginning to Present."
Since it is the final parade of the day, the Krewe of Alla — Carnival’s fifth-oldest parading club — cannot control its starting time. The past few years, the parade has run well into the evening hours, which is not to anyone’s liking. The theme of the 20-float parade is "Alla Ask’d for You." The Alla parade always features a large contingent of high-quality marching bands. New Orleans Babycakes general manager Cookie Rojas rides as grand marshal.
As Blaine Kern Sr. eyed the gaggle of tourists filing into Mardi Gras World’s gift shop, he flipped on his Mr. Mardi Gras grin, his calling ca…
In Slidell at 1 p.m., the 33rd Dionysus parade rolls with the theme "Dionysus World Premiere." The krewe has 300 male members and traditionally features nearly 60 units, including 19 floats. Doubloon collectors should seek out the Royal Escorts mounted units in front of the parade for special coins available only from them.
In Metairie, the Krewe of Caesar will roll at 5:30 p.m. after postponing its parade Saturday because of rain. With 500 members, Caesar is the largest all-male Carnival organization in Jefferson Parish. Its 24-float procession is titled "Cartoon Rerun." This year’s most coveted throw will be 18-inch plush parrots.
For the animal lovers of New Orleans, the 26th annual Krewe of Barkus parade strolls through the French Quarter on Sunday afternoon, starting near Armstrong Park. This year’s theme is "Game of Bones."
On the north shore in Madisonville, the 45th annual Krewe of Tchefuncte boat parade cruises up and down the riverfront starting at 1 p.m. with the theme "The Krewe of Tchefuncte Celebrates a Pirate’s Life."