With 10 parades scheduled to roll Uptown from Sunday through Fat Tuesday, some paradegoers won’t leave their spots along the route until Ash Wednesday is nearly here.
It all starts at 11 a.m. Sunday with the 67th procession of Okeanos, titled “Okeanos Puts on a Fright.” Among the parade’s 20 floats are ones that depict the Raven, Chucky and Frankenstein. Okeanos also presents its past king, queen and maids in the parade. The 250-member club features crawfish trays and sand buckets among its throws. Vince Vance returns as guest grand marshal.
Though the club no longer parades through its namesake neighborhood, the Krewe of Mid-City remains a fan favorite. The 18-float parade will feature an elaborate signature float titled “Champagne Kisses and Foil Wrapped Kisses.” The 200 male and female members throw vinyl stress figures, plush stars, jester hats, potato chips and doubloons in several colors.
The Krewe of Thoth has a membership of more than 1,600 men, and the parade, with more than 140 units, has become one of Carnival’s most anticipated events. This year’s 37-float procession is titled “Things With Wings.” A new grand marshal float will transport celebrity guest Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., who will perform with his band. Krewe-logo items include doubloons in three sizes and 12 colors, float-specific polystone beads, poker chips, vinyl frisbees, Thoth fedora hats and butterfly sunglasses.
Thoth should be treasured not only for its wonderful parade but also for its community outreach as it brings Carnival joy to many shut-ins along the parade route.
Because the Corps de Napoleon moved its Metairie parade to Jan. 31 to avoid competing with Sunday’s Super Bowl, there’s only one parade on tap Sunday night, but it is a great one.
It’s Bacchus, which changed Mardi Gras when it debuted in 1969 and now has a membership of 1,400 men. Bacchus XLVIII, New Orleans actor Anthony Mackie, and 26 riding lieutenants will lead a colorful procession titled “Flights of Delight.”
Featured in the 31-superfloat procession are 30 bands, including ones from Southern University and Talladega College in Alabama.
Also appearing are the Budweiser Clydesdales, the expanded “Bacchagator” float and several legendary floats: “Bacchasaurus,” “Bacchawhoppa,” “Baccha-Amore,” the 120-foot “Bacchatality” and the Kong family menagerie.
Among Bacchus’ many logo items are 16-inch lighted scepters, king’s foam stress figures, float-specific items and lighted Bacchus crests. The parade ends inside the Morial Convention Center, where the Bacchus Rendezvous is staged.