This year’s reshuffled Sunday parade schedule in New Orleans features the city’s newest parade going first rather than last, as it did last year.
At 11 a.m., Femme Fatale, the black women’s club, leads off a quartet of parades on the Uptown route. It promises more than 420 members aboard 15 Blaine Kern floats. Just as Muses features shoes and Nyx features purses, Femme Fatale has a signature throw: compacts.
The day’s oldest parade, the Krewe of Carrollton, follows, with its captain and lieutenants riding on horseback. Carrollton this year boasts its largest membership: 450 men. The theme of the 26-float procession is “A Krewe for All Seasons.” Krewe-emblemed throws include fedora hats and decorated shrimp boots. The 610 Stompers and the Rolling Elvi will perform.
King Arthur’s band of 975 merry men and women, also its largest membership, will present 34 floats with the theme “King Arthur’s Classified Information.” Throws include selfie sticks and shield-shaped doubloons.
The Krewe of Alla, which employs a new float builder, has drawn mixed reviews for its recent changes, but these adjustments have ensured its survival. After parading in Algiers for 83 years, the club jumped to the east bank in 2013. Next, it accepted members from the nonparading Legion of Mars, and last year, it opened its ranks to women.
As a result, Alla rolls this year with 450 male and female riders. The theme of the 24-float parade is “A Salute to American Icons.” The Alla parade always features a large number of high-quality marching bands.
In Slidell, the 31st Dionysus parade rolls at 1 p.m. with the theme “Dionysus Tours the World.” The krewe includes 260 male members and traditionally features nearly 60 units, including 24 floats. Dionysus will present a “Wounded Warriors” float in honor of all veterans.
For the animal lovers of New Orleans, the 24th annual Krewe of Barkus parade strolls through the French Quarter on Sunday afternoon, starting near Armstrong Park. This year’s theme is “From the Dog House to the White House.”
On the north shore, the 43rd annual Krewe of Tchefuncte Boat Parade cruises up and down the riverfront starting at 1 p.m. in Madisonville.
Because of the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, the Corps de Napoleon’s parade in Metairie rolls Sunday instead of in its regular spot next weekend. This should help swell the crowds at Family Gras in Metairie. The 250-member group of men and women presents a 21-float parade titled “Napoleon Jet Sets.”
The parade includes horse-drawn carriages and an appearance by the Mardi Gras Indians. Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni rides as guest grand marshal. Marching bands will participate in the Rhythm on the Route band contest.