With memories of heavy rains on this first parading Sunday last year, krewe officials are counting on good weather. A quartet of parades will roll in Uptown New Orleans, including the inaugural procession of the city’s newest krewe, Femme Fatale. Each club is making news in some way.
Led by the captain and lieutenants on horseback, the Krewe of Carrollton rides with its largest membership in decades — 400 men. The theme of the 25-float procession is “Night at the Opera.” Krewe-emblemed throws will include fedora hats and doubloons.
King Arthur’s band of 675 merry men and women, its largest membership ever, will present 27 floats with the theme “It’s in the Mail.” The captain is also the float builder, and each year King Arthur’s fleet improves.
History was made last year when the Krewe of Alla moved to the Uptown route after 81 years on the West Bank. Now that the club is admitting women, its membership has soared to 450, including members of the Legion of Mars.
The patriotic theme of this year’s 20-float parade is “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.” There will be floats dedicated to each branch of the military and others honoring historic moments and efforts, such as the “Rosie the Riveter/ Women in World War II” float. New this year will be a flyover by vintage airplanes, which will release red, white, and blue smoke along the parade route.
The newest parade in Carnival was granted a permit in spite of a moratorium on new parades in Orleans Parish. The African-American female club, Femme Fatale, promises more than 300 members and a 14-float parade built by Blaine Kern Artists. In the tradition of Muses’ shoes and Nyx’s purses, Femme Fatale will unveil signature compacts.
In Slidell, the 30th Dionysus parade has the theme “Things That Go Together.” The krewe includes 275 male members and traditionally features nearly 60 units, including 18 floats. Dionysus will present a Wounded Warriors float in honor of all veterans. The most collectible throw this year is the Dionysus wooden mini-wine-barrel bank.
For animal lovers, the 23rd annual Krewe of Barkus parade strolls through the French Quarter on Sunday afternoon, starting near Armstrong Park. This year’s theme is “Bark Wars: Return of the K-9.”
And in Madisonville, the 41st annual Krewe of Tchefuncte Boat Parade cruises up and down the riverfront starting at 2 p.m.