The Sunday parade calendar gets an early start at 11 a.m., when Okeanos "Salutes American Icons" with its 68th procession. The 20 floats include ones that bear the past king, queen and maids.
The 250-member club tosses crawfish trays, sand buckets and pink anodized doubloons that salute cancer awareness. Vince Vance returns as guest grand marshal.
Though it no longer parades through its namesake neighborhood, the Krewe of Mid-City remains a popular favorite. The 17-float parade features an elaborate signature float titled "In Vino Veritas." Clever float titles include “Grapes of Wrath,” “Stop and Smell the Rosé” and “Love the Wine You’re With.”
The 200 members will throw plush wine bottles, vinyl stress figures, potato chips and doubloons in several colors. The parade will be led by the Louisiana Tech Band.
The Krewe of Thoth, with a membership of more than 1,700 men and a procession of more than 140 units, has become one of Carnival’s most anticipated events. The 70th anniversary parade is titled "Thoth’s Cookin' ...." Chef Donald Link rides as grand marshal, and all the riders will wear chef hats.
Culinary-themed throws will include potholders, pizza flying discs and cooking mittens. Other featured throws are pillows, fedora hats and poker chips. Thoth should be saluted not only for its wonderful parade but also for its community outreach as it brings Carnival joy to shut-ins along its route.
The Corps de Napoleon returns to its regular Sunday night in Metairie after moving its parade up one week in 2016 to avoid competing with the Super Bowl. The 37th annual parade’s theme is "It’s Good to Be the King." Napoleon’s 300 male and female members ride 25 floats. Included in the 80-unit parade are French-style horse-drawn carriages.
Last weekend’s rained-out and rescheduled third parade of the Krewe of Athena promises 300 members aboard 19 floats with the theme "Athena Salutes the FabOWLous Festivals of Louisiana." Expect to catch plush owls and the club’s signature throw, fedora hats.
Enjoy Athena while you can in Metairie because the club hopes to moves its parade to Terrytown on the West Bank next year.
Starting at 5:15 p.m., it’s Bacchus, the club that changed Mardi Gras when it debuted in 1969 and now has a membership of 1,400 men. Bacchus XLIX, Jim Caviezel, and 26 riding lieutenants lead the krewe’s colorful procession, which salutes the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints.
Featured in the 31 super-float procession are 30 bands, including that of Southern University. Also appearing are the Budweiser Clydesdales. Advocate cartoonist Walt Handelsman designed the “Who Yat Nation” float and cup.
Among Bacchus’ many logo items are new 16-inch lighted football helmet beads, Super Bowl rings and penalty-flag koozies. Other throws include voodoo dolls, gris-gris bags and several float-specific items.
The more than 100-unit parade ends inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where the Bacchus Rendezvous is staged.