Sunday’s parade calendar features a triple-header in Uptown New Orleans. Historically, “Carrollton Sunday” usually features wonderful parade weather and more manageable crowds than those that gather on Mardi Gras weekend.
Led by the captain and lieutenants on horseback, the 375-member, all-male Krewe of Carrollton presents one of the most popular parades of the season. The theme of this year’s 24-float procession, which has a new starting point, is “Carrollton Goes Two by Two.” Float subjects include such famous pairs as Bonnie and Clyde, coffee and beignets, wine and cheese, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Krewe-emblemed throws include 90th anniversary doubloons, Carrollton towels, sunglasses and slap bracelets.
King Arthur’s band of 625 merry men and women presents a 27-float parade in 2014 — the largest in the krewe’s history. The theme is “King Arthur Has the Blues,” and most of the throws are blue in color. The captain is also the float builder, and each year, King Arthur’s fleet improves. The 37th annual procession features a new starting point.
History will be made on Sunday when the Krewe of Alla parades on the Uptown route for the first time after 81 years on the West Bank. The 250-man krewe presents a 20-float parade titled “Alla Goes to NOLA.” Floats depict subjects such as the French Quarter, the Fair Grounds, Tulane Stadium and “Ain’t Dere No More.” Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand will host the Sunshine Kids aboard a special float, and the Hope Float that promotes breast cancer awareness will also roll. Reigning as king is Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts. Look for members of a new club, the Legion of Mars, who will ride with Alla this year while hoping to get their own New Orleans parade permit in 2015.
In Slidell, the 29th Dionysus parade rolls with the theme “Boyhood Memories.” The krewe includes 275 male members and traditionally features more than 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 area animal lovers, the 22nd annual Krewe of Barkus parade strolls through the French Quarter on Sunday afternoon, starting near Armstrong Park. This year’s theme is “Dogzilla: Barkus Licks New Orleans.”
And in Madisonville, the 40th annual Krewe of Tchefuncte boat parade cruises up and down the riverfront starting at 2 p.m.