On Lundi Gras, you can watch Zulu arrive by boat and Rex arrive by train at the Riverwalk at the foot of Canal Street, and then see back-to-back parades that span two centuries of parading history.
One of the season’s prettiest parades is also one of the oldest. Setting off at 5:15 p.m., the 230 men of Proteus are led by the captain on horseback followed by 34 riding lieutenants and 30 flambeaux.
The 20-float procession, the club’s 113th, has a Wagnerian theme this year: "Der Ring des Nibelungen." Royal Artists constructed the floats on chassis that date from the 1880s.
The identity of the man who portrays Proteus is never revealed to the public, but his magnificent seashell float is a thing of beauty.
Try to catch the Proteus tridents, their seahorse medallions and the Proteus plush LED flambeaux.
"On the Waves of a Dream" is the theme of the 2017 procession of Orpheus, the krewe that Harry Connick Jr. helped organize 24 years ago. He is riding in it this year.
The club of 1,400 male and female members will ride 39 floats. Legendary among them are the "Trojan Horse," "Leviathan," "Dolly Trolley" and the eight-unit "Smokey Mary" tandem float, which holds 230 riders.
The Chariots of Orpheus will again appear, along with 60 original flambeaux.
The krewe's most collectible throws this year are LED Orpheus pillows, train whistles and special 2.5-inch doubloons that salute the late music legend Allen Toussaint. Other neat throws include Orpheus face masks and harmonicas.
Bret Michaels and the Temptations will be among the celebrities to ride in the parade and entertain later at the Orpheuscapade inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where the parade ends.